Top Chef: Are you kidding me with this?

Posted by Dan June 6th, 2008 at 11:30am In Top Chef

It’s the penultimate episode of Top Chef and I thought we were all in agreement. There were three great chefs — Stephanie, Richard and Antonia — and we were supposed to quietly go through these last few episodes systematically giving the rest their walking papers.

However, the message never seemed to have gotten to Padma and company as they gave Antonia a jaw-dropping “smell ya later.” Here’s her sad exit interview:

Take a look at John’s OCD scorecards. With the number of poor finishes in Lisa’s record, don’t you think they would have cut Antonia some slack — especially given the fact that this was not a blow-out at all. Naturally, with the even tempers of the thre superior chefs, the finale might not have been as dramatic if they had people handling their stress responsibly. I don’t want to sound all conspiracy theorist-y, but something ain’t right.

I’m not saying that there always has to be an asshole in the top three, but, historically, there always has been. In season one it was Tiffani (although she seems to have cleaned up her act in previous show appearances). In mean-spirited season two everyone was kind of an asshole. In season three the asshole won.

It just seems all-too-convenient that the gal no one seems to care for and who has barely scraped by this whole time makes it to the final.

Eh, oh well. Hopefully Stephanie will take it in the end.

By the way, the moment that Richard incredulously interviewed that he didn’t know why he had to congratulate Lisa on “getting the bronze fucking medal” is probably the moment I’ve liked him most this entire season.


  • 1. John W  |  June 6th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Tom C makes an excellent point about the conspiracy theories on his blog.

    Everyone becomes enraged, claiming the reason they keep someone in is for ratings, and how much they hate that they did that… But, surely, if they were aiming for ratings they’d do what everyone angrily wants them to do, not the opposite? Chef Tom points out that they’re doing exactly the opposite of the conspiracy – keeping the less popular, and thus less-ratings-winning contestant. (He goes on to say lots more about the judging, and gets quite frustrated with the implications that they’re dishonest).

    It doesn’t stop it from sucking. That goblin-being-stung-by-a-wasp face during Judges’ Table makes me actively look away from the screen. She really does seem to have lost her way to the final three, which is a fairly impressive feat on its own.

  • 2. sara  |  June 6th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    That may have been the first time we heard Richard say “fuck,” thus assuring us all that he had, actually, worked in a kitchen at some point and wasn’t just a terrifically talented home cook.

    The only time all season that Lisa made something I wanted to eat was the episode she won with bacon. That’s it. I was surprised Antonia lost, but really, I think Dale belongs in that top three rather than Lisa, even though his weird glasses in this episode were really butt.

  • 3. Malice  |  June 7th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Just got into this show this season. Lisa getting to remain, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, has been excruciating. And her bitching about not being *congratulated* in this penultimate episode was near obscene. What a profoundly unpleasant character! It’s hard to believe she’s a real person.

    (Oh, and I hate Time Warner Cable, too.)

  • 4. Mikey  |  June 8th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve always really liked Richard, he seems to be a genuine nice guy and very talented. Some people that I talk to though are like, “oh no I HATE that guy, he’s thw WORST” and I really don’t get it.

    A note on that bitch, I mean Lisa. It seems like she is always complaining that someone is sabotaging her, or messing up her dish, and if anything goes wrong it’s always someone elses fault. Don’t you think that the cameras that are EVERYWHERE would get footage of one of these sabotages????


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