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The win this season could have gone either way. The food from both of these chefs from beginning to end was amazing. Kerry’s dishes showed off his unbelievable talent for making food that’s so perfectly prepared, it’s a joy to eat. His apology letter, the Flan of Sugar Snap Peas with Prosciutto, Morels and Chervil melted in my mouth. Chris’ four courses were pure Chris, which is to say proudly, boldly, and gloriously made with entrails. There’s a reason he’s called the Offal King, after all. I loved that he fashioned his letter to himself, the Blood Sausage, Poached Oysters, and Egg, as his last supper. The simplicity of the plate felt honest and surprising.
Ruth put it well when she said that the very different styles of these two chefs raised the question, “Do you want to be comforted or thrilled?” And truth is, I want both—at different times and depending on my mood. But this week, it was Chris’ passion, riskiness, and wholehearted dedication to who he is that put him on top. Congratulations, Chris! It was a stunning meal.
I’d also like to give a huge round of applause to all the chefs who stepped out of their lives to come to Las Vegas and compete for charity. You made it an amazing season, and it’s been a pleasure to eat so much of your beautiful food week after week.
What a shame that Kerry or Loreena did not win. While Chris is obviously has a good heart, and is passionate about his cooking....his extreme "raw animal flesh" cooking style seems over the top, almost barbaric, in this day and age (and personally repulsive to me, a pesco vegetarian person).
Kerry seemed to have the finesse, skill, and delicate and subtle touch of complex artisanry- Loreena had the passion and spiciness. Why did the Top Chef titlte go to Chris?
Really not understanding the judge's assessment of a Top Chef. Seems like the judging was made from a heady, metaphorical, judgement- rather than what tasted the most sublime (which would be Kerry's food).
The finale was fantastic!! No way could I have chosen one over the other. They both deserved to be "Top Chef". I have a question for Curtis... Why don't you have ordinary guest judges? Ya know people who are not classically trained but love to eat and cook? We are the one's who frequent their restaurants aren't we? Why don't you shuffle in "normal" pallets along with the "chef' or "critic" judges? I'd love to be one of those.