Top Chef: And This is Why You Don't Take Advice From Losers - Featured

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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 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. 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?




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Feb 26, 2009 4:55PM EST

I think basically all three of them in the finals deserved the win, though I would've said before this 2nd part of the finale that least of all Hosea just because he hasn't had any crazy "wow" moments all season! Stefan was clearly excellent the whole season except for being cocky and not having enough soul behind his food, and I completely agree that Carla really came flying up from the back, and I was thrilled for her!
I think it would've been surprising if she won, but she would've deserved it. I felt so awful that she fell apart going with Casey's ideas and I hope that didn't entirely ruin her Top Chef experience... overall I think I would have liked to see Carla take the win, but think Hosea still did well enough to deserve it.
As for fan fav, I'd love to see Carla get it, but as noted with that lovely photo, it'll most likely be Fabio which I'd be happy with as well. Can't wait to hear the reunion scoop on Hosea and Leah!

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Feb 26, 2009 5:05PM EST

I was happy Hosea won it...i never really liked Carla she was just too goofy for me, although its a shame she lost b/c she didn't do her own thing....but as much as everybody is blaming Casey it was Carla's job as the head chef to do it her way and not let her sous chef take over. Bad decision by Carla she just wasn't strong enough to be top chef. As for fan favorite it will obviously be Fabio.

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