Gay chef rules latest 'Top Chef Masters'

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.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DVtv: GLBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo

DVtv’s Cindy Chaffin had a busy day yesterday, but she did manage to make it over to the third annual GLBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo at the Warwick Melrose Dallas Hotel. Among those Chaffin talked to was host Daniel Lewis, celebrity stylist and star of Bravo’s “Shear Genius.” And in case you missed it, our recent interview with Lewis is here.

—  John Wright