And then there were 5 but only 4 will go to the final. Who do you think is packing their knives tonight?
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posted by Blogging Top Chef @ 10:48 AM
Hi I would like to be in the chat, is that 8:30 EST? I think Fabio will be eliminated tonight.
Chat is at 8:30 CST. Feel free to drop in but if you don't want to know about the episode until it ends in your time zone, you might want to stop in after it airs. Chat runs for several hours after the show ends. While the show still gets discussed, don't be surprised by the change in topic.See ya there!cb
Hey, is there really a choice here?LEAH, LEAH, LEAH, LEAH, LEAH...The time has come!
Please let it be Leah!!!!
I hope it is Leah... if not her, then Hosea
Thanks CB for your sensitivity I am in California and don't want any spoilers so I will drop in after the airing:) I really hope Leah goes tonight, but they obviously have reasons for keeping her since she should have been cut several weeks ago:) JMHO
Just to vent, I think this season is far inferior to past seasons, in fact I think that Season One was the best followed by Season Two. Three was OK, Four was downhill and Five is even further downhill. I guess I really miss the personal dramas that used to happen in the house. I really miss Dave/Tiffani, Everyone/Marcel, etc. What do you all think?
I may miss Marcel, but not Everyone. I actually liked Season 4; Stephanie and Richard were great, I thought, and the cooking was interesting. This year, only Stefan and Jamie have made me want to eat their food. I'd like to hang out with Carla, but I can't tell what her real food is yet. Maybe at the final? I'm hoping Leah goes home tonight.
Season 1 was the best, IMO. Season 2 was my second favorite. Season 3 was boring as hell. Season 4 was slightly better. Season 5 is a bit better then season 4. Maybe I like the show more for the personal drama instead of the cooking. Bravo follows a formula and its worked very well for them. Maybe the chefs know this and are one things in their interviews and videos and another when they get cast. I dunno, I'm just rambling. cb
i am praying Fabio can cook with the bandaged hand they show in the previews. Leah must go!!!
Another Anonymous for Leah's departure--which is sorely overdue! Agree with Cynthis that this season has been a real disappointment. Jamie should be duking it out with Stefan at the end.
In the first episode, when Stefan won the first challenge, Padma commented that in every season so far the first winner was also the eventual winner. That comment was the first step in a season that has had little excitement. Sure, it is nice to have a clear winner, but when the clear winner is as seasoned as Stefan, competing against much less experienced "chefettes," the season ends up focusing on non-cooking behavior, instead of cooking talent. Too bad. Future seasons should adopt "maximum" experience levels for the basic competition -- let the "masters" compete against the "masters."
Do you all feel that the producers have purposely discouraged the extreme personal dramas we saw in Seasons 1 and 2? It seems the drama has subsided since then. I feel the first two seasons have some very classic moments. One example is the junk food challenge of Season One between Dave and Miguel, I love it because the other chefs are cracking up the entire time, that was actually good drama, that was rare, usually it was conflict, but the combination of both is unbeatable.I don't like most of the copycat series like Chopped, but I really do like BBC America's Last Restaurant Standing, it is most like Top Chef in its attitude.What do you think?
Hey 7:0's Anonymous, I agree that Jamie would have been the strongest competitor for a final against Stefan, BUT she made the fatal mistake in the cooking world of being an uppity woman who demonstrated disdain -- and worse, for a "nice guy" celebrity chef. Stefan, despite his usually obnoxious level of self-adulation, at least knew when to grovel at the feet of the "masters."
In my view, Leah is dead weight and deserved to be eliminated long ago. She has never impressed me as having had much of an interest in the proceedings and, by now, seems to have walked away from the competition entirely. This last was most obvious in last week's episode. As for impressions of Top Chef seasons, Season 3 was, for me, the best precisely because we saw cooking without so much of the personal nonsense. In addition, apart from Season 1 which was also quite fine, the general expectations of Season 3's chef contestants was significantly higher as was the overall level of cooking.As of for the current season, Stefan is really in a class by himself, by which I mean that I have no doubt whatsoever that he can run a top level restaurant kitchen . . . right now, right this very minute. This is not the case for any of the other remaining chefs. As for his "knowing when to grovel", I don't find that Stefan grovels at all -- nor should he. He has respect for those he knows are his betters, which is not the same thing. It is also a reflection of the kind of seasoned maturity and self-knowledge that any first-tier chef aspirant must possess.As much as I liked Jaime, her snide attitude both with respect to Chef Ripert's offerings and before the Judges' table, revealed a far more -- and unfounded -- "self-adulation" than Stefan's behavior in any of the circumstances in which we've seen him.
Im sad to read some of the comments, particularly by Cynthia. I mean, this is supposed to be a show about TALENT and skills, not about stupid melodramas. You seem to be watching the show for all the wrong reasons.
Dear "Anonymous,"I think all people have a right to get whatever enjoyment they wish from Top Chef. How dare you judge me just because I am not exactly like you. Live and let live.
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