Top Chef Masters

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (72)

  • Jay: (about Michael's crudo) If you're offered limited cooking facilities, it does seem to me to be cheating slightly to avoid the issue by not cooking one of the dishes at all.

  • (Working with the food he accidentally put in the freezer overnight) Tim Love: You can choose two paths when something like that happens to you. You can sit down and cry about it, and complain about it, or you can go, 'Now it's my job as a chef to make it happen.'

  • (About cooking in a dorm room using a hot plate, microwave and toaster oven.) Christopher: It's gonna be very hard to do our challenge. It's like saying you're gonna cook a three-course meal on a car engine. It's the same difference.

  • (The overly critical red-headed Girl Scout comments on Christopher's French toast.) Jr. Girl Scout #2: I think it's kinda crunchy. Like a little bit burnt to me? (Christopher starts laughing) Hubert: I think she's gonna be a future food critic. Christopher: Yeah, right? This is the New York Times critic 20 years from now, man.

  • Hubert: The scary part is when they start giving you lifetime achievement awards. It's like, before you are passing away they will quickly give you that (laughing) achievement.

  • Michael: I'm not sure any of us are truly masters. I think we're all still students.

  • Tim: (laughing after losing to Hubert's whipped cream mouse) I knew I should have done a damn mouse!

  • Christopher: (as they start on the dessert QuickFire Challenge) How ya doing, Tim? Tim: Well, I'm about to have a shot of Tequila. (Christopher laughs, but Tim's serious) Keep the nerves down a little bit.

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Notes (39)

  • Although the press release for this episode mentioned drawing knives to determine who competed in the episode (à la Top Chef's team challenges), if a scene was filmed depicting the activity it did not make the final cut for broadcast.

  • Jay Rayner wasn't able to be in LA for some of the early filming days for this episode due to a delay in getting his Visa from the US Gov't, and was therefore unable to do one of the chef introduction scenes which his fellow critics did. His place was filled at the last minute by regular Top Chef Judge Gail Simmons.

  • The Top Chef franchise returns to Los Angeles for Top Chef Masters. The second season of Top Chef was filmed in LA. One of the four chefs competing in this episode, Hubert Keller, was a Guest Judge during season two, but he did not appear while the competition was in Los Angeles; he was on the Judges' Table for the finale in Hawaii.

  • Wylie is one of only two chefs that Critic Jay Rayner had ever interacted with prior to appearing on Top Chef Masters. Unfortunately, that interaction included Wylie offering to "take it outside" after Jay referred to Wylie as being "gastronomically illiterate" in a review.

  • According to Kelly Choi in her blog, the vending machines were acting up terribly when the chefs were trying to make their purchases, especially for Wylie – the machine would either swallow his quarters, or the arms wouldn't release enough to drop his selections. The production team's solution was to kick the machines repeatedly until the chefs got their products.

  • Elizabeth also made some coconut crêpes for her Elimination round dish, but unfortunately they didn't make it onto the plate.

  • Douglas' attempt to serve soup in a flaming coconut was agreed by all the diners to have been a failure in execution, but by none more than Guest Critic Gail Simmons. This is because shortly before this episode was filmed, she traveled to Vietnam and was served a marvelous shrimp soup that was actually cooked inside a coconut that is set on fire on the outside using alcohol. Sterno, which Douglas used, is a petroleum based gel that has a very strong odor, and the vapors from it added a very unpleasant taste to his dish.

  • According to her blog at the Bravo website, Gael had never been in the Magic Castle before the episode was filmed, but she was quite familiar with some aspects of it- she had written an article a number of years ago on "The Best Bathrooms in Los Angeles", and the Magic Castle made the list!

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Trivia (25)

  • First Run Fan Poll: Who has to be the toughest cookie in the restaurant biz? 1. The Chefs 52% 2. The Food Critics 25% 3. The Hostess 23% (all percentages are as of the end of the initial broadcast) This season's prize is a personal dinner at the Top Chef Masters winner's restaurant.

