Top Chef Masters: Nit-Picking Judges Send Celina Packing Yell At Your TV Recap and Commentary by RTVC Senior Staff Writer Kathleen May 19, 2011
Six chefs remain on Top Chef Masters. In a way that’s kind of sad because I am finally getting figure out who is who just in time to have them go away.
Who is still cooking? After last week we have to begin with Traci and Naomi.
Naomi is young and creative and innovative. She’s also cute and personable. Whether she wins this thing or not, she’s got a future as a chef personality.
Got thoughts? Post them at the end.
Traci is more seasoned. Traci is a solid and creative chef. She knows what works and what might work and what to do with an unexpected situation. I’m betting that her aspirations are more toward the superior food end of the spectrum than the famous chef part.
As of this point, it’s entirely probable that one of these two will win this thing. Traci will take the lead when a cool head becomes critical. Naomi will prevail when it’s time to fly.
And that’s what I think.
Now we come to Hugh. If they had a fan favorite category, he would get my vote. He is young, cute, funny with the wise-cracks, and comes across as a generally nice guy. Well, unless his menu is disrespected by a militant vegetarian. His cooking is uneven. Sometimes he’s great and sometimes he fails. He always tells it like it is without excuses. One his very first outing he argued with the judges’ opinions and was sent home. A withdrawal allowed him to come back.
Mary Sue is restrained. She cooks quiet and subtle foods. This is not to say that she is dull but she can be. And her dishes are so gentle that there is no room for error. This has put her in the bottom tier several times. It has also given her a win (or has it been two?)
Floyd’s flavors are the opposite of restrained. He plays with spice and heat. When he follows his own path, his food is appreciated. When he tries to march to someone else’s drummer, not so much.
Celina is a mystery to me. She is the only one of this crew that I had ever seen before. She was on some cooking competition or another. My flawed memory tries to tell me that it was a Masters competition, but that cannot be. If she competed before with the Big Dogs why would she be here?. In any event, I’m finding her to be a disappointment. Her ideas are timid as is her cooking. She’s been very consistent at being on the bottom tier and has won nothing.
Well, looked at this way, there may not be any reason to watch this show for the next few weeks. Absent my being able to decide between Naomi and Traci for first, I think the above is the final order.
I have also figured out what is good about Top Chef Masters this season. Curtis Stone. He’s cute and he behaves in a professional manner. The judges, or critics, are even pretty darned good.
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