I haven’t written a lot about Top Chef this season, but I probably should have. This cooking competition has the sort of contestants that should be on “Hell’s Kitchen”. Any one of the chefs on Top Chef could run circles around the Hell’s Kitchen chefs.
The competition came down to Richard, Stephanie, and Lisa. Richard and Stephanie each won the same number of challenges, and I think both desired to win. They’re both quite good.
The chefs all worked over two days, the first day with famous chefs, and the second day alone. They had to prepare food for nine diners.
The diners had issues with each of the courses, until the third course, when they nearly unanimously loved Stephanie’s dish. The last course had mixed reviews.
In the end, they said that each of the chefs did very well, and that judges table would have some tough decisions.
At judges table, the panelists explained what they thought of each of the dishes. It was hard to determine how everything went, since it appeared to be pretty evenly split.
The judges asked how each of them thought they did. Stephanie said that she thought she second guessed herself on the dessert. Lisa was very confident. Richard thought he didn’t perform up to his own standards, and in his words “choked”, because he over-thought his dishes.
The judges were surprised at Richard’s response. In discussing the dishes, it seemed that Lisa and Stephanie were pretty even. They decided that Richard’s pork belly dish must have been what he was thinking of when Richard said he choked.
In the end, the winner was Stephanie. She really did a great job throughout the season. I was disappointed that Richard felt that he didn’t do his best. He’s really quite talented, and it would have been better if he felt he did well on his dishes.
Congratulations to Stephanie! She was fun to watch throughout the season, and her food was full of surprises until the end.