Cast Blog: #TOPCHEF

Stefan: Over-Confident?

Gail: Mei's Menu Was Almost Flawless

Make Top Chef Mei Lin's Winning Dessert!

Richard: "Gregory Had the Better Ideas"

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Hugh: Mei's a Chef's Chef

Richard: "Winning Is Overrated"

Make Mei's Sushi Style Guac!

Gail: I Wasn't Surprised Doug Stayed on Top

Get Doug's Masterpiece Brisket Recipe

Gail on Innovation (and George's Failure to Push It)

Make Melissa's Seared Duck Breast Dish

Make Melissa's Mom's Egg Custard

Hugh Worries About Scurvy and Foie Gras

Make Mei's Inspired Duck a l'Orange

Gail Has No Problem With Blood

Make George's Cravable Breakfast Sausage

Gail Simmons Won't Be Pushed Around

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

Tom Colicchio Answers Your Restaurant Wars Qs

Gail: It Wasn't Keriann's Day

Make Doug's Winning Braised Pork!

Gail: We Had a Tough Job This Week

Make Katsuji's Authentically Delicious Stuffing

Hugh: The Demise of Cornwallis and Aaron

Make Gregory's Winning Dumplings

Richard: Chefs Please Follow Instructions

Richard Tries Money Ball Soup

Make a Home Run-Worthy Popcorn Crème Brule

Hugh: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Gail: Keriann and Aaron Were Being ---holes

Make the Winning Surf and Turf

Gail: We're Taking No Prisoners

Richard Goes From Player to Announcer

Tom Talks Boston

Gail: There Was No Season 11 Underdog

Hugh Wants Nick to Be Kind to Himself

Gail: It Was Difficult to Let Go of Shirley

Big Easy to Ocean Breezy

Gail: The Final Four Are Like Our Children

Emeril Is Proud to Serve Shirley's Dish

Hugh: Enough With the Mexican Food Hate

Stefan: Over-Confident?

The season premiere's winning chef recognizes his flaws. Sort of. What did you think of the Quickfire Challenge? Were you surprised that people had trouble cutting apples?
Isn't that the basics???? Some people thought it was cruel to send Lauren home so quickly. What's your take on it?
It is sad, but somebody had to leave and it was not going to be me. For the Elimination Challenge, what was the inspiration for your dish?
My Persian friend Omid and Persian food I love. If you had a choice of which neighborhood, which would you have preferred to cook?
Finnish. Does that exist in New York??? What was it like cooking for Jean-Georges and getting those nice comments from him?
Best compliment I have gotten and very proud of it. What did you think of the other chefs' dishes?
Some good, some not so. Have you been recognized already? What has been the reaction from your friends and strangers?
Friends know me as confident. Strangers were very positive and to all my lesbian friends: I lovvve Jamie and I did not call her a douche. Love you Jamie. In the first episode, you and Fabio seem to get in a little tiff with Danny about vinaigrettes -- what happened?
A bottle of wine. Ha! Danny, love you and dawrk meat. Fabio, he did not say dog meat. Ha! Anything to say in defense of yourself in the first episode?
Nothing to say. I know Im a little "over-confident," (wink wink). I don't see it as cocky and the wink wink was for Jeff.