February 26, 2009

Top Chef: The Finale

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Well, we have a winner. And it’s certainly not who any of us expected. Cooking the best three course meal of your life without any guidelines can sometimes be more daunting than having guidelines and that led our fan favorite to falter and our egotistical predicted winner to become, well too egotistical.  I’ve complained about the outcome here, here and here, but now that I’ve sat down to write this blog, I think I have some different opinions. Here’s why…

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February 19, 2009

Top Chef: Southern Showdown

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Greeted with crawfish and Emeril Lagasse, the four remaining chefs were appropriately welcomed to New Orleans, the location for the final challenges. But they weren’t the only ones getting the New Orleans experience – three previously kicked off chefs were welcomed back to compete in a crawfish quickfire for a chance of rejoining the finalists at stake. Jamie, Jeff and Leah gave Emeril their best crawfish dish for he would choose who would get another shot at becoming Top Chef.

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February 12, 2009

Top Chef: The Last Chance

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Wow – see that table of chefs right there? That’s quite a collection of famous chefs, and this was one hell of a great elimination challenge. I originally thought this episode was going to somehow relate to Valentine’s Day but leave it to Top Chef to redeem some of their poor elimination decisions with this very classy and classic “Last Supper” challenge. From roast chicken to eggs benedict, each contestant had to cook a dish chosen by one of the famous chefs above as the last meal they would ever want to eat. I love this concept, not to mention, the judges made a rational elimination too!

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February 5, 2009

Top Chef: Something’s Fishy

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Deep breath. Even though it’s the next day, I’m still trying to calm down from last night’s elimination. What were the judges thinking?! I’ll wait until after the jump to completely spoil the episode (if my reactions didn’t already) . But I have to say that  Eric Ripert’s tests of fish mastery brought about some very upsetting results.

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