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.