Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 3 – In Case You Didn’t Know, Bravo Is An NBC Channel

Using some patented NBC/Bravo synergy, Masters put together an Olympic based Quickfire challenge – one that had nothing to do with Ryan Lochte peeing in the pool, Gabby Douglas’ hair, McKayla Maroney’s sour face, Usain Bolt’s ego or cheating badminton players. Yes, I am officially Olympic obsessed and am currently carrying massive crushes on Lolo Jones and Hope Solo. And yes, I want to combine their names to make Lolo Solo. But that’s just me.

Anyway, instead of asking what Brian Boitano would do, we are presented with the question – what would Brian Boitano eat. Bravo does a double synergy whammy by trotting out former Olympic skater Boitano, and keeping the network’s gay cred going despite the sports angle. I’ll lay off criticism of the fact that Boitano is a winter athlete and his appearance should have been saved for the Russian Winter Olympics in 2014.

Anyway, the chefs enter and Stone presents them with a massive display of seafood on an ice wall. The chefs are excited, but that enthusiasm is lessened upon learning that they have to make a dish without heat. So no stoves, ovens, grills, open fires, Bunsen burners, etc. Not a single luxury. Takashi is very excited over this – especially the sea urchin. The chefs have 20 minutes to prepare the raw meats. Art drops his on the floor – how embarrassing. Kerry wants to win – well, duh! Mark takes on Maine lobster because, well, he lives in Maine. CC has a great idea as he uses a charcoal brush to give it the illusion of being cooked. It’s not a trick, Michael, it’s an illusion. Hat feels good about his dish, while Takashi amazingly doesn’t even start doing anything until there were only five minutes remaining.

Takashi – Aji Sashimi with Sea Urchin, Heirloom Tomatoes and Daikon Apple Salad – Boitano loves the crunchiness, not the messiness.

CC – Mackerel Fra Diavolo – Boitano likes the many flavors and Stone is impressed with the complexity of the dish. Yeo is impressed by Boitano’s food chops. No word on what he thinks of her figure skating.

Art – Yellow Tomato and Avocado Soup with Chopped Clam and Prawn Salad – Boitano again comments on crunch. Stone says the presentation was a letdown.

Kerry – Hamachi with Lemon Eucalyptus Oil – Botiano likes the plating, but wants more oil. Stone laments the lack of acidity.

Clark – Oysters with Watermelon and Lemon Relish – Boitano says it had the perfect combo of acid and crunch. Seriously, dude, enough with the crunch.

Mark – Maine Lobster Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes – Boitano likes the “tomato bed,” which I think is an obscure skating maneuver.

The Hat – Geoduck, Cucumber and Seaweed with Sea Urchin Dressing – Boitano noticed the textural similarity of the elements. Stone says there’s a party in his mouth. No word if everyone was invited.

We have no idea what Lorena or Yeo made because Top Chef hates women. I mean, I didn’t realize how badly the season was for the ladies until this challenge – Lorena and Yeo are the only two women left!

Kerry and The Hat get put in the bottom, and further the shameless Olympic synergy with the medal system. Mark gets the Bronze, CC the Silver, and Takashi wins the Gold Medal. Boitano gives his explanation, but I don’t really care. Why? Because he’s an ice skater. Just like I don’t care what Michael Phelps thinks about shoes.

Elimination Challenge – It’s Teppanyaki Time. What’s that? Ever been to Benihana? It’s that. The meal will be served to the critics and to former Masters – Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Fenniger, Jonathan Waxman and Rick Moonen. Yay, Jonathan! I can break out my Obi-Wan nickname for him again! The chefs are broken out into groups of three – Art, The Hat and CC; Takashi, Yeo and Clark; and Mark, Lorena and Kerry.

