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The Culinary Games were hard, you guys!

Feb 15, 20120

So, Beverly, Sarah, and Paul move on to the next challenge, where they had to cook a dish from ingredients locked away in ice. They had to hack at the ice to get them out. Bev and Sarah had a little bit of trouble, but Paul, the Southern gentleman, helped them out. I basically swooned as Paul ribbed Sarah for being a Chicagoan instead of a Texan. Those two really have a bond. Despite the fact that Paul's wine sauce didn't work out, he got the win and moved on to the next challenge. 

That leaves Beverly and Sarah to duke it out in the most exhausting challenge I've ever seen. First, they had to cross-country ski, then shoot bullseyes for their ingredients (Bev actually seemed to do better on this part despite Sarah's shooting experience), and finally cook their dishes. There were flaws with both dishes, but ultimately Sarah's hearty rabbit stew won. And Beverly went home.

I hope Beverly is proud of herself. She literally did everything she could to come back to the game and win it all. And although it wasn't enough, she should take solace in that fact.

So, we're down to three! Until next week's challenge, Have a Nosh!

117 comments
Connie Kenney
Connie Kenney

Top Chef needs to get back to basics. Whats wrong with just a plain cooking show where contestants are judged on their cooking skills? Did not enjoy Season 9 as much as past seasons. Challenges should be about cooking skills - not scavenger hunts or any of the other silly situations contestants were put through. As far as where it should take place- who cares? Stay in US and just cook!

mamajhall
mamajhall

I too was very disappointed in this season. It seems like the "good" contestants left early but the two bullies who have lots of connections stayed no matter how bad their food was. FROZEN sauce really! I don't even want to watch the finally because I don't think it matters how good Paul cooks, Sarah will win which will just make my heart sink. I truly hope Andy addresses all over the viewer concerns over this past season, I want to hear someone say.."Yes, we messed up this season but we will make the next one better" I also agree with other post that people like Grayson, Ed and Ny deserve another chance like on a all-star episode. I wouldn't mind seeing a "blind" judging from the judges next season, so that way it really is about the food not connections. I am so disappointed in this season.

Loving the show
Loving the show

i'm starting to get annoyed with even the judges..why is it that baldy makes a comment to bev about her usual cooking of asian..dude sarah keeps on cooking italian he hasn't said anything to her...oh because she went to italy to learn...who cares! sarah even said it herself this episode she doesn't know how to cook asian..and I'm sure she has eaten enough...I'm tired of sarah..she hasn't changed one bit..I agree with the other viewers...she was sooooo happy to see bev leave...oh and isn't that funny ..she says "I always knew I would be in the finally with Paul" really!!! because I've never heard the judges rave about her dishes..it just hasn't been as bad as others...and there were plenty of times she should have left..right after the other fat one heather would have been good with me!!! Can't wait to get this season over with...

BJames
BJames

Faithful TC viewer from the start but this season the show took a nose dive. The suits that came up with the bizarre stunts need a slap on the wrist. What's next, cooking on a high wire, shooting game for the oven? Stop the gimmicks and lean toward their talents and techniques in cooking. Your show is about cooking not the circus. You lost viewers this season.

drago
drago

I can't help it but think how much more pleasant this show would've been without Sarah... I know she sacrificed a lot for cooking and all but damn is she mean and fake or what???

Lindsay was also a pain to watch...come on woman, you're a human being too, be looser and not that stiff !! Annoying as *&"%

That being said, GO PAUL !!! All the way man!

catsndogz
catsndogz

I think that saying Sara finally warmed up to Beverly is not remotelly realistic. The only reason she showed anything related to kindness in the end was because Beverly had been eliminated and she was deleriously happy to see her go. There is not a gracious bone in Sara's body. It was fake sympathy. She has been a spoiled brat and a "mean girl" from start to finish toward Beverly and Beverly, Kudos to you for never letting her drag you into a fight. Beverly exhibited grace under pressure all through the show, especially since she came back a second time. Beverly should have won over Sara. Sara, get over yourself. You are cruel and have a big mouth. I don't care how well you cook. You were unpleasant to watch from week to week. Paul has been an honest competitor all season long and it was nice to watch him NOT get involved in the Sara garbage. Go Paul! He should win this season. Maybe he could cook some humble pie for Sara although she doesn't need an extra meal.

