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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.

Will Cake Boss Come To São Paulo? (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Veja SP / Lucas Vianna]

[Veja SP / Lucas Vianna]

Apparently Jamie Oliver isn’t the only international chef who’s been won over by his recent experience in Brazil.  On a recent visit to São Paulo, the vociferous Buddy Valastro of cake show Cake Boss, which focuses on the baker’s booming cake business, said that he should open a shop in São Paulo, because it would always be full.  Although he detailed no plans for a bakery, according to Veja SP Valastro did mention that he’d like to produce specific content for Brazil.  Christ the Redeemer, football and Carnaval-inspired cakes are probably in the near future.