The former Masters join with the critics – Bert, Ruth, Stone and Francis Lam, the features editor at Gilt Taste, and senior writer at Salon. No Katniss this week, instead, we have Lam. Meanwhile, the chefs cone out to use the grill with Mark putting bok choy on the grill for the first time, and Kerry doing a whole lot of talking and making Lorena nervous. The team has 30 minutes to cook – about 10 minutes each, but if one goes too long, no extra time will go on the clock for the others. Bert wonders about Kerry’s combination of tarragon and sesame oil, and about the sheer amount of Lorena’s ingredients. Susan notices that the three of them failed to actually taste the dishes as they prepared it, and the lack of seasoning showed.

Kerry – Shrimp with Eggplant Herb Salad and Gochujang Sauce – Bert liked his showmanship but Ruth found the shrimp to be overcooked.

Mark – Scallops with Bok Choy, Pickled Mushrooms and Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce Moonen noticed that Mark didn’t have the bok choy in the center of the grill and Susan found it to be a safe meal.

Lorena – Chicken Fried Rice with Spicy Chili Oil, Cilantro and Orange Guava Sauce – Obi-Wan felt there wasn’t much to the sauce, and it lacked ample salt. Susan thought Lorena ran out of ample time to make it properly.

The next team comes out and the highlight is Yeo pretending to do a striptease. Bert was disappointed that the group was a bit lackluster with its presentation. Obi-Wan was impressed that the three of them worked well together and made it like a meal. And we learned that Moonen loves lettuce wraps. Who knew!

Yeo – Beef Kalibi Lettuce Wrap with Gochujang Sauce – Mary Sue wanted more of a sear and marinate.

Clark – Lobster Tails with Mango and Orange Butter – Susan felt it was underseasoned, but Ruth loved it.

Takashi – Sautéed Calamari with Savory Oko Momiyaki Pancakes – Man, I wish those were chocolate chip! Anyway, Susan found them to be gritty.

The third team comes in and Art and CC continue their bickering. This one was over a mandolin. Bruce Hornsby wants them to cut it out.

Art – Griddled Shrimp, Cheese Grits Cakes and Swamp Greens Salad – Bert thought it was a little salty, but Susan found it to be the best of the day.

CC – Grandma Easton’s Rhode Island Clam Chowder – Moonen found it to be tasty, but a little thin.

The Hat – Pear Crepe Flambé with Almond Cream and Pear Butter – Mary Sue found it to be gutsy to make a crepe, and Moomen thought it was more like a waffle cone.

The winners were Art, CC and The Hat. Bert loved Art’s cakes, Lam praised The Hat’s pears as a classic dish, and Ruth found CC’s to be very ambitious and that perhaps he needs to be an Angry Chef. Not an Angry Elf. Art gets a somewhat unexpected win thanks to his cakes – a big differences from his bad cakes from last week. Upon return to the Stew Room, Lorena basically mugs him in celebration. However, it is not a long celebration as she joins her team in the Bottom Three.

It came down to some bad seasoning for the most part. Mark’s was too safe, Lorena’s didn’t cook properly throughout and Kerry’s shrimp were overcooked. Kerry’s showmanship probably helped him, and Lorena’s flaw was seemingly something that could be easily corrected with some seasoning and even fruit juice. Mark was boring and safe – and that’s a bad combo on Top Chef. He gets taken out and the Nelson pair is torn asunder. Instead, Clark and his haircut will have to move forward alone.

Quickfire Hits
• Art and Lorena are a little crazy with each other – “My baby!!” “Miss sexy!!”
• It took every ounce of restraint in my body to resist mocking Boitano’s critique of a dish having a “salty sea taste in (my) mouth.” Every. Ounce.
• You know, is it me, or has this season had an inordinate amount of Asian based challenges?
• CC digging through clams in Whole Foods made me think that there are tons of walruses swimming around the Arctic who would be baffled by his pickiness.
• What Whole Foods has a massage therapist on staff? And would you do what The Hat did and actually get one in the spice aisle? It made me agree with CC in my amazement that The Hat would do that – although I probably wouldn’t actually call him a “ding dong.”
• I can listen to Lorena basically say anything. I would listen enraptured to her read the Paul Ryan budget plan – and I’m a dye in the wool liberal!
• Art and Thierry’s hats must get so incredibly sweaty in the kitchen.
• I like how Art removes his hat for the judging. I don’t know why, I just like that.
• Did I miss when Clark injured his thumb? Seems strange to omit that, unless he stuck it in a socket or something stupid.

