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Hellooo, my little Peaches and Herbs. (Reunited and it feels so…) Well, some of you may be happy to hear this is my last recap for this season. I'm sad, though. I always get a little depressed when another season of Top Chef comes to an end. Thnakfully, we all have Around the World in 80 Plates to look forward to in May. Check out our first look we released today if you haven't yet:
I'm fortunate enough that we usually tend to film Top Chef reunions in New York, so I'm able to attend. I was able to stay for about half this one before getting back to the office, so watching it was new for me as well! I did, however, witness Sarah's mini-breakdown and the discomfort between Malibu and Grayson when we asked about a possible relationship. I also had the pleasure to sit with our fabulous producers and see how all this magic happens. Here are some pics I took behind he scenes.
Here's Andy Cohen in the makeup chair before the taping:
I LOVE TOP CHEF!!! I drive everyone crazy with my play by play of every episode. I love that Paul was humble. He was a great chef, and deserved to win. Would have loved to see Nyeisha in the finale. I did cheer Bev on, but thought she lacked confidence. Maybe that is why Heather, Sarah, and Lindsey jumped on her. Blood thirsty cows pouncing on the weak ones. I don't mean skill (I mean Bev's personality) Sara could cook, but I wished like heck that she didn't win. She was not as talented as some of the other cooks. I felt at times she got lucky. Personally, I would have sent her home after she "over heated" and her dish wasn't that good. Ed was right to be upset. After all, he cut his hand,bandaged it, and kept on trucking. I don't think Lindsey liked Sarah anyway. She just didn't like Bev more. Hopefully, the exes will realize the gondala challenge was too much. Stuff like that is unfair to the contestants, to the judges, and the audience. Make the chefs go head to head,skill will out. After all, IT IS A COOKING SHOW.
Sarah was not convincing at the finale. Mean girls have a hard time covering up - and she didn't manage to pull off gracious responses at the reunion.
No, I was not entertained. This was a mediocre season. Paul Qui was and is a stellar chef and he deserved to win. He was so clearly better than everyone else only halfway into the season. There were a few other standouts as well. As a whole though, this season just didn't work. And it was culminated by the fraudulent Fan Favorite voting, in which the ultimate "Mediocre Chef" won $10K because he campaigned wildly. It damn sure wasn't because of his kitchen abilities. It was because Chris was and is all about Chris. Absolutely the most fradulent and worst "Fan Favorite" ever. I hope Season 10 fixes the flaws that Season 9 had and this show gets back to its rightful place as the best reality program on television.
Loved the videos made by the chefs. That was hysterical. Is anyone else not surprised that Sara told a judge to f*** off at the finale. Just more proof that she was one of the mean girls this season....and not Top Chef material. Maybe Sara, Lindsay and Heather can be now promoted to Hell's Kitchen. I think they are more suited for that show. They were not Top Chef worthy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the reunion show, and was glad to see the chefs (for the most part) own up to their bad behavior and a couple even made their peace with Beverly. I had no idea Paul had come away with as much money as he did!
Reunion was great AND I think for all the viewers will kinda agree that it showed the TRUE colors of the chefs that we saw all season long.
I thought Bev redeemed herself without going into a B**** fight! Definitely eating at Aria next time I am in Chicago.
Yes, this is a competition, EVEN with editorial artistry, these RUDE chefs needs to understand that this is different than many other shows, for example, like Real Housewives. They are wanting exposure at a national level and wants us to go to these costly restaurants and eat at their places. Sarah, Lindsey and Heather had chances to go back, watch the entire season, talk to their mentors and still they came out RUDE and HAUGHTY.
I know my small business won't affect these well established chefs (three rude girls and even their mentors) but since they had the chance and really were not apologetic for their behavior I would definitely NEVER go to Sarah, Heather and Lindsay's restaurants to eat and nor would I go to Sarah and Lindsay's mentor's other restaurants too.
If we as bravo tv viewers boycott them I think in future also give the message to future contestants that there is no room for such behavior from anyone.
For the first time in all the seasons of Top Chef, I actually applauded when Sarah LOST the competition. As the weeks progressed this season, my disdain for her just grew to the point that I hoped my television would lose audio whenever she was miked. Paul not only out cooked her, but his professionalism smoked her. Hey Sarah you said your mother allowed you to quit school to pursue your cooking career. I didn't realize that it was in nursery school. You obviously never spent enough time in the sand box learning how to get along with others and social graces. Learn the definition of RESPECT.
I think between Sarah and Heather.
