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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.

Ditch Santiago And Get International This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Fiesta de las Naciones]

[Fiesta de las Naciones]

Back this weekend for its fifth edition, Chile’s Fiesta de las Naciones will feature food and drink from around the world, as well as live music, cultural shows, and a whole slew of activities for the family.  Kicking off a month of parties at the Malloco fair ground, which later this month will host the (in)famous Oktoberfest, ex-pats from around the world will be cooking up their homeland’s cuisine, featuring countries as far as Japan and Egypt, to Chilean neighbors like Argentina and Peru.  This weekend is Chile’s chance to put the completo down and explore a whole world of cuisine.

Fiesta de las Naciones begins today, October 10, and runs through Sunday, October 12.  Entry to the event is CLP $4.000 for adults, $2.500 for seniors and children, or anyone dressed in typical garb from one of the participating countries.  Centro de Eventos Munich is located at Balmaceda 2933 (Camino antiguo a Melipilla km 31) in Malloco.