Top Chef Masters Podcast, Ep. 9: Making depression inspirational


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This week on Top Chef Masters, we're down to the final four chefs: Rick Moonen, Marcus Samuelsson, Susur Lee, and Jonathan Waxman.

This week, I was hoping (in vain) that the chefs would be given some decent challenges. For the Quickfire, they're told to pair up and then prepare a recipe from their partner's cookbook. "Okay, this sounds like a decent challenge," I thought. But, halfway through their cooking time Kelly Choi comes in and drops the bomb on them: they have to turn their dishes into soup. What?! Now this doesn't mean they can simply throw all of their ingredients into a blender and call it a dish — it's not that easy. I guess the challenges so far this season weren't designed to make anything easy for the contestants, let alone allow them to show their true flavors and culinary finesse.

That evening, the chefs are told they're going to see a live improv comedy show at the famous Groundlings Theatre. They're overcome with joy and mirth, thinking they're in the clear and have the night off. Nope. In comes the Elimination Challenge — having to cook a dish using three adjectives as inspiration and they're right back in the kitchen whipping out a dish for another god awful challenge. What do you expect to get from a guy when you tell him to make a dish using the words burnt sienna, depression, and avocado?! A culinary meltdown is what I predict.

I'm not even going to go into detail about how many times they used the "v" word (you know, as in "lady parts") this episode for no apparent reason other than they knew they could get away with it on Bravo. And we thought us podcasters were tasteless and childish.

Want to know what happened? Well, then you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out.

Whether you watch the show or not, our review of it is topnotch snark and an all-around good time. Listen to us (attempt to) recap this episode and the hilarity that ensues.

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Check out our fellow Top Chef fanatics' blogs: Please Pack Your Knives And Go's hilarious notes from last night's episode, and All Top Chef gives us their uninhibited reactions.

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