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Top Chef Chile: Pre-Finale Musings

By Doris Bravo

Do forgive our resident gossip / food competition / reality television / pop culture expert Doris Bravo.  She had to take a couple weeks off, as life sometimes requires.  She was, however, keeping abreast of the first-ever season of Top Chef Chile, and the impending final that should, we think, happen this week.  Below, get a taste of what Doris expects from the finale, and a brief look back at what has been, well, an interesting first season.  Tomorrow’s finale should be nothing short of, uh, jaw-dropping.  And perhaps enraging. 

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It all ends tomorrow. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe after last week’s cliffhanger. The last handful of episodes have had so many curveballs I wonder what other tricks Top Chef Chile has up its sleeve. From the looks of it, Judge Carlo von Mühlenbrock is as ready as we are for the show to be over. The entire season has been peppered with the usual angry-chef-in-the-kitchen hijinks. But the observant viewer has no doubt noticed Judge Carlo stewing in the shadows, horrified by lousy technique, poor recipe choices, and bad behavior. It nearly all came to a head on last week’s episode when the black cake topped with blood, carrots, and a butcher knife pushed Judge Carlo to the breaking point. It’s obvious by now that he lacks a sense of humor, but taking Top Chef Chile so seriously is seriously not worth it. With every week his glorious man bun seems to be getting tighter and tighter, constricting the blood supply to his face. The stress that awaits him in the Finale may cause his top to finally blow.

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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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. 

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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.

Watch Top Chef Chile Judge Carlo Von Muhlenbrock Make Potato Salad (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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When Chilean chef Carlo Von Muhlenbrock isn’t hard at work busting balls with his co-judges on Top Chef Chile, he’s at his latest culinary headquarters in Santiago, Carlo Cocina, whipping up new takes on Chilean classics.  Part gourmet market and part restaurant, Carlo and his team have collected some of the top culinary products from around Chile to display and cook with, giving diners a chance to taste the evolution of Chilean cuisine.  In this new clip with CNN Chile, watch as Von Muhlenbrock utilizes a few of those same products, like Chile’s famous Cahuil salt and By Maria pickles to make an updated version on the classic ‘papas mayo,’ a.k.a. potato salad.  Even if dairy and potatoes aren’t your thing, you can at least watch the chef in action, rather than in Top Chef contestant’s faces.

Top Chef Chile Restaurant Wars: 2.5 Hours Of Under Pressure Drama

By Doris Bravo

Whoa.  At two and a half hours long with commercials, last night’s episode of Top Chef Chile was an absolute epic.  With the first ever restaurant wars in Chile, tempers flared, pots were banged, flames flew out of every corner possible, and there was A LOT of crying.  Back, after trying to get some sleep, with a poignant look at last night’s episode that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning, is our own resident pop culture expert Doris Bravo, and she’s not happy.  If you watched last night and have something to say, let us know in the comments.  We’ve been getting them all morning. 

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Out With The Old: Top Chef Chile, Episode 5

By Doris Bravo

TVN predicted it would be an unexpected episode, and boy was it.  Get the dirt, the details, and one hell of an opinion from our resident expert on the topic of Top Chef, Doris Bravo.

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No more Mr. Nice Guy. José Luis Calfucura (aka “Mapuchef”) entered last night’s “última oportunidad” round with steely resolve, summoning his inner “weichafe” (the Mapuche word for “warrior”). He spent the challenge sulking and snubbing any chitchat from the other contestants. To my knowledge I saw no warrior spirit fire emanate from his hands but then again José Luis is a subtle type of person. Since Top Chef Chile began Mapuchef has distinguished himself as the most downer cast member. The barely audible mumble of his voice, his frozen face, his slow movements. By his own estimates he got angry last night. I didn’t see it, but there definitely was a considerable amount of vitriol launched his way at the close of the final round. Before we get to those juicy bits, here is some background.

Master Chef Chile: “Top Chef Seemed More Like A Battle Of Egos” (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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Although it doesn’t really matter now, Top Chef Chile could have been a very different show, had it landed in the hands of the producers of Master Chef Chile, which will premiere this Sunday, October 26.  Sergio Nakasone, the mastermind producer behind many of the hit reality programs on Canal 13, had the chance to tackle Top Chef, but didn’t want it.  Top Chef seemed more to us like a battle of egos between people who were already involved in the business.  Here, instead, you tell the stories of common people, which we follow as they take their first steps as a chef until they become one,” Nakasone told El Mercurio.  Those are high hopes for a group of 40 amateurs chosen out of a massive casting.

However, with a producer who’s got the Midas touch, as well as a 750 square meter studio full of the latest equipment and an endless pantry of ingredients, Master Chef Chile, couple with Top Chef Chile, could ring in a whole new era of programming, and perhaps culture, for Chile.  At the very least, after a casting scandal in which a beauty queen got in and those who didn’t accused the show of fixing the casting, it will be interesting to watch.  You’ll find us on the sofa on Sunday night. 

Recap: 120 Minutes Of Top Chef Chile, Episode 4

By Doris Bravo

“Last night clocked in at nearly 120 minutes, way past my bedtime and entertainment threshold.”  She may love some pop culture, but even our resident expert on the topic, Doris Bravo, has her limits.  Last night’s episode was nearly two hours of very small dishes, focused almost entirely on the sea.  Even if you didn’t catch it, get the gist, and the point, below. 

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In order to discuss last night’s episode of Top Chef Chile it’s better to start at the end. Three contestants once again competed in the “última oportunidad” round: Carolina Erazo, Sergio Medel, and César Parada. For no apparent reason other than to give Judge Ciro Watanabe some camera time, the challenge was to prepare a Chilean-Japanese fusion dish in 40 minutes. After Judge Ciro’s demo, where he breezily prepared a Chilean Nikkei version of gyozas, the three contestants set off to prepare their dishes. There was much running around and trash talk (notably between Sergio and César) which the prudish Judge Carlo von Mühlenbrock didn’t appreciate. Clutch the pearls, the Top Chef Chile kitchen is not the nunnery where Judge Carlo apparently cooks.