Team Top Chef's Senior Editor breaks down the early competition.

on Jul 25, 20120

The dealers seem to lean towards the dishes with heat, and so Chris and Patricia win with their "surf and turf" of steak and catfish. Each of their charities win $5K!

For the Eliintaion Challenge, the chefs split up into two fairly arbitrary teams, Red and Blue, and they start to plan their menus for this week's challenge… creating world-class buffets!

We see Chris and Art start to go at it a bit about what kind of food they should serve. I'm never for dumbing down one's food, but Art's point about making something that will appeal to a large group of people isn't a bad one. Ultimately, this is Top Chef Masters, and if we've learned anything it's that at the end of the day you're cooking for the judges (they are the ones making the decisions after all) and people's palates are more sophisticated than one might think. Good food is good food.

Finally, the chefs head to the supermarket. Watching the Masters shop is always so amusing to me, and i don't know why. I love the camaraderie between Thierry and Takashi -- yes, they're competing  but they're friends. Love Thierry's joke about eating at Jaleo because they are $800 under budget. While Thierry and Takashi are joking, Art is is being slow (something that will come up again later.)


Eddie, I think Chris' dish was just called pork and beans but it was actually pork and frijoles w/ Mexican flavors not the sweet Boston style.


I was very surprised they didn't send someone to the store for spices and yoghurt at least.  I can't believe nobody knows how to make a curry or samosas.  I also can't believe world class chefs have never eaten Indian food because usually, if they can taste it, they usually can figure it out and duplicate it.


I'm putting my money on Chris Cosentino to win.  He's fierce as a chef and a competitor.


I love the show, however I do miss the other judges.

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Is there a reason why these judges have to be so arrogant, rude and condescending?  There is a way to tell someone there dishes aren't great without sounding like they are the slime on the bottom of your shoe. Just what are the qualifications of the judges - gee - they write about food.  That tells me nothing - other than they are academics that look down on other people and like to lord their knowledge over us lower beings and maybe, just maybe they might take pity and spare us a glance or a nod.


I would like to know who considers Pork and Beans Mexican food, I am of Mexican heritage and its a disgrace to say that you or anyone of your chefs consider that Mexican food, by that definition the French food should consider the french fry a french cuisine.  I am really disappointed that you as food critics or judges consider that Mexican food I know I have never seen it in any of my grandmother's recipes or any Mexican cook book.