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Top Chef: A salute to the losers

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[SPOILER ALERT: DON’T READ NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW] Last night’s Top Chef was a heartbreaker, because the person with so much heart and the person who pretended he had no heart lost to [SPOILER ALERT!] the person whom very few people except maybe Leah hearted.

Carla had begun the season as an eccentric, an oddball (“Hootie! Hootie-hoo!”), a novelty act who seemed destined for a fast exit. As the weeks went on, however, she really started competing and, though that magical way television has of revealing people’s true nature the longer they stay on camera, emerged as a thoughtful, intelligent chef with a good sense of herself. Which made her crucial mistake last night — listening to the suggestions of season-three finalist Casey instead of following her own instincts — all the more frustrating.

As for Stefan, come on: the guy was both the strongest competitor and the season’s best personality. When you can turn the channel after American Idol, away from all those simpering suck-ups trying to please the judges, and see a guy like Stefan working hard, trash-talking, joking with an air of confidence, how could you not be pulling for that guy?

I know you’ll tell me all the reasons, given the way Top Chef is structured, that Stefan didn’t deserve to win because his final meal wasn’t superb, but I persist in thinking the judges should have taken the entire season’s efforts by Stefan into consideration and given him the ultimate prize.

And, oh yeah, since this is my last chance, I’ll just end by saying:

Dear President Obama: PLEASE DEPORT TOBY YOUNG.

Did you think Hosea deserved his win? Who would you have preferred, Stefan or Carla?

More on Top Chef: Top Chef Recap: Hosea takes the title

Carla had begunthe season as an eccentric, an oddball (“Hootie! Hootie-hoo!”), anovelty act who seemed destined for a fast exit. As the weeks went on,however, she really started competing and, though that magical waytelevision has of revealing people’s true nature the longer they stayon camera, emerged as a thoughtful, intelligent chef with a good senseof herself. Which made her crucial mistake last night — listening to thesuggestions of season-three finalist Casey instead of following her own instincts — all the morefrustrating.

As for Stefan, come on: the guy was both the strongest competitor andthe season’s best personality. When you can turn the channel afterAmerican Idol, away from all those simpering suck-ups trying to pleasethe judges, and see a guy like Stefan working hard, trash-talking,joking with an air of confidence, how could you not be pulling for thatguy?

I know you’ll tell me all the reasons, given the way Top Chef isstructured, that Stefan didn’t deserve to win because his final mealwasn’t superb, but I persist in thinking the judges should have takenthe entire season’s efforts by Stefan into consideration and given himthe ultimate prize.

And, oh yeah, since this is my last chance, I’ll just end by saying:

Dear President Obama: PLEASE DEPORT TOBY YOUNG.

Did you think Hosea deserved his win? Who would you have preferred, Stefan or Carla?

More on Top Chef: Top Chef Recap: Hosea takes the title

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