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[QUOTE=Bacchus;296450]I guess I'd be satisfied if Bev won being all the other chefs despise her (the looks on their faces last night when they saw she was the returning chef were priceless.) I'd be happy if Paul won because he has a good personality and knows how to cook. I'd settle for Lindsey if she is the only person that stands between Sarah and the title. If Sarah wins, I am probably going to delete this thread because Top Chef will be dead to me. ;)[/QUOTE] Ditto. I was so annoyed last night. I really can't see how a peach and mushroom soup could be that good. It just sounds revolting.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;296450]If Sarah wins, I am probably going to delete this thread because Top Chef will be dead to me. ;)[/QUOTE] I second this ;) [QUOTE=tatertots;296451]Ditto. I was so annoyed last night. I really can't see how a peach and mushroom soup could be that good. It just sounds revolting.[/QUOTE] Ugh, that was the worst part. I knew the outcome before I actually watched the show, and I had no idea that Sarah won the quick fire. That dish really does sound revolting and I agree with Ed when he says that Sarah doesn't have the confidence to take the car. She hasn't proved anything when it comes to this show. That's probably why she had never won a quick fire prior to this episode.
I agree with everyone I wouldn't mind anyone one winning besides Sarah never been a fan of her I hope Bev or Paul win.
I'll tell you what Sarah gained from her time between Texas and British Columbia... Weight!
So at first they announced four would make the finale. Then, they said only three would make it. Now in the promo, they're saying only two will make the finale? How long as they going to draw this ******* season out? Get it over with already and give Paul the title, PLEASE!
[QUOTE=molds13;297265]So at first they announced four would make the finale. Then, they said only three would make it. Now in the promo, they're saying only two will make the finale? How long as they going to draw this ******* season out? Get it over with already and give Paul the title, PLEASE![/QUOTE] Seriously. Anyone but Sarah!
They need a villain. Lindsay is a weak one. Thus, we have Sarah for another week. That is how I process tonight's episode.
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Missed it again. I just cannot stay awake on Wednesday nights for some reason. Sucks Sarah is still there.
I shall not miss Beverly, although my thumb will get less of a workout from attacking the mute button.
I should have posted this a few weeks ago. What were the producers thinking? [url=http://vevmo.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=12891][img]http://vevmo.com/imagehosting/1174f42636c51123.jpg[/img][/url]
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Pee Wee has redeemed himself in some circles, albeit creepy now that he is old
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I haven't watched in awhile but to see a certain two in the final three threw me for a loop. Glad they aren't having a 3-way finale.
[QUOTE=FishHooks;297928]I haven't watched in awhile but to see a certain two in the final three threw me for a loop. Glad they aren't having a 3-way finale.[/QUOTE] I'm glad they are doing a final two this year, although it feels as if this season has been going on for years it seems. I don't know the outcome yet, but hopefully the two I'd rather see in the final are the ones that actually make it :D
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It does seem like this season has been on too long. It is just dark and boring compared to most seasons. Emeril is the most boringest judge ever. There is no color guy commentary on the panel so Judge's tables are about as exciting as sock shopping.
Just a note: Paul has won 8 of 16 elimination challenges (and 2 of 12 quickfires), the most for any Top Chef. No one else has even come close. Compare to other seasons winners (not including the finale): All-Stars: Richard (4/15 eliminations, 4/13 quickfires - 3 team) DC: Kevin (1/13 eliminations, 1/13 quickfires - team) Las Vegas: Michael (3/13 eliminations, 2/13 quickfires) New York: Hosea (2/13 eliminations, 1/13 quickfires) Chicago: Stephanie (4/13 eliminations, 2/12 quickfires - 1 team) Miami: Hung (1/13 eliminations, 4/13 quickfires - 1 team) Los Angeles: Ilan (2/12 eliminations, 1/11 quickfires - team) New York: Harold (1/11 eliminations, 2/9 quickfires)
If we're looking at what finalists had the best seasons and go by these statistics: Win: +3 High: +1 In: 0 Low: -1 Paul is by far better than his opponent. [B]Season 9: Texas[/B] Paul: 23 points (8 wins, 5 wins, 1 low) Sarah: 7 points (3 wins, 3 high, 5 low) Advantage: Paul +16 [B]Season 8: All-Stars[/B] Richard: 15 (4 wins, 4 high, 1 low) Mike: 5 (2 wins, 2 high, 3 low) Advantage: [B]Richard[/B] +10 [B]Season 7: DC[/B] Kevin: 1 (1 win, 3 high, 5 low) Ed: 10 (3 wins, 3 high, 2 low) Angelo: 6 (2 wins, 2 high, 2 low) Advantage: Ed +4 [B]Season 6: Las Vegas[/B] Michael: 14 (3 wins, 6 high, 1 low) Bryan: 16 (4 wins, 4 high, 0 low) Kevin: 17 (5 wins, 3 high, 1 low) Advantage: Kevin +1 [B]Season 5: New York[/B] Hosea: 4 (2 wins, 2 high, 4 low) Stefan: 11 (4 wins, 2 high, 3 low) Carla: 9 (3 wins, 3 high, 3 low) Advantage: Stefan +2 [B]Season 4: Chicago[/B] Stephanie: 15 (4 wins, 6 high, 3 low) - only chef to be at every single judges' table Lisa: -2 (1 win, 1 high, 6 low) Richard: 11 (3 wins, 3 high, 1 low) Advantage: [B]Stephanie[/B] +4 [B]Season 3: Miami[/B] Hung: 5 (1 win, 5 high, 3 low) Dale: 3 (1 win, 4 high, 4 low) Casey: 4 (2 wins, 2 high, 4 low) Advantage: [B]Hung[/B] +1 [B]Season 2: Los Angeles[/B] Ilan: 5 (2 wins, 2 high, 3 low) Marcel: -1 (0 wins, 3 high, 4 low) Advantage: [B]Ilan[/B] +6 [B]Season 1: New York[/B] Sam: 5 (1 win, 4 high, 2 low) Tiffany: 6 (2 wins, 3 high, 3 low) Advantage: Tiffany +1 So, 4/8 seasons have given the win to the best chef over the course of the season. Seasons 1 and 6 were tossups, and seasons 5 and 7 seem kind of off.
