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Top Chef Masters

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Xiaogou, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Top Chef Masters Season 1

    Premiers June 10


    Top Chef Masters will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef. In each episode, money will be at stake for the chefs, with the winners of eliminations being awarded cash donations for their charities. The first six episodes will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner. The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks when one person will get eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef Master. The winning chef will receive $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

    Each episode of Top Chef Masters holds two challenges for the chefs.The first is a twist on the classic Top Chef Quickfire Challenge which tests their basic abilities — for example in season 2 of Top Chef where the chef'testants had to create an amuse bouche out of items from a vending machine. Each Quickfire Challenge will be judged by a blind taste test and a five-star system, similar to fine dining reviews.

    The second challenge is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and invention of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for demanding clients. The food will be tasted and evaluated by the judges and a wide range of tasters for whom the challenge is aimed, whether it is patrons at a five-star restaurant or a room full of hungry kids — the food has to appeal to the diner as well as the critics if the chef is to survive.



    The host:
    Kelly Choi
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    Host, Top Chef Masters

    Top Chef Masters
    Kelly Choi is an acclaimed food journalist and creator, producer and host of NYC TV's weekly restaurant show Eat Out NY. A former model, Choi recently finished her first book The 20 Most Delicious Dishes in New York, which is set to hit stores in spring of 2009.

    As producer and host of Eat Out NY, Choi chooses every restaurant featured on the program, then ventures to the back of the house – the kitchen – to prepare a dish with the chef. She is also host of the nationally syndicated and Emmy award-winning Secrets of New York, a weekly show that reveals little-known facts and mysteries about Manhattan. Topics include secrets of the city's subway system, skyscrapers, sewers, and even jails.

    Choi has been a judge on Iron Chef America, and has received multiple Emmy nominations from the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work on NYC TV. Born in Seoul, Korea, Choi won the Elite Modeling Agency’s “Look of the Year” contest, and has been voted as "One of the Sexiest New Yorkers" by the New York Post. She has a Masters degree in magazine writing from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.


    The Judges:

    Gael Greene:
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    As New York Magazine's famed restaurant critic for over 30 years and the Insatiable Critic Columnist, Gael Greene has gone to great lengths to conceal her identity so that no restaurateurs can identify her. A best-selling author, Greene has written Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Ice Cream But Were Too Fat To Ask, The Mafia Guide to Dining Out and Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen.

    Greene often documents her global travels with photographs by the professional street photographer, Steven Richter. Their work has appeared in magazines that include Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Diversions, Departures and Food Arts.

    She co-founded Citymeals-on-Wheels with James Beard and remains a continuing force serving as board chair. Greene has made a significant impact on the city of New York through her work with the organization, rallying food world peers to make a commitment to help feed the city's homebound elderly, and devoting as many hours to fund-raising in recent years as she does to writing. Citymeals, the largest public/private partnership in the country, has raised $150 million in its twenty –four year history to help feed the city's frail elderly shut-ins. For her work with Citymeals, Greene has received numerous awards and was honored as the Humanitarian of the Year (l992) by the James Beard Foundation. She is the winner of the International Association of Cooking Professionals magazine writing award, 2000, and received a Silver Spoon from Food Arts magazine.

    Jay Rayner
    Judge, Top Chef Masters

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    Jay Rayner is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster who has written for a wide range of British newspapers and magazines such as GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, The New Statesman and Granta. After graduating from Leeds University in 1988, he joined The Observer newspaper for whom he now reviews restaurants. In 2006 he was named Critic Of The Year in the British Press Awards.

    His first novel, The Marble Kiss, was shortlisted for the Author's Club of Great Britain First Novel Award and his second, Day of Atonement published in 1998, for the Jewish Quarterly Prize for Fiction. He is also the author of the novels The Apologist, (known in the US as Eating Crow) and The Oyster House Siege, as well as the non-fiction work Stardust Falling. He won a Sony Radio Award in 1997 for "Papertalk," BBC Radio Five Live's magazine program about the newspaper business.

    He regularly appears as one of the food critics on Masterchef, and was on the panel of critics who made up the "enemy" on the daytime cooking show Eating with the Enemy. Most recently, Rayner came out with The Man Who Ate the World, a tour of the world's greatest restaurant cities and his search for the perfect meal. The paperback edition will be published this summer.

