Top Chef finale part 2 10/3/07

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by betts4, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. Oct 4, 2007 #1 of 49

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...


    All I can say is YEEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

    I have wanted either Hung or Howie to win since day one. I am so glad he did it.

    I don't know much about the food he cooked, but am glad they worked out for him. I did like the fact that Dale did well also. I have never been a casey fan so I wouldn't have minded if either Dale or Hung long as it wasn't her. And when she got called to the carpet and tried to say she couldn't find the leeks. And she seemed so rattled. But I also wonder if the high altitude was getting to her. I loved Hungs idea to use the camp stoves and cook by himself in the back.

    Interesting that two of the three chefs created a dish that the judges said was perfect and they should remember and not change. I think that is nice for the chefs. Good job from all three but Yea for Hung! :up:
  2. Oct 4, 2007 #2 of 49

    Ruth Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    Bummer. I wanted Casey to win. Since she flopped the last challenge obviously she wasn't going to, but still, I was rooting for her.
  3. Oct 4, 2007 #3 of 49

    logic88 Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Land Of...
    (Ok, not a good time for TiVo to tell me that it's deleted Bravo from my channel lineup. I manually recorded it but didn't realize it was going to run over 1 hour. Then when I came back and saw that it was running over, I hit record thinking that it was going record the whole thing. But it only recorded from when I hit record and had erased about fifteen minutes before. I guess that's how TiVo is suppose to behave when confronted with a deleted channel? Argh.)

    Anyway, I was slightly surprised to see that Hung won. It seemed that Dale's dishes were better received especially given the comments that Hung's first two dishes were underseasoned. But perhaps Hung's great duck dish or Dale's not-so-great lobster dish made the difference?

    Wow, Casey was a bit on edge at the judging table, wasn't she? I don't remember her ever being so defensive. Very Hung-like, even. :)
  4. Oct 4, 2007 #4 of 49

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I felt that it was a pretty even down the middle (hung and dale) on the comments. The lobster dish was sort of offset by the mundane but nice to have dessert dish of Hungs. At one point I thought there was going to be a tribal council cook off or something.

    I also thought it was interesting that CJ did the scallop dish that was well liked...but thought that Dale really just let him do it. And yet took a 50/50 credit.

    Casey must have been suffering from altitude problems. Or PMS. :D
  5. Oct 4, 2007 #5 of 49

    ireland967 Member

    Feb 27, 2003


    I'm glad Hung won of the three finalists. His dessert dish was an easy layup that didn't stand out in any way, but none of the judges could find any major faults in any of his courses. I'm sure you'd have to taste his duck dish to appreciate it, but Dale's rack of lamb looked incredible. Quite a compliment from Colicchio on these signature dishes they should carry with them for life.

    Didn't seem useful having a live finale. I thought the point was they would be promoting the next season of Top Chef currently filming in Chicago, but they seemed crunched on time. We didn't even get much reaction from the finalists.

    I suppose next week's reunion show was taped, so they won't have any knowledge of the winner.

    Lastly a :up: to the contestants, in each of the other seasons the chefs were often going after each other personally, creating all sorts of unnecessary drama. This season's chefs let their cooking say it all. It was great seeing the finalists walk out arm in arm after their last visit at the judges table.
  6. Oct 4, 2007 #6 of 49

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    They made the right choice.

    Of course Casey made it easy on them. :)
  7. Oct 4, 2007 #7 of 49

    montag New Member

    Mar 10, 2001
    Casey's rack looked nicer than Dales.

    While I actually grew to like Dale, they made the right choice. The thing is, if they could have voted based on food and heart, Dale would have won. Hung's good at talking about his passion for food but it never came out. Even on this last challange when he said he was going to show the real Hung.

    He was my pick from week one and I'm glad he won.

    What was up with the Chicago studio. 1976 called and they want their studio back. The lighting was horrible. Everything was washed out and yellow.
  8. Oct 4, 2007 #8 of 49

    mwhip All better

    Jul 22, 2002
    Might have to make a special trip to see Casey out here. ;) And I am fairly positive she will never take a job in a high altitude.
  9. Oct 5, 2007 #9 of 49

    jon01 Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    go hung! i wanted him to win since day 1, so im glad to see. great show as always!

    - Jon
  10. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    Anyone see Marcel at the finale?

    I think Marcel and Hung are an item.
  11. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    Jul 22, 2002
    Marcel and Hung worked together and they both tried out for the show and Marcel got on. Then the next year Hung got on...of course they could still be an item.

    I still think Collachio was flirting with Casey the whole season.
  12. Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    The 75006...
    Yes indeed!

    After Tre left, it was Hung's to lose.
  13. nedthelab

    nedthelab New Member

    Oct 4, 2002
    Hung is a creep - it takes more than fast knife work and being a prick to be a good chef,dale someone I would like to hang with, Hung is someone I would slap the back of the head of.

    I did like the cell phone voters that had Casey at >50% to win, so what if she is cute, she also very inconsistent.
  14. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005
    If Dale hadn't screwed up that Lobster dish he would have won easy :(

    Obviously between Dale and Hung at that point, oh well, Hung is an ass and would be best at someone else's restaurant making stuff, not his own.
  15. Zrealm

    Zrealm New Member

    Apr 25, 2005
    Supposedly it was taped at the live show, afterwards - so it should have knowledge of a winner and the reactions you're looking for :)
  16. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Dale's downfall was a dish that was disliked. Hung had no dish that was disliked. Both had stellar dishes in Dale's lamb and Hung's duck. High praise for both. (Todd English calling the duck dish Michelin 3 star worthy is high praise indeed).

    Sure, his dessert was a super safe and a boring cliché seen on seemingly every menu. But it was executed well. Nothing offended out of the 4. Dale had 3 good ones, and one that didn't work out well.

    I was surprised to see Casey stumble. Too bad. But she's great and I like her a lot.

    So, congrats to Hung! I'd love to try his duck dish. (and Dale's lamb, too)
  17. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Me too. That last challenge just totally derailed her... I kind of felt like the whole cooking at altitude thing was a bit too much of a monkey wrench for the finale. How are they supposed to show what they can "really do" with that kind of twist? I know it's a level playing field and all, but I still wish they'd given them a chance to show their skills in more a a 'real life" scenario. In the end, Hung was my second choice. So I'm not too disappointed. I was impressed with Dales big push at the end. Seems like he "woke up" when he needed to.
  18. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005
    Yeah I thought the last show was going to be just flat out, whoever cooks the best stuff, but the whole altitude thing just make it another gimmick type thing :(
  19. logic88

    logic88 Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Land Of...
    Where were the finales previously held (I didn't see season 1 or 2)?

    As for the altitude thing, isn't it a pretty well known fact that altitude decreases the boiling point? Or at least shouldn't a "top chef" be trained about these things?
  20. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    The boiling point depression is fairly obvious, but it affects everything. IIRC they were trying to fry and they were having trouble with the food cooking properly and browning properly (either too brown or not enough). I doubt they'd be specifically trained for that, but would learn to adapt the recipes if they found themselves emplyed at altitude.

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