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03 December 2009 @ 12:15 am
Top Chef, Finale, Part 1  
I call bullshit! Totally. I don't buy it; at all.

I do think the overall quality of Michael's dishes throughout the run, plus the fact that it was close played a part of it, but no way did Michael deserve to stay over Jen based on this challenge. I totally call producer manipulation. They wanted the brothers in the final against one another. Period.

Michael's egg dish was overwhelming and the egg wasn't properly set. With his second dish, his proportions were wrong for (at least) Gail's dish, leaving her with just bitterness. Jennifer's first dish had a tad too much salt, but the overall sentiment seemed to be that she hit the mark, capturing the perfect mix of seasons and blends. Her second dish was roundly praised as being pretty much awesome. For Tom to blame her ass because the coal's went out is just ridiculous. The fact that she made something differently than planned and it was kick-ass is a compliment to her talent as a chef; they've got this limited amount of time and because she wasn't staring at the fucking coals the whole time, he dings her? I don't think so. So, yeah, I utterly and totally call bullshit. Michael should have been sent packing with a final three of Kevin, Bryan and Jennifer.

I want Kevin to win, but I'll be fine if Bryan wins. If Michael wins? UGH!

ETA: I know that Tom claimed both of Jennifer's dishes were overly salted, but I don;'t buy it. think it was Tom doing his lovely revisionist history again. There was too, too much praise and love for that duck dish for that one to have been oversalted as well. I just do not buy that it wasn't producer-manipulated because they wanted the brothers in the final.
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Annieannie_oakley on December 3rd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Tom said in his blog that it was clear she was going home to all of them because of how over-salted both of her dishes were. Either he's making an excuse now or they just edited the hell out of that, because most seemed to enjoy the duck even if they complained about her vegetarian dish.

I do think that the producers and show want that drama of sibling rivalry (and with past contestants, you can't deny they do what they can to bring drama, most of the time at the expense of showcasing the food) but I think both of the Volt brothers' deserve their spots, everything else aside, and they deserve to be there for their food alone. Michael can be a total dick but I still think he's a great chef who tries different things and always thinks outside of the box.
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on December 3rd, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
I don't buy it, I think it was Tom doing his lovely revisionist history again. There was too, too much praise and love for that duck dish for that one to have been oversalted as well.

I do think that Michael belongs there, because he's a great chef. I think all four of them belong there, but with this challenge, I don't buy that it wasn't producer-manipulated.
Annieannie_oakley on December 3rd, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I think a lot of it also had to do with Jen mentally checking out long ago, and never quite getting back on her game. They say they don't judge based on past performances but I never believe that. It sucks because Jen was my favorite for the longest time, but she was so iffy and almost out of it since restaurant wars, and even though she's been better the last few weeks, she almost needed to be perfect to make up for it.

So I think that cost her, and that was the reason behind Tom's comment about her seeming frantic or whatever (because she let her coals die out?). I don't really agree with him, and she obviously didn't, but I wasn't completely surprised by it either.

They seemed to like her duck, but they also seemed to like Michael's soup (Gail seemed to be the only one with a problem with it). It was also kind of telling how when they were interviewing the guests about their favorites, they had someone say Bryan, then another say Kevin, then another mention Michael, and the fourth, instead of saying she liked Jen best, just say they were all great. :/
Arabianarabian on December 3rd, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, well I wish they'd had that damn philosophy last year when frickin' Hosea won.