Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio goes course by course to explain why Paul ultimately took the win.

on Mar 1, 20120

I know you heard us say more than once in the episode that this was The Best Food We’ve Ever Been Served in a Finale. I want to reiterate right off the bat that it was. For all of you haters out there who kept posting all season long that you didn’t think Sarah was good enough and that you couldn’t understand why she was advancing… and then why she made the finale…and the final two… I trust that this episode made it completely clear to you that she’s a very, very good chef. This finale was as close to a tie as you’re ever going to get. Marco Canora and David Myers came away from the experience blown away by the level of cooking they saw and tasted. They’d seen the show and expected competence and even talent, but they never expected the brilliance they experienced in this finale.

When I eat out, I do not judge the food; I just eat. I would never have picked critically at either of these meals were they served to me at a restaurant. I would have been extremely happy with them both. My comments in the episode and here are because as a judge in this competition, I had to split hairs and determine a winner.

 Let’s break down the two meals course by course:

Sarah’s pasta course was perfectly made, and, while surprising and playful in terms of the ingredients she chose, such as the coconut, was still a very Italian-feeling dish. For example, the chili? There are spicy notes in Calabrian dishes. It was not that far from what I expected to get from her. It was a really exceptional dish.

227 comments
Barbara Toncheff
Barbara Toncheff

Hi Tom! Have you ever seen the BBC series "The Victorian Kitchen?" I watched on You Tube. I'll bet NONE of your contestants couldn't hold a candle to 75 year old Ruth Mott if they had to work with a wood burning stove and Victorian recipes and utensils in a period kitchen! In the last episode (#8) what she did with that pheasant was nothing less than spectacular...the roasted lamb leg and turbot weren't too shabby either. Won't you please consider doing an entire season of having the chefs make, improve or whatever historic Victorian/Edwardian recipes to see what their talents is really made of? You'd have MANY history buffs watch the show as well! The loser of the quick fires could be the scullery maid (in 1600-1700) they had male sullery maids too! As far as sponsors go, maybe GE doesn't make wood stoves but there are a lot of kitchenware, building suppliers and such who provide Victorian styled products for new homes. I bought my tin (actually aluminum) kitchen ceiling from M Boos Inc. right here in the Cleveland area! Please think about the challenge...perhaps the master chefs might like to test themselves too!

Nada F.
Nada F.

Hello,

I like watching your show. Question: could you do a challenge for the chefs to cook for cancer patients going through chemo therapy? My 19 year old daughter is going through chemo for her cancer, the worst part after each course is loosing her ability to taste. We look for strong flavors and spices so she can eat and enjoy her food. It has to be simple but fully flavored. I would be curious what the master chefs would cook to help patients get their nutrition and enjoy it.

Karen c
Karen c

After watching every season of Top Chef, with my children. I worry the editing continues to demean women. Bravo tv Has many shows that showing mean girls fighting over crap. I want the young girls and women of today growing up to be nothing like the way bravo tends to portray women. Stop the desperate portrayal. All of the chefs have worked hard to get where they are and you have made villains out of them only for ratings.

Amelia81
Amelia81

Tom Collicchio, You are HOT!

DebDoes
DebDoes

Tom, you guys have removed people from the competition for physical attack. Now, you need to add verbal attack to your policy! Heather and Sarah were belligerent this season bullying Beverly. As Heather said, 'we are all executive chefs'...so why didn't she, Sarah and LINDSAY treat Bev as such instead of demeaning her time after time. Bev show here internal drive and determination in winning the last chance kitchen. I was cheering when Lindsay was booted! I agree with one of the other comments that some chefs, (Sarah and Lindsay) were only in and kept in competition because of who they worked for/with! Please....I'm a huge fan in Atlanta and love the show, but this season was painful to watch. Cheating, bullying.....call it not important when judging a cooking show, but it is important for the reputation of the people involved and their restaurants. Lastly....enough with the X-games! Rifles, skiing, breaking ice blocks....paaaleeeease! Too gimmicky for words this season. It is a cooking show, right? I think the show is doing this or ratings, but will lose your valued fans in the process. I'm just saying.

