Cast Blog: #TOPCHEF

Toby Young: Like Being a Trial Lawyer

Get Doug's Masterpiece Brisket Recipe

Make Melissa's Seared Duck Breast Dish

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

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

Gail on Favreau, Choi, and Finding Yourself

Hugh on Poor Boys, Swingers and Food Trucks

Emeril: Nick's Choice Is Part of the Game

Nick's License to Immune

Hugh's Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Hugh Decides Eight Is Enough

Gail Talks OvenGate

Toby Young: Like Being a Trial Lawyer

Toby Young explains how the judges finally came to a consensus. What was the general reaction at the table about all the dishes?
Interestingly, opinion at the table quickly converged, identifying one winner for each course Do you have a one-line response for the first dishes that came out?
I'm not a big broccoli fan so I liked the fact that Michael turned it into popcorn. What was it like at Judges' Table?
Being at Judges' Table in the finale is like being a trial lawyer: You're job is to defend the person you think should win. How much disagreement went on?
We didn't converge on a winner until very late in the process How did you finally come to a consensus?
Basically, Tom threatened to kill us if we didn't shut up. What do you think of the other two chefs?
I'm a big fan of Kevin and Bryan's. I think they have big careers ahead of them.