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.
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!