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We’ve reached the finale! What an amazing journey we’ve had. 10 countries in 44 days, and at last we have our final two. Congratulations to Avery and Liz! This wasn’t an easy competition and getting to the finish line is quite an accomplishment.
But first, we had Uruguay. I’ve said it often in this blog: Nookie played this game like a pro. But while there were similarities to Survivor, this competition was at its heart about great food. I was so glad to see Avery choose Liz for her Los Angeles opponent. As she said, when it came to the final showdown, she wanted to go up against someone who would bring everything she had to the table and treat the food with integrity. That sure describes Liz.
I think the final challenge to make three dishes, inspired by their travels was perfect. I believe every chef should travel as much and as often as possible. It’s a beautiful way to learn and be inspired and expand your palate and sensibilities. Back in their own kitchens, chefs then can creatively integrate the foreign flavors into dishes that speak to all corners of the globe while also catering to the palate of their own culture. It’s how food evolves with respect and reverence.
Hi Chef Stone,
I just want to tell you that I loved the show. It was something different and it really showed us how hard those chefs had to work, especially in Thailand. It looked so hot and humid there and I'm sure it was not easy, especially for Nookie to do all that running. But it was part of the competition. I always knew from the beginning that Avery was going to win. There was just something about her, I don't know what it was. Then when I heard her story, about the death of her father and she was carrying his ashes with her, raising her 2 daughters and then going through some addiction problems. I said God how I hope she wins. And she did! I was so happy for her. Congratulations Avery! Use that money wisely and enjoy that beautiful new car!! I hope you guys have another season, I really did enjoy watching the different places and cultures that the chefs were experiencing. Thanks for the show and now it's time to watch Top Chef Masters starting next week. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.
CONGRATS AVERY!!!! I must admit that I didn't care for the concept of this show: the players vote each other off. That was how a talentless hack like Nookie stayed in so long. He manipulated the players that he was a clever ally. He also stated in the first episode that he knew he wasn't a very good cook but that he would outsmart everyone to get to the end. That was why watching his elimination from his closest pal, was the best entertainment on this feeble program. I was relieved when it came down to the two ladies. I felt Avery was the most consistent throughout the competition. Her win was well deserved.