And what of Casey and Dale? I'm not exaggerating when I say that Dale was glowing after the show. He may not have won the title, but he gained something infinitely more important -- a renewed sense of himself as a chef. After retreating into a bleak place for a year and a half, Dale showed us, and himself, that he has what it takes to transcend the pitfalls of this mercurial business. Dale is back, and watch out, world. And Casey ... I can honestly say that the supportive vibe among this season's chefs was largely a function of Casey's own warmth and humanity. It elevated the entire competition. She is a person of true talent, kindness, and integrity. That we judged her harshly tonight was evidence that we respected her enough to assess her on her cooking, and her cooking alone. Hung didn't win as many friends this season because, contrary to the tired stereotype, he refused to play it meek and soft-pedal his own gifts. He was unabashedly vocal about his desire to win. And frankly, it's only when a young, talented cook like Hung looks around and sees that the air "up there" on the A-list is no more sanctified than anywhere else -- that with hard work and passion, they have every bit as much right to success as any celebrity chef -- that they have a real shot at it.
Hung believes this about himself, and therefore so do I. Thanks for watching and, as always, for writing in. Tom.
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.
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.