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Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard, Kenneth Cole, Marvin Hamlisch, and Sam Harris? What more could you ask for?

Aug 17, 2011

The finale was a bittersweet one -- bitter in that it was the season finale, but oh so sweet in that this episode presented possibly the most fabulous dinner guests of the whole season. (It's debatable.) It was Lucille 2's Liza Minnelli's 65th birthday after all. But we'll get to that in a minute. 

In the Signature Dish Challenge, we watched as Antonio Bettencourt, who one might consider the front-runner for this challenge, went home. And we were left with Frank Picchione and Lucia Palmieri, two of the most, um, interesting contestants we've seen so far this season. Both took very different approaches to their Liza-inspired rooms and menus. While Lucia really Liza-d out, making an all-red room and themed foods, Frank went with a sort of country home feel (with bits of hunting paraphernalia), and a comfort food menu. Here are some of my random thought through the episode. Let me know if you were thinking the same thing!

1. I'm surprised Frank was so patient with Lucia. If my competitor were singing and talking through service, we would've had some words.

2. I was as confused as Jes Gordon was with Frank's original design direction. I think Jes did quite an admirable job pulling it off!

3. Kenneth Cole kinda looks like Toby from The Office, and i never realized it before.

4. I knew the second Frank swapped the chicken stock for apple cider vinegar in his soup that the guests would think it was too sweet. As a foodie, I was pretty proud of that.