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

PLEASE GOD ALL I AM ASKING IS THAT PAUL WIN OVER SARA. HE HAS SO MUCH CLASS AND PROFESSIONALISM-2 THINGS THAT SARA DOES NOT EXHIBIT. SHE IS A BULLY AND ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT BEVERLY. NEWS FLASH SARA-NOBODY IS PERFECT, NOT EVEN YOU. TRY BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE HUMBLE AND STOP SHOWING YOUR UGLY SIDE. YOU MAKE IT SO OBVIOUS. PAUL HAS NOT TALKED ABOUT ANYONE THIS SEASON, HE HAS SO MUCH HUMILITY. GO, GO , GO PAUL!!! GOOD LUCK TO YOU IN THE FINALS. I HOPE WE ALL GET TO HEAR THE WORDS FROM PADMA "PAUL, YOU ARE TOP CHEF!!!" AFTER A SEASON THAT HAS BEEN A LITTLE STRANGE AT TIMES, PLEASE MAKE THIS ONE DECISION WHERE MOST OF THE FANS WILL BE HAPPY. THANK YOU. HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT SEASON. THANKS PADMA, TOM, GAIL, ETC. TAKE CARE.

Foodie01803
Foodie01803

First of all, I've been a fan of the show for years. I’ve always enjoyed watching the chefs come up with new and exciting dishes. However, this season has been increasingly frustrating to watch and this last episode was almost unbearable. There were some stupid gimmicks throughout the season, but this past show took the cake. ‘Chef Olympics’ in Whistler, British Columbia. Are you kidding me? What happened to the Texas theme? And why are they in sub-zero BC? Did I miss something here? And what does skiing, shooting or cooking or chipping ice have to do with putting together a great dish? And please, please, please stop the Last Chance Kitchen. Having eliminated chefs compete for another chance at the title is a poorly veiled attempt to hide who are the judges’ favorites. They were eliminated. And there was a reason why. Get over it, move on. If this is the direction the show is headed, you can count me out – rapidly losing interest.

Top Eater
Top Eater

Have loved Top Chef b/c it dared to be different--no Jr high, time wasteing antics like Real Hs. Love learning everything from what manooz boosh is to how passionate chefs are about what they do. Do not know any chef personally so it's great to learn the points of view they all come from--the personal angle.

Guest Judges: Don't care who you use, just tell us why they are there if it's not obvious-Pee Wee. Do know Patty LaBelle has diabetes & has written cookbooks but Charleze Theron? Other than promoting a movie, the premise ultimately worked for ya.

Olympic Chefing- NOT. So Sarah & Lindsey(Queen Nasty) produced yet more bowls of SOUP & German food for the win??? Yet all we hear is-Asian food again? If a good bowl of soup is your thrill, go to any Senior center in the US!

Future: Your turn with goofy is over so do fun & learning. We need more exposure to foods/chefs we don't always get. Arab, Indian, Mongolian, Basque? Vegetarian, Gluten-Free for me? And take the snooty factor down a notch. Stacking 45 of the very best ingredients on top of a crust of bread does not mean it's then perfect! And if you think it is, tell us the heck why cuz we can't taste it or smell it. And don't depth & layers of me! Your guest diners seem to very often disagree with you. Are they..............bad eaters? GO PAUL!

justconnect
justconnect

Long-time fan and viewer, now ready to check out from this farce, which has lost its core commitment to cooking and instead is being designed (and possibly edited) to "stir up" trouble, rather than wonderful sauces, dishes, menus.

This is NOT supposed to be "top caterer" -- or "top bike rider/skiier/shooter" -- or "top campfire cook" -- let these people do what they were trained to do, and what viewers want to watch! (The only interesting episode, to me, was the one with Charlize in the art school in San Antonio. But there was an actual kitchen involved...)

