Thursday, July 30, 2009

Reactions to Top Chef Masters Episode Seven

Last night we saw the first week of the Championship Round, and it felt a bit more competitive than prior episodes. The chefs were put into two teams of three for the mise en place relay race, a fun contest of oyster shucking, chicken butchering, onion dicing, and egg beating. Both teams were very close, but the one comprising Anita Lo, Hubert Keller, and Rick Bayless won by a hair and earned 5 stars each.

After that, the chefs were asked to create their signature dish, which would then be fed to the group. Why? Because for the elimination challenge, each chef would get to reinterpret another chef's dish. Chef Bayless called it "mean" but really, how "master" is a chef if he or she can't cook something different and perhaps out of their comfort zone once in a while?

While it looked like Chef Smith might be on his way out with his ill-conceived Scotch egg, it was Chef Tracht who was asked to pack her knives for her cold and overcooked grouper. On a more positive note, Chef Lo beat out Chef Bayless for most favorite dish and won this round of competition.

What are your opinions on this episode? Let us know in the comments.

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