Next week Love Shack Baby!

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Project Runway Season 10: On the Go or On the Run

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to work in pairs to make a red carpet look fit for the Emmys.  They also had to make their frocks for actual clients, who were all former Project Runway contestants.  Ven won by pleasing the loudly enthusiastic Kenley, while Raul was sent home for saddling Mila with an unflattering black dress.  The next morning, Buffi and Melissa wake up to find that Andrea has disappeared in the night.

Christopher, who doesn’t know that Andrea has departed, worries about facing her at Parson’s, as he thinks he may have crossed a line during last week’s judging.  Kooan DR’s that he doesn’t feel good, and Gunnar notes that he’s unusually quiet.

The designers then leave their apartment to meet Tim at Michael Kors’ new store on Madison Avenue.  It’s huge and filled with everything a fashionista could want from clothes to accessories to make-up.  The designers are suitably impressed.

Tim informs them that Andrea has left the competition; neither he nor anybody else has had any contact with her, but the folks in production believe she’s all right.  The designers are shocked and disgusted by this news, as they know that thousands of people try out to be on the show.  At least one comments that Andrea, a teacher, is setting a very poor example for her students.  Michael comments, “Fashion’s not for sissies.” and Tim urges the designers to “bounce back” from any mishaps.

Michael then describes this week’s challenge.  He starts by describing the type of client he wants them to have in mind:  “a woman on the go.”  She’s a work hard, play hard type who needs chic clothes that are practical and versatile.  He advises the designers that textiles will be vitally important; they should avoid anything that wrinkles.  It’s a one-day challenge, and they will have a budget of $150.00.

The designers then have the traditional half-hour to examine Michael’s goods and sketch.  Several of them talk about Andrea instead.  Tim tries to keep everybody on task by urging them to think about a typical day for their “woman on the go.”  Fabio wants to make a dress with a black and white print, while Melissa wants to make a black dress.  Gunnar plans to make a skirt using several different shades of brown.

At Mood, Buffi is drawn to pink fabric, while Dmitry is having trouble finding any fabric he likes.  Fabio notes that Kooan seems quiet and distant.  Christopher indulges in more breast-beating and blames himself for Andrea’s departure.

Back at Parson’s, Kooan has an announcement:  He’s quitting.  At first, some of the other designers think he’s joking, but he’s not.  He really wants to leave.  Christopher begs him to stay, and Nathan says he understands that the pressure of the competition can be tough to deal with.  He admits that he’s been tempted to quit himself, but refuses to do so.

Tim stops by to announce that Andrea has sent an e-mail saying she’s fine and out of the competition.  Kooan then tells Tim that he wants to leave, too.  He adds that he “needs to find his own way” as a designer.  The constraints of the challenges are apparently not for him.  Tim at first tries to talk him out of it, but Kooan won’t change his mind.  Tim then escorts Kooan out of the workroom.  Sonjia comments that designers need “tough skin.”  Buffi notes that people are “dropping like flies.”

Tim then returns and jokes that he’s afraid to make any more announcements, lest somebody else quit.  He then announces that Raul has been brought back.  Raul is delighted to be back and DR’s he’s confident he’ll win.  I’d say that’s doubtful; the only returnee to make it very far was Chris March, way back in Season 4.  Most returnees have short stays.  Ven DR’s that he’s not at all happy about this development, since Raul complains constantly.

Tim then comes back to make his usual rounds.  He starts with Dmitry who is making a black dress with a single seam.  Tim  is suitably impressed.  Fabio is planning a leisure outfit including a jacket.  Tim, noting how short the dress is, warns him to mind his proportions.  He calls Ven’s look “fascinating” and warns Gunnar not to over-design.  When Elena shows off a bulky-looking jacket, Tim warns her that the judges have seen the football player silhouette before.  He warns Buffi not to over-design.