The shark has been jumped. Bye bye.

Barrymon
Barrymon

Beverly is meek and annoying. Sarah and Lindsey were mild compared to Heather, and to hear that they "bullied their way to the finale" kind of comments are ridiculous. Those are usually comments that come from "bullyable" people : )

Barrymon
Barrymon

Thankfully the majority of the posts echo what I've been thinking about the finale. Texas-to-Vancouver? No offense to Canadians, Gail...I'm married to one. It was just a stretch no matter how beautiful BC is. The Olympic theme: OMG the games ended 2 years ago and are pretty much irrelevant. Let them cook and enough of the silly stuff. Maybe wacky challenges are funny in quickfires but not when the true cooking & measurement of skills is on the line.

J.Rob
J.Rob

I too was very disappointed in this season of TOP CHEF....I suggest Bravo have posters printed for the worst bullies ever.....HEATHER,SARAH,LINDSAY.....Shameful......The restaurants where they work should hang their heads to have such despicable employees. I hope when the see this season tapes they can all see that Bev was so much a lady compared to them HEATHER WAS THE WORST !!!!,!!!!,!

worstseasonever
worstseasonever

I have watched TC from the begining and have never commented, but with this season, I can't stand by. I use to look forward to watching TC because I enjoy watching the chefs COOK, not run around in some stupid bike riding contest or sking. What does this have to do with cooking? NOTHING should be the answer from the producers and they should stop this stupidity. IF there is a TC 10 and IF I decide to watch... the first sign of a ridiculous, non-cooking chalenge... I am hitting delete on the DVR.

TC, you're ethnocentrically biased
TC, you're ethnocentrically biased

The more I think about it, the more it pisses me off that available ingredients almost always favor Western forms of cooking.

And, Sara, Lindsay, if you have such an aversion to Bev's Asian cooking why the hell didn't you ever have the balls to call out Paul, your special friend?

austinTX
austinTX

regardless of whether or not Paul wins, he has shown the most class and professionalism of any chef this season. I hope the producers bring back another "All Star" season where Paul and Nyesha can mix it up with the other past season all stars. (bring back chef kevin gillespie) I would love to see what these chefs can do against past cheftestants It is so frustrating that many of the chef of TC Texas are not getting respect because they are subject to complete buffoonery.

austinTX
austinTX

regardless of whether or not Paul wins, he has shown the most class and professionalism of any chef this season. I hope the producers bring back another "All Star" season where Paul and Nyesha can mix it up with the other past season all stars. (bring back chef kevin gillespie) I would love to see what these chefs can do against past cheftestants It is so frustrating that many of the chef of TC Texas are not getting respect because they are subject to complete buffoonery.

Brett Alan
Brett Alan

I hate to pile on, but the challenges in this episode were just terrible. Watching chefs hack away at blocks of ice and fall over themselves trying to ski is NOT what Top Chef is supposed to be about. And the idea that a chef could go home because he or she wasn't as physically strong as the others (was it not obvious that Beverly would be at a disadvantage there) or hadn't learned to ski or shoot is just totally contrary to what the show should represent.

I give credit to Paul for helping the ladies get ingredients out of the ice when it was obvious that his physical strength was giving him a big advantage. But it isn't his role to make the competition fair. That's yours, Team Top Chef.

I hope you listen to what your viewers are telling you here. It's supposed to be about the cooking.

bike-bill
bike-bill

That was painful to watch. What idiotic challenges. If the show keeps going in this direction I'm finished. If I watch the final I''ll be hoping Paul wins.

