Top Chef Masters Episode 2 – June 17, 2009

Week 2 Masters
Suzanne Tracht- Jar,
Los Angeles, CA

Graham Elliot Bowles GrahamElliotRestaurant, Chicago, IL

Wylie Dufresne- wd~50, New York, NY

Elizabeth Falkner- Orson, San Francisco, CA


Create an amuse-bouche with ingrediants from a vending machine

Critics- This quickfire was originated in Top Chef Season 2, the judges are season 2 contestants Iian, Betty & Michael.

suzanne- fried shallot rings with microgreen salad & dr pepper aioli. judges liked everything about it. 5*

wylie-  red onion & grilled cheese sandwich w/ dr. pepper reduction sauce. judges liked presentation but didn’t like the taste and was too much, not really an amuse bushe 3*

elizabeth- braised beef jerky with orange juice, lemon & horseradish ice cream. judges didn’t seem very enthused about the dish. 3.5*

graham- tuna salad with pickled shallot, ginger, orange bubbles & beef jerky miso powder. judges gave alot of praise. 4.5*


Elimination Challenge
Cook dinner for creaters & writers of ABC’s LOST with all island ingredients and no pantry. Can only shop for fresh & preserved ingredients on a specific list.

Critics- jay rayner, james oseland, gael greene, damon lindelof,  carlton cuse & writers from Lost.


suzanne- risotto with uni and clams & prawns, wild boar strip with oyster beer sauce, mango corn salad. alot going on in one dish but seemed to work well together. 22.5* total (Week 2 Winner)

wylie- roasted chicken with poached egg, beets with dried corn, plantain puree. critics liked how he continued to cook like himself. 20* total

elizabeth-ancho-beer braised boar loin, coffee scented poached boar loin, yam papaya pudding. the yam papaya didn’t go over well but the boar was praised. 16.5* total

graham- maaki roll with tuna & dehydrated pineapple, tuna nicoise, tuna a la plancha. seemed perfectly executed, tuna was commented as most perfect braised tuna. 20.5* total

My Thoughts
I didn’t enjoy this weeks episode as much as the premier. I thought that while last week didn’t have the normal Top Chef "drama" it was still exciting, this week seemed to drag a little bit and could’ve used the drama. I thought Graham was going to win the episode but Suzanne came out the winner, which proved that sometimes the editors of the show leave out important emotional moments. I am hoping that next week will pick up a little bit more, or at least make it feel like a competition.


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