It’s Okay To Be Inappropriate On Top Chef Masters

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On last night's Top Chef Masters, after an embarrassing taste test challenge (Anita Lo not being able to recognize hoisin sauce or peanut butter was SAD), the master chefs were paired up with a stunning parade of former Top Chef contestants, all of whom acted just a little bratty when the master chefs didn't immediately recognize their brilliance. Richard Blais even explained, while trying to get Anita Lo to put him on her team that he was a “runner up” and that he should have won his season, instead of Stephanie Izard. But that was nothing compared to the fight between Chef Michael Chiarello and Season 4 contestant Dale Talde.  Chiarello forgot Dale's name and called him “young man,” which in addition to just acting like a tool, did not make Dale happy. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't care and besides, this is just how chefs act: topchefmasters_daletalde

“Looking back, I cannot see myself handling it in a different way. When confronted by this “Master” chef, I took his comments and tone to be insulting. Had this situation taken place with, for example Joel Robuchon, Charlie Trotter, Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse, I know I would react differently, as I have had nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for these great chefs.

My apologies if my reaction negatively impacted my team and the other chefs in any way. Do I think how I reacted was appropriate? No, but inappropriate is part of the chef's life. That’s who we are — a degenerate, compulsive, irrational, egotistical and passionate breed that knows how to cook. I haven't spoken to Micheal since, and am not holding any grudges. But, I'm also not looking to grab a beer, or breakfast, with him anytime soon.”

In the end, Chiarello got to stay and Chef Anita Lo was the one sent home, probably because she decided to keep serving her raw bar even though the buffet got moved outdoors. I thought for sure Chiarello was going to go (and so did some others on Twitter) especially since his food, like Richard Blais pointed, resembled a 1980s wedding and looked to be a complete mess. Chefs Keller and Bayless remained calm and collected as they sailed into the final three.

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