Paularay
Paularay

Every Chef lived through the same experience with the heat and lack of sleep and not every Chef was mean, vile, and rude. No excuses Lindsay, Sarah or Heather. You did it .. you said it now own up to it .. you are bully's and I will never go to your restaurants. I agree with the other viewers that the judges were tolerant because of Lindsay and Sarah mentors and that was very unfair to us. If the judges had already predetermined that their favororite mentors were going to the top then why did we have to watch everyone else compete? Are their restaurants in trouble and need the publicity? is this a pay back from Tom to his friends? is this a back room deal ? I will get your chef to the top and you come on my Top Chef Masters again? ridiculous ... mean and absolutely the bullying should have been stopped and Lindsay, Sarah and Heather reprimanded.

laurie b
laurie b

Tom ~ Thanks for explaining the Top Chef decision in meticulous detail. It really adds to my enjoyment of the show to read your blog afterwards. Paul and Sarah's meals seemed worthy of the finale. Looking forward to next season!

Viewer from Denmark
Viewer from Denmark

No, Tom. You aswell as me know that the ONLY reason why Sarah got to the finals was because of you guys doiing Tony Mantuano a favor!

Its pure corruption and "favor for a favor" thing.

Another DCViewer
Another DCViewer

So happy that Paul is the winner. Congratulations, Paul! You deserve it!

sudeme
sudeme

Too bad Sarah would not take responsibility for comments.

Why Lie?

lstk8888
lstk8888

I have no respect for Heather and Sarah. It was uncomfortable to say the least when watching their behavior. I've noticed chefs that are more mature and confident are less likely to comment on or pick on other chefs. Clearly, Heather and Sarah need to work on some issues. I'm not including Lindsay because I didn't see the worse behavior from her. But I didn't watch every episode either.

When Sarah threw Keith under the bus for the shrimp, she looked almost gleeful! A few minutes later, she was crying and upset for something the judges called HER on. If you can't take it, don't dish it out. I wonder if they saw their behavior. And if they did, were they humiliated. I would think they would be.

firefighter1959
firefighter1959

Not sure why, exactly, but I knew Paul was going to win ~ right away, in the first ep. He was awesome. Tom, also not sure why comments are angry/irritated with you, but seems to me you are very honest. I've had more than one dinner at your restaurant at MGM RI and, hands down, Best Meal Ever! Agree with others that some of the challenges this season were lame (PeeWee?), but still love the show!! PS Mean Girls were not attractive, at all.

JVB
JVB

@Boredtodeath: I fully disagree with your (or any other poster's) assumption that Beverly was not a victim of bullying. It started with Heather and continued with Lindsey treating Beverly as if she was an idiot and humiliating her during restaurant wars. Sarah joined in with her attitude problem when Beverly came back after having been eliminated. Just because Beverly was able to defend herself does not mean that she was not bullied! I loved Sarah at the start of the show but her sweet nature started going sour when she became close with Lindsey and ended, for me, with her poisonous remark about Beverly's second elimination "this time, Bevs gone and she's not coming back!" That completely turned me off to her. In my book, Paul was the rightful winner of Top Chef. He was mature, a brilliant cook, and friendly to everyone, with no drama, throughout the entire season. A magnificent human being and a first class chef. Kudos to you, Paul, you ROCK!

sfdf5
sfdf5

Tom I don't understand why there is a need to have the final challenge. It seems the winner is already picked before the final challenge. Sarah was the clear winner and showed up when it mattered most. The only problem is Top Chef seemed to pick a winner before the final challenge, otherwise it makes no sense how Sarah did not win that challenge. Based off of all the comments from every judge their wasn't a bad thing said about any meal she made. Paul had quite a few comments made by judges that were not as positive as the comments made about Sarah. She also took more of a risk than Paul who stayed in his comfort zone. It's very frustrating as a fan to not understand how the judges came to this outcome. Why would the episode be edited to show that Sarah was the clear winner, when the judges were clearly not going to judge based off of the final challenge when that is how the show is suppose to be judged. I also have to ask if you just don't want to see a women win one of these seasons. You always seem to pick the guy over the girl no matter what the challenge outcomes are, especially when it gets down to the final few. Why is this?

Chilly
Chilly

I guess we can all quibble about our definitions of "bullying". I absolutely agree that Bev, as an adult, can stand up for herself in a way a kid cannot and I OFTEN found myself frustrated with her for taking what she took. But does that excuse the behavior of Sarah, Lindsay, and Heather? Of course not! Their behavior amounted to bullying in my book - they preyed on the weakness in someone else. But whether or not you want to call it bullying, it certainly was a poor way to treat another human being.

