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Bravotv.com: It looked like you were trying to help him and encourage him.
SG: I wanted to know his strengths, and I knew in order for him to work -- because he wanted to think that he had the final say in everything -- I just had to make him feel like I really cared about everything he was saying. In actuality, at the end of the day I’m still going to do what I want to do because it’s my dinner.
Bravotv.com: What was behind your decision to infuse your meal with both what was expected which was the Italian aspects of your courses and then inserting your German heritage with everything, and using Asian flavors)?
SG: Yeah, there was a lot of different flavors. See, people, I do know that Asia is a lot of countries. I got pulled into that whole Asian thing and I don’t think I even said “Asian” that whole time I was there. People think I’m Heather. I just wanted to really push my self, show things I learned in Texas. I was a little more reserved, and it takes a while to really feel it, so in the finale I knew that I had to push it because I knew at the end of the day if I didn’t give it my all and push it as far as I could I didn’t deserve to win. And in order to compete with Paul who’s so strong, I knew I had to come out of the gate really strong as well. So I really wanted to push and at the same time I got a lot of inspiration from the other chefs. When I got back to Chicago I started thinking of the things that Beverly taught me, that Paul taught me, Lindsay, Grayson, and Ed taught me. Once the group got smaller we really got to show each other more. So I found myself really inspired by them, and I think you see that in every course -- there’s a little bit of each competitor in there.
Bravotv.com: Gail noted in her finale blog that the dashi was a nice nod to Paul and his style and she thought that that was really nice that you included that.
SG: I think that out of the whole chef teams of this season, I feel confident that I grew the most and that I became that I became a better person after the whole experience. I’m excited for my career and excited about being the new Sarah, really finding what Sarah’s cooking is. I think it’s a really fun time and doing Top Chef let me find a new route.
No one thinks your Heather. You, Heather and Lindsay were totally mean to Bev. Why did you act the way you did? Did you watch the part where Paul asked her how last chance kitchen was and you totally cut her off? You knew what you were doing. Hopefully you learned something from this experience. Its a shame adults can act like that.
I found Sarah to be VERY UNLIKEABLE.
It's too bad that her personality ruined the reason she was on the show. It's hard to like a dish from someone who belittled another chef.
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. I figured I would never have a chance to even respond directly to you, only through the judges blogs. Thanks for giving "us" a chance to have a comment directed towards you specifically.
I didn't taste the food, none of us did. So all we the viewer have to go on is what we saw and we saw plenty. The "appearance" of slanted judging your way with two undercooked dishes, bad call up on Whistler, your rolling eyes and pouts when anyone got a kind comment said at judging to your breathless over elated grin when someone said something kind about your, all in one minute for both reactions, your taking the pass instead of the car and oh, yeah I saved the best for last...the mean girl bullying.
I can only give props for doing a very good job in the finale, but Paul won it and rightly so - regardless of you thinking you should have won, the rest - well I have said what I had to and it goes against my grain to do it, but at the end of the day I feel better having said so.
The reunion show for me is tonight and boy howdy there better be some serious reflection that has taken place enough to gag it down and apologize because it is the right thing to do. IF that happens I will place another comment and give props for that.
Good luck, I have a feeling that unless you are totally immune to what most of the viewers think of you, you are going to need it from the virtual backlash coming your way.
I am a female professional chef and I found your behavior appalling, aggressive and demeaning. I owned and operated my own pastry shop and ran various pastry kitchens throughout my career and I have never tolerated the behavior you exhibited on Top Chef. Women need to be supportive of each other, not be humiliated because they differ from you. I hope that seeing yourself as the world has on the show has taught you some humility and compassion.
My wife and I spent the commercial breaks trying to figure out why folks were so unkind to Bev. She seemed to receive brusque treatment from just about everyone.
As to Sarah, she really won me over as the show went on. She's clearly a very talented chef and a force to be reckoned with. Top Chef needs ratings like any other show, and reality TV always shows the drama and the hurt feelings while leaving out a lot of other, more benign moments. I think we only saw a fraction of Sarah and the other 'cheftestants'. This blog post certainly shows how hard she worked in between Texas and Vancouver, something we saw and heard nothing about during the episodes.
Seriously? The angry spice you have in you was a complete distraction to almost every challenge. Bev did nothing wrong and you and those other two "girls" were horrible. Seems to me like you were on the wrong show. I actually prayed for you to lose to teach you a lesson. Amen
I kept waiting for the episode when Bev would finally get in your face and let you have it. I don't know how she kept from it. You and Heather were like Jr. High girls. It also seemed to me you both had something against Asian food. Bev probably could be annoying at times and yes she did cry way too much, but she never said anything bad about anyone. I would never want to work under you or the ego inflated Heather. You both are way to into yourselves. You may be great chefs, but zero personalities.
