RF vs. SF (there aren’t any LFs): Top Chef Finale Gamer

It’s become something of a tradition here at YFSF, that’s what happens when reality-tv loving foodies run the site. Tonight’s Top Chef finale is a three-way battle, but we all know that Lisa is filler: it’s between Richard and Stephanie, for sure. Use this as your place to discuss this last challenge of the season.

(oh, and Gerb, don’t read this – you are three hours behind, remember!)

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  • For one night only, this YF is an SF.

    YF June 11, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Is this in place of the Yanks gamer? :)

    rootbeerfloat June 11, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • I am still bitter over Ilan winning. He’s the Bucky Dent of Top Chef. A lightweight who somehow got lucky and ended up with notoriety.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • I can stomach RIchard winning, for the most part, but for the occasional bouts of smugness. I think YF and I are on the same page here, ultimately. Once an SF always an SF, I guess. If Richard wins, though, I won’t recoil like when Ilan took it.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Richard smells his eggs benedict at the hotel. Is this what chefs do?

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Ripert in the house!

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • Blais paired up with Dan Barber, who looks like a structural engineer.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Steph draws Ripert. Lucky her. Though if you fail with Ripert at your side that’s damning.
    Having Ripert as your sous while preparing fish just doesn’t seem fair, though.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Douche alert! Richard chooses liquid nitrogen as his special ingredient.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • Blais bragging about showing RIpert the liquid nitrogen technique, saying he showed Ripert something he’s never seen before. True, perhaps, but I bet Blais could have cake-sat and Ripert wouldn’t have ever seen that before either.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Stephanie SHOWING Ripert how to cut fish. Our girl’s got some balls!
    PS: I’m fine with Richard. And he keeps the molecular stuff under control. He’s not Marcel.

    YF June 11, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Just reached for the Tivo remote – normally I watch these the day after. Stuck with the ads tonight. Grrrr.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • “Bud Light Lime” – worst idea of the night?! Or does Lisa have something up her sleeve? Can someone channel Dale and bring a butterscotch scallop to the game?!

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • A “banana scallop” from Blais. As long as there’s no scallop in it he should be ok.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Lisa showing no nerves -she seems calm to the point of resignation – Colicchio calls it “swagger”. I don’t see that. Her narrations between clips seem forced, without much energy.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • BOO! Bacon ice cream!!! Gimmick alert!
    (I love MG in theory – the wife and I absolutely adore Dufresne and I’ve studied Adria, but HATE the generic “bacon ice cream” move)

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • Looks like desert could be the key here. Steph’s downer ricotta cake vs. blaise’s bacon ice cream. who the frick wants bacon ice cream? just cause you CAN do it, doesn’t mean you SHOULD do it.

    YF June 11, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • i haven’t been to a dan barber place for a while. need to correct that.

    YF June 11, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Bacon ice cream is like the default gastromole gimmick, YF, it’s like a shortcut to supposed culinary creativity, I think the judges have probably seen this kind of crap from hacks all over the country. I sort of hope it is the move that dooms Richard, now, such is my low regard for his choice. It’s so easy.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • one of my great regrets is never having eaten at Blue Hill.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Tough call on the first course, the only clear thing is that Lisa’s was the weakest.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Oof, Stephanie takes a hit for extraneous leeks. Nothing is worse than an extraneous leek.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Steph wins the main course, knockout.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • Short shrift to the dessert course, but the editing favors Richard. Hard to know what went on, minor commentary at best on the last course.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:36 pm

    YF June 11, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • I love that one of the selling points of Pizza Hut’s “P’zone” is that it is “over a pound” – they emblazon that on the carton. What a country.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Bravo to the Bravo editors – they haven’t given up much of anything, and no obvious curveballs a la most pandering reality shows.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Colicchio confused by Blais’ claim of impossible-to-crisp-pork belly. Editing starting to tilt towards Stephanie, the leek error might qualify as minor.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Aw, who the hell knows – no idea right now.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Blais fesses up that he thinks he “choked”. Huh?
    That’s out of nowhere, to an extent.

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Oy, might Lisa have pulled a New York Giants? Can’t be, I won’t believe it. Course recap has Lisa seemingly taking three of the four courses. Say it ain’t so…

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • So hard to say just from watching. Looks like something of a split between Stephanie and Lisa – does Lisa take it because of dessert, as YF alluded to earlier as possible course dealbreaker? Or does Stephanie win on ambition (the quail, the asparagus soup) and past reputation?

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • text voting confirms the title of this thread: only 4% think Lisa should be Top Chef. Could the impossible (and unpopular) happen?

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • And, it’s Stephanie!

    SF June 11, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Yay.

    YF June 11, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Well there’s another reason why I love this blog, guys. I just got into Top Chef this season and found what a good show it is. And I too always watch it the next day so I can breeze thru the commercials (if I see another Kathy Griffin commercial for the Bravo A List awards I’m going to beat someone severely). So I guess I’ve spoiled it for myself, but I’m glad she won. I was rooting for her. Although I would have been happy with Richard too, as long as Lisa didn’t win.

    DUFF - SF June 12, 2008, 8:34 am
  • I was sans-MacBook for the last few days. Let’s talk about a heroin-withdrawal-kind-of intervention caused by a bottled yeasty beer going Tavarez all over my keyboard.
    My thoughts about this top chef season:
    1) Stephanie shined at so many points. I found her ability to step in and do a multi-tiered, rather beautiful wedding cake without being a pastry chef a remarkable feat. Cakes are such a B.
    2) His wanna-be gangsta crotch-grabs and hand gestures and locker punches were annoying but I thought he would go all the way. Until those horrid scallops.
    3) Blais was pretty likable and eminently competent, but smarmy. His crush on molecular gastro cost him in the end. Hopefully that’s a lesson to future competitors.
    4) Ms. Gerbil and I discussed our mutual dislike of LIsa ad nauseum. At one point, I thought the editors were doing their best to paint her as the Boris Badanov of the season, but once she was on the block against Antonia, I realized they were scraping to find ways _not_ to make her look like a bitch.
    5) I was going to write something about Lisa’s square-peg, round hole approach with Asian cuisine, but whatever. She did make great TV. J.R. Ewing.
    6) Gail Simmons has _got_ to stop trying to compete with Padma. My god, she wore some ugly dresses. And put those boobs away, woman!
    7) Though I watch both shows religiously, Top Chef point-5 past light speed better than Hell’s Kitchen.
    8) “The Next Food Network Star” shows promise.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2008, 3:41 pm

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