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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.

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. 

[TVN]

[TVN]

1 Hour To Cook For 100?! WTF? Top Chef Chile, Episode 6

By Doris Bravo

As the challenges on Top Chef Chile continue to get more difficult each week, the time in which the contestants have to complete their assigned tasks gets shorter, greatly increasing the WTF? element of the show.  That said, the participants’ irreverence for silly rules and impossible time limits is peaking, making, at least, for good drama in what has become a weird contest of teams, rather than individual chefs.  Back as always with a poignant look at just what’s happening over at TVN studios is our own Doris Bravo, equally irreverent in her commentary and unwilling to budge on one judge’s choice in jacket color.  (Salmon was a running theme last night).  

[TVN]

[TVN]

On last night’s episode of Top Chef Chile Sergio Medel’s sass could not be contained. And we should all be grateful that going on episode six at least one of the contestants has a pulse. Meaning, after witnessing the ridiculousness first-hand (impossible time limits, henpecking judges, pointless demos, one flesh-colored chef jacket) Sergio has declared a war of irreverence. My kind of battle. Sergio is too much of a competitor to lose on purpose; his tact is to win with his talent while thumbing his nose at the absurd rules.

‘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.

Last Night’s Master Chef Chile Premiere Crushed Social Media (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Socialmente]

[Socialmente]

Although we’re not going to be doing weekly updates of Master Chef Chile like we have been with Top Chef, it seems as though viewers will be giving more than their fair share of weekly support.  Last night’s premiere of the Chilean version of the show became a trending topic on Twitter not just in Chile, but worldwide.  In just two hours after the show, from 23:00 to 1:00 this morning, more than 10,000 users created over 30,000 comments on social media about the show, tagged with the #MasterChefChile hashtag.  Apparently even a scandal over the casting wasn’t enough to steer away viewers.  In fact, it might have made the show that much more appealing.

According to Socialmente, a social media tracking site, 10,123 unique users generated 32, 526 mentions about the show, 68% of which were positive.  Even Top Chef, with its dedicated fan base, hasn’t hit such heights on social media since its premiere five weeks ago.  Producers will most likely be taking some notes.  Regardless, the buzz that both shows have generated shows a genuine interest from the Chilean public in a new era of food and gourmet eating, which will hopefully mean good things for the local dining scene.  Happy watching.

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

By Patrick Hieger

[Canal 13]

[Canal 13]

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. 

Master Chef Chile Premieres October 26. Here’s The Preview (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Canal 13 / Master Chef]

[Canal 13 / Master Chef]

If the nearly 120 weekly minutes of the wildly popular Top Chef Chile just aren’t enough to satisfy your culinary competition viewing needs, don’t worry.  This Sunday, October 26, that other cooking show, Master Chef Chile, will premiere, giving you twice the viewing options and double the drama.  Ready?

Unlike Top Chef, Master Chef is a competition composed of amateur cooks earning their kitchen stripes week in and week out.  Expect more tears, more dishes that look like mush, and apparently some military helicopters.  Watch the preview and get stoked.  The production value looks pretty top notch.

World Series Watching In Santiago

By Lauren Barragan

[MLB]

[MLB]

(Editor’s Note: We stand as a divided house.  Although we band together as ex-pat baseball fans here at Como Sur HQ, our team rivalries run deep.  Lauren is excited because her Giants are going to another series.  I’m pissed because the Cardinals lost.  So, as a native Missourian, I’m going for the Royals.  If you don’t care about baseball, none of this matters.)

It’s official! The Kansas City Royals will be going head to head with the San Francisco Giants next week for the 2014 World Series. Whether you’re rooting for the biennial champions from the West Coast Bay Area or the overdue, underdog Missourians that haven’t taken home a series ring since 1985, we can make your drinking and viewing choices much easier for you, leaving you more room for the major decision making, i.e. who to support in the series this year. We put together a list for you of the bars that have told us they will be providing cold beers, hot food and clear televisions s for all your diamond-viewing pleasures. It’s enough to make you think you’ve go-go-gadget ‘coptered your way to the good ol’ U.S. of A. to enjoy watching its favorite pastime.