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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Napa Chef Cooks Up Menudo on 'Top Chef Masters' Street Food Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge No, not this Menudo. - ACESHOWBIZ.COM
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  • No, not this Menudo.
Last night, Napa chef/restaurant owner Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Go Fish) was the third Bay Area contestant on the Bravo TV series Top Chef Masters, and she had to face an offal game. Competing against Rick Bayless, Wilo Benet, and Ludo Lefebvre, the Elimination Challenge took it to the streets, and asked chefs to craft their finest pavement cuisine out of various innards.

When you get lemons, you make lemonade, so Pawlcyn made menudo (the traditional soup from Mexico) with her tripe. Though, in the end, it was not enough to wrest the final win from Bayless, we enjoyed hearing about the Girls Who Eat Guts Club that Pawlcyn said she's formed back home.

Watch the video of Pawlcyn's exit interview after the jump.

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