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Wednesday, June 9, 2010: Top Chef Masters

by Mindy Monez June 9, 2010 6:00 am
Wednesday, June 9, 2010: <i>Top Chef Masters</i>

Top Chef Masters is the quieter, kinder version of original flavor Top Chef, but I still find it fascinating. Watching seasoned and highly celebrated young chefs get in the kitchen to compete against each other or work together is riveting entertainment. It's not cutthroat reality TV, but it's still engrossing, and the way people act as though the only kind of reality programming that's possibly enjoyable is the "I'm not here to make friends" kind just eludes me. I got four DVRs, people. There's room for all kinds of things!

So we're down to crybaby Susur (he's brilliant, his restaurant is great, but the chip on his shoulder is unattractive), Rick Moonen, who's grown on me, and Marcus Samuelsson, who I liked a lot more when I was just reading about him every day and not actually seeing his personality in action. With Waxman gone there's no crowd favorite Rick Bayless to congenially take the win this season, but, hey, at least there's no Chiarello-esque "villain" to put up with this year.

It could go any of the three ways, but I'm predicting Samuelsson for the win. He's new, he's exciting, he doesn't overdo it and he's at that stage in his career where critics still unapologetically adore him. But who's your pick?

The Top Chef Masters finale airs on Bravo tonight at 10 PM, opposite kind of nothing, unless you count Happy Town.

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