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Old 02-25-2009, 11:07 PM   #1
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Top Chef - Season 5

Well they just had the finale of Top Chef - Season 5. I won't spoil it in case you have not seen the winner yet. I just wanted to start this thread to find out what others think of Top Chef. I personally like the show and my girlfriend LOVES it.

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Old 02-25-2009, 11:36 PM   #2
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Good finale, They made the right choice.. Too bad Carla listened to her help.. she could have won had she cooked "her" food.
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It is my 100% favourite chef show. I saw the finale as well.

I am happy that one of the finalists didn't win and sad that the other didn't (but this person definitely had the most class and passion). So I am content with the winner.

I only got to see the second half of the show, from just before service started to the final judges table. I will watch the first half either later tonight or Saturday.

I hope they keep going with this show. It beats Ramsey's contest shows hands down. Though I watch them as well.
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Good finale, They made the right choice.. Too bad Carla listened to her help.. she could have won had she cooked "her" food.
From what I saw I agree totally about Carla. She was my favourite from the beginning. And Stephane is just too cocky. (oops, I guess everyone knows who one now.
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What a weird ending! Shame on Casey for not just being a good sous and doing whatever Carla needed, rather than making major change suggestions to her menu. However, she did great, and I 'm sure her catering business will increase 100 fold from her exposure on the show. she did win that beautiful car, and I cannot imagine anyone else winning fan favorite next week, can you?
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:22 AM   #6
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I cannot imagine anyone else winning fan favorite next week, can you?
I think she is definitely the fan favourite; however she also won the hearts of almost every judge on that show. It seemed like Tom was really beside himself when he he said that she wasn't a contender. She really did bring a lot of class, heart and soul into the competition and I don't think she needed to win the contest, she won something bigger, the hearts (and stomachs) of everyone.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:56 AM   #7
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If they judged the final on the overall cooking throughout the
contest Stefan would have won - but they have their rules
and as each competition is an individual judge of the winner
they seemed to make the right choice - too bad WE couldn't
taste their offerings.

PS - while I enjoy watching the competitions I learn
very little about cooking from this show.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:22 AM   #8
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I like the show, agree with all said above. And the lesson is 1) don't second guess yourself 2) mise en place is not just everything ready to cook, but also sticking to your plan. You really only have to go into rescue mode if you have a power failure or some other catastrophe.
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I love this show!

I was really upset about Carla! What a great person.

I think that Stephan's bad attitude finally bit him in the butt.
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I love this show!

I was really upset about Carla! What a great person.

I think that Stephan's bad attitude finally bit him in the butt.
I think a more fair way of judging would to have blind tastings
where the judges don't know who cooked what - but they are interested in drama and ratings - not fairness.
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