Ugh. I just finished watching it and it sounded like Sarah was going to be the one eliminated. Super frustrating. Hoping that Paul can for sure pull off the win. Maybe the judges just wanted to see two people from Texas compete in the finale...
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Based on the way they were standing and the way Padema was looking when she called the winner in the preview, I wouldn't presume too much at this point. That has been a giveaway in more seasons than it hasn't been.
Glad to know i'm not the only one who dislikes Sarah. If she wins I will stop watching.
[QUOTE=pandaboo917;298087]Glad to know i'm not the only one who dislikes Sarah. If she wins I will stop watching.[/QUOTE] I don't know a single person that watches Top Chef that is rooting for Sarah to win. It's definitely something no one really wants to see. In my opinion she should have gone before Chris (the hot one), which was quite some time ago.
Sarah would be a disaster as a Top Chef winner. Molds has laid out the metrics. If this finale is even close, Paul should be the winner. I have a bad feeling about this outcome. On an positive note, Boston is in the running for the next Top Chef. That could bring positive change. A multicultural menu vs. BBQ for 10 episodes. [B]Edit:[/B] Not to say I don't like BBQ - just that it is only possible for a handful of months a year in the north east - thus we eat other things too.
BBQ for all those episodes was ridiculous. I've personally never been to Texas, but barbecue isn't something I associate with Texas. I didn't know it was such a huge deal. It seems this has been the only season where the majority of the challenges actually focused on Texas. Definitely annoying if you ask me.
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This was the least interesting finale since the one with Marcel and his frankenfood, (but at least I know AneesaOwnedIt on Exes :new_russian:)
[QUOTE=FishHooks;298535]This was the least interesting finale since the one with Marcel and his frankenfood, (but at least I know AneesaOwnedIt on Exes :new_russian:)[/QUOTE] I see what you did there. The right chef won. I was thankful to read that.
[QUOTE=molds13;298541]I see what you did there. The right chef won. I was thankful to read that.[/QUOTE] Me too, for sure. I'm happy to hear that we'll all be in for the next season of Top Chef as well! ;)
The right chef won and the numbers prove it.
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[QUOTE=molds13;298541]I see what you did there. The right chef won. I was thankful to read that.[/QUOTE] LOL the right chef did win but I wasn't dropping hints. I thought the finale was boring regardless of the winner. I applaud them for mixing it up this season, but it just didn't work for me. The Exes comment was just me being fresh w/you because of your supersized fonts in the cast elimination thread.
[quote]It was clear that Paul was the front-runner the entire season, racking up solid feedback from premium judges, establishing friendships and respect from fellow chefs, but most importantly, accepting all of his praise with a humble, surprised smile. There are basically two personality types that can win Top Chef: You can either be a “bad *** in the kitchen” or a “nice, humble guy with a defined cooking style that you are passionate about.” Paul didn’t brand himself as the typical intimidating ‘bad ***,’ but rode his Asian cooking style until the end without ever being too gimmicky or one-dimensional. His elevated Asian cuisine angle allowed him to navigate thru the season without ever being questioned for straying too far outside of his comfort zone. He displayed the key values of a Top Chef according to Top Chef, which meant avoiding conflict, being a reasonable teammate in team challenges, and winning enough challenges to avoid elimination even on his ‘off day.’ If only Sarah and Lindsay had realized that winning Top Chef isn’t just about cooking elevated cuisine. I’d say that even Ed, Grayson, and Nyesha were all winners as the “Best Chefs who you’d want to have a beer with,” embodying the specific personality types that are perfect for becoming Top Chef brand ambassadors. Do show producers really want Sarah’s intense personality representing them on the post-show media blitz? After the entire finale portrayed Sarah’s food as being better tasting, more complete and basically flawless, Padma Lakshmi announced Paul’s name, then proceeded to tell us the relieving news that he was this season’s Top Chef.[/quote] [url=http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/44746/the-top-chef-texas-finale-the-right-personality-wins]The Top Chef: Texas Finale: The 'Right Personality' Wins - Hollywood Prospectus Blog - Grantland[/url] I agree with this entire article. Every single word.
[url=http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/04/04/bravo-upfronts/]Bravo announces 11 new series, including 'Top Chef' and 'Real Housewives' spin-offs | Inside TV | EW.com[/url] [QUOTE][B]Life After Top Chef[/B] Produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Criley and Nan Strait serving as executive producers. For the first time cameras are taken outside of the Top Chef kitchen and into the lives of Bravo’s most beloved former cheftestants as they reach milestones in their personal lives and culinary careers. From opening their own restaurants to expanding their growing franchises, viewers will follow Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Richard Blais in Atlanta, Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles and Spike Mendelsohn in D.C.[/QUOTE]
Life After Top Chef sounds great - four chefs I enjoyed. I'll definitely tune in for that.

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