Team Top Chef's Editor returns to share her take on the finale.

Jun 6, 2008


Hi all! Sorry for the totally inexcusable tardiness on this post -- I was, well, physically exhausted after the A-List Awards, which are airing next Thursday at 10/9c after the Season 4 premiere of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. (OK -- I plugged everything I needed to there).

I'll be sure to include some behind-the-scenes info on them soon, but let's just say, I love our chefs more now than ever!

So, let's dive right in to Finale: Pt. 1: The chefs came back from a hiatus to compete in Puerto Rico. Gotta love the shot of Lisa descending the escalator so viewers can get an extra-long shot of her new haircut. Honestly, I actually think it's flattering. But maybe I'm just envious of the fact that I can't cut my hair that short because of my curls.

The chefs are greeted by Padma and told they're going to have a drink. The first thing that popped into my head was "No one in the office told me this episode was sponsored by Bombay Sapphire again." Whoops! I was wrong.

Padma was joined by Puerto Rico chef Wilo Benet. Inspired by the tostone and using plantains, they had to create two tostones for the chef. Lisa went straight for the protein, which was smart. But in the end, Stephanie's tostones were the most impressive. Stephanie's advantage? Choosing the sous-chefs for her competitors, and rather than effing them all over, she chose wisely so that the kitchen wouldn't be insane. Smart.

The teams: Stephanie and Dale; Richard and Spike; Antonia and Nikki; and Lisa and Andrew. The chefs had to create dishes for a garden party held for Puerto Rican officials of all ranks. They all seemed to do a pretty fair job, but Richard topped them all. His dishes seemed beyond inspired, and I think the minute he decided to use the malt beverage he was golden. I'm going to have to get my hands on that stuff because all I could think of was Zima. Blech!