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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.

Kickstarter Project ‘De Vuelta’ Wants To Reunite Latin Immigrants With Their Culture And Cuisine (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[De Vuelta / Kickstarter]

[De Vuelta / Kickstarter]

With Christmas now just a little more than two days away, if you haven’t done anything charitable yet this holiday season, now just might be your chance.  A new Kickstarter project called ‘De Vuelta’ would like to bring Latin American immigrants now based in the United States back to their native countries to rediscover the sights, the flavors, the smells and the sounds that they knew as a child, before heading to the United States to find a new home.  In an era where everyone and their brother is trying to make a culinary travel show, this one sounds like it at least has a foundation rooted in something more than just eating on camera.  

And The Winner Of The First-Ever Top Chef Chile Is…

By Doris Bravo

Sadly, our in-house pop culture expert Doris Bravo is back with her final installment of her Top Chef Chile weekly reviews.  It’s been one hell of a ride for all the contestants involved, though for Doris’ blood pressure, it might be good that the first-ever season has come to an end.  We’re already looking forward to next season.  For now, get Doris’ take on the finale, and a strong win for the ladies.  Game-changer, folks. 

[TVN]

[TVN]

For numerous reasons I can’t address in this review, pre-Columbian culture in Chile is not as palpable as it is among our neighbors (Peru, Bolivia, etc.) The indigenous communities that survived the Conquest have been pushed to the margins of society while historic groups are a faint memory in the national psyche. Last night’s extravagant finale of Top Chef Chile awkwardly mimicked a sacrificial ceremony, or rather, what Hollywood would’ve crafted had the Indiana Jones franchise ever come to Latin America.

Redemption Cooking: Top Chef Chile, Episode 9

By Doris Bravo

Last night, seven of the retired chefs had the chance to fight their way back into the competition.  There was (raw) lobster, frustration, and ultimately, another upset.  Back again for another look at just what’s going on in the Top Chef Chile kitchens is our own reality cooking expert, Doris Bravo.  The drama, below. 

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[TVN]

Watch Nat Geo’s ‘One Wey’ Discover The Best Of Santiago Dining (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nat Geo]

[Nat Geo]

Little by little, Chile is starting to gain international recognition for the wealth of products that the country has to offer, from Andean tubers to spices from the desert, and more than 4,000 km of coast line teeming with the best seafood in the world.  To get a taste of this bounty, Pata de Perro of Nat Geo’s Latin American travel show One Wey, landed in Santiago to begin his tour of the country’s diverse terrain and unique culinary offerings.  Santiago may not yet have the fame that cities like São Paulo or Lima have, but with one of the top restaurants in Latin America, and king crab available almost year round, the bevvy of delights is well worth the trip.

Watch here as Alonso Vera eats his way through Santiago, from the Mercado Central to Boragó, discovering ingredients that can only be found in Chile, to the wines that have been slowly winning over the world.  If you like what you see, hit up our partner FoodyChile, and they can arrange a Nat Geo quality tour for you.  Provecho! 

Too Many Teardrops, For One Heart, To Be Crying: Top Chef Chile, Episode 8

By Doris Bravo

Wow.  In case you missed last night’s tear-jerker of an episode of Top Chef Chile, our resident reality cooking expert Doris Bravo is back with a box of tissues, and some tough love.  For all the emotional details, read below. 

[TVN]

[TVN]

In case you thought I might let up, I’m still clocking Top Chef Chile. Last night’s episode had a running time of 140 minutes; after last week’s epic, shaving 10 minutes off the clock made a small difference. A half hour of the running time was dedicated to emotionally torturing the contestants. By now we’re all used to a choppy start to Top Chef Chile: the credits roll and the judges announce the challenge. Then host Julián Elfenbein jumps in to peddle something from a sponsor (sometimes in split screen, so he can banter with himself) and then a few commercials run. After 15 minutes, though, the viewer knows that there will be cooking.

‘Cocinando Sudamérica’ Premieres Sunday On Canal 13C (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Cocinando Sudamérica]

[Cocinando Sudamérica]

Back in August, we told you about the team behind Cocinando Sudamérica, the project of a small team of South American natives and a couple of New Zealanders, that sought to explore the variety of cuisines and culinary traditions throughout South America.  After months of traveling, learning, and editing the incredible amount of footage they’d gathered, the first episode is ready to premiere. The journey promises to be epic.

In preparation of the show’s premiere, the team has released a small trailer.  Throughout their time on the road, they logged more than 40,000 kilometers and 800 hours on the road, spending all of their combined savings.  If the footage is able to bring to life even half of the enthusiasm that the participants had in creating the show, it could make for the most exciting program of the year.  Cocinando Sudamérica will show on Sundays at 16:30 on Canal 13C.  We know where we’ll be on Sunday.

Watch This Trailer For ‘Mind of a Chef’ In Argentina (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[PBS]

[PBS]

Even if you haven’t yet heard of Mind of a Chef, don’t worry, it’s not too late.  The show, which airs on PBS in the United States, is produced by Anthony Bourdain’s Zero Point Zero production company, and aims, well, to get in the minds of some of today’s leading–though sometimes overlooked–chefs working in the industry.  The first season was all about David Chang, followed in season two by April Bloomfield and Sean Brock.  In season three, currently airing now, things have started to break out of the United States, featuring Magnus Nilsson of Sweden’s Fäviken, as well as Edward Lee, the Kentucky-based chef who was narrowly knocked out in Season 10 of Top Chef.

Although Mind of a Chef airs exclusively in the States, the good part for the rest of us is that PBS streams full episodes after they’ve premiered.  This is especially good, because the forthcoming episode 3 of the current season features Edward Lee hanging out with none other than Prometheus himself, Francis Mallman, cooking on a remote island in Argentina.  For now, you can watch the trailer, which is perhaps the most epic 45 seconds of chef talk you’ll ever see.  “How come the smoke doesn’t bother you?” Lee asks Mallmann.  “I’m used to it.  I live in smoke,” he responds.  Fire, meat, elements.  This might be the best episode of food television ever created.  We’ll let you know when the full episode comes out.