Christopher confesses his fears about ending up in the bottom again.  Tim suggests his look may actually be too dressy.  Tim warns Nathan to mind his proportions.  Upon learning that Melissa is making an outfit with four garments, Tim comments that she has a lot of work to do, and lets her get to it.

After Tim leaves, the models come in for their fitting.  Fabio discovers that his dress is indeed too short, and Buffi (rightly) deems her own dress to be shoddy.  Melissa is worried because she hasn’t finished sewing her garments.  On that note, it’s time to go home.

The next morning, the designers get back to work.  Buffi frets about her look.  Raul DR’s that he shouldn’t have been sent home; Ven disagrees.  Christopher then suggests to Buffi that she should use some black chiffon instead of the coral fabric she’s got, and she angrily blows him off.  Rude, yes, but I can sort of see where she’s coming from.  First off, they’re in a competition, so why would he be helping her?  Wouldn’t it be in his interest to just let her crash and burn?  Second, Buffi prefers to use lots of color in her designs.  Using a lot of black would go against her so-called aesthetic.

Tim sends in the models for their final fitting and Raul discovers a serious problem:  His pants are way too small.  They’re not even close to being able to close.  Somehow he’s missed the mark by several inches.  As the models go to hair and make-up, Dmitry tells us that he considers Christopher serious competition.  Buffi tells us she has never used chiffon or jersey before, apparently hoping the judges will give her an A for effort.  Just as Tim is calling everybody to take them to the runway, Raul finishes his pants– and then grabs some accessories.  He hadn’t taken the time to pick them out before.

On the runway, Heidi talks about her disappointment in the two quitters.  She then introduces the two guest judges, designer Rachel Roy and actress Hayden Panettiere, who is probably best known for playing Claire in Heroes.  She apparently has another show coming out.  No, I don’t know why she’s a guest judge either.

Sonjia is up first.  She made a long-sleeved, knee-length dark gray dress.  In the front, it has an asymmetrical collar with a knotted effect on one shoulder.  In the back is a small v-neck.

Alicia made a white shirt with mid-length sleeves and put leather elbow patches on it.  She also made gray knee breeches.  I’m guessing it’s “casual day” at her client’s office.

Melissa made an outfit consisting of black leggings, a long-sleeved black tunic, and a black hoodie.  She put a wide gray collar on the tunic and then added a scarf.   It looked as if she’d decided to make a fall or winter look.

What was Buffi smoking?!  She made a mini-dress with black and purple zebra stripes and then topped it with a coral smock or toga or whatever.  It might work for a trip to the beach, but not as a day to night look.

Fabio made a black-and-white print mini-dress and paired it with a kid-sized black jacket with mid-length sleeves.  It’s cute, but impractical, as the jacket would be utterly useless on a chilly night– and the overall look really only works as nighttime wear.  The dress is way too short to wear to the office.

Gunnar made a sleeveless dark purple turtleneck top.  It’s long enough to qualify as a tunic, but a lot more snug.  It’s also open in the back, so his client would need a jacket to wear it to the office.  He also made a knee-length skirt incorporating several shades of brown and off-white.  He used a thin belt and a dark green clutch as accessories.

Nathan made a sleeveless, knee-length mustard-colored dress and attached a short cape to it.  He attached some embroidered gold and purple detail to the neckline and added a purple clutch as an accessory.

Dmitry made a sleeveless dark grey dress.  There’s strips of material criss-crossing the front, like a set of bandoliers.  The dress also has a cut-out in the back, which means its owner would need a jacket or something in order to wear to the office.  Dmitry also gave the model magenta shoes with 3- or 4-inch heels.  His outfit is a good night-time look, but would need a jacket and different shoes to work as a daytime look.