  • First Run Fan Poll: Which chef would you want to be stranded on a desert island with? 1. Elizabeth 19% 2. Graham 24% 3. Suzanne 12% 4. Wylie 45% (all percentages are as of the end of the initial broadcast.)

  • First Run Fan Poll: Which of these offal choices is the most awful? 1. Ears 35% 2. Heart 25% 3. Stomach 32% 4. Tongue 08% (all percentages are as of the end of the initial broadcast.)

  • Nitpick: The editing for Chef John Besh's presentation of his Elimination dish was a bit disjointed as far as continuity. When he was first shown, he held a bowl and a whisk, and in the second cut, he was shown holding a two protective gloves in one hand, and in the third, holding one glove in each hand.

  • First Run Fan Poll: Which coast's cuisine is more delicious? 1. East 52% 2. West 18% 3. Neither, the middle is! 30% (all percentages are as of the end of the initial broadcast.)

  • First Run Fan Poll: What's the biggest difference between a Master and a Chef'testant? 1. Confidence 17% 2. Experience 76% 3. Bank account 07% (all percentages are as of the end of the initial broadcast.)

  • Top Chef Masters Ultimate Fan Challenge:
    Who wrote about an affair with Elvis in her memoirs?
    1. Anita Lo
    2. Cindy Pawlcyn
    3. Gael Greene
    Note: The prize for this contest was $10,000. This contest replaced the fan poll and would run for the next four weeks with no results aired until the final episode. Voters had until August 12, 2009, to cast their votes.

  • Anita was the top Master this week, winning another $10,000 for her charity of choice. Suzanne was the least successful Master, and is out of the competition.

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Allusions (9)

  • Jr. Girl Scout #1: (about Michael's peanut butter chocolate candy) Those, um, kinda taste like Tagalongs. Christopher: Whose cookies are those? Michael: Not mine! I'm not taking credit for 'em. She is referencing one of the eleven different cookies girl scouts of all types sell each year. The Tagalong is a chocolate-covered cookie with a layer of peanut butter inside, which is why Michael's candy reminds her of it, and why he refuses to take responsibility for producing the equivalent of a boxed cookie.

  • Title: "The Lost Supper" Tonight's episode title is a wordplay on the story of the Last Supper found in the New Testament, where Jesus eats a last meal before Judas betrays him and he's crucified.

  • Douglas: It's cool that we get to cook for Doogie Howser! Douglas is stoked to be cooking for actor Neil Patrick Harris, star of the current comic TV show How I Met Your Mother, as well as the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., which followed the life of a teenage genuis who became a board certified surgeon at age 16.

  • Michael: (teasing Rick) You're like the Johnny Cash of cooking! Michael is alluding to Johnny Cash's penchant for wearing black (earning him the nickname The Man in Black), as Rick does in this episode.

  • This episode's title is a play on the character "Mini Me" played by Verne Troyer from the 1999 hit comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

  • Art: (referring to Roy) Sir Spamalot, you are!
    Art is getting several references in here, most notably for Monty Python's Spamalot, which is a broadway musical version of the comic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It's also a nod to Roy's Hawaiian heritage, since Spam is so popular there it's sometimes called "The Hawaiian Steak".

  • Michael: To be in the top three of the first twenty-four chefs chosen to do this is like, Rocky Marciano, Rocky Balboa, and Rocky's trainer all fighting at the same time. And you get to the end, and you're all just throwing punches!
    Rocky Marciano was a the heavyweight champion of the world from Sept 1952 to Apr 1956. He's the only heavyweight champion to end his career having won every fight. Rocky Balboa is the fictional boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky film franchise; Burgess Meredith played his trainer in the first few movies.

  • Jimmy: (when asked how he liked working with Govind) Ebony and ivory. "Ebony and Ivory" was a hit duet in the '80s by two masters of the music world, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The phrase "ebony and ivory" in the song refers to the keys of a piano, which harmonize beautifully together, and then asks why men of different races can't do the same thing.

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