Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone steps out of the ring to assess the competition.

on Sep 5, 20120

After two seasons hosting Top Chef Masters, I recognize this moment in the competition. The chefs are tired. They still have their competitive edge—that’s hard-wired into them, after all—but the strain starts to bubble up to the surface. The stress can look different for different chefs. Some start making bad choices. Others just get crabby. 

It’s pretty easy to see how this is playing out for Patricia, who has grown increasingly frustrated (and vocal) about Lorena. For Chris, it probably contributed to his loss in the Quickfire Challenge. It’s not easy to portion meat to an exact weight, in this case between 7.5 and 8.5 ounces. But with a little extra time and a bit more caution, I suspect Chris would have nailed it. It was great to see Kerry win a challenge. He’s been due for sure and what a great week for immunity. 

It was fantastic having Sugar Ray Leonard as our guest judge this week. An amazing fighter in the ring, he was super insightful about what it means to be a competitor in any profession. 

In the first round of the Elimination Challenge, we had two very different match-ups. Chris and Takashi, both amazing chefs, were still able to approach the battle with mutual respect. Chris needed an egg? Takashi gave him his. Takashi misfired the bacon count -- Chris handed over his extra piece. Anyone who thinks nice guys finish last should take note. Chris’ generosity didn’t handicap him. He won, purely on the merit of his beautifully rustic Cal-Mex Bacon and Eggs.

5 comments
iskrew
iskrew

I AM SO UPSET. Seriously? Takashi left? See you next season Top Chef.

Holycrap
Holycrap

Oh for crying out loud....the first two comments kill me...get over yourselves...you are not a chef, nor were you there to try the dishes that night.  As happens many times, a very talented chef can have an off night...and considering the quality of these chefs, it's anyone's game.  Someone had to go....I loved Takashi too....but his time was up, fair and square.

susan.m.carter.90
susan.m.carter.90

I knew when Takashi didn't win the Quickfire, and immunity, that he was being set up to go home. So, I turned off the TV, and went to bed. 

I do not, for a moment, believe that Lorena's food was really better than Takashi's. I'm sure Lorena's food is delicious, but seriously, Takashi is the master chef who should have won this entire competition.

 

mnm1986@insightbb.com
mnm1986@insightbb.com

So upset with last night show..will not watch the end of this season.. or anymore of Top chef.. Do not feel last night show was fair.... Not at all.. The wrong person went home.. You shoud not have one of the chef this late in the game voting... they know who the don't want to go up against  ... and who the have become better  friend's.. and kerry thought he owe her one .. sorry love thishow.. But will never watch it again...