Top Chef Season 2, Episode 13: Finale

I don't have much to say about the finale of Top Chef. Just this:

WTH???

Didn't all the comments and all the edits in the show lead you to believe that Marcel was a shoo-in? Didn't the guest judges seem to prefer Marcel's dishes much more than Ilan's? The only knocks against Marcel was the usual thing of his sous-chefs Mike and (to a lesser extent) Sam not respecting him much and all the usual "Marcel can't get along with other chefs" bla bla that we have been hearing and seeing all season; plus the fact that he misplaced his fish and messed up some sort of fancy droplet thing. The judges still loved his food and thought it was innovative, light, and all of that. They seemed to like, not love, Ilan's food, no?

But Ilan still wins! Especially after last week's thing about 'this is a show about the food not how the chef is in the kitchen' I just don't get it. I felt really bad for Marcel. His food looked miles better.

A very confusing and unsatisfying end to a confusing and unsatisfying season. I will need a very long break before I can even think about getting enthusiastic about this show again, if ever.

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I, too, am quite perplexed

I, too, am quite perplexed by the outcome. Even as you read the blogs of the judges on Bravo, it is clear that the majority thought that Ilan cribbed a lot of his recipes from the restaurant he worked. The only saving grace is that Marcel has gotten over it, he is totally charming, and he was on The View this morning. Ilan? Ilan? Where art thou? Hopefully, lost in Spain somewhere. Ugh.

chutneycarnival | 3 February, 2007 - 22:16

Personally, I didn’t see

Personally, I didn’t see anyone this season that deserved to win! The one thing I thought of, though, is that Marcel should have watched last season and learned from Tiffani. Both of them had made comments along the lines of “I’m here to win, not to make friends”, and both, in the end, lost. I think there is something to that.

Did it look like Ilan cooked anything at all? It may have just been the editing but it looked like he mostly just supervised.

I’m glad this season is over. After last season, this one was just one disappointment after another for me.

Dana | 3 February, 2007 - 22:17

Usually reality competition

Usually reality competition shows start off slow and get more interesting as the finale approaches, but this season of Top Chef went backwards. I couldn’t event be bothered to watch all of the last two shows.

Ilan won; big whoop.

gidget bananas | 3 February, 2007 - 22:19

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