Let's Have Our Own Top Chef Masters Office Pool!
Oh man, are there Top Chef Masters office pools out there? If not, there should be. Wait, what are we waiting for? We could totally make our own, kinda, through the world wide interweb -- whee!
Sorry, still psyched up from last Wednesday's Top Chef Masters on Bravo. The classy reality show continues to deliver with last week's first Champions Round coming right out of the gate with a Quickfire Challenge that divided the group into two teams going head to head in a blindfolded cooking relay race. The teams then stayed together to compete in a grueling wedding food war. In the end, it was Carmen Gonzalez (no!) who had to pack up her knives for essentially doing too much helping and not enough cooking.
Who's going to win it? Place your bet in the comment box below. Our pick after the jump.
We're going with Johnathan Waxman for his Obi Wan-like attitude and simple but crazy-good cooking skills, but worry about the eccentric Susur Lee and dark horse Jody Adams.
Be sure to check out Top Chef Masters on Bravo this Wednesday at 10 p.m. and tune in to Food Network's Chefs vs. City at 9 p.m. on Sunday when they visit Phoenix for a showdown with Ace of Cakes stars Duff Goldman and Geoffrey Manthorne.
Now here's the rest of your foodie viewing schedule so you won't miss a thing.
Monday (May 10)
Martha Stewart Show: "Kid-Friendly Treats." A recipe for blueberry Popsicles and a look at the origins of Martha's fruits and vegetables with photographer Susan Meisel. 9 a.m., Channel 15, ABC
Unwrapped: "Wild & Crazy Candy." Included: gummy eyeballs; a huge jawbreaker hat takes three weeks to make; Nerds Rope. 8:30 p.m., Food Network
Best Food Ever: "Bodacious Bakeries." Sweets are samples at the country's best bakeries. Included: peanut butter French toast; cupcake cocktails.. 9 p.m., TLC
Chocolate Wars: Three top chocolatiers build elaborate chocolate showpieces while competing for $5,000 and a chance to have their work showcased at the Santa Barbara Zoo. 10 p.m., TLC
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: "Mongolia." Andrew travels to Mongolia to see how the people live off the land. 10 p.m., Travel Channel
Tuesday (May 11)
Martha Stewart Show: "Authentic Asian Recipes." Recipes for Japanese food include shabu-shabu. 9 a.m., Channel 15, ABC
Little Chocolatiers: "The Devil Wears Chocolate." A shoe designer requests 30 pairs of high heels made of chocolate. Later, Steve and Kate visit the Utah state Capitol to deliver a chocolate beehive weighing 100 pounds. 10 p.m., TLC
Chopped: "First Things Worst." The chefs must use calf liver in their appetizers; long beans and cuttlefish in the entrées; and a salty condiment in their desserts. 10 p.m., Food Network
Wednesday (May 12)
Oprah Winfrey: "Why Oprah Says She'll Never Diet Again!" Geneen Roth discusses eating and psychological issues she raises in her book "Women, Food and God." 3 p.m., Channel 3, KTVK
(Champions Round!) Top Chef Masters: "Scary Surf & Turf." Cast and crew from "The Simpsons" - voice virtuoso Hank Azaria, creator-writer Matt Groening, and writer Matt Selman - arrive to judge a challenge inspired by the show's characters. Later, the chefs prepare exotic surf-and-turf dishes. 10 p.m., Bravo
Friday (May 14)
Martha Stewart Show: "Chef Charlie Palmer." Recipes for brined pork chops, fingerling potatoes and kale with chef Charlie Palmer and warm-weather cocktails with restaurateur Joe Campanale. 9 a.m., Channel 15, ABC
Kitchen Nightmares: "Sushi Ko." Chef Ramsay visits Sushi Ko in Thousand Oaks, California, a failing second location of a family-owned eatery. Problems include debt, a breakdown of the family dynamic, and a relative who has lost his passion for cooking. 8 p.m., Channel 10, FOX
Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: "Teenage Tasteland." The chefs cater to teen moguls and highbrow food snobs. Also: A woman hires a chef to help her prepare a meal for her husband and friends. 10 p.m., Food Network
Saturday (May 15)
Spice & Easy: "All-American." The host spices up American classics. Included: outside-in burgers with adobo ketchup; maple-pepper sweet-potato wedges; strawberry-vanilla milkshakes. 9:30 a.m., Food Network
30-Minute Meals: "Take Out Take Down." Pork tenderloin with plum barbecue sauce, served with lime-and-green-onion rice and warm shiitake slaw. 10 a.m., Food Network
Unwrapped: "Fried Favorites." Fried foods are the focus. Included: McDonald's French fires; Schwan's mini corn dogs; T.G.I. Friday's snack chips; Cheesecake Factory's friend mac-and-cheese. 9 p.m. Food Network
Sunday (May 16)
Alex's Day Off: "The Perfect Roasted Chicken." Roasted chicken stuffed with lemon and olives, paired with chilled asparagus salad and clams with charred zucchini. 9:30 a.m., Food Network
What Would Brian Boitano Make?: "Cuban Salsa Party." The host prepares a Cuban feast. On the menu: roast pork with citrus-mojo marinade; arroz-con-pollo bites; coconut flan; and blood-orange mojitos. 1 p.m., Food Network
Big Daddy's House: "Show Me the Flavor." Prepared: ham fritters with manchego sauce; mussels with chorizo in a saffron-fennel broth; and sweet-potato turnovers. 1:30 p.m., Food Network
(*Local Focus!) Chefs vs. City: "All-Star Phoenix." "Ace of Cakes" stars Duff Goldman and Geoffrey Manthorne are the challengers in a foodie race through Phoenix. 9 p.m., Food Network