HungryinMontana
HungryinMontana

I think it was great and appropriate that Paul was the winner. If the final meals were both excellant and you were really picking the Top Chef from the season then the fact that Paul had the most wins, was so consistant, a quite clear leader in the kitchen, had enough respect for himself, the show and viewers to refrain from vulgar language, have humor and show kindness and respect to the other contestants really made him a Top Chef and human being. I have supervised and hired many employees over the years and those are the things that make a Top Employee in any field.

EDCVG
EDCVG

For those of you who think Bev was bullied, you've apparently never seen bullying. She's an adult, she can stand up for herself, and did several times. I think Bev held her own.

And, for those of you who don't like the show any more, or don't like it because of this season, shut up and turn the channel. I for one love Top Chef and can't wait for the next season.

Beebs523
Beebs523

My favorite part of your blog is when you call a majority of your loyal viewers "haters"... Awesome

Brother Michael
Brother Michael

Very good explanation of why you picked Paul. It's your decision to make based upon what you taste. Plain and simple.

Signed, Your brother.

p.s. I wouldn't mind tasting something in Season 10. Have miles, will travel.

Another DCViewer
Another DCViewer

I hope one who earned the title of Top Chef is a professional and inspiring leader with great culinary talent and vision. I also hope to see these winners of Top Chef contiune to grow and eventually become one of those respected master chefs in this country or in the world.

If all we care about how good they can cook or view it as just a cooking show, maybe we can just call this show 'Top Dish' instead. Or maybe just switch to watch 'Chopped' which seems to focus on cooking only as the challengers are not required to show any leadership skill to run a kitchen at all.

Idk, maybe I just have too high of an expectation or look at this show too seriously.

Boredtodeath
Boredtodeath

What is wrong with everyone? Beverly is not some middle schooler who is getting beat up in the bathroom everyday. Bullying is a serious problem but no one is being bullied on Top Chef. I remember Steven and Dave showing up drunk to work with Tiffanie on season one and no one seemed to care. And, since when does not liking someone make you a "hater". This is cooking competition, not a counseling session so everyone just lighten up. Concentrate on the real issues of this season - it was terrible! The challenges were often inane, and there were way too many team and banquet challenges. Even the finale required cooking for 100 people. Regardless of your assertion, Tom, that this season really proved that it's all about the food, this season was all about the catering. I learned nothing about technique or new directions in cooking. Bike riding, skiing, shooting, and cooking in a moving ski gondola - that's is what I took away from this season. Frankly, had you focused more on the cooking, maybe viewers wouldn't be so consumed with "hating" and non-existent bullying. Ask viewers what their favorite episode was in each of the past seasons and they will always say restaurant wars. I personally like the food prep relay and the wedding challenges as well. Please, Please, PLEASE get back to the vibe that got us all hooked on Top Chef in the first place.

Bloomsbury21
Bloomsbury21

Tom, you are aware, I assume, that those of us who watch the show are unable to judge the chef-testants based only on their food. We "judge," so to speak, based on what we are shown. And this season, we were shown some very poor behavior and lack of professionalism by three chef-testants in particular: Sarah, Lindsay and Heather. Some have also inferred racist undertones to this season of Top Chef. For you to characterize those of us who have opinions about these events as "haters" is absurd.

ViewerCindy
ViewerCindy

I have enjoyed Top Chef fr years. I have learned and tried some of the things I see on here. However, I am appalled how the program did not do anything about bullying. Glad my two old dont watch. I am glad the two bullies did not make Top Chef. It should have been Bev and Paul standing last. Because of Pee Wee Hermans past I felt it unfavorable to have him on the show. Take out the stunts and lets see some more cooking challenge. This year was kind ogf a dissappointment. There are too many group challenges as well.

sudeme
sudeme

Good Luck to you Paul. Hope you have great success.

Jen Garcia
Jen Garcia

Tom, I believe you are well aware of everything that happens on the show based on pointed questions you have asked the chefs in this season and seasons past.

I enjoy the show and trust your and the other judges take on the food but like another comment said, in the early season, the characters of the chefs and their ability to work well with others played more of factor. One that really should since being a 'Top Chef' is suppose to entail a bunch of other qualities.

That being said, Sarah and Lindsay especially did not display them. I too believe that it was their mentors who you were worried you'd have to answer to if they didn't make it far in the competition.

