Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio on why Hung came out on top over Casey and Dale.

on Oct 5, 20070

We made a few changes off the bat to our usual finale format. For one, we decided each chef's courses would be served side by side for easy comparison, rather than consecutively. I thought this was a good idea -- eating three meals, one after the other, is long and arduous, transforming something that should be exciting into an onerous marathon. It also felt fairer -- this way the judges would be at equal stages of hunger and satiety as we approached each chef's food. Second, we invited Brian to sit in at our tasting. This was less of a policy change, and more because the poor guy was stranded for at least another day in Aspen. Inviting him to join us seemed like the right thing to do.

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Third, we invited three celebrity chefs to serve as our competitors' sous-chefs on their important first day of prep. This lent them an advantage (flawless prep skills from a consummate professional) but also freaked them out. Two months ago, Casey, Hung, and Dale would have been intimidated just to meet Rocco DiSpirito, Todd English, and Michelle Bernstein; now they had to lay bare their menus to these three, try not to hyper-analyze their every expression (Was that a raised eyebrow? A flinch?) and then straddle the awkward line between authoritative leader and fawning disciple. Not as easy as you would think.

4 comments
gfdgvd
gfdgvd

man eloquent epilogue. I agree that Hung was the man in season 3. I rooted for the short wirey guy with the confidence and self-measure to not bend to peer pressure. Casey and Dale were a-holes for asking Hung how he reproduced a dish and called him a bad person for not giving up his method. A lot of chefs on Top Chef forget that it is a competition. It's not good sportsmanship to give someone their method of success. IT's a chump move. It's actually poor sportsmanship to put someone on the spot to sell out their own position in the game for the sake of others to catch up. IF you're playing to win it. You have every right to keep your method for success a secret. MAybe after the competition, if they still want to know, go ahead and tell them. But untill that time, please act accordingly.

Guillermo Lopez
Guillermo Lopez

I love your show and will always continue to watch it I do have some ideas on cooking challeges you have not shown yet and that are important to improve the taste of food. Such as why not take the chefs to a hospital and try to improve the food there for the patients. You can always e-mail me if you like this idea and want more. Thank you for a good time and God bless you all.