Brian Malarkey

'Top Chef's' Brian Malarkey doesn't hold back in his criticism of this week's chefs.

on Jul 9, 20090

Elimination:

Anita Lo who was extremely creative and focused. To make the illusion of the scallop was genius. She won this so easily and braising the diakon was risky.  Looking forward to watching her take on the next bracket of Masters. Definitely a cook's chef!

John Besh: Needs to call up my friend Richard Blais and learn something about Liquid Nitrogen because all he made was cold Crème Fraiche and if really thinks he needed 10 minutes to thicken his sorbet with “Ice Liquid” he is completely unknowledgeable with what he was working with. I’ve seen Richard make enough ice cream for a room of 100 in three minutes.  I personally don’t touch the stuff and John should have done the same thing.  Stick with what you know but I guess that didn’t work with the eggs.  Racking up the lowest score of the season places you in the Clay category of my season: hollowed-out apple amuse!

Douglas Rodriguez:  I love fire! Sterno not so much!

Mark Peel: The package didn’t look that impressive but the judges loved the flavor!  I was confused that he left the skin on the fish when he essentially steamed the fish.  

Who’s your favorite so far?

I’m still a huge fan of the Uber Keller!

Best meltdown: Ludo Lefebvre!

Next up: I really enjoyed meeting and eating with Rick Moonen and Michael Chiarello; should provide some great entertainment.

The West is the Best!

Brian Malarkey!

Doogie and card tricks by the likes of Max Maven and his color band of Hocus Pocus!
Do people really live and dress like this? 

11 comments
elianddylansnan
elianddylansnan

I am loving masters top chef, these are true professionals no drama, even helping one another out. Anyone who is a working professional in any field can tell you this is what it takes to be in a successful venture, teamwork. Young Man Dale in hindsight will find that his streetbrawling confrontations will hinder his career in this age of technology. Does anyone seriously want a egotistical,hothead, combative jerk working on their team. Google will be your worst nightmare

tbull
tbull

I love Top Chef Masters. It's refreshing to see chefs behave with such respect for one another. You don't have anyone throwing aomeone under the bus. There is camraderie,respect, true passion for their craft, and most of all humility. It's really amazing you have chefs who have been in the business, and are the cream of the crop but harbor no ill will, or they feel they're above using certain ingrediants. I love the fact they make mistakes just like everyone else, but they don't behave like they are better than their peers. I love Top Chef, and can't wait for the new season, but it's so tiring watching up and comings behave like they are end all, be all. I mean honestly if Anthony Bourdain can eat warthog rectum, why are you too good to work with kielbasa? More food, less drama!

steph
steph

I keep watching it because I am a foodie i guess. I am not keen on fact that as the public we never get to "know" the chefs and really get a fav. It is a fun show though but I can't wait for Top chef to start. I love Vegas and it will be fun to see them there. Keep up good work guys and see you next seasin of both shows.

James
James

Hey just got a chance to see this episode (finally!), solid episode, congratulations to Anita Lo, who in all fairness should give a big thank you to the too helpful John Besh. I have to say that I am left with a completely non-food impression from this episode though; Mark Peel's voice is a dead ringer for Kevin Spacey! Anyways, thanks again for your comments Brian, it is always a pleasure to check out your insight.

Kat
Kat

I love this show because it does not have the childishness of the other Top Chef series. These are people who are established and doing this for charity. They don't wrestle each other on television (and get thrown off the show) or act like complete jerk0offs. They are trying to do their best because they love to cook and they want to win for their charity. I agree- I would rather see this than Top Chef alumni cooking for Real Housewives.

Janet
Janet

I like this show because these are established chefs who are willing to fail miserably all because of charity. I would never criticize anybody who is willing to put their reputation on the line to help others in need. I would rather see this than Top Chef alumni cooking for Real Housewives.

Thanks
Thanks

Agree with you Betty, and posted a similar comment elsewhere. One of the nice things about this show is the professionalism and camaraderie of the master chefs, but it is not right to taken advantage of another chef's generosity to win. No doubt, Lo is a talented chef, but we were hoping that Mark Peel would pull ahead for the win. Great show overall.

Betty
Betty

Am I the only one who thinks that the quick fire was unfair? You were supposed to only use "one hand" and yet Anita Lo had help. I'm not sure she would have done so well if not for John Besh's help with his "hand". That is sooooooo UNFAIR.. I would liked to have seen her try to snip off the egg tops using only one hand. This is just NOT FAIR to the other contestants, seeing that she won by only a couple of points. I don't think she would have garnered that "5 points" if she had , indeed, used only one hand.

Marsha
Marsha

I agree totally with you Lipiti. All the drama takes away from what the show is all about, the food. Can't quite figure out why Malarkey is here criticizing his superiors. Watch and learn Brian.

Lipiti
Lipiti

I enjoy Top Chef Masters at least as much if not more than I do the regular Top Chef series, exactly because the focus is on cooking and creativity and not on artificial dramas, petty arguments and narcissistic chefs trying to outdo each other for a moment longer of camera time. It is also fun to watch the masters who served as judges before realize that even if you are really good, you can miscalculate, run out of time, make a foolish mistake, and not be able to recover because of how challenges are designed. Maybe the criticism of others' mistakes will be more empathetic rather than scathing in the future? Would be nice.

Lipiti
Lipiti

I enjoy Top Chef Masters at least as much if not more than I do the regular Top Chef series, exactly because the focus is on cooking and creativity and not on artificial dramas, petty arguments and narcissistic chefs trying to outdo each other for a moment longer of camera time. It is also fun to watch the masters who served as judges before realize that even if you are really good, you can miscalculate, run out of time, make a foolish mistake, and not be able to recover because of how challenges are designed. Maybe the criticism of others' mistakes will be more empathetic rather than scathing in the future? Would be nice.