Bullying is a serious problem in this country. Seeing it essentially be condoned between adults is reprehensible. I respected you as the one chef who would call anybody out either on behavior or choices but you seriously let the ball drop this season.

Remedy this somehow.

One Fan's Thoughts
One Fan's Thoughts

I can't claim to know the economics of reality television. I would imagine that the show is calibrated to make the most money possible, and the truth is it's pretty hard for me to fault it for that, even if the show that most appeals to me isn't the one that would get the most viewers. However.

For many seasons, this show has generally focused on food, with a side of drama. People really into food see how food is created, hear the thoughts of the younger chefs behind their choices, and hear the critiques of those choices by expert chefs. Season 8 was something of the platonic ideal of that type of show (although seasons 4 & 6 were unbelievable), and this year's Last Chance Kitchen was a nice reference to that style (although even more information on both your and the younger chefs' thought processes would have been great).

I don't begrudge Tom and the Elves for going in a totally different direction with this season, even if it's not a direction that happens to work for me. But I suppose I irrationally wish that Tom, someone who a lot of us felt (again, irrationally) that we had come to "know" a little over the years, would acknowledge the shift away from a food-focused show and towards a drama focused show; I think he then might understand how it is that he thinks a chef made terrific food, yet the majority of viewers can't stand that person [and how many of the newer viewers attracted to a drama-focused show will care mainly about the drama, rather than the food].

Tom Joad
Tom Joad

Look, I'm not going to beat around the bush here. Some other people have hinted at it, some have said it directly, but I'm going to be blunt: The reason Sarah, Lindsay and Heather went to the well so often with their criticism of Beverly is simple racism... It may be casual racism, but it's racism nonetheless. You never heard people criticize Sarah for cooking nothing but Italian did you? Combine that with the personality of a woman [Beverly] who came out of a situation of domestic violence and this is what happens. Editing or no, those three have some serious explaining to do because as it stands, their behavior was pretty revolting.

Viewer1178
Viewer1178

One Question - Did Nyesha say anything on the finale? I havent seen any comments from her..None...Wondering!

Teri S
Teri S

I've been watching Top Chef since the beginning. I remember during either the first or second's finale, you said that being a Top Chef meant more than just being a good cook. It meant being the total package, one that could work well with others, lead, deal with junk going on and still produce a great meal. That season, you took the comments from the sous chefs seriously. It's hard to admit that the judging has gone from all that's included to just the cooking but that's what's happened. I love this show, gimmicks and all. But when one chef gets away with bullying others and you don't call them out on it, it's wrong. Bullying is a national problem and it should have been addressed. Sarah go what she deserved, a 2nd place finish.

Nancy Mills
Nancy Mills

I think soldiergal's comment, above, was succinct and the most accurate. Tom, I'm your biggest fan, but she's right. If it's truly about the cooking and not the drama, then perhaps the editing should reflect that. Also, as a nurse practitioner, I know that my job is clinical, but I am also required to be a professional, both in and out of the office. We viewers have come to respect your professionalism as well as your culinary talent over the past seasons. I would hope that the goal of the show is to elevate the standing of a PROFESSIONAL chef. In the end, if a contestant is truly a gifted chef, then there's really no need for bullying or gimmicks to seal the win. Just grab your ingredients and cook.

Ilse5500
Ilse5500

Tom, you don't seem to be shy in calling other contestants out over their behavior at judging but for some reason you never cared to speak to Sarah about her pouting when she didn't win or her eye rolling when she didn't win. You certainly seem to play favorites. Sarah was a mean girl this season and you seemed to condone it, shame on you and I have lost a great deal of respect for you over the course of this season. I doubt I'll watch TC again. After reading this blog and seeing that you are trying to sweep mean, nasty and bullying behavior under the rug. I question your own behavior now and I don't want to reward you ever again by watching your show.

RTParks
RTParks

My wife and I wife went to a fantastic restaurant Saturday night and had the privilege of sitting at the Chef's Table. After watching the Head Chef with extreme curiosity for a few minutes, I finally asked the server "Why is the Chef standing on his head, juggling three raccoons with his feet and playing the theme from 'Star Wars' on a harmonica while he's cooking?"

The server replied, "Oh, he's going to be auditioning for the next season of Top Chef soon!"

