I can't believe that another season (cycle?) of Top Chef has already concluded!
So...let's talk finale.
1. Stefan - Stefan had been built up the entire season as the clear frontrunner. Would it have been anticlimactic if he easily nabbed the title...as he had done so many times before? Or...because the Bravo editing team worked so hard to vilify Stefan throughout the season..did you never actually expect him to win?
2. Carla - I have to tell you, never in a million years did I expect Carla to make it as far as she did. I never even saw her as a threat, until she came out of nowhere the last few weeks as a serious contender and by far the best female chef of the season. I honestly went into the finale thinking Carla might actually win the whole thing...until they brought Casey onto the show and she ruined everything!
I've got to tell you, I have a new found hatred for Casey! I always loved her during her respective season and was crushed when she screwed up her own finale. And of course, it was Carla's prerogative to take Casey's advice - which left her with some uninspired steak made in plastic wrap and the ill-fated bleu cheese souffle. Regardless - if Casey wasn't there - things may have turned out very differently. So congratulations Casey - you have now f'ed up both your own finale and Carla's.
3. Hosea - Hosea always presented himself as one of the stronger contenders of the season, but then again, the Bravo editing team never really highlighted much of Josea's personality beyond liking Leah and hating Stefan. We never grew that attached to him, nor were we particularly rooting for him. Thus, with his ultimate win - my reaction was...indifference.
So...do you think the right person won? Were you as crushed about Carla as me (what an upset that would have been!)? And for the easiest question of all...who should/will win fan favorite on next week's reunion?