Heather what a horrible person. She should learn to keep her mouth shut. She is a horror film in the making. Her Ugly behavior was not acceptable. Own it. Say something pleasant to Beverly and try and learn a lesson. All America sure did.
Sarah, Lying on television and crying after she was caught in her lie. Please. Take it like a Big Girl and admit to what she said. Grow up and act like a dignified Chef.
Favorite part of reunion is calling out Sarah. If you say it then own it.
Sarah and Heather are still frightening people i my book.
I thought the show was hideous.
Way to replay Grayson's comment about the Chick Sal San vs. the Meatball.
"You mean like a meatball??????"
Probably the quote of the entire Top Chef run.
I thought it was a fantastic reunion and I am so glad that Lindsey and Sarah have made amends with Bev, even though I think that Sarah did it for show. However, I think that Heather is a very stubborn person who cannot admit when she went over the line. Diversity is something that she should learn to embrace. Not everyone is going to perform how she would in the kitchen. If she wasn't so abrasive towards Bev in that competition, then maybe Bev wouldn't have been terrified of her and wouldn't have asked her a million questions to begin with. I do think that people who have called her and made death threats are way out of line, though. That is just nutty. Everyone else was too funny and I love Ed and Tylor.
I'd give the reunion show a 5 on a scale of 10. Loved that Andy confronted Sarah about her comments during the Finale. Not surprised that she said it nor that she denied saying it. It was clear from the show that neither Lindsay or Sarah feel like they did anything wrong. They act like my 3 year old--as long as you say "sorry", you can act badly and it is okay. I have to give it to Heather, though. At least she was honest in taking responsibility for her actions--she did not apologize but she did not deny that what she said is what she felt that time. Loved the grace and class that Bev displayed, she knew what was said and done to her. Instead of acting like a victim, she rose above it and them. Way to go!!
Grayson is the type of person you would want to have as a friend--loyal, principled and not going to take any you know what..
I am not a fan of Bev but no-one should be bullied like she was…with that being said, I am glad to see that Heather's personality and behaviour was piss poor until the end-at least she consistent-a consistently horrible person...you're 40 year old adult woman...start behaving like one.
I am so glad that Paul won, he was focused on the food and never threw anyone under the bus in order to make himself look better or make other people feel bad and even at the end he still helped Bev and Sarah (in the final rounds get their ingredients from the blocks of ice)...I was so glad when Sarah lost...I think a Top chef should be a great cook but being a good person also goes into play and like her bestie Heather she has a poor personality. Karma is gonna get you...and in her case it did.
There was a point in the season where the chefs were at the house I was expecting Heather to enter the room last with all the other chefs wearing the t-shirt from Season 1, "I'm not your Bitch, Bitch!" supplied by a attentive production assistant.
My respect for Bev went up even more after seeing the Reunion! She really has grace and maturity. Unfortunately, Sarah and Heather do not-especially Heather. Heather is just an abrasive Mean Girl.
I loved the magic of comical editing with the "Mediocure Chef" video and the video of the evil nature of Gail Simmons. That was a hoot. But it floored me to see that after Sara and Heather got the backlash for their nasty bully fest neither could appologize. Lindsey seemed to make some amends but Heather just flat out said she was a nasty person and she could not even appoligize for hurting Bev on national tv. Andy did not ask her if she wanted to take back her statement he just asked if she would like to appoligize to Bev. NOT EVEN Sara is crying one minute and next minute she is rolling her eyes and making faces at Keith for even speaking and when anything was kind was said of Bev. crazy I too wanted to see flashbacks of Chuy. He was funny and a great chef but went home to soom for me.
This season was so terrible for me even though a good friend from high school was one of the cheftestants. Heather and Sara's behaviour were so bad I couldn't even watch the show anymore and stopped watching this season 3 episodes in. Also, the whole Texas thing got old very quickly.
Best part was the Mediocre Chef video, seeing how much fun the chefs and judges had behind the scenes, Paul's humbleness about his well deserved victory, and Bev's grace and strength. Repugnant parts were Lindsay's insincerity and Sarah resorting to crocodile tears when she got called out on her childish behavior. Heather didn't disappoint, she was as loathsome at the reunion as she was during the competition. However, overall the season was a huge disappointment. I hope the next season does away with the silly gimmicky challenges (Pee Wee was right with his 'jump the shark' comment). Give the chefs the opportunity to display their talent and creativeness, not their bike riding, ice chopping, cross-country skiing, and shooting ability.
You thought this was the best reunion ever? Hmmm. For me, not so much. Giving any time to Heather and Sour Sarah or Lindsey is time miss spent. My favorite part of the season was watching Sarah lose. My fave part of the reunion was congratulating Paul for his win.