Richard F
Richard F

Tom - I love the show and always have, and as we do not taste the food, nor see everything we need the cameras, the editors and producers to magnify the food and not the drama. Your comment about what you see makes sense - but allow the production team to see things from Padma and your eyes and taste buds.

My cooking and understanding has improved immeasurably via applying some techniques - so more preparation shots and recipes and less drama and strange-ass challenges would be awesome.

A sincere fan - Richard

Jim B
Jim B

Tom Colicchio just used the word "hater" in a sentence. That's it, the rest of the article is a moot point.

Real TX Housewife
Real TX Housewife

I was thrilled when Paul and Sarah made the top 2; it was obvious to me they are great chefs and I was rooting for either one of them to win. It's unfortunate that some viewers were throwing around words like "bully" just because some cheftestants are more outspoken than others. After all, this is a very intense, high-stakes competition for a lot of money. Lots of others in past seasons exchanged harsh words and trashed others (Marcel, anyone?) but b/c this particular season included a chef that was unusually timid and clumsy--Beverly, then it seemed any kind of annoyance expressed towards her incurred the wrath of the "haters". Congratulations, Paul!

Dalgal
Dalgal

I think that it is strange that so many people calling Sarah, Heather and Lindsay bullies are so derogatory themselves. This is a COOKING show, not a personality contest, and that's what the chefs are judged on. We are not there to eat the food, so we have to trust that the judges know what they are doing. Personally, I have only had Sarah's and Heather's cooking, but they are both phenomenal chefs! I agree with those viewers who felt the gimmicks were excessive. I also think that it is silly to have so many partner/team activities and banquets. Forcing people who are normally in control in their kitchens into timed, cooperative actitivies is bound to result in conflicts. Who cares if a chef can shoot, ski or ride a bicycle?

Vera0317
Vera0317

Sarah should have been sent home a long time ago simply for the fact that she undercooked her risotto TWICE. The only reason why she was kept around was because of her mentor/owner Tony Moutuano of Spiaggia. Same with Lindsay who couldn't stop name dropping her mentor Michelle Bernstein. It is very disappointing that TC producers thought that they had to give us behind the scenes "drama" in hope to get the ratings up. I am disgusted that Pee Wee Herman was allowed to act as a guest judge on the show, how could you ever forget his arrest back in 1991? TC is not a show about cooking anymore, it turned into just another typical Hollywood production with added gimmicks and unnecessary challenges. My heart goes out to Beverly who was in a violent relationship before and found herself back in a bullying situation. My respects to her for handling herself so graciously. Paul, so happy that you won the title since you earned it fair and square by producing consistent quality dishes and for showing true leadership. To Heather, Sarah and Lindsay: Shame on you!!!

Bittersweet viewer
Bittersweet viewer

Sarah will only be as good as you can get without having a natural gift, and will always be a "fake" person. Paul had proper instinct and a strong palette, which are things that can't be taught, and BY FAR the better chef. He is super professional, and he appreciated/respected the competition.

That being said, I didn't taste the food, but I did have to taste the crappiness of the show this year. It's about food! Its a good thing I had it recorded so i could skip the worthless parts and fast forward to the bits and pieces about cooking.

Season sucked, but it was a pleasure to watch Paul. Tom, you are great and you know your food, but this was a stupid post.

colham
colham

I guess I misunderstood the spirit of the competition, it's just about exceptional food, not the ability to withstand the rigors of cooking anywhere or at the very least having some semblance of common decency. As you have probably gathered, the comments regarding Sarah are more about her appalling behavior towards Beverly than her cooking. Perhaps we are confusing Top Chef with Iron Chef which has considered the bad behavior of a chef during a competition to exclude a chef from moving forward. Although, Sarah did start to back off Beverly towards the end; she must have seen or heard of the comments about her. I can just imagine what this type of person would do to protect herself if she made a dire mistake. I wouldn't trust her enough to eat anything she cooks and would like to see some kind of accountability for chefs who act with such gross bad behavior as shown by Sarah this season. Personally, I think that if she couldn't stand the rigors of cooking and left, even though it was for medical attention, she should have been up for elimination instead of claiming the glory of the work of the rest of her teammates. Shouldn't this contest be about not only the ability to cook, but to cook exceptionally, not to mention honorable?