TCbores
TCbores

You producers are f-ing up the show. I don't watch much reality TV but I watched this show because it was "classier" and was more about the competing to cook great food while posing unique challenges (but having to do with the culinary world). The last few seasons (or more) have been losing the show's quality (that stupid Target challenge comes to mind) and this last episode may have been the final nail in the coffin.

voxcookman
voxcookman

This will probably be my last season as a Top Chef viewer. This season has been more about stupid challenges than about being a Top Chef. Who cares if you can ride a bike around town and talk a restaurant into borrowing a kitchen to cook or if you can ski and shoot targets with a gun. What a horrible excuse for a reality t.v. show; But therein lies the rub; the producers are trying to sell this formerly informative, enjoyable cooking show into reality t.v. that tends to draw ratings for obsurd, public behavior. I think I'll give next season one episode, but if the epidsodes focus again on putting top tier chefs in obsurd situations and seeing if they can cook or chip ingredients out of a block of ice, I'm done. Tom, this is an embarrasment to "top chefs" everywhere...hard to believe you're part of this.

can'tstandSarahorLindsey
can'tstandSarahorLindsey

I agree with earlier comments regarding Sarah and Lindsey's terrible behavior. Their attitude towards Beverly only indicates their own insecurities, and it makes it hard to want to watch the finale. I sincerely hope two such sore losers and nasty people do not win. None of the men treated each other like this --- as women, we need to learn from men how to be respectful competitors rather than cut each other down.

Mamamia72
Mamamia72

Thank God I have restored my faith in humanity when I found the other posts to this blog. I DVR'd the "olympic" episode and I am so sickened by what I just watched that I had to come here to comment, even though I have never done so before. My only consolation is the fact that there are hundreds of comments agreeing with me here. I have been trying to figure out this season why the show allowed the bullying comments to go on and even highlighted showing Lindsey and Heather and Sarah picking on Bev. I thought the producers would show Bev coming back from Last Chance Kitchen and winning to beat the bullies. But NO!!! You totally took the low road and both encouraged the bullying talk and attitude AND showed that the bulllies win!!! Repulsive! Then you have the culinary olympics? How about just cooking? Would that be too much reality? Disgusting, Bravo. Shame on YOU!!!

Tex Adams
Tex Adams

Sarah says she's going to be a really nice person and 90 seconds later cuts Beverly off while she's answering Paul's question about Last Chance Kitchen, "Look at that tree!", then sourpuss Lindsay piles on and starts laughing at Sarah's disrespect. Those two are gross and classless and I feel bad that Bev had to put up with those fat cows (including Heather). Epic fail on the whole really nice person thing by the way.

Gail says in her blog that, ""By the end of this episode I think [Sarah] warmed to Beverly because, even though the ending of the episode is the way it is, Beverly proved herself like no one else has." What's this "prove" business? She doesn't need to prove anything to anyone, especially Sarah. Bev's a legitimate contestant just like everyone else. Get bent Gail.

I genuinely didn't see, on any episode, any reason for those people to dislike Beverly. She's tough and aggressive just like anyone else who's been on that show claims to be but somehow those qualities apply to her differently than to them so they don't like her for it. Get real.

Hungry hippo Sarah is badmouthing Beverly in next week's preview. LET. IT. GO. Clearly she's the one with the problem and not Beverly.

No matter who wins, I'm usually bummed that the season is over but not this time. I wish the finale was on right now so I could watch and be done with it. I think we're due for an All-Star season. Bring back Carla, Kevin Gillespie and the Voltaggio brothers. I'm getting sick of the petty bickering crap already.

legalmom6
legalmom6

I am a hard fast TC viewer. I have never been so turned off by "chefs" Heather, Sara and Lindsay. but guess what- the three witches from Macbeth look like angels compared to how these three have acted- and the backhandedness of both Sara and Lindsay- giving Bev a hug after losing- surprised they didn't try to lodge their knife in her back as a farewell present...oh yeah- they did that in the previous episodes. What afraid of a true chef who knows how to cook. I agree with all the other comments- I hope Paul wins- since Beverly is out- I would like to see someone who really has a soul when it comes to cooking win this season- and Sara and Lindsay DO NOT.