Ven made a sleeveless, tan knee-length dress with a single shoulder.  He put his usual pleats down the front, but they’re softer and less sculpted than usual.  What looks like gold trim is actually a gold zipper.  In the back is a small slit, and another gold zipper.  It’s another dress that works better as nighttime wear than anything for the office.

Raul made a pair of gray pants, a sleeveless light gray shirt with a loose collar, and  some kind of hybrid of jacket and vest made from black and gray print material.  It’s obvious his accessories are last-minute additions.  The big silver belt isn’t bad, but in what universe do royal blue shoes and a magenta clutch go together?

Elena’s look consists of a big gray jacket– think David Byrne’s oversized white jacket from the 1984 movie, Stop Making Sense.  She also made a brown shirt and skinny black pants, and used sunglasses and a big gray handbag for accessories.

Christopher made a knee-length black dress with an odd train hanging down the right side.  He also made a child-sized black leather jacket with mid-length sleeves.  It’s well made, but I don’t get this trend for kid-sized jackets on grown women.  I prefer jackets that might actually keep me warm on a chilly night.

Heidi then calls Gunnar, Ven, Nathan, Alicia, Melissa, and Elena.  They are safe and will move on to the next round.  It’s the other six who will have to face the judges.  The safe designers gather backstage and try to guess who will be in the top and who will be in the bottom.

The judges start with Sanjia, who tells them her look is for a busy woman.  Heidi and Michael both like it.  Nina calls it “conservative, but sexy.”  Rachel Roy notes that it could even work if worn reveresed, probably because of the asymmetrical collar.

Next up is Fabio.  Michael says he’s surprised by the structured look of his outfit.  Rachel notes that Fabio’s personal style is quite idiosyncratic and wishes it showed more in his design.

Christopher tells the judges that he made his look for a married working woman.  Heidi thinks he did a great job and Hayden loves the jacket.  Rachel deems it a good day-to-night look.

Buffi simply wanted to use prints and colors.  She then demonstrates ways to belt the look in order to make it more versatile.  Hayden likes the colors, but Heidi thinks the outfit looks cheap and that the colors clash.  Rachel dings Buffi for depending on the belt.  Michael (rightly) comments that the toga looks like a hair-dresser’s smock.  Worse, when the judges ask Buffi to raise the toga to give them a better look at the dress, they find a poorly-sewn hem.

Raul calls his look “his interpretation of a suit.”  Michael says he’s “confused.”  Hayden hates the crotch of the pants.  Nina thinks the jacket is too long.

Dmitry tells the judges that he loves dresses.  Michael thinks it’s the best-made garment of the evening.  Heidi likes it, but doesn’t consider it a “wow” dress.  Nina praises the simple design, and Rachel thinks it’s good for evening wear.

The judges then have their chat, starting with their favorite designers.  Sanjia made a great day-to-night dress that looked “effortless.”  Nina considers Christopher the most editorial.  Dmitry’s dress isn’t glamorous, but it’s well-made and he chose good fabric.

As for their not-so-favorites, Fabio simply made a boring dress.  Buffi is “hiding behind kookiness” and her dress makes no sense.  Raul bit off more than he could chew and has editing problems.

Heidi then calls the designers back in to announce the judges’ decision.  Christopher is in and Sanjia is the winner.  Hayden tells Sanjia that she would love to wear her dress to a red carpet event.  Sanjia, of course, is delighted.

Dmitry and Raul are in, leaving Fabio and Buffi in the bottom.  Buffi is out and Fabio is in.

Next week:  Another team challenge.  Plus, a photography session.

Also, Laura Bennett from Season 3 has a blog chockful of insights on the show.  Find it here:  This week, for example, she discusses the two quitters, and goes well beyond the self-righteous line “Fashion’s not for sissies!”  For instance, losing designers are sequestered in their own version of Losers’ Lodge, so they can’t spill the beans about anything on the show.  Andrea knew that– which is why she 1) bailed in the middle of the night, and 2) didn’t contact production until

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