carolyn evans
carolyn evans

I am amazed that so many viewers didn't find Beverly hard to take. She seemed all about herself right from the start and seemed to undermine the efforts of "the team" she was on always putting herself selfishly first. I think the other girls were unable to get through to her that team challenges were team efforts. I personally was rooting for Sara and find the bias by everyone inexplicable

Rifer
Rifer

It is very difficult for us, the viewers, to watch for 50 minutes while Bev gets bullied for being a better chef than Heather, Sarah and Lindsay. So by the time the judges table comes around at the end of the show, we just can't stand the three of them so much we want them gone based on bad behavior, and quite frankly we just don't care what their food tastes like. There was no love for Sarah because, for almost the entire run of the show, she was a nasty, petty, bully... jealous of Bev's talents and the attention and praise she received from the judges. Bev did not fit into the bully girls click because she's too mature for that crap, and her only focus was on cooking great food-NOT on gossiping with the other girls, and as a result she was shut out and made the target of their nastiness. I think we can all agree Sarah appeared to grow as a chef throughout the competition. She seemed more confident and took more risks-which really paid off-as the episodes flew by, so I'm sure she fully deserved to make it to the end. But she indulged in such bad behavior and disrespect throughout the better part of the competition that it is impossible for viewers to support her, regardless of her talent. To Sarah (and Heather and Lindsay), I say... Grow up. Focus on making your food great, not on your jealousy of others' accomplishments.

PRCOLEDESIGNS
PRCOLEDESIGNS

I loved the show. I do not know how the contestants are picked, but I doubt that character (bullying, mean, rude) has much to do with it. It does make for an interesting show that makes us the fan choose who we want to win or move forward. I do not see how any "viewer" can say I think so and so should have gone home instead of so and so. This is a cooking show and in the end they are graded on their cooking. The only ones that are tasting it are the judges. With their various backgrounds I would say they are all well qualified! Here is to another great season and to Paul for winning!

Daryl Jones
Daryl Jones

OK Tom. You say that the judges are not interested in the drama or pay any attention to what is happening between the contestants is understandable. But don't criticize the viewers for having their comments regarding the dramas. That is what we "see." That is what gets your viewers to watch or not watch. If this was strictly a cooking competition then why include all the ridiculous challenges? Just pick your chefs and have them cook. I don't see how this show is going to continue if the producers keep adding stunts for the contestants and making it a cheesy reality show. Top Chef will be just like the rest of them. A tired old show with people doing ridiculous challenges and looking foolish.

More of the good stuff please
More of the good stuff please

Can't help but chime in - Tom, call us haters if you will but. . . .

From a viewer's perspective this season really was unequal to previous seasons. You comment on the level of food that was served but I will respond that we, as viewers, were not given an opportunity to view the food or understand the thinking of the chefs. That is where this season was lacking. The producers (um, hmm) let the edited version focus on the drama between the players. And I'm sorry they did. I suspect they will again next year because there have been so many comments on all the drama and, isolated from the rest of the world TV types, really think America is all just 'white trash' to use an outdated colloquialism. We're not all so base and, in the past, your show has been more elevated than all the others on Bravo. (I can tell you the executives and professors I know who watch this show. Not likin' the hate talk.)

I realize there has always been some behind the scenes drama between the personalities, but in the past it was a side dish to the main course.

Your show is exceptional when we get to learn about technique, timing, contrasting flavors, textures etc. Having said all of this, I will agree that this very last episode gave us all of that wonderful food experience and was on par for why Top Chef is the one show I wait for each year. More of that, please.

ColleenH
ColleenH

As you have probably gathered, the comments regarding Sarah are more about her appalling behavior towards Beverly than her cooking. Perhaps we are confusing Top Chef with Iron Chef which has considered the bad behavior of a chef during a competition to exclude someone else from moving forward, although she started to back off Beverly towards the end. She must have seen or heard of the comments about her. I can just imagine what this type of person would do to protect herself if she made a dire mistake. I wouldn't trust her enough to eat anything she cooks and would like to see some kind of accountability for chefs who act with such gross bad behavior shown by Sarah this season. Personally, I think that if she couldn't stand the rigors of cooking and left, even though it was for medical attention, she should have been up for elimination instead of claiming the glory of the work of the rest of her teammates. Is the contest not about the ability to cook and to cook exceptionally?

