Another season of seasoned professionals, amazing food, and not-all-that-much drama has come to an end...and this year Marcus Samuelson, with his African and Swedish roots, takes home the top prize. But did the bloggers think he deserved it? We'll find out:
Jordan Baker is perplexed: "It’s not that I don’t think Marcus Samuelsson is a fantastic chef – he is, in case you hadn’t noticed, Marcus Bloody Samuelsson—but the show gave the impression that he won with one course in his meal that the diners flatly didn’t like, or at the very least didn’t 'get.'"
CBS News on a Colicchio faux pas: "In a bit of a spoiler, Tom Colicchio congratulated Samuelsson on Twitter just after 11 ET-two hours before the show was broadcast on the west coast."
Reality TV Magazine on Marcus's second dish (yum): "His second course, inspired by a duck dinner that he cooked while his grandmother was sick, would be salt cured duck with foie gras ganache and tomato jam. After he cooked this meal for his family, due to the praises and feedback he had gotten was the moment he knew he wanted to be a chef."
Grub Street on who got robbed: "It’s only fair to say that Susur was robbed (the Bravo poll showed 47 percent in favor of him), but Top Chef Masters has its own agenda to worry about, one which seemed this year to focus on giving the top prize to a hot, young chef with style and culinary flair to boot."
Reality Wanted waxes (ha! get it?) nostalgic: "Remember the effortless win that Rick Bayless gave us last season? While everyone competed, Rick sailed the Zen-master Mexican seas to the win. I really thought we would see Jedi Master Jonathan Waxman surf in on the same slow, steady wave, but alas it was not meant to be."