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

Okay you guys, you have to really think about what you're going to do next season! You have to make the contestants really work hard and COOK for the ultimate title of TOP CHEF. Please next season can we please have judges that are really involved with cooking? This season you have strayed from there a couple of times (Pee-Wee Herman, Patti LaBelle). What happened to Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, etc. I love this show and I don't want it to go in another direction and have fans stop watching. That would really be a shame. It's coming down to the end and PLEASE GOD I HOPE PAUL COOKS LIKE HE'S NEVER COOKED BEFORE!!! I DON'T THINK I COULD HANDLE SARA WINNING. SHE HAS BEEN SUCH A BULLY AND PHONY ALL SEASON LONG, SOMEONE LIKE THAT DOES NOT DESERVE TO WIN!! GO PAUL, BRING IT JUST LIKE THE NY GIANTS DID IN THE SUPER BOWL!!! GOOD LUCK.

Jules in WA State
Jules in WA State

Dear BRAVO:

I have to agree with all the comments here. Next season please pay attention to the way the chefs treat each other. Chef Tom said "It's all about the food" and then the makers of the show turn a blind eye.

These shows are highly edited, so it is known what has happened. There should be some sort of disclaimer for those who want to do a show like this that certain behaviours will not be tolerated. Young people seeing this show possibly now think that getting into the culinary industry would be good for a bully and bad for a sweet person. Set the example BRAVO.

Also agree, less of the team challenges and more one on one competion. Wednesday's show was one that could have back-fired completely. I don't agree that doing a bit of cross country skiing would cause any broken bones, but it was just over the top and too silly. However, hacking food out of overly large blocks of ice could have been pretty serious. I am glad for the cheftestants that no one got hurt.

I have been a Top Chef fan from season one and it always seems in every season there is "the one" who is the drama queen. Tiffany, Marcel, Spike, Stephan, Mike and Jennifer and so on. I get it. Don't want the show to be a total snooze fest, but sometimes the idea goes too far and with three bullying drama queens on this season, it was too much for most viewers.

I think one person who has commented so far thinks that Beverly was the cause of all that drama. Every other poster disagrees.

While I don't think a trumped up over the top gimmicky episode or two would be that bad, when it is every show almost for the whole season - then it indeed does appear that all Top Chef writers are thinking is "overly sensational" and forgetting that we fans love the cooking part of the contest and seeing who does the best. Make the Quick Fires odd and quirky as can be, but the elimination should be putting these cheftestants in the best way that they can showcase their talent and then let the food speak for itself.

It would be awkward at the least to say that especially Wednesday's episode let the food speak for itself. How can a recipe even be thought out when you don't know what you will chip out of a block of ice or if you can or can't shoot a gun? It just all went too far.

Last there is the thought that BRAVO is sitting back laughing at these comments and they mean nothing at all except a place for fans to let off some steam. We all know that drama sells or The Real Housewives of (whatever) wouldn't be such a huge franchise that it is. But if you read those fan responses, the drama is just getting to be too much on all of it. We can only see people get verbally beaten so much.

Please take it out of one of my favorite shows...a sinful delight. Top Chef. Please also continue with Last Chance Kitchen. Great idea that.

Thank you, Jules

kromsky
kromsky

I've never commented on this site before, but I have been watching Top Chef from its beginning. I can only agree heartily with the other comments about this ridiculous last challenge and several of the challenges during this and last season that have nothing to do with cooking. The reason I'm commenting is that this last episode was the worst. These are the top contestants and I want to see what their cooking can be under circumstances that involve culinary challenge and not all this other nonsense. Most people who watch this show are serious about food. I do not watch other reality shows and have no desire to do so. Might you try to actually listen to your audience before you lose all of us? And I also agree about the prevalence of team challenges. It seems designed more to exploit conflicts between contestants than to challenge them as cooks. I sense that Paul is a very serious, gifted chef, but one gets to see very little of that in the context of this season.

catch phrase
catch phrase

I wish that people would stop using the latest 'in" phrase, PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE. Unless you are a physician, you should stick to laymens terminology and not label people with a particular type of behavior.

I hope Paul wins. Thanks for reading.

