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19 February 2009 @ 03:01 am
TOP CHEF!!!!  
Some good, some great, some bad, some WTF?!?! Typical TC episode.

So, when Jeff walked out I screamed with joy! (Literally. I am sad.) I totally *TOTALLY* expected Jaime to win, and when Jeff did, I was so happy. I knew it was too much to hope for that he would win, but I would have loved it. Oh, if only Hosea had slipped a bit, Carla hadn't done AS good, then Jeff would have won and we would have had THE BEST FINAL THREE EVER!!! (Carla! Jeff! Fabio!) Ah well, as it is, I lost two of the three. Of course, I didn't really expect any different account with regards to Jeff. Tom doesn't like him; there was no way that unless everyone else obviously failed in some big way and Jeff did what he did -- which was cook a perfectly flavored, cooked, excellent all-around meal -- that he was going home. *Sigh*

As for Stefan? Pfft! It was one thing last week to let him skate by on his past performances if it meant getting rid of Leah's ass, but again?!? Twice in a row?!?! Against three very superior dishes and Fabio's great meal? Yes, Fabio's meal didn't quite fit "Creole" style, but they didn't want to go back for Stefan's food and he made stew instead of gumbo ... in New Orleans. And on top of that his attitude?!? Ugh, and I lost my poor Jeff (and Fabio) for that?! Double ugh.

And, honestly, I do really like Fabio but his contention that without him there, of course, Stefan would win, was really, really, really annoying.

Ah well, TEAM CARLA FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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harper47harper47 on February 19th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when I saw Jeff. I thought Jennifer is losing it right now. Hee!

It's Colichio's man crush on Stefan. Bah.

Anyway, I simply accept the fact that I'm stuck with stupid Stefan but I'm hoping his two back to back lackluster showings continue. I knew Fabio was doomed. I'm glad he got a lot of good commentary but it was clear that he was doomed.

If only Hosea had sucked up the joint as much as he sucks up the tv screen. Sigh.

Still Carla for the win!
hiddeneloise: PamWTF?/The Officehiddeneloise on February 19th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Pretty much agree with all you said. Stefan is turning into the Leah-style head-scratcher for me. Yes, he is gifted. Yes, he can do it. But can we please not give him the overall win on the sheer force of his reputation, past achievements and potential? Because if this is truly judged on the merit of a single given assignment, then he should have gone home last night. End of story. Forget his attitude (which is hard to, I know), he plain didn't do what he was assigned to do.

I was so tickled to see Jeff back! Good for him. I wasn't expecting a miracle, but I am genuinely happy that he has shown himself very well worthy of being there. In fact, if the restriction of "he has to win to stay" had not been imposed, the final three would have been Carla, Hosea, and Jeff. I could have happily lived with that.

And, honestly, I do really like Fabio but his contention that without him there, of course, Stefan would win, was really, really, really annoying.

I know! That notion of "let's just give Stefan a trophy right now" is seriously starting to grate.

Why doesn't Tom like Jeff? Boo!
Principiaprincipia on February 19th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, Fabio's meal didn't quite fit "Creole" style, but they didn't want to go back for Stefan's food and he made stew instead of gumbo ... in New Orleans.

It seemed from the feedback that had they liked Fabio's one pasta dish better—arguably an item he should've been able to make perfectly, since it was a completely Italian dish—he would've stayed and Stefan would've gone. Which still would've been the 1st, 3rd and 4th place people going to the finale versus 1-2-3, but they had to do something to balance out Jeff being able to bust his way back in after having been cut.

The thing is, after having watched them put up with Lisa's crap over and over and over again last year, I can't say I'm particularly surprised that Stefan's getting bye-d into the finale. Her attitude was worse and so was her food. They say the producers don't have much influence on who stays and who goes, but really, Gail hasn't even been around to get a picture of the entire body of everyone's work. She's not been there to see Fabio do his best stuff, and to see Stefan slacking off... and now she's being expected to judge the semi-final and final when she's not even been there most of the season. I call shenanigans.

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ETA:

Just read the blogs... apparently Jeff kept his oysters hot using a Sterno chafing dish that ended up making them taste like said Sterno. Hence, as Tom put it, he wasn't going to win.

Edited at 2009-02-19 07:12 pm (UTC)