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Master Chef Argentina Episode 2: Eggs Benedict, For Some Reason

By Dan Perlman

[Master Chef Argentina]

[Master Chef Argentina]

We’re on to Episode 2, and thankfully, unlike the first season, we’re already full on into the competition. Twenty contestants – Diego, Patricia, Sol, Alejo, Matías, Mercedes, Jacinto, Alan, Lia, Francisco, Julia D, Martín, María, Nadia, Juan Pablo, Claudia, Simone, Mariana, Julia N, Sebastián – glare at the camera during the opening montage, each after stirring or pouring or throwing something, while music like the march of the brooms from Fantasia plays on.

Master Chef Argentina Season 2 Kicks Off With Tears

By Dan Perlman

[Master Chef Argentina]

[Master Chef Argentina]

Masterchef is often viewed, particularly by those of us in the restaurant world, as a sort of ugly stepchild of the Top Chef franchise. But it really isn’t – first off, the original Masterchef, the UK version, was around years before the first episode of Top Chef was ever dreamt of, having first been broadcast in 1990. But there’s no question that the MC franchise has engendered more national spinoffs than any television cooking competition in history – actually, probably than any television competition of any sort. And it doesn’t have a set format – each national version takes their own approach, from the matter of fact, stiff upper lip British version, to the fun and games and demonstration classes of the Australian, to the American Idol-esque US approach.

Brazil’s Comida di Buteco Competition Kicks Off (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

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The biggest homestyle Brazilian cuisine competition starts today! In twenty cities around the country, Comida di Buteco celebrates the quintessentially Brazilian boteco, or small food establishment where people gather to chat over cold beers and small savory snacks. Participating botecos must create a tasty, creative snack employing this year’s theme of fruit, and the public and judges vote for the best. Besides the dish, other factors are included in the decision such as service, hygiene, and temperature of drinks.

San Pellegrino’s Young Chef 2015 Lat Am Finalist Will Be Chosen Today (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 11.42.12 AMFor one lucky chef from Latin America, today is going to be a big day. Right now in São Paulo, chefs Mitsuharu Tsumura of Maido  (Lima), Alex Atala of D.O.M. (São Paulo), and Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil (Mexico), are judging the dishes of the ten semi-finalists who are competing to represent the region at the San Pellegrino Young Chef finals, which will be held in June in Milan. Via social media, the well-known chefs have said that the competition is stiff, and that each of the competitors has a good chance of winning. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know who’ll be heading to the finals.

Para uno chef afortunado de America Latina, hoy será un gran dia. Ahora mismo en São Paulo, los chefs Mitsuharu Tsumura de Maido (Lima), Alex Atala de D.O.M. (São Paulo), y Jorge Vallejo de Quintonil (Mexico D.F.), están jurando los platos de los diez semi-finalistas que están competiendo para representar la región en la final de San Pellegrino Young Chef, que pasará en junio en Milan. A traves de las redes sociales, cada de los chefs prominentes ha dicho que la competencia es fuerte, y que cada de los competidores tiene la oportunidad de ganar. Les mantendremos informados tan pronto como sepamos quien va al gran final.

Watch Top NYC Sommeliers Compete In Wines Of Chile’s Wine Bar Wars (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Wines of Chile]

[Wines of Chile]

Last year in New York City, Wines of Chile brought together nearly 20 of the city’s top sommeliers for a chance to win a trip to Chile. As part of a competition they called Wine Bar Wars, the participating sommeliers were divided into groups, then given two weeks to develop a bar from which they could serve and talk about the incredible variety and selection of Chilean wines. Not just a competition for the sommeliers, the event was a chance for more than 400 guests to taste the great wines for which Chile is gaining notoriety. More simply, it was a big, delicious promotional stunt.

Emiliano Schobert Will Represent Argentina At France’s Bocuse D’Or (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Sorrel Moseley-Williams]

[Sorrel Moseley-Williams]

In just over two weeks, Argentina could, for the first time ever, bring home gold from the rigorous Bocuse D’Or culinary competition, which will take place in Lyon, France. Representing Argentina is Emiliano Schobert, a chef at San Carlos de Bariloche’s El Obrador Escuela de Arte Culinaria, who has been preparing for the competition for close to two years. He, along with Chile’s Mauricio Nuñez, and Guatemala’s Marcos Saenz, will represent Latin America in the competition, all three of whom won their coveted spots after competing at the Azteca Latin American Culinary Competition in 2013.  

Recap: Top Chef Chile Season 1, Episode 3 or, Gigi Is Coming Back Next Week(!!!)

By Doris Bravo
Last night’s Top Chef Chile featured a challenge of international proportions.  With distinguished guests from a variety of embassies on hand, as well as a bunch of cooks that weren’t exactly sure what to do with the cuisine of a country they’d never been to (really, you can’t make ceviche?!), it was another shit show of bungled dishes and upset egos.  Back this week with a spot-on look at this week’s episode, it’s our own resident pop-culture expert Doris Bravo, unapologetic and, frankly, a little upset with a Latin lack of Latin knowledge.  Damn. 

[Top Chef TVN]

[Top Chef TVN]

There were no hijinks on last night’s episode of Top Chef Chile. Just a world cultures test gone wrong. I should’ve guessed there was something odd to come when Judge Pamela Fidalgo explained the “prueba de fuego” in the first round. The contestants needed to apply the brunoise technique to onions since this vegetable, though not originating in the Americas, is a staple of the Latin American kitchen. Okay, that’s kind of a roundabout way of setting up this skills test, but whatever. I love a good skills test since I can barely hold a knife and admire anyone who can dice an onion into small, uniform cubes. The judges evaluated quality and quantity. Three contestants (Carolina Erazo, Quersen Vásquez, and José Luis Calfucura, the “Mapuchef”) made it to the next mini-round, where they made pebre from their onions. Pebre returns and so it seemed we were venturing again into the familiar terrain of Chilean cuisine.

And Here’s The First TV Spot For Master Chef Chile (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Canal 13]

[Canal 13]

The spring television lineup for cooking competitions is really heating up in Chile.  Although we’re most excited about Top Chef, which starts Thursday, September 25, Chile is also about to premiere its first season of Master Chef, which has caught on all over South America, with versions in Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.  The premiere of both shows at roughly the same time could make for some big changes in Chilean cuisine in the next few months, and will certainly make for some huge ratings.  Since we’ve already beat you over the head with previews of Top Chef, here’s the first TV spot for Master Chef, which should be hitting the screen very soon.  It’s a pretty good take on how the general public views food, and could be pretty representative of what to expect from the show.  Enjoy.