SantaCruz23
SantaCruz23

Sigh, another show bites the dust. I have been a fan of all Top Chef seasons but watching this last season has left me stupified as to why this show is even called Top "Chef" anymore. Scavenger bicycle challenges, who can break food out of a huge block of ice first and shooting a skiing as part of a challenge to determine who gets more or less cooking time?!!? Seriously TC Producers?? This is becoming like MTV's ridiculously trashy reality shows where contestants compete or Gladiators.

Hey, how about this for a thought. Since it's a COOKING SHOW, perhaps you could find innovative ways to develop the cooking aspect of the show to make THAT more exciting instead of just showing chefs running around, 10 seconds of clips of them cooking mixed with shots of finished plates, hear them say one sentence about their food and watch judges eat and critique it. How about some expansion on education: techniques, skills, culinary social system, palate explanation, balance explanations, etc. Or do you think that if you have real quality and education on the show about cooking, instead of contestants that aren't athletic huffing and puffing, that you'll lose viewers because you think we're stupid mind-numbing reality show junkies?

I used to appreciate Bravo reality shows because they were a mix of documentary style done classy and with just the right touch of drama. But I should've realized that the network that produces Real Housewives of every city you don't care about would eventually turn a good solid show like Top Chef to the same waste of time.

Lastly, I wish Bev had won. At least they didn't rig it just for rating purposes. A sliver of integrity left. Sarah and Lindsey have a "bond" as they say. Yes, of being TOTAL BULLIES!! I'm very happy that they are portrayed just as they are for all the world to see. Edward was annoying too. Smile to your face but talk a LOAD of shit behind your back. Paul's going to win. He's the strongest chef of the three by light years he's awesome!

JLHaspels
JLHaspels

Man, the producers are lucky the chefs didn't hurt themselves during the challenges just trying to get to the ingredients. They could've hurt their backs lifting the iceblocks, stabbed themselves w/ the icepicks, had a iceblock fall on them, broken a bone or twisted an ankle on the ski course. I felt bad for the chefs. There's a reason Biathlon is only done by athletes. Who can shoot when you're out of breath and the blood is pounding in your head? Why not have chef cooking challenges like make a frozen treat or re-do a Canadian dish like poutine?

k93
k93

I am so disappointed that there are so many bullies on this season's top chef. Sarah and Heather are mean-spirited and racist. And Lindsay is racist and insincere. I used to love this show because it was about the food, but if it wasn't for Paul, I wouldn't even watch the finale. More on food, less on drama, and what's with the athletic amazing race challenges. The producers should tell the bullies to get it together and act like grown-ups. If you act like this on camera, you must be 100% worst in private. Pathetic. You will never be great chefs because you have no class.

mp5987
mp5987

This whole season has been contrived and gimmicky. I love that you have "celebrity" guest judges, but PeeWee Herman? Really? And the elimination challenges kept getting more and more absurd. TC is the number one cooking show for a reason and they need to get back to it. Get cooking!!

Food4Life
Food4Life

I've never commented on blogs or websites before, but the mean-spirited and gratuitous behavior of Sarah and Lindsey really irked me. I hope that Paul blows these 2 bullies out of the water in the finale. I was rooting for either Bev, Paul or Ed in the end, and it makes me sick to think that Sarah or Lindsey could take the title. I vow to never to eat at a restaurant where either Sarah, Lindsey, or that other bully Heather are chefs. Hopefully, when they look back at their behavior they'll be ashamed. Their treatment of Bev was unconscionable and completely unwarranted. Ladies, why do you think so many people are outraged? And why do you think the men and other contestants treated Bev with respect? Hats off to you Bev for always taking the high road and persevering through the 'haters' BS. The sky's the limit for you!

capehousewife
capehousewife

This was the worst episode of Top Chef I've ever seen. Enough said.

A. Simmons
A. Simmons

Sheesh! Did you hire a sadist to develop challenges this season? I thought the bike challenge was hard. This one exceeded the bike challenge. This has to be the most difficult season of Top Chef to date. Breaking apart ice blocks, shooting for ingredients, and cooking in a gondola. What the heck.