ColleenH
ColleenH

As you have probably gathered, the comments regarding Sarah are more about her appalling behavior towards Beverly than her cooking. Perhaps we are confusing Top Chef with Iron Chef which has considered the bad behavior of a chef during a competition to exclude someone else from moving forward, although she started to back off Beverly towards the end. She must have seen or heard of the comments about her. I can just imagine what this type of person would do to protect herself if she made a dire mistake. I wouldn't trust her enough to eat anything she cooks and would like to see some kind of accountability for chefs who act with such gross bad behavior shown by Sarah this season. Personally, I think that if she couldn't stand the rigors of cooking and left, even though it was for medical attention, she should have been up for elimination instead of claiming the glory of the work of the rest of her teammates. Is the contest not about the ability to cook and to cook exceptionally?

arribaeltequila
arribaeltequila

Hi Tom

I LOVED the last episode of Top chef, it was exactly the type of episode I love to watch and see the result, AMAZING food :)! I almost licked the TV! Please could you talk to the producers and tell them to avoid nonsense episodes and let the chefs cook more like on the final? it is a win win for everyone: we see better food, you eat deliciously, you have less angry messages the next day, the program gets more viewers and the reputations of these poor chefs are less damaged! I did find annoying the personality and bullying manners of Lindsay Sarah and Heather and it is sad because I think they were good chefs, and probably in real life, without all the cut throat environment of the competition they are a bit nicer as we have seen with other contestants that have been hated in their corresponding seasons. Anyway, I have read a lot of messages of people saying they wouldn't go to their restaurants etc... why don't the producers see that?! Why don't they see these people, who are making the show go and are bringing them MILLIONS of dollars, are also suffering from the producer's editing of the show as a high school drama. These peoples reputations, personal lives and future careers are in play and the producers are not helping them, in many cases they are DAMAGING them! Please Tom, let them know, as a chef, that these people live from their costumers and that means that they live from reputations, you know that! Don't hurt your contestants for making the show more dramatic, which on top of everything WE HATE as you can tell from all the angry messages. We don't like the drama, we don' need the drama, we don't watch the show for the drama, we find the drama off-putting! What we like is to see the wonderful food, the show is a great idea, but it does need to be cleaned from all the nonsense! Great finale Tom, I hope the whole season could have been closer to that concept. See you in Top chef 10!

Viewer 333
Viewer 333

I get a kick out of the comments where people are judging the food by what they see on their televisions, and seriously seem to believe that their judgments should trump the judges who tasted the food. Maybe there should be another show altogether where viewers get to judge chefs based on what they see on their TV screen, but that just somehow doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

CozumelFoodie
CozumelFoodie

I initially thought Last Chance Kitchen was an interesting idea/twist to the show this season. However, I don't think it is quite fair. First, the cheftestants who are asked to pack their knives and go are not subjected to continued elimination rounds that are equivalent to those remaining. They are engaging in what are more like quickfire challenges. By the time the winner of LCK gets back in the game, he/she has not even come close to being subjected to the same contest as the others. I can understand why they would resent the reappearance of one of their former challengers.

Second, I was very disappointed that LCK was not carried to its true end. Beverly returned and, ultimately, remained in the game. Ed and Lindsey were the bottom two. Now, it should have been time for Ed and Lindsey to have an LCK opportunity. If this is truly about giving a chef a second chance due to a bad day in the kitchen, then give that chance to all of them up to the final three.

delightfulcrab
delightfulcrab

Most of my thoughts have already been expressed by previous commenters, and I have no delusions that these comments are really even taken very much into consideration. That being said, I understand all the frustration surrounding the "gimmicky" challenges but I'm sure it's hard to keep a show fresh after so many seasons and that's all they were trying to do. Obviously it wasn't successful and hopefully this will influence later seasons. If these comments are read by the producers, maybe they will realize that it's okay to do repeat challenges from previous seasons (like restaurant wars and the relay) or at least try to find more innovation in regards to how the challenges pertain to food. I will probably never stop watching this show (unless it moves to Lifetime) and honestly, I didn't find this season as terrible as everyone else apparently did. But the bullying and gimmicks were definitely annoying and distracting. There weren't as many episodes that had memorable food. I can still remember certain dishes from previous seasons. This season I can only remember food from a few episodes....the rest is forgettable. The most frustrating episode was the progressive dinner party where the chefs had to cater to people who didn't even seem to understand how to enjoy food. Bravo is becoming (or already is) a network of fluff, and I really hope my beloved Top Chef doesn't disintegrate along with it.