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James Oseland

Jennifer Jasinski Was a "Great Miracle"

And so we’ve come to the end. What a season! The talent on display blew me away when I experienced it firsthand as a critic, and again as I’ve been rewatching the episodes as they’ve aired.  But I’ve also been moved—both as we filmed and...
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James Oseland's Teacher Tribute

This week’s episode didn't have fireworks or surreal plot twists or grand, operatic scope, nevertheless, it was one of my favorites so far. There was something about the intimacy of the challenge and the authenticity of the cooking that really got...
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Pull it Together, Sang!

I loved this week’s episode of Top Chef Masters—the cooking, the human drama. It encapsulated everything I love about the show, both as a participant and as a viewer. But the thing that sticks with me about this particular episode, the thing that...
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The Evolution of Sue Zemanick

Watching this episode, I kept thinking about Sue and her evolution on Top Chef Masters. She’s not a newcomer to the series; she appeared in Season 3, where she lasted only until the third episode. But after a season’s rest, she's come back with a...
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What Being a Chef Really Means

I always love getting the chance to watch episodes of Top Chef Masters in which I'm not one of the people at Critics' Table. It's a great opportunity to get to know the contestants better, to watch the show for pure entertainment purposes, to...
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James Oseland Fights for Franklin

I hate to disagree with the outcome of an episode—after all, I have a say in it—but when it came to this Critics’ Table, I was outvoted by a pretty passionate group. Still, I maintain that Franklin wasn’t the weak link in this challenge. Sure, the...
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James Oseland: "It Doesn't Hurt to Try"

The big moral takeaway from this episode for me -- one in which at least two of us faced down foods we'd rather not eat only to discover that we loved them -- is the great value to be found in plunging headfirst into the unknown. Life is short,...
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