Now that Bev is gone, I feel like the show lost something. She's an odd bird. But she gave it her all. She has spunk as they say. The show definitely lost some of its personality this season with Bev gone. After all that work to get back into it and all the abuse she took without returning any, hard to see her go.

I'm pulling for Paul. Though I'd be ok with Lindsay as well. Both of them have been fairly professional. Sarah's bias towards Bev was a little bothersome as was her taking the immunity over the car. Wish Ed was still in it as well. He seems like he would be a fun guy to hang with.

sandy
sandy

Glad you mentioned Bev's hard work and determination, Tom: I am so bummed that she had to go home, instead of Sarah. (NOT a fan, to say the least...) Didn't know you went to school in RaChaCha! (UofR?) When was the last time you explored the culinary and wine excellence on our fair city? The Finger Lakes wineries are taking off, and Rochester's restaurants--from the dives and joints, to the fine dining experiences--are superb. As a Rochester native, I hope you can schedule a visit and partake of all that the area has to offer.

ViewerNoMore
ViewerNoMore

I don't care to watch any more Top Chef which has been the only show that I have made a point of watching every week. Linsey Autry's and Sarah Gruenberg's treatment of Beverly Kim has been painfully embarrassing to watch for the sake of everyone. By your choices of the final three last night you have endorsed their horrific behaviors and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Michelle Bernstein's "extension of herself" and Tony Mantuano's protégé have done a fine job in showing a not-so-fine side of the fine dining world. I wonder if the mentors are still proud of their works. What despicable creatures have they fostered! Let's be good humans first and then good chefs. And Top Chef producers, please stop the nonsensical challenges. You have lost me.

Rockiesfamily
Rockiesfamily

Bev, keep your head held high. How Sarah who is a petty little whiner won is beyond me. Sounded close and since Bev beat her in the other 2 challenges thought that might have come into play. Sarah what comes around goes around and you still have a lot to learn about developing charcter and being someone people really want to be around. Both Sarah and Heather have the villians reunion show all sown up and likely Marcell could join that team!!!

Viewer 662
Viewer 662

Is this Top Chef or Survivor? If there's a Season 10, I hope the chefs will be allowed to get back to actual dish/menu planning and cooking as their means of displaying their CHEF skills instead of being forced to participate in ridiculous activities that do nothing to showcase their talents in the kitchen. After Season 7, this season is my least favorite, as much for the irrelevant challenges as for the mostly blah cheftestants.

formerfan2
formerfan2

Dear Producers, Enough with the gimmicks. Ice-picking? Really? Skiing? Really? Can't you just let them COOK? Please reconsider before you lose more and more viewers. This has been an awful season which sucks for Paul because Paul seems like a fantatic person and he deserved to be on a season with normal challenges and no drama! The created drama just sucks. It's beneath this show. Or it should be.

consuela60
consuela60

This whole season of Top Chef has been a disappointment. From the beginning when all the hopefuls had to compete for an Top Chef jacket (tedious), the Last Chance Kitchen that you had to watch on your computer after the show (annoying), and the irritating Pee Wee Herman episode with the bike riding around town, begging for a kitchen to cook in (senseless); the changes in Top Chef have made the show much less enjoyable to watch. The "Olympic" episode was the final insult. Instead of watching the chefs cook and use their special knowledge and cooking techniques in this last deciding show for the finalists, the chefs were instead selected on how well they could prepare a meal after facing ridiculous obstacles. I got no enjoyment watching the chef-testants rushing to break food out of ice blocks with ice picks...if one went through someone's hand what a bloody mess that would be! Did the chef-testants have to sign waivers that if they lost the use of their hands due to the requirements of competing in the show they would not sue the network? Is this what the show producers think that we want to watch? Can you imagine how physically exhausting it was to do the skiiing and shooting before you could even cook? Watching Beverly running around with a big sharp knife in a state of frenzy and exhaustion was horrifying and and example of what these challenges can do to someone's psyche. Is the message of this show that the winner of this Top Chef season can whip up a meal really fast after going through a physical endurance test and not hurt themselves in the process? Being a chef in today's world must really be a grueling experience if, in order to win this show, you must be able to make the perfect decisions about what you will cook no matter what mental and physical anguish you are experiencing. Finally, watching Beverly lose after getting through the contrivances of Last Chance Kitchen and doing better than Sarah in the physical endurance test of the "triatholon",(was Sarah's dish that much better?) and listening to Sarah once again remind the viewers how irritating it can be to share a kitchen with Beverly (remember Beverly using her blender in Sarah's cooking space?) was really heartbreaking and a reminder how cruel this world can be. I am actually a fan of Paul, and looking for him to win the prize, but feel that Beverly really got served a raw deal in this series' episode.

