Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Recap Roundup: Top Chef Masters 2 Episode 8

Jordan Baker on the overall edit: "I know, I know, I know – that this season is probably heading toward a showdown between the three young-ish cocky bucks, and that this means the older, “cuddlier” contestants (the ladies and Tony and next week Jonathan) will have to go to make room for the Clash of the Titanic Egos that Bravo wants to set up as the endgame."

Serious Eats on Susan's Quickfire fail: "I love you Susan, but I think my dog could have probably discerned that there was white wine in there."

Reality Wanted on this week's Susur cultural issue: "Susur is lost on this challenge as he isn’t familiar with Greek mythology."

Slashfood on Susan's charm: "Feniger's unapologetic, unburdened manner was in full display this week -- perhaps too out in the open, as the case might have been. Faced with the challenge of cooking a meal fit for a randomly chosen Greek God -- hers was Aphrodite, how perfect -- Feniger tucked leaves and flowers behind her ear, danced little jigs around the kitchen, and in general charmed the pants off of her adoring fans."

Grub Street on the fashion: "Susur’s ponytail is awesome (and likely the source of all his culinary power), but the sartorial master in this competition is Marcus. We’ve always liked the combination of his navy chef jacket with a green T-shirt underneath, but he’s really taking kitchen couture up a few notches with those Burberry pants."

Speakeasy (WSJ) on strategy: "So, here’s the question: do the chefs try to actually identify the flavors or do they mentally run down a checklist of recipes and call out likely ingredients? We’re guessing maybe the second option: Susur loses the challenge when he calls out garlic. 'How the hell you make lobster sauce without garlic?' he says."

Creative Loafing on Gail's fondness for coconut: "The best part of the episode was when Gail Simmons went all gooey over Susan’s coconut jam and let everyone know just what she’d like to do with it (and I’m not talking about it’s culinary use)."

Eater.com on Jonathan's problem: "Top Chef Masters is a completely subjective competition; if you want to win, you have to play to the people grading what you do. I love watching Jonathan do what he does and I'd be more than happy to eat everything he's prepared this season, but it's pretty obvious he's not well-suited for this particular kind of competition."

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