I am a Chicago native, but am discouraged to step foot in any restataurant where Heather or Sarah might be in the kitchen. They are HORRIBLE, mean girls. I was so glad to see Paul win. He is an amazing chef and a humble person. Bev was ever so graceful through out the whole season. Lindsey needs to self reflect on her nasty attitude. It was the best season yet, but the three mean girls could have really made it a train wreck, had it not been for the the other super awesome chefs!
Enough of the Bullying BS. I hated watching Beverly and her constant whining and crying. Beverly was my least favorite chef this season.
No, I didn't like it. I like more questions from viewers and behind the scenes stuff.. I don't like all the editing things together like mediocre chef; I'm sorry, but it wasn't that funny.
Heather was not only a Bully but I would have even brought out the anti-asian card on her and showed clips of her condescending ignorant statements about asian food.
Did I miss something or was there no catch phrase of the year t-shirt? Isn't that a top chef reunion tradition?
I think it's sad that Paul's win has been over-shadowed by the behavior of Lindsey, Sarah, and Heather. Paul was and is a class act who is all about the food, standing on its own goodness. Congratulations to Paul!
I watched the reunion show again this weekend just to make sure of how I felt. No I do not think it was the best ever. For two reasons, Heather and Sarah. This season was all about the Mean Girls Season.
BRAVO. Get it right next time. We want to see cooking and clever quickfires, little drama.
If the title of the show were The Real Top Chefs of the Beverly Hills Housewives, I would expect it.
Too much time spent on the nasty girls. You did not talk to all the contestants. The nasty girls dominated the attention. There were so many nice chefs and they did not get the attention they deserved. More time should have been spent on Nyashia's dominance of the last chance kitchen. That was a great accomplishment.
This is in response to the post from "Stop Crying" where they wrote that they were tired of Beverly's whining and crying. Well, what about Sarah? Every time you turned around she was always crying. Charlize Theron is introduced and there came the water works. She cooked in the Elimination Challenge that was dedicated to their mentors and she said it was because of her grandparents that she is the chef she is today. And then what happens? Water works again. It comes down to the Finale and while she is standing waiting to hear who is Top Chef and the tears running down her face. A little too much and you are complaining about Bev. Bev had a reason to cry she was being bullied by 3 women. The 3 are very ignorant in their actions and the way they would speak about Asian food. So please don't say that Bev was a whiner, because the biggest whiner there was SARAH!!!
My favorite parts of this whole season were when Cat Cora burst out laughing at Grayson's "You mean like a meatball?" comment and Patti LaBelle's "it's Bigfoot" comment pertaining to Heather's mystery meat....with that being said, what a shame that a show that normally is by far the best cooking competition show on television wasted any unnecessary time on Heather, Lindsey and Sarah.....they were awfull...watching Sarah look for Lindseys approval after she made the "Oh look at that tree" comment when Paul asked Bev about Last Chance Kitchen was disgusting...I mean, how old is this woman?...Lindsey's off and on accent also became annoying and with her refrains of "think keww" when she was complimented didnt help endear to her me any more....Heather is the poster child of what childhood bullies turn into...will say that I openly cheered when she got kicked...Paul deserved to win and Bev deserves to be recognized for her grace under pressure...Bravo, this is a great show, please try to maintain it's integrity next season and stay away from exposing your viewers to contestants like the mean girls...
Why the criticism of Sarah and Heather? Is it because they are women and are suppose to act differently? Remember Kevin's tirade against Alex (of Pea Gate fame) and Michael Vittagio's treatment of Robin? I don't think I could work with Beverly either with all of her whining! On to the season as a whole - just because the season took place in the south, that is no excuse for the lack of fine dining episodes. After all, there are great restaurants in the south that don't involve barbeque and fire pits! Also, do the chefs ever wash their hands?
"Why the criticism of Heather and Sarah?" Uh, because they are awful people? Because they wouldn't shut up about themselves? Because if we met them we would turn our backs and walk away? They weren't so much mean girls as petty obnoxious girls, and they presented themselves horribly on the show. They should be embarrassed to have earned the enmity of the viewers. I'll throw Lyndsey in there too. Awful people.
When this show first started, I actually wanted to make a trip to Chicago to eat in Sarah's restaurant. By the end of the show, I decided I would stay far far away. I would love to know how many potential customers she would have had if she had not acted like a selfish spoiled brat throughout much of the show. The best chef and person won!!! Congrats to Paul!