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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Top Chef Masters, Week 7: Of Love and Body Parts (Some Severed)

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Gael Greene: Fan of the kama sutra. - STEVEN RICHTER
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  • Gael Greene: Fan of the kama sutra.

Last night's Top Chef Masters began with senses-blocking toys: blindfolds and earplugs and and nose plugs, oh my. For the Quickfire, the cheftestants could have only one orifice (or limb) open at a time, going from their mouths, to their noses, to their hands, to their ears.

Hugh(nibrow) proved victorious, from his gummi-sensitive hands to his keen ear for the sound of oysters being shucked and toast being buttered.

For the Elimination, we went from the standard senses to the biggest organ of all, the human heart. We were introduced to a guy who was ready to propose to his girlfriend, and the Masters were asked to create a six-course meal to document their love ― and to be tasted by the judges along with more than 20 other couples. Hugh summed it up most eloquently: "This is poignant ... and makes me throw up in my mouth." We learned that the dream girl in question introduced her guy to sushi, and tricked him into thinking that salmon was chicken. How dumb is he? The best moment was Mary Sue's shock that he'd never eaten shellfish, "You think you're ready to get married, and you never had clams or mussels?"

Our very own Traci decided to take on desserts this time around, but it proved a challenge, especially since the kitchen scale was off. Sadly, she wasn't the only one who had bad luck. Mary Sue chopped off the top of her thumb during this lovable challenge.

The insatiable Gael Greene was a guest judge. She remarked how sad she was to tear apart the spooning kama sutra shrimp on Floyd's dish. Best part of the episode was listening to our favorite story about Gael Greene's hour with Elvis, involving a hotel room and later, a sandwich order. That's always and forever so darn hot!

The dinner was nice, but pretty sweat-inducing since everyone was on proposal watch. Finally, when the dessert plates arrived scrawled with the magic words "je t'aime," the girlfriend sort of got it. Then Curtis stole the show with an announcement, and passed it on to the gentleman to ask the all-important question. Relax, it wasn't the most awkward moment in TV history: She said yes!

The winner was Naomi for her porcini-braised chicken thigh and sweet potatoes two ways. Tracy, Hugh, and Celina were at the bottom. The couple may have had a thing for pretzels and beer at sporting events, but Celina's plain pretzel with salad on a plate didn't woo the judges ― she was sent packing.

Next week's episode promises to be less about love and more about chemistry ... at an edible science fair. Sounds geeky. We'll be watching

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