Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sush: Top Chef

This is for all you foodies out there! Do take note if you're looking for something to fill in those evenings whilst the other US TV shows are still on their summer break.

I've been an avid follower of Top Chef since 2007 when my friend Foong introduced it to me. Its a cooking competition made up of 14 chefs in the USA who applied to participate in the competition. One chef gets eliminated each week, until the last 2 or 3 chefs remain and they have the biggest cook-off to fight for the title of Top Chef.

What really got me hooked was the creation of such spectacular and creative dishes. With challenges being thrown in every 'Elimination Round' that the chefs have to work with, it forces the chefs to think on their feet and be flexible. Of course, in every reality show, there's drama and always that one annoying dude.

Recently just this summer, the producers came up with Top Chef Masters which is a spin-off from the original show. This was only 10 episodes and I found this so much more enjoyable because:

a) It was all for charity - the winner master chef would get $100,000 for the charity of choice.

b) These were no amateur or sous chefs. These were veterans in the industry, made up of Michelin star restaurant owners, and top reviewed chefs in the country. Most of them were also past guest judges from the original show.

Because it was all in the good name of charity, the show was more relaxed and many more laughs went around during the actual competition itself. Its also amazing how these chefs have such respect for each other. And omg, the FOOD they created - the FOOD was OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD.

Click here if you want to find out more. :) There are currently 5 seasons of Top Chef and the 6th season has just started.

This definitely gets my tummy rumbling right before I go to bed and also makes me aspire to own my own bakery one day.

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