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Top Chef Masters 5 Seasons 2009

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (33) IMDb 7/10

Calling all foodies...it's time to salivate! "Top Chef Masters," is a spin-off series of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning No. 1 food show on cable, "Top Chef." The judges' table has finally turned - and we'll see what happens when these top chefs are now on the other side. "Top Chef Masters" will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of "Top Chef." In each episode, money will be at stake for the chefs, with the winners of eliminations being awarded cash donations for their charities. The winning chef will receive $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

Starring:
Kelly Choi, Gael Greene
Original air date:
August 19, 2009

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1. Masters Get Schooled

Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys), Christopher Lee (Aureole), Michael Schlow (Radius Restaurant), and Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro) are the first to draw knives and kick off a whole new level of culinary competition.

CC TV-14 June 10, 2009 44 minutes
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2. The Lost Supper

Operating on an extremely tight budget, the chefs must create the perfect amuse bouche using only what they can find in a vending machine.

CC TV-14 June 17, 2009 44 minutes
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3. Offal Tasty

Chefs take their skills to the street. Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill), Wilo Benet (Pikayo), and Ludo Lefebvre (Ludo Bites) set out to cook the most appealing treat for Los Angeles pedestrians using the unique ingredients provided.

CC TV-14 June 24, 2009 44 minutes
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4. Magic Chefs

Top Chef Masters brings together distinguished chefs Anita Lo, Douglas Rodriguez, John Besh and Mark Peel. The Masters find their hands tied in the quickfire challenge, and then must create culinary magic to awe their high-profile guests.

CC TV-14 July 8, 2009 43 minutes
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5. Miniaturize Me

The final four chefs face a food group they typically avoid for this week's quickfire: junkfood. Michael Chiarello, Rick Moonen, Nils Noren and Lachlan McKinnon Patterson are then put on the spot as they are pushed to make the perfect 3 course mini meal.

CC TV-14 July 15, 2009 44 minutes
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6. Trick In A Box

Knives are drawn and the display of extraordinary talent begins in the most ordinary of places - a grocery store. Master chefs Roy Yamaguchi (Roy's Restaurants), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Michael Cimarusti (Providence), and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto) pass the quickfire round and are faced with a mystery box from which they must concoct their elimination challenge meals.

CC TV-14 July 22, 2009 44 minutes
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7. Champions Round Begins

The top six chefs have advanced to the finals and now must face-off for the ultimate title of Top Chef Master. Each is asked to produce their signature dish, only to find they must then re-create their competitor's unique dish.

CC TV-14 July 29, 2009 44 minutes
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8. Dietary Restrictions

It's a battle of the burgers as the five remaining chefs strive to create an American classic. In the elimination challenge, the Masters must prepare the perfect meal for an exclusive celebrity lunch thrown by actress and singer-song-writer Zooey Deschanel.

CC TV-14 August 5, 2009 44 minutes
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9. Masters Of Disaster

In a decisive testing of the palate, the final four chefs enter their last quickfire challenge blindfolded. The elimination round presents the Chefs with the goal of catering a large event - only they are not allowed to touch the food.

CC TV-14 August 12, 2009 44 minutes
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10. Top Chef Master

In the climactic finale of "Top Chef Masters," three accomplished chefs stand to face their final challenge - the creation of a four-course meal. Sounds simple enough, but each course must be inspired by a certain memory from their past.

CC TV-14 August 19, 2009 44 minutes
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I really enjoy the Top Chef series for the ideas, techniques, and creativity. You add to your cullinary education and get some entertainment in one place. I love the Masters series even more, because there is more cooking, more skill, less drama. The regular Top Chef series, while enjoyable, has been going the way of the myriad of other "reality" shows--too much drama, too much fighting, and too much mugging for the cameras. The masters series has some extras, some fun, some crazy moments, but they add to the show and do not detract from the cooking--which is supposed to be the point of the show. They also picked some great chefs to compete, like Hubert Keller who is a cullinary Yoda with a french accent, and Jonathan Waxman who is like Jerry Garcia with a chef knife. Great show.
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First of all I am a 'foodie' this does not mean I am a great cook or chef. Enjoy watching Food Network and Bravo's Top Chef . The competition between the Top Chefs Masters is entirely different than that of the Top Chefs. It appears that the Masters - or professionals - hold each other in higher regard and would not be subversive to win the competition. I cannot wait until Season 2 is released on DVD. We are such fanatics - we have kept weekly scorecards with winners and those who have been eliminated and it is shared among our group.

Also, for Christmas gifts I have received the Quickfire Cookbook and a Top Chef coat.
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yes it was a great dvd and I will conrinue to enjoy it thank you very much I would buy again
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Having been a fan of the series, Top Chef Masters was a brilliant addition!
I had watched the series on TV when it first aired and was elated to see it available on Amazon that I had to have it.
In addition to being geared for great charities and causes, I loved seeing how Master Chefs handled previous quick fire challenges and critiques.
This will always be one of my favorite shows.
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"Top Chef Masters" is the spin-off of Bravo's immensely successful Top Chef The Cookbook Instead of Padma Lakshmi, there's Lindsay Cho (tho the former appears in the finale) Instead of pitting newbie chefs against each other, this version has competition of experienced chefs. The show has a confusing layout. Instead of starting out with 24 chefs in the initial episode... it starts with 4. This episode introduces Hubert Keller, the Alsatian chef who opened Fleur de Lys in San Francisco,and cooked at the White House.

Hubert Keller is a Gallic Gandalf. He makes magic in the kitchen. His other competitors are less well-known. The chefs are competing for various charities,which is admirable. "Top Chef Masters" is guilty pleasure fun!
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This was just okay in comparison to Top Chef. I didn't like the format of the individual 4-chef challenges with the top chefs competing in the end. I would have preferred the same format as Top Chef, with all chefs competing in each challenge to the bitter end. I think that is more fair & entertaining. Overall, I did enjoy the series. I wish all Top Chef & Top Chef Masters series were available on DVD. I don't have a laptop, I-pad, or streaming capability & don't feel like watching episodes at my computer desk.
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Are featured in this season: Chef Elizabeth Falkner & Chef Suzanne Tracht. Especially in episode 2 when they first see each other. I have to love the fact that Chef Tracht looked like she was totally checking out Chef Falkner. (I don't blame her...I'd be checking out Chef Falkner too if I was her.)
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My daughter and I love watching Top Chef Masters. As a series, I would give it 5 stars. One of the reasons for this is that there are so many high quality people with so much talent and integrity. In this episode, however, I was really really disappointed in Jonathan Waxman. For the elmination round, each chef chose a knife with the name of another chef on it, and they were responsible for shopping and choosing ingredients for that chef to prepare a dish. In every case other than Jonathan Waxman, the top chefs chose exactly what they knew their competitors would most want as their ingredients, (because they all know what is the specialty of the others). However, In chef Waxman's case, he "denied" his competitor with his specialty, which was seafood. I thought that showed a lack of class and even a certain amount of sabotage. (Ironically, earlier in the show, he was the chef quoted as saying there was no such thing as sabotage among master chefs). Compare this to the sentiment expressed by chef Roy Yamaguchi, that he picked exactly what his chosen chef wanted because you have to "set people up for success."
It seemed to me that Waxman was scared that the seafood chef might get a higher score than he would, since the seafood chef (Michael Cimarusti) had won the quickfire.
In the entire series, I have had great admiration for most all the chefs... except in this episode, I really ended up disliking and losing all respect for Jonathan Waxman.
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