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By Mary Alice Yesky | July 26, 2012
Editor's note: We are thrilled to welcome Mary Alice of Charm City Cakes as our recapper for the new season of "Top Chef Masters. " We think it's a sin that she doesn't have her own Wikipedia page. But she does have a fan page . Take it away, Mary. "Top Chef Masters" season 4 is off! The chef-testants are in Vegas this time around, each vying for 100K to donate to their charity of choice. Curtis Stone is back with his Outback Steakhouse voice to introduce us to this season's contestants, which feature many repeat competitors and heavy hitters.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | September 25, 2013
Frederick County chef Bryan Voltaggio missed out on his shot at "Top Chef" redemption Wednesday, losing to California restaurateur Douglas Keane on the season finale of "Top Chef Masters. " Voltaggio was a contestant in season six of Bravo's "Top Chef" where he was bested by his brother, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio. ("Masters" is one of Top Chef's many spin-offs.) This time around, Bryan Voltaggio competed against non-family members and his winnings went to the charity Share Our Strength, which works to end child hunger in the United States . Voltaggio won $20,000 in weekly challenges throughout the season.  This season featured a twist where the master chefs' colleagues or sous-chefs compete as well.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | August 23, 2012
Our troupe of chefs enter the kitchen still reeling over the Grand Canyon field trip. “What a filling!” says Thierry. Or maybe that was “feeling”. Tricky French accent. He also reveals he's feeling much more competitive now that he's won an elimination challenge. Curtis announces the Quickfire challenge: create two versions of the same dish - one with meat and one vegetarian. Judging the dishes will be Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, otherwise known as the rock duo the Indigo Girls.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | January 3, 2013
[Pre-recap recap: Last week, the chefs dug up their own oysters, Micah won the Quickfire, the Rat City Roller Girls had a "Top Chef"-catered skating party, Padma wowed us with her roller disco moves, Josie got on everyone's last nerve, team Brooke/John won and Bart was sent home. Got it? Good.]  It's dawn in Seattle: We wake up to witness Sheldon methodically sharpening his knives and Stefan methodically applying face cream. No surprise, then, that the challenge is about knife skills.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | September 13, 2012
Kerry, Chris, Lorena and Patricia remain. The Quickfire takes advantage of our even number of chefs left -- the kitchen is divided in half by a long line of red gaffer tape. The chefs are paired off and tasked with creating a dish each, but one must remain on the pantry side, one must stay on the hot line. The guest judge is Johnny Avello, who runs the only sports book in Vegas that holds odds on entertainment -- he's previously held odds on "Top Chef. " He wins as the least interesting and most forgettable guest judge of the season.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | September 25, 2013
Frederick County chef Bryan Voltaggio missed out on his shot at "Top Chef" redemption Wednesday, losing to California restaurateur Douglas Keane on the season finale of "Top Chef Masters. " Voltaggio was a contestant in season six of Bravo's "Top Chef" where he was bested by his brother, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio. ("Masters" is one of Top Chef's many spin-offs.) This time around, Bryan Voltaggio competed against non-family members and his winnings went to the charity Share Our Strength, which works to end child hunger in the United States . Voltaggio won $20,000 in weekly challenges throughout the season.  This season featured a twist where the master chefs' colleagues or sous-chefs compete as well.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | January 3, 2013
[Pre-recap recap: Last week, the chefs dug up their own oysters, Micah won the Quickfire, the Rat City Roller Girls had a "Top Chef"-catered skating party, Padma wowed us with her roller disco moves, Josie got on everyone's last nerve, team Brooke/John won and Bart was sent home. Got it? Good.]  It's dawn in Seattle: We wake up to witness Sheldon methodically sharpening his knives and Stefan methodically applying face cream. No surprise, then, that the challenge is about knife skills.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | August 16, 2012
This week, the chefs leave the comfy confines of their climate controlled Vegas kitchen for a more rustic setting. But first, Curtis introduces the Quickfire by revealing a huge salad bar that the chefs will use to compose a salad. "Here's your salad bar," he says. "It's as big as a whale. And you've got eight minutes to make it set sail. " The chefs dash into the challenge horrified at the short time limit, without getting his musical reference. Der. Eight minutes is indeed a crazy short time, and they are more frenzied than normal.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | August 2, 2012
Episode two starts off right to the point -- there will be no quickfire this week, we have no time for such nonsense! Right to the elimination challenge, which, if you watched last week's preview (or saw the title of this episode), is no surprise.   Curtis introduces the Cheftestants to Jay and Christine, our lovely couple. It's clear that catering their wedding is the challenge, but what's unexpected is their insanely heart-wrenching story: Christine's best friend and maid of honor died unexpectedly and thus they postponed their wedding.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | September 13, 2012
Kerry, Chris, Lorena and Patricia remain. The Quickfire takes advantage of our even number of chefs left -- the kitchen is divided in half by a long line of red gaffer tape. The chefs are paired off and tasked with creating a dish each, but one must remain on the pantry side, one must stay on the hot line. The guest judge is Johnny Avello, who runs the only sports book in Vegas that holds odds on entertainment -- he's previously held odds on "Top Chef. " He wins as the least interesting and most forgettable guest judge of the season.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | August 23, 2012
Our troupe of chefs enter the kitchen still reeling over the Grand Canyon field trip. “What a filling!” says Thierry. Or maybe that was “feeling”. Tricky French accent. He also reveals he's feeling much more competitive now that he's won an elimination challenge. Curtis announces the Quickfire challenge: create two versions of the same dish - one with meat and one vegetarian. Judging the dishes will be Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, otherwise known as the rock duo the Indigo Girls.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | August 16, 2012
This week, the chefs leave the comfy confines of their climate controlled Vegas kitchen for a more rustic setting. But first, Curtis introduces the Quickfire by revealing a huge salad bar that the chefs will use to compose a salad. "Here's your salad bar," he says. "It's as big as a whale. And you've got eight minutes to make it set sail. " The chefs dash into the challenge horrified at the short time limit, without getting his musical reference. Der. Eight minutes is indeed a crazy short time, and they are more frenzied than normal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | August 2, 2012
Episode two starts off right to the point -- there will be no quickfire this week, we have no time for such nonsense! Right to the elimination challenge, which, if you watched last week's preview (or saw the title of this episode), is no surprise.   Curtis introduces the Cheftestants to Jay and Christine, our lovely couple. It's clear that catering their wedding is the challenge, but what's unexpected is their insanely heart-wrenching story: Christine's best friend and maid of honor died unexpectedly and thus they postponed their wedding.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Alice Yesky | July 26, 2012
Editor's note: We are thrilled to welcome Mary Alice of Charm City Cakes as our recapper for the new season of "Top Chef Masters. " We think it's a sin that she doesn't have her own Wikipedia page. But she does have a fan page . Take it away, Mary. "Top Chef Masters" season 4 is off! The chef-testants are in Vegas this time around, each vying for 100K to donate to their charity of choice. Curtis Stone is back with his Outback Steakhouse voice to introduce us to this season's contestants, which feature many repeat competitors and heavy hitters.
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