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Watch It With Us: 'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 10, the Season Finale

Wow. A lot of Top Chef tonight. Such a weird double-header—the Top Chef Masters finale tonight almost seems anti-climactic after the season premiere of original Top Chef. I'm guessing a lot of you are sticking around to watch Chiarello, Bayless, and Keller battle it out for the win, though. If you are, join us here in the comments at 10:15 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your observations or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. If you haven't read the infamous spoiler, who do you think's gonna take it? All five Top Chef champs will serve as guest judges. [Warning: Spoilers ahead! Do not scroll past any comments past 11 p.m.]... More

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Masters' Episode 9

The remaining four: Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello, Anita Lo, and Hubert Keller. If you're planning to watch tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, join us here in the comments at 10 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your observations or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. Who will remain? Someone who has a functional nose. Tonight's Quickfire involves a blindfolded taste test. They say you eat first with your eyes, but that schnoz is pretty important too. Also, the winner better get along with former Top Chef contestants—twelve of them will return tonight as sous cheftestants to help with the elimination challenge. Someone might want to put a leash on Dale Talde of Top Chef's fourth season,... More

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Masters' Episode 8

If you're planning to watch tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, join us here in the comments at 10 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your observations or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. Who will remain? Whoever can pull together a gourmet burger and side dish in the Quickfire and a soy-less, gluten-less vegan dish for guest judge Zooey Deschanel. The remaining cheftestants include: Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless, Anita Lo, Michael Chiarello, and Art Smith. After the jump, watch as Deschanel breaks the news to them about her extra-special diet.... More

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Masters' Ep. 7: Let the Competition Begin

As much as we love the cool grace under pressure and kitchen camaraderie all the master chefs have exhibited so far this season, we're hoping for a little more intensity and, dare we say, drama, as we head into the Champion's Round tonight with master chefs Hubert Keller, Suzanne Tracht, Rick Bayless, Anita Lo, Michael Chiarello, and Art Smith. Perhaps the producers have the same thing in mind, as tonight's Mise En Place Relay Race sounds like an excellent way to ratchet up the intensity. If you're planning on watching tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, join us here in the comments at 10 pm ET. Who are you betting on to win it all? PS: We're also loving... More

'Top Chef Masters,' Ep. 6: Trick in a Box

"An episode of brotherly love." Top Chef Masters soldiers on. Tonight's competition marked the last of six four-way faceoffs, each qualifying a chef for the Champions Round. Next week, we'll see these six chefs go head-to-head—but this Wednesday, there was still one more slot to fill. The Contestants (above, from left) Roy Yamaguchi: Roy’s; Imua Family Services Jonathan Waxman: Barbuto; Meals on Wheels Art Smith: Table Fifty-Two, Art and Soul; Common Threads Michael Cimarusti: Providence; Grameen Foundation Quickfire Challenge: Another blast from Top Chef past—the Aisle Trial. Chefs were each assigned a single aisle at Whole Foods, and could use only ingredients found in that aisle (and purchased with just $20) in their Quickfire dish. The judges? Whole Foods employees.... More

'Top Chef Masters,' Ep. 5: Junk Food, a Big Dinner, a New Way of Looking at Panna Cotta

Guess who said it: "A good panna cotta, if it's set right, is meant to wobble like a woman's breasts." The Contestants (above, from left) Michael Chiarello: Bottega; playing for Clinic Ole Rick Moonen: RM Seafood; Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association Nils Norén: French Culinary Institute; Friends of FCI Lachlan Patterson: Frasca Food & Wine; The Children's Hospital Quickfire Challenge: Remake Junk Food Ah, very Fancy Fast Food. How accidentally of the moment. As a Bravo tie-in, the cast and crew of Flipping Out—who often eat junk food on the show—will be judging. (You know, this doesn't really make me want to watch Flipping Out. Also: Really? We go from Doogie Howser to these clowns?) Oh, wait. They're not... More

Watch It with Us: ‘Top Chef Masters,’ Episode 4

From left: Rodriguez, Lo, Peel, and Besh. Top Chef Masters returns tonight! Just like we did with the Next Food Network Star earlier this week, we’re inviting you to tune in with us tonight, at 10 p.m. ET, and join our real-time, open thread discussion. Tonight's episode, "Magic Chefs," features Anita Lo, Douglas Rodriguez, John Besh, and Mark Peel. Who do you think has the upper hand?... More

‘Top Chef Masters,’ Ep. 3: Offal on the Street

Last week’s episode of Top Chef Masters showed that competition can be downright warm and fuzzy. While Graham and Wylie each vowed to undo the other, their tag-teaming antics showed it was all in good fun. And before the judging, all four chefs baked cookies together! So many hugs. So much teamwork. This week’s episode was a very different story. Contestants Rick Bayless Frontera Grill, Topolobampo Charity: Frontera Farmer Foundation Cindy Pawlcyn Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Go Fish, and Mustards Grill Charity: Community Health Clinic Ole Wilo Benet Pikayo, Payá, Varita, Puerto Rico Governor's Mansion Charity: San Jorge Children's Foundation Ludo Lefebvre L’Orangerie Charity: C.H.A.S.E. for Life Warning: Spoilers ahead. Their heated battle, after the jump.... More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 2: The 'Lost' Dinner

Did you watch this week's episode? Find out what each of the four contestants made using crap from vending machines during the Quickfire, and Darma Initiative–approved canned and preserved foods for Lost writers and producers during an island-themed elimination round. More

'Top Chef Masters' Contestant Line-Up Announced

Bravo has announced the line-up for its upcoming Top Chef Masters show, and the roster looks fairly interesting. The premise is that the show tests established chefs rather hopefuls. It's likely that only hardcore chef groupies will recognize all the names on the list—the most high-profile are probably Rick Bayless, John Besh, and Art Smith—but the list is solid nonetheless. More

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