Top Chef Season 5 Winner! Really? Bleh.

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Were you guys as disappointed with the season finale of Top Chef as I was? I thought this was a fairly uneven season of the normally top-notch competition. This time, it took me a while to warm up to any of the chefs and I hated the Real World-type shenanigans that occurred. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love some trashy reality programs and hot tub hook-ups, but there’s a time and place for it and it’s not on Top Chef. Stick to the kitchen, please.

Going into the finals, I was totally rooting for Carla. Her “hootie hoo’s” and turtle impersonation had won me over. Sadly, before we were even halfway through the final meal, we knew Carla was out of the running. Why, oh why did she decide to take so much advice from her sous chef, Season 3 finalist Casey? Why did she try out a new technique on the final challenge?! Hmm, ok, fine, so that means Stefan wins, right? After all, he did consistently win both quick fires and elimination challenges all season long. He may be arrogant, but he could back it up. But the judges slammed Stefan’s desert, and then, shockingly, they gave the title to Hosea. Eww, really? His cooking never stood out to me – he was the guy that coasts along by staying in the middle of the pack and somehow lands in the finals. And sorry, but his personality was so unappealing. I found him whiny and passive aggressive. Not to mention he cheated on his girlfriend on national television. Top Chef needs a strong personality. He’ll have products to endorse, openings to attend and a restaurant to try to launch and if people are turned off by his win, it won’t be an easy road.

But the real scandal of the season didn’t occur on camera or even during the filming of Season 5! Just a day after the final premiered, a story on Sidedish was posted with Casey telling her side of the story on the downfall of fan favorite Carla. And me-oow, talk about catty! Check it out:

Carla was not prepared and in over her head. The show did not talk about how the first course (crab) took her half of the friggin’ cooking time that day, I was left to work the rest of HER dishes.
She also did not have a plan. The ONLY thing she had in mind was a cheese course! I would NEVER do a cheese course. And where in the hell did french come from!? She is not even classically trained! It (the show) didn’t talk about how I worked on a sauce for 2 days and Carla forgot to put it on the plate… It didn’t show how the 2nd course (fish) was MINE. It didn’t show how she took the sous vide idea and decided to GRILL it last minute causing it to be tough… And it didn’t show how she WANTED to do the souffles which she does not even know how to make! That was HER food, because it certainly was me asking her how she wanted to do this and that while she was busy picking crab the entire time and making a souffle that didn’t rise!
I am done with TC. I did not influence her. She has NO ideas of her own, oh, except a cheese course.

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Why yes, Casey, something does stink!

Oh Casey, didn’t you ever learn that if you don’t have anything nice to say, to keep your trap shut? Of course, that same day, Carla had spent doing press and taking full responsibility for her meal. She had nothing but praise for Casey and asked viewers not to blame Casey for Carla’s mistakes. You know, because she has class. To add insult to injury, Casey than tried to blame a scheming journalist and facebook for her own comments. Come on, you have to have a better excuse than that!

Oh well, this gossip is a lot more fun to talk and read about then trying to drum up any enthusiasm for winning chef, Hosea. Oh, if you are new to the behind the scenes juice of Top Chef, my favorite scandal took place during Season 2 with the infamous head shaving incident and the curious editing that occurred. Conspiracy theorists – get your hats on!

Do you follow the behind the scenes gossip on Top Chef? What did you think of the outcome of Season 5? Dish about it!

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Written by Tyna Werner


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    Stef Andrews

    I was very underwhelmed with the results too. I didn’t dislike Hosea, I didn’t really feel about him one way or the other. Other than wonder if he was sane for rolling around with that annoying Leah.

    I had been convinced since day 1 that Stefan was going to win, he really did seem to be the best. And I think that he was portrayed as a jerk, which he probably was a bit, but I’m sure Bravo had a big hand in making him look even more so of one. The power of editing.

    But I was really routing for Carla. I didn’t like Casey back on season 3! I groaned when Carla got her. But what a low class move to diss Carla afterwards. I just wish Carla could have took more control. Too bad.

    I love Top Chef though!

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    I’m with Stef, I really though Stefan was going to win & I agree the editors I’m sure made him look extra jerky, but across the board his food was really impressive, and at the end of the day that show is about the food.

    I wanted Carla to win too! She did so good on the challenge just before, and I love that she kind of came up from behind and wowed everyone. She has a great spirit! I am not surprised she took the high road and replied to all the nasty gossip with class. I wish she had won!!!

    I wanted to buy her sauces =)

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    I was just very sad that Carla didn’t win. I know her finale dish wasn’t her best but she clearly was able to make tastey things as we have seen in previous shows. I’m sure that she is wishing along with me that she went with her gut, but what are you going to do now?
    I didn’t really like Hosea either and couldn’t believe they gave it to him…He did kind of slide by and I don’t remember the judges being overly impressed with very many dishes…. but maybe i’m wrong.
    I hope next season is much better!

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    AAAARGH!!! So upset about this finale! I thought Hosea should’ve been out a long time ago. And I’m in the minority it seems here, but I really wasn’t impressed with what we could see of Carla’s cooking either. She definitely improved toward the end, but all along I kinda thought she coasted too with simple dishes – and lots of mistakes that a top chef shouldn’t make. Her personality was by far the best, though. People that should’ve gone further in my opinion were Jamie and Jeff and my beloved Fabio!!! So disappointed he and Stefan weren’t in the finale together – and that’s nothing to do with the Europe thing – I just thought they were the best. It’s really a shame Stefan didn’t win – he by far won the most challenges, right? No, I don’t WANT a jerk to win, but when it’s really about the best chef not personality, there’s no question he was the most consistent. Can’t wait for next season now…

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    I was so freaking p*ssed that Hosea won! He soooo didn’t deserve to win. I liked Carla, she was fun and had great energy, but she was really hit or miss. I knew when she won the car that she wasn’t going to win at the end, but at least she got a car, so I don’t feel too badly for her. Stefan should have won. Yes, he seemed like an arrogant a$$, but I actually wanted to eat his meals and he was consistent. I really thought Jamie, Stefan, and Fabio should have made it to the finale. Alas, I just won’t watch it anymore. Oh, fun trivia for y’all, did anybody else know that Fabio was William Shatner’s personal chef? That cracks me up for some reason…

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    UGH! I couldn’t even watch this season. I usually love TC however I gave up after two episodes this season. I don’t want to see the charecter outside the kitchen, just keep each contestant in the kitchen like T said, and I’m a happy girl. If I want the other crap I’ll watch RW or ROL.

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