Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A One Screenshot Top Chef Recap: Finale

I have touched on this before but the winner of a reality competition is often a battle of conflicting validities. The winner either confirms that the show is an accurate judge of talent or that the show is an accurate creator of talent.

If Mike won that would mean that Top Chef is valid in its ability to take the person who wasn’t the best and help him grow to be.

If Richard won that would mean Top Chef All-Stars is a valid way of determining whom is the best chef.

Oh, before I forget, Richard won!

Last night, Richard did everything I previously hated about him but I’m still certain he should have won. Naming a restaurant “Tongue & Cheek” is just so obvious it should have been named “Tongue & Cheek & On The Nose”. Add in the fact that he started the meal by stating the obvious pun of his Amuse,“Oyster & Pearls”, which is made worse because its not even his own pun. Thomas Keller has been serving a dish under that name for decades, including the time when Richard worked for him.

Richard’s hokey explanations and somewhat unoriginal originality aside, his food last night was probably the most thoroughly conceptualized in the history of the show. On you can watch the extended judge’s table and it is incredibly revealing:

“This guy’s a star.” And that is really it. As I said a zillion weeks ago, the previous winners (meaning the actual winners save Hosea & Kevin and the chefs that have succeeded in real life) deserved it because of an exceptional focus and a clear perspective, Richard was the only chef this season that had that.

Now the question is where does Richard rank all-time?

Here is a list of everyone else who could be in the running for top 5: Michael V, Brian V, Hung, Stephanie, Harold, Kevin Gillespie, Ilan

Based on how they performed on the show only, I think he ends up 2nd between the brothers. But the real test is to see where they are in five years when everyone’s real restaurants can be looked at.

How was the season overall?

Considering that this was its 8th season, I would say it was fantastic. Last season was such a snooze and this effectively breathed new life into the franchise. Hopefully, they were able to stock pile talent and next season will be as good as Las Vegas. Either way…

BRING ON TOP CHEF MASTERS! Let’s go Floyd Cordoz!

This shot was nice

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