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Top Chef Masters: Episode 8

The second episode of the champions round aired last night on Bravo's Top Chef Masters. The chefs faced off in battle burger and the tables were turned when former cheftestant Spike Mendelsohn judged the burgers. Did you watch? Let's discuss after the break.

  1. Whose burger looked the best?
  2. Do you think the judges can tell whose burger is whose?
  3. Wasn't it hysterical when Art Smith said of actress Zooey Deschanel, "I loved her in Elf"?
  4. Do you think Zooey really follows such a strict diet?
  5. Are you sick of the judges?
  6. Don't you think the waiter should be able to properly carry out each plated dish?
  7. Which chef do you consider the most likable?
  8. Have you ever created an entirely vegan meal?
  9. Were you surprised by the outcome?

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pinkflake2 pinkflake2 7 years
1. Whose burger looked the best? Huberts!! 2. Do you think the judges can tell whose burger is whose? Totally...I mean guac? Southern comfort style? It's mostly pretty obvious I think. 3. Wasn't it hysterical when Art Smith said of actress Zooey Deschanel, "I loved her in Elf"? I laughed out loud at that too. Really? Elf? I mean don't get me wrong, it was an awesome movie but to use that as his reference? Funny stuff. 4. Do you think Zooey really follows such a strict diet? When she said that I thought, oh that's how you stay so skinny! 5. Are you sick of the judges? YES!! Esp the skinny guy (not the London one, the other). I seriously want him gone. 6. Don't you think the waiter should be able to properly carry out each plated dish? Yeah that was weak...good call on having extra though. 7. Which chef do you consider the most likable? Hubert 8. Have you ever created an entirely vegan meal? Nope! 9. Were you surprised by the outcome? Yeah, I mean his spaghetti looked good, but he *did* buy it at the store (and so did Art, so why judge them differently). I think Rick should have won though.
victork victork 7 years
1. Whose burger looked the best? Rick's, followed by Hubert's. I appreciate what Anita did, but I agree with her getting the low score. The enorme seemed like a cop out to me. 2. Do you think the judges can tell whose burger is whose? Hmm, somewhat. Rick's and Hubert's were easy to pick, same with Art's, though they could have been fooled into thinking he did the enorme. 3. Wasn't it hysterical when Art Smith said of actress Zooey Deschanel, "I loved her in Elf"? Anything Art I love, he's just so endearing. Actually, everyone on the show is so damn likable. 4. Do you think Zooey really follows such a strict diet? Yeah. Based on the dietary restrictions, I figure she has celiac disease. 5. Are you sick of the judges? Actually, no. That said, it was a tad annoying how much they were sucking up to Zoey during the lunch. 6. Don't you think the waiter should be able to properly carry out each plated dish? I was surprised how amateur they were. It's not the first time we've seen someone put a shotglass on a plate. 7. Which chef do you consider the most likable? Rick, hands-down. 8. Have you ever created an entirely vegan meal? Yeah, but it's just too damn restrictive for my liking. 9. Were you surprised by the outcome? Not so much. I don't know if lazy is the word, but I really think Art should have made the ice-cream himself. Agree with the comments that a sorbet would have been a better choice. I mean, it just doesn't seem that much of a stretch to blend some strawberries and make some brittle. I was surprised that Hubert got such a low score for the burger challenge, but I may be biased, as I like a strong cheese. I thought RIck would have gotten a better score, as I didn't think the presentation was all that terrible. After-note: Fine, we get it that would guys cooked for the POTUS, but we don't need it shoved down our throats every week.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yum, I feel the same way about Hubert! I just love him.
iriegurl23 iriegurl23 7 years
1. I loved the way Hubert's burger looked. Just classic. 2. I'm not a judge and I think that I would be able to pick out each chef's meal. 3. I loved it. 4. Yes. 5. Not really. 6. Art :( But I really do enjoy Bayless as well. I bet he takes the competition. 7. A Vegan birthday cake, with chocolate vegan frosting and strawberries. 8. I was very surprised! Everyone really liked it. Or so they said
Food Food 7 years
Yes, there is something about Hubert that is so likable. I love his show on PBS. He comes across as humble, and I like that quality in anyone who's famous.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
Two thoughts: 1. It bothered me that Zooey said that because she was vegan she "couldn't" eat certain things. Eating that way is a choice, so it was actually that she "doesn't" or "won't" eat meat/dairy/etc. It's a little thing, but it bugged me. 2. I was somewhat surprised that Richard Blais wasn't one of the burger judges since he just opened a pretty highly regarded burger place here in Atlanta.
ncsuemme ncsuemme 7 years
1. I was a fan of Rick's, and Art's. 2. Guacamole? Hoe cake? YES. 3. Hahahahah I'm glad I wasn't the only one that laughed at that comment. 4. I feel like if the gluten allergy is for real, she has to follow it to a small degree. And the other parts were probably personal choices that were made before she realized her gluten allergy. (That's my assumption...) 5. For supposed food writers and such, the comments aren't very... creative. And I want MORE criticism. Not so much hippy dippy happiness. 6. I was surprised to see two of Hubert's plates get messed up. So, yes. 7. I really love Anita, because she's representing the female chef, and just seems likable. But Hubert and Rick are also good picks. I just personally can't stand Chiarello. 8. I adore cheese, milk and yogurt far too much for veganism. 9. A little bit, but then again, no. Storebought ice cream is just wrong for Top Chef MASTERS.
mannylove mannylove 7 years
I think Art Smith's burger looked the best, I will miss him! That bread he made looked so yummy. Zooey sounded pretty convincing that it is actually how she eats all the time, must be a challenge. I'm still rooting for Anita & Hubert!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
1. Based on looks alone, Hubert's, based on descriptions and comments from the judges, Rick's. 2. Yes, I completely think they could! 3. I didn't think so. :shrug: 4. Yes. From what I understand, her sister does, as well. (At least the vegan part.) 5. Yes! Well, not of Gael Green, but of the other two and of Kelly Choi. 6. Yes. I thought it was strange that there were so many problems. But at least Hubert had extras. 7. Hubert 8. No! I love dairy too much. 9. No. I feel like the critics/judges wanted to get rid of Art Smith because he doesn't have the same credentials/level of fame as the others.
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