As I expected and hoped, from day one, Rick Bayless won Top Chef Masters last night. Each of the chefs cooked the meal of his life and but there were stumbles. In Rick’s case, it was overcooked seafood. Hubert Keller’s triple blanched garlic clove was judged as too raw for the preparation. The table seemed a bit put off by Michael Chiarello’s fish crispy. Chiarello’s short ribs, however, were probably what moved him up to second place.
We expect to be eating at Frontera in the near future. (The wait for a table can’t get much worse, can it?) Now, I need an excuse to get to Napa and San Francisco so I can try Chiarello’s gnocchi and Keller’s stew.