Let us start by admitting that we’re still disappointed that French culinary genius Hubert Keller was not a contestant this season on Top Chef Masters. Add to that how bummed we were that local culinary queen and founding Food Network maven Susan Feniger (aka one of the Two Hot Tamales) got the boot a couple of weeks ago, and we’re a little torn about the way this season is shaking out.
Needless to say, we’re having a hard time deciding who we want to take home the title of Top Chef Master. From what we can tell, Susur Lee is one of those once in a lifetime creative visionaries, but his particular brand of cooking doesn’t really whet our appetites. Marcus Samuelsson seems like a nice enough guy and a talented chef, but he doesn’t seem to overwhelm the judges with innovative cooking. Then there’s Rick Moonen, who comes across like the guy who just wants to grab some attention to get people to come to his restaurant, which, we’re sure, is fabulous. We’ll just have to wait and see who takes home the top prize for his charity of choice.
In the meantime, we’re just happy for the worthy cause of the winning master. If you haven’t checked out each chef’s charity, you should. Maybe send in a little cash on behalf of your favorite.
Here’s the info:
Suser is playing for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education which"is dedicated to transforming U.S. public education for underserved youth."
Marcus Samuelsson is competing on behalf of the Tap Project, a UNICEF sponsored program that is fighting to bring "clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world."
Rick Moonen is representing Three Square a Southern Nevada organization that collects and distributes "rescued food."
And don't forget, Bravo's new series Work of Art starts tonight at 11:00 PM following the Top Chef Masters finale.