Saw the reunion and pretty much proved what I thought would happen.
Bravo, can we NOW allow these three to crawl back into obscurity? Their 15 minutes are up. I won't watch another show that has them on it. What What Happens Live or any other Top Chef (fill in the blank) shows.
Enough already, they have been given too much time as it is.
I think that the best Chef won. Congratulations Paul. You were always my choice. Sara and Lindsey can take a page from Paul's book of humanity. Both he and Bev never said one negative thing about anyone and Paul was helping the finalists in the Vancouver challenges. All of the girls accepted his help in "breaking the ice" and he took valuable time from his own cooking schedule to help them. Sara, kudos to your mom. I am a single mom but I only hope I can instill more charity and temperance in my child. You are pushy, mouthy and arrogant. Perhaps you are a good chef but as previously stated, your nasty behavior superceded your cooking skills. Truth be told, you were afraid of Bev and showed it by being a real "mean girl". Learn a little humility. You need it badly. Lindsey, you just look like a snot.
I do hope that you read all of these posts and take a good, hard, look at yourself. From what I gather, you have learned nothing from watching yourself on the show. You said "F*** you" to Emeril, and felt you were robbed?? Then, when Andy brought it up at the reunion, you cried and said that you couldn't believe that this s**t was being brought up now. Do you OWN any of your behavior??? Now you say that you really like Bev and respect her? When Paul asked her about Last Chance Kitchen in the car, and you say to Lindsey "oh, look at that tree", you proved that you are lacking character. I have never seen so many happy about a victory. Paul is awesome, you, need help.
Sarah, have you ever thought about getting some professional help? Or enrolling in a school for manners?
So, SaRANT speaks! Who cares? She was a waste of space on the show as she languished in the bottom 3 for many challenges. How are we expected to accept that she "deserved" to be in the finale? How are we viewers expected to believe she was really a nice person when she connived, mocked and dramatized everything to her advantage? Sarah likes to think she is really sweet. I found her very sour. Good riddance to bad garbage.
I must say, it was an impressive amount of preparation for the finale. Your menu sounded fascinating. I do wish you had listened to Tyler's suggestion to sous-vide the beets.
I'm so sick of all the Sarah haters out there in large measure because I'm over 25 and I've eaten her exceptional food at Spiaggia.
People, please re-read Tom's last blog entry, which details his view on Sarah's significant culinary talents. He ate the food; we didn't. Top Chef isn't high school, so grow up and quit addressing it from that perspective. Top Chef is about cuisine, teamwork, professionalism, and leadership in the workplace. Bev is a talented chef (I've dined at Aria too), but, in an adult work environment, the childish, passive-aggressive behavior she demonstrated in every episode is as destructive to individual and team achievement as is bullying.
Don't forget that Top Chef is a reality show that thrives on creating drama to hook viewers. So we viewers don't really know what Sarah or Bev are like since all we saw were heavily edited bits and pieces. I doubt either of them is the simple caricature shown during the season.
Sarah, I admire you and applaud your accomplishments and growth. I look forward to meeting you the next time I dine at Spiaggia.
Dear Sarah/Lindsay/Heather, I mean "A Grownup":If you're really behind what you say, please reexamine teamwork, professionalism and leadership from Sarah. They were not present, because gossiping, rolling eyes, being disrespectful, etc, well those don't match up with the characteristics you list. Sarah, Lindsay and Heather all fell short on the attributes necessary to good chef material. Good thing they already had jobs, because I would not hire any of them.
Really? Chef Montuano is "so proud" of you? You behavior on the show was unacceptable and reflects badly on his judgment. If I were at Spiagga and saw you berating staff the way you did to Bev and others at Top Chef I would be too repulsed to eat, no matter how delicious your food might be. Where other chefs infuse their food with love, you defile yours with hatred and disregard for others. This does not nourish the soul. Sadly you seem delusional and appear to have learned nothing about yourself in this experience. "People were kind of mean about me defending Italian food". They were not mean about you defending Italian food. People were shocked and disgusted by your aggressive attacks on other chefs and your blindness to the diversity of Asian food. You did not defend Italian Food and did not need to defend it. You lashed out at others attacked foods from other regions. Please watch reruns and try to reflect for the sake of others and yourself.