Top Chef Masters Watch to Win Contest:
Which exotic ingredient do the chefs cook with?
1. Bugs 99%*
2. Internal Organs
*Percentage who are correct as of the end of the first broadcast
(The chefs are remembering their worst nights at their restaurants.)
John Currence: I almost murdered a pantry cook because he had taken salt to put on top of a crème brûlée and he couldn't make it caramelize, and so he just sent it out to the table. Now, that's not to say that I conducted myself entirely diplomatically, but I didn't kill him.
Mary Sue Milliken: I'll eat every kind of eyeball, brains... I'll eat anything... but bugs.
Celina Tio: (tasting a cricket) Ugh, God. (laughs) They're not very delicious.
John Currence: Were you expecting delicious?
Curtis mentions in his blog at the Bravo website that this was not the first time he's eaten insects. He'd tried crickets in Thailand, and actually rather enjoyed them. He'd also eaten a large earthworm in the Outback with an Aboriginal elder, but he doesn't say whether it was a pleasant experience or not.