June 10, 2009 08:42 PM by Britteny Elrick
The fiercest food competition of all has finally arrived: Top Chef Masters. Chefs will be getting a taste of their own medicine by competing in quick-fireand elimination challenges, then being thrownat the mercy of renowned food critics. Each week, four chefs will compete against each other for a spot in the championship round, where one chef will win $100,000 for their favorite charity. Tonight, however, the chefs will make dessert for the toughest critics of all: Girl Scouts.
Each of the chefs give a brief introduction as to who they are and what they do. Host Kelly Choi walks in and greets the four chefs who will be competing in the champion round. First up, is the quickfire challenge, whichscores will be added to those of the elimination challenge. She tells them they will be bringing back favorite quickfires from the past five seasons of Top Chef. They are to make the most creative and delicious dessert they can in one hour. The judges will be: Girl Scouts. They will rate the desserts on a scale of 1-5.
Considering most of the chefs are used to cooking for snobby adults, it actually was quite a challenge to make something that would impress the kids. Michael is freaking out because his cake didn’t bake and his ice cream didn’t freeze. Well, you’d think they’d have working appliances – what’s up Bravo?
The chefs watch behind a hidden camera as the girls try the desserts.Michael’s is up first, and he ended up just going with some candy with uncooked cake gooped on top. Yum, hook me up with some of that. Tim is up next and he made a milkshake and some chocolate covered strawberries. Hubert’s dessert looked like something you’d get at the Ivy, and they loved the way it looked. He made some cookies in the shape of a swanwith mousse. Christopher made french toast with bananas and caramelized sauce. The girls weren’t digging it. Hubert smoked them all and got a full five stars.
The elimination challenge brings them back to college life. They have $150 to create athree course meal with only a toaster oven and microwave. The college students will help judge the meal. When they all head to the store, they don’t have what Tim needs so as he’s checking out he says he has no clue what he’ll make. On top of that, when they get to the kitchen the next day, Tim discovers he accidentally put all his produce in the freezer instead of the fridge. They pack up their things and discover they will be cooking in a dorm room. Hubert is so refined and French – he’s never been inside a dorm before. However, he gets very creative when he has to cook part of his pasta in the shower.
At the judging, the chef’s meet the food critics: Jay Rayner, Gael Greene, and James Oseland, which makes them a wee bit nervous. Tim serves scallop carpaccio, Michael makes salmon, Christopher makes red snapper ceviche, and Hubert makes Scottish salmon mi cuit – whatever on earth that is.
Each of the chefs serve a three course meal, and afterwards they stand before the critics panel. The chefs are first quizzed on the reasons why they decided on their particular dish. This is where you can insert all sorts of confusing word combinationslike “flavor profile.” Tim spills the beans about what an idiot he is and how he froze all his veggies. They were all very impressed with Christopher’s ability to sear a pork chop on a hot plate, and they loved Hubert’s shower-made mac n’cheese.
Michael is first to be judged. His total score is 13.5. Tim receives a total of 14.5, and they automatically tell Michael to leave. I mean, why waste time? Christopher attains a total of 19 stars, and they tell Tim to go home. Hubert is the last to be judged, and he receives 20.5 stars, which makes him the winner. He will move on to the championship round and Make A Wish foundation will receive $10k.
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