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Recap of Top Chef Vegas Season Finale, Part 1

Top Chef Vegas: Episode 13

Well this is it folks, the first part of the season finale of Top Chef 6 aired earlier tonight! The final four arrived in Napa Valley with cleaned up looks (how cute was Jen's wavy hair?) eager to cook. They are greeted by a pregnant Padma and smug Michael Chiarello. Did you watch? Are you dying to discuss the episode? You know what to do, read more — warning spoilers after the break.

  1. Wasn't it fun to see Padma's baby bump?
  2. Did the grape challenge feel forced?
  3. Is it really that much harder to cook on a moving vehicle? Has anyone done it?
  4. There was no mention of "telling the Napa Valley story" when the chefs were given the quickfire challenge. Was it fair of Michael Chiarello to judge the dishes based on how "Napa" they were?
  5. I loved the local and vegetarian aspects of the elimination! How about you?
  6. Whose elimination challenge dish sounded the most delicious?
  7. I was bummed Jen got kicked off; I ended the season really liking her. Were you sad to see her go, too?
  8. Kevin, Bryan, and Michael are the final three. I think the brothers will cancel each other out, and Kevin will win. Who do you think will be the next Top Chef?

Any other thoughts or comments? Please share with us below!

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Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 6 years
1. Wasn't it fun to see Padma's baby bump? Yes! 2. Did the grape challenge feel forced? A bit. 3. Is it really that much harder to cook on a moving vehicle? Has anyone done it? I guess. 4. There was no mention of "telling the Napa Valley story" when the chefs were given the quickfire challenge. Was it fair of Michael Chiarello to judge the dishes based on how "Napa" they were? Maybe it was. 5. I loved the local and vegetarian aspects of the elimination! How about you? It is cool. 6. Whose elimination challenge dish sounded the most delicious? I don't remember it. 7. I was bummed Jen got kicked off; I ended the season really liking her. Were you sad to see her go, too? A bit. 8. Kevin, Bryan, and Michael are the final three. I think the brothers will cancel each other out, and Kevin will win. Who do you think will be the next Top Chef? Kevin!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 6 years
1. Wasn't it fun to see Padma's baby bump? Yes! 2. Did the grape challenge feel forced? A bit. 3. Is it really that much harder to cook on a moving vehicle? Has anyone done it? I guess. 4. There was no mention of "telling the Napa Valley story" when the chefs were given the quickfire challenge. Was it fair of Michael Chiarello to judge the dishes based on how "Napa" they were? Maybe it was. 5. I loved the local and vegetarian aspects of the elimination! How about you? It is cool. 6. Whose elimination challenge dish sounded the most delicious? I don't remember it. 7. I was bummed Jen got kicked off; I ended the season really liking her. Were you sad to see her go, too? A bit. 8. Kevin, Bryan, and Michael are the final three. I think the brothers will cancel each other out, and Kevin will win. Who do you think will be the next Top Chef? Kevin!
lizzyopal