May 24, 2006

"Top Chef" -- there's another finale tonight, kids.

Stephen smartly says he wants to work with Tiffani, while all three of the other eliminees -- Miguel, Leanne, and Dave -- say they want Harold. Harold chooses Leanne outright, then leaves Dave and Miguel to draw knifes to see who gets him. Miguel does. So Tiffani gets Dave, the guy who disrespected her so severely last week.

Oh, Tiffani has an uphill battle. And Dave and Stephen show up late and drunk. They undercut her throughout the day, down to the point where they say to the judges that they think Harold should win. Tiffani's dinner doubles each dish, so that she makes 10 things instead of just 5. Harold makes only the 5. He plays it safe, the judges say again and again.

But they give the Top Chef award to Harold. I liked Harold all along. But in the last few weeks, the edge of the antagonism toward Tiffani has hurt me. I was rooting for Tiffani. At one point, somebody said that in the end of the day it is not a popularity contest. But, in the end of the day, it was.

10 comments:

Michael said...

That, and her best dish was entirely Dave's.

Elizabeth said...

Harold's best dish was entirely Miguel's, the duo of beef.

Townleybomb said...

The bitchiness is one thing, but taking credit for that dish and the fiddling with ovens that she got called out for doing in the recap show are a bit over the line. I'd say that the issue is character, rather than popularity. Would you want to work for somebody like that?

Also, did anyone notice that the knot in Steven's tie has grown to about six inches wide? I still wish he was in the final.

Wickedpinto said...

I HATE the fact that I'm looking forward to "hells kitchen"

That guy isn't a jerk, he is an outright . . . . ARGH! Literaly, if anyone spoke to me, or touched me, or treated me like that guy on hells kitchen? he would be dead. But at the end of last season, with only 4 left to go, he showed a heart, and I was wondering if it was all a game.

If I experienced it in truth? there would be a dead chef, or at least imprisoned(more likely dead) chef, but at the end of the show, he actually seemed to care about the opinions of the chefs he threw stuff at earlier. After all, the number two guy on "hells kitchen" has already made an appearance on Iron Chef America, and lost horribly, but he was on Iron Chef America.

Matt Brown said...

I missed the finale because I was paying much more attention to the fascinating-but-confusing last 15 minutes of "Lost." During the season, Stephen seemed to be much more friendly to Harold than to Tiffani, so it's interesting that he'd want to be on Tiffani's team. He may have wanted to sabotage her but that doesn't seem to be in line with how he was presented on the show - he was arrogant, yes, but no saboteur.

Ann Althouse said...

Matt: I think Stephen knew Harold was going to pick two others over him, so he saved face by acting like he was picking Tiffani.

Too Many Jims said...

I wonder if they filmed the obligatory "recap show" (which they ran a few weeks ago) after the filmed the finale. As I recall, Tiffani got so emotional because everyone hated her she had to leave the set for a bit. It seemed odd to me that she seemed surprised that Miguel and Stephen thought Harold was the Top Chef. What show was she watching?

chrisburp said...

They really over edited this show. Time and again the outcome of each show didn't jibe with what happened during the lead up. Maybe the reality of it was incredibly boring.
How many shows would they show the judges favoring one chef during their deliberations...and then pick another?

Elizabeth said...

"Would you want to work for somebody like that?"


I've worked for mean chefs and nice chefs. It's good working for one who is creative and whose restaurant is busy because people like the food. It's hard to know how Harold's work will go over, since he stayed the pedestrian route to win this. Tiffani has the potential to be a creative chef who strikes new ground. I can't remember a single time during the series when a judge asked "How did Harold do this?" but they asked that more than once of Tiffani's food.

I think it's also lousy of a competition to come down to who was nicer to the other competitors. Dave's behavior especially disappointed me. Showing up hung over then drinking for the duration. What a petty little snit. Stephen and Dave both acted unprofessionally, and I wouldn't hire, or work with, either of them after seeing that last episode.

Gahrie said...

I'm still disappointeed that Lee Ann never decked Tiffani.