Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Top Chef Masters" 8/12- SEMI-FINALS

FINAL QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE: It's the blindfold taste test. There will be 20 ingredients each of the final four chefs need to identify blindfolded. The winner gets five stars, while the runner-up gets four, 3rd place receives 3.5 and last place gets three.

Some of the ingredients include:

Hoisin sauce
Peanut butter
Corn
Chervil
Hummus
Mascarpone
Oregano
Coconut water
Shiso
Poppadum
Ketchup
Maple syrup
Mango
Smoked paprika
Almond
Dashi

Scoreboard:

5 stars: Michael (7)
4 stars: Rick & Anita (6 each)
3.5 stars: Hubert (5)

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: Create a buffet lunch for 200 Hollywood insiders at the SLS Hotel. To help out each of the final four, each contestant gets to select three of these 12 former "Top Chef" contestants- Fabio Viviani (a semi-finalist from last season), Elia Aboumrad (Season 2 semi-finalist), Jamie Lauren (from last season), Ilan Hall (Season 2 champion), Antonia Lofaso (Season 4 semi-finalist), Richard Blais (Season 4 runner-up), Spike Mendelsohn (Season 4), Brian Malarky (Season 3 semi-finalist), CJ Jacobson (Season 3), Alex Eusebio (from last season), Betty Fraser (Season 2) & Dale Talde (Season 4). Here are the final teams:

Michael: Fabio, Brian & CJ
Rick: Richard, Dale & Betty
Anita: Jamie, Alex & Elia
Hubert: Antonia, Ilan & Spike

This week's shopping lasts 45 minutes and the budget is two grand.

Just before the food is served, a big twist is thrown- each team must eliminate a chef on the spot. Here's who each team has chosen to eliminate:

Michael: Brian
Rick: Betty

Anita: Jamie
Hubert: Spike

Now, for the food:

Anita: Asian buffet w/ an array of sauces & condiments
Michael: Rustic Italian buffet
Hubert: 18 dish buffet
Rick: Mexican food buffet

Let's reveal tonight's top two, therefore making them the first two chefs definitely moving on to next week's finals...













RICK:
Quickfire: 4
Diners: 4.5
Gael: 4
James: 4.5
Jay: 4.5

TOTAL: 21.5

HUBERT:
Quickfire: 3.5
Diners: 3.5
Gael: 5

James: 5
Jay: 5
TOTAL: 22- WIN!

Thanks to a clean sweep with the judges, Hubert Keller has won his second $10,000 for Make a Wish!

Now, let's determine the last finalist and the last eliminated contestant before the finals...














ANITA:
Quickfire: 4
Diners: 3
Gael: 3.5
James: 3
Jay: 3.5
TOTAL: 17

MICHAEL:
Quickfire: 5
Diners: 3.5
Gael: 4
James: 3
Jay: 4
TOTAL: 19.5- ADVANCES TO FINALS

Anita Lo leaves with $20,000 for her charity.

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