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Old 01-11-2007, 01:35 PM   #111
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IMO, this highlights the caveat shown in the show's credits: that the producers also participate in the decision about who is axed.

This just seemed the most obvious example. They kept Mikey on for his oafish "charm" but they could only keep him on for so long. He had to go to make the show have any credibility in a serious culinary sense.

IMO they kept Betty on for longer than they should have to be Marcel's foil.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:52 PM   #112
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Well, I for one am glad that Mikey is gone. From and industry standpoint it was almost painful to watch him work sometimes.

Betty was out of her league. BUT, she did have some nice concepts. Her execution and flavor profiles were just not there.

I think it will come down to Cliff vs. Marcel.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:53 PM   #113
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and who would you put as the third finalist?
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:55 PM   #114
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and who would you put as the third finalist?
Not sure, but don't think it will matter. I think Cliff and Marcel will be in the final two heads up battle...or did they change the format from last year?
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:57 PM   #115
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Wasn't there three last year? Harold, Steven and Tiffani
Remember, Steven would have done better, but he didn't do enough dishes.
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Wasn't there three last year? Harold, Steven and Tiffani
Remember, Steven would have done better, but he didn't do enough dishes.
No, it was Harold, Dave, and Tiffani. But then Dave got eliminated and then Harold and Tiffani went head to head.
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oh whoops! I said Steven!!! I meant Dave! I loved Dave!
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:06 PM   #118
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My prediction is still Sam, Elia and Ilan. Though after seeing the trailer for next week's show, I bet Ilan was involved is some hazing of Marcel.

So maybe Sam, Cliff and Elia.

Elia is the sleeper in the whole show. Ithink she could win.
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Does anyone care to evaluate the remaining contestants in terms of skill sets? I.e. can you rate them in tems of personality, culinary skill, creativity, etc?

I will try to start but have only paid attention to the last three shows:

Elia: I think she's got a lot of technical skills, not sure how creative she is that is probably a weak pt. that will bring her down. Has some personality problems in terms of leadership but I think she is a good team player overall. Doesnt take critcism well probably not a big deal. I think she can get to the last 2 or 3 but unlikely to win if it comes down to creativity.

Marcel. Obviously has a lot of technical skills. Not sure of his creativity, on the one hand perhaps he relies on foam etc. too much but I think his choices for flavors and foods are probably right on. Obviously has personality issues, but if that is less of criterion he may have the best chance to win, could still be undone at the end if he happens to rely on foam or something.

Cliff. I think he's got pretty good technique, I think he's creative too. I have yet to see him really eff up a dish, not that I recall. Personality has some issues, probably wont catch up with him though as marcel and his foils are more likely to have problems. I think he has an outside shot as he has less chance of messing up and he's competent in most skill sets.

Ilan. I think thats his name. He can still make some mistakes. Not sure how creative he is, probably doesnt have the total skill set of Elia or Marcel. Personality clashes, w/ Marcel, doesnt seem that big a deal. I dont see how he wins this, as he doesnt seem to have any overpowering skill over the others whatever he does is likely to be overshadowed by someone else.

Sam. I guess he burned the bacon in the last episode so you have to wonder. Not sure about his creativity. Maybe others hvae a better feel.

OVerall I think Marcel may have the best chance, but could easily stumble. If Marcel doesnt mess up, and everything goes well, I think only Cliff might have an outside shot w/ something creative. If Marcel does mess up then I think Elia or Cliff, maybe Elia has a better chance w/ Marcel out.? I think what Im saying is Elia is more likely to stumble than Cliff and then take herself out. But if she doesnt stumble, she's competent enuf to put up a decent dish.

I would like to think what you all think about that.
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My prediction is still Sam, Elia and Ilan. Though after seeing the trailer for next week's show, I bet Ilan was involved is some hazing of Marcel.

So maybe Sam, Cliff and Elia.

Elia is the sleeper in the whole show. Ithink she could win.
I forgot about Sam...

Ok, Cliff vs. Sam then. But I think Marcel will be the third over Elia.
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