SadDuck
SadDuck

I can't believe how many people have been conned into thinking Bev is some victim. Have you all ignored her passive-aggressive tactics? Her "poor me" schtick is tiresome. She commandeers the butcher at Whole Foods. Takes a ridiculous amount of time to prep shrimp, while leaving her team mates hanging. Takes over sinks and counters in other chef's spaces. The only person who was out of line dealing with her was Heather. Otherwise, I think she gave as good as she got. She just did it with that stupid simpering attitude. She can cook one thing -- asian food. With fish. If Tom hadn't pulled that totally unfair switch in LCK, she'd be gone and we'd have Nyesha, who can cook circles around everyone else who is left on the show.

Food4Life
Food4Life

I never comment on blogs or websites, but the disgusting behavior of Sarah and Lindsey REALLY irked me. I hope that Paul blows these 2 bullies out of the water in the finale. I was rooting for either Bev, Paul or Ed in the end, and it makes me sick to think that Sarah or Lindsey could take the title. I vow to never to eat at a restaurant where either Sarah, Lindsey, or that other bully Heather are chefs. Hopefully, when they look back at their behavior they'll be ashamed. Their treatment of Bev was unconscionable and COMPLETELY unwarranted. Ladies, why do you think so many people are outraged? And why do you think the men and other contestants treated Bev with respect? Hats off to you Bev for always taking the high road and persevering through the 'haters' BS. The sky's the limit for you!

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Very frustrating to watch sarah beat bev with such an annoying personality and hideous attitude. She doen't need to be likeable to be a good chef but she'd certainly be easier to digest if she was less of an excuse making, fake, whiner. Bev was so strong in the face of so much bullying and disrespect. Here's to Paul winning!

David Wishart
David Wishart

The non-cooking aspects of the challenges in this episode were insulting to my standards and the contestants' abilities. Some element of "fun" is understandable, as this show is ultimately about entertainment, but this time it went so far to be unfair. Less gimmicks, and more cooking please.

No Longer a Viewer
No Longer a Viewer

I didn't think it could get worse than the Peewee Herman challenge, but this episode was a new low. The challenges were not only ridiculously disconnected to cooking, they were actively dangerous to the contestants. It's happy chance nobody was injured beyond bruises. Just really flipping awful. You guys should apologize to both the contestants and the viewers for this mess.

Matthew JA
Matthew JA

Glad to see I'm not the only who felt that Top Chef has lost it. This episode was a farce. And, as noted many times above and over the course of the season, I'd never dine at any place employing the "Mean Girls" -- Heather, Lindsay and Sarah simply suck.

curiouscook
curiouscook

I just hope some lackey at Bravo actually reads the comments and writes a report. The shark was most definitely jumped--I could nearly see the Fonz on his water skies, and the shark in the cage. Let's hope that the ever-evolving idiocy of this season causes some heads to roll, and that TC gets back to the food next year, or I'm afraid this will be my last season. I find it ironic that the better the chefs get, the stupider the challenges get.

dutchessofdennis
dutchessofdennis

I have to agree with most of the posters. If you are going to require athletic ability to be part of the evaluation, then you also need to evaluate attitude and character and make that a factor in the judging for further seasons. Hope Paul takes it all - he is a great example of a creative genius who is also a gentleman.