'Top Chef Masters' goes into final without a gay chef

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 at 11:56pm

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The final six celebrichefs who competed for the title of “Top Chef Masters” contained two gay cooks: Oprah’s chef Art Smith (who I interviewed about five years ago — sweet guy) and Advocate magazine food contributor Anita Lo. Last week, Smith got booted based on his abortive vegan ice cream dish… and Lo barely hung on. This week, Lo teamed with Jamie, a lesbian contestant from last season’s “Top Chef” (until she had to cut her in one of those inane twists), but ultimately got bested by hot-headed Michael Chiarello.

The finale is next week, as is the season premiere of “Top Chef.” It has long looked like a two-man duel between Rick Bayless and Hubert Keller.

Favorite line from the episode: the faboo Italian hottie Fabio, who used the idiom, “I’m sweating like a mountain goat at the beach.” I have no idea what it means, but he’s so adorable, I don’t care.

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