Friday, February 27, 2009

Top Chef Becomes Pretty Good Chef

Hey everyone. It's weekend, and that means it's time to catch up on all the pop culture I missed this week. So how bout we all pretend I wrote all these posts days ago and you just didn't see them until now. K?

First off, the Top Chef finale, in which the winner was....Hosea? Really? The guy who generally coasted through the middle without standing out? Whose main contribution to the show was his uncharacteristically Real World-esque will-they-or-won't-they with Leah? That guy gets to put his name along with greats like Harold, Stephanie, Hung, and Ilan? How did this happen?

Well, it seems to be from lack of competition. As much as I've questioned Carla's last minute surge, I was starting to come around to her. Maybe she was hiding her talent for the first 8-10 episodes. Maybe she could really pull off a win. Instead, she abandoned her plans for advice from Casey (herself a victim of the final episode choke), sabotaging herself in the process.

Which leaves the battle of the baldies, Stefan and Hosea. Stefan seemed destined to win from the first episode, but his confidence got the best of him toward the end. Once again, he didn't take the extra minute to think "vanilla and chocolate ice cream is not that exciting," or "maybe frozen fish is a bad idea." All it takes is two slip-ups for Hosea to coast to an unspectacular victory. This marks the first time the Top Chef was crowned by default, not merit.

So tthis season was disappointing, but it's hard to see how it could have been more satisfying. Maybe if Jamie, or even Fabio, had lasted longer. And at least, in Toby's last ever appearance (please let this be so), he avoided making any lame movie jokes. Unless you could him saying a meal should have a beginning, middle, and end, which he said approximately 528.6 times. Anyway, here's hoping season 6 will see the exit of Toby Young, and the return of a Top Chef worthy of the title.


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