    James Oseland
    Judge, Top Chef Masters
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    James Oseland has been the editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine since 2006. Prior to that, he was the magazine’s executive editor. He has also been an editor at Vogue, Organic Style, Sassy, and Mademoiselle. In 2006 his book, Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, was published and went on to win awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals and was named one of the best books of that year by Time Asia, the New York Times, Good Morning America, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and others.

    Oseland has appeared on the Today Show and as a judge on Iron Chef America, and is a regular guest on radio programs, including The Splendid Table. He has lectured on a variety of culinary topics at the Asia Society, the Abergavenny Food Festival in Wales, Slow Food Nation, and the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor conference. Before becoming a journalist, Oseland wrote, ghostwrote and acted in numerous films, including Guncrazy (starring Drew Barrymore).

    Oseland holds a BFA and MFA in photography and film studies from the San Francisco Art Institute. A California native, he has lived in India and Indonesia and now calls Williamsburg, Brooklyn home.
     
  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    No thanks on the Kelly Choi. They should have just given the entire show to Gail Simmons.

    Actually, that's a great idea for the show. No chefs, no competitions. Just Gail Simmons.
     
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    No thanks on the Kelly Choi.

    Knees too pointy?
     
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    Knees too pointy?

    Doesn't do anything for me. I know you're probably at half mast just from that pic though. [​IMG]
     
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    Doesn't do anything for me. I know you're probably at half mast just from that pic though. [​IMG]

    No, she actually doesn't do all that much for me either. Just busting your chops.
     
  6. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    No thanks on the Kelly Choi. They should have just given the entire show to Gail Simmons.

    Actually, that's a great idea for the show. No chefs, no competitions. Just Gail Simmons.


    Looks like there are some awesome contestants, though.

    http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-masters/season-1/bios
     
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    Looks like there are some awesome contestants, though.

    Definitely. Chris Lee, Keller, Dufresne, Bowles, and Art Smith will be definitely fun to watch. GEB is one of the most talented people I've ever met. I will be watching for sure.
     
  8. Bhowie

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    BAMP!

    This is the surrogate threak for the new season
     
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    Jeez, Art Smith got really skinny.

    A lot of great contestants this season. Regardless, Season 1 was best (Rick Bayless fan over here).
     
  10. erictheobscure

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    I missed the premiere but I'm watching the second episode. Are these contestants really that great? I don't recognize a lot of them, and after looking at the bios on Bravo's website, I don't recognize a lot of their restaurants either. And why's this Kerry Heffernan guy even on the show when he's apparently unemployed (credited only as "NYC Chef")?
     
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    If I comment on the bride's teeth, will I be banned from the forum?
     
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    Patricia Yeo has a place here in Boston. She is a nice lady. I think she is coasting off of hr previous places. The food is decent, but not top Chef Masters quality. My friend runs the bar program there and is an absolute killer. I'm pulling for her just so the run off success will help my friend out.

    I was at a taping of Ming Tsai's show and Chris Consentino was a guest host with him. Nothing more to add than that.

    I find James Oseland highly annoying.
     
  13. itsstillmatt

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    My meal at Chris Cosentino's restaurant was so bad I actually found myself gagging a few times.
     
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    I bought Takashi Yagihashi's cookbook, probably the worst Japanese cookbook I have ever read. Every broth recipe was pretty much throw everything into a pot and boil. No techniques on how to prep bones, extract blood and minerals from a stock, how long to steep katsuobushi, recommends regular kikkoman.
     
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    Not a great chef either.
     
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    Him and that Andrew Knowlton chotch should be impliedly read into the first post of every page in TTAPYO F+DE.
     
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    Bhowie -

    Has she had a successful restaurant that was her own? I have heard good things about Moksa, but it is now reported that she is leaving to go to Chicago. Ginger Park? OM?
     
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    I don't think she owns any part of Moksa or OM. An Indian guy named Salman (SP?) is the owner of those 2 places. I moved up here after Ginger Park closed. Before her time in Boston she was at a place in New York that was suppose to be dynamite. Haven't heard about her leaving for Chicago, I wouldn't be surprised.


    Moksa is the place I was referring to. If you are back this way again it's worth trying. If you like cocktails I can send you a PM with a few pointers on how to order. (I don't want to leave a lot my of info up). I don't think the drink menu is that great, she has really had to dumb down what she can do so it would work with inexperienced bartenders.
     
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    Current season TCM has been entertaining and I'm really enjoying the line-up of chefs. Love how the sous chefs play a more involved role in the success (or failure) of the chefs. It's definitely been interesting to watch that dynamic.
     
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    ^ Agree--integrating the sous chefs into the show was a great move.
     

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