Gay chef rules latest 'Top Chef Masters'

Posted on 20 May 2010 at 8:49am
Houston's Monica Pope, shown above, got the boot.
Houston’s Monica Pope, shown above, bowed out in a preliminary round.

Last week, one of only two female chefs in the finals for Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” got the boot, leaving only lesbian Tex-Mex chef Susan Feniger representing for the women … and the gay community.

And boy did she.

Feniger won both the “quickfire” preliminary challenge and won the week’s elimination challenge with her delish tailgate food, besting those snobby French-trained, port-wine-reduction making men. (The two foreign-born male chefs had to be told what a tailgating party was … and didn’t really get it even once they got there. Boy, the straight guys cook and don’t get sports — what a reversal of the stereotype.) She also became, to this point in the series, the contestant who had won the most money for her charity.

Kudos to Feniger, but I am still bummed Houston’s Monica Pope got booted during a preliminary round. I ate at Pope’s T’Afia restaurant recently, and she’s a stunningly inventive cook.

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