As the season 7 finale of 'Top Chef' unfolded last night, you couldn't help but fantasize about what might have gone down in some Bravo producer's office. "Let's do the finale in Singapore," one may have pitched. "OK, but it'll still be lackluster with this crop of chefs," countered another. "Let's bring back Mike Voltaggio and Hung Huynh and Ilan Hall and then we'll have some excitement."
Whether or not that's what actually happened behind closed doors, that's what played out on the screen and, for perhaps the first time in this seventh season, there was some palpable drama in the kitchen.
"Just when we think the night is over," said Kevin, after the grueling day of cooking that saw Kelly go home, "something is up." Yeah, something's up. Your final challenge is upon you. Go and create the ultimate four-course "meal of your life" -- a veggie, a fish, a meat and a dessert -- and do it with these past winners as your sous chefs. That's one way to try and inject some drama into this yawn fest.
Knives were drawn and Ed got Ilan, Kevin got his "old pal" Michael and Angelo got Hung (so to speak). "We're in Asia, I'm in the finals, and I get Hung. This is the trilogy," Angelo said -- right before he got all kinds of sick and the doctor's news of a "20 percent chance" at being well enough to cook the next day. Even Angelo haters had to feel semi-bad for the guy; it can't be any fun to be super ill in a hotel room halfway around the world without cameras in your face -- much less having to contemplate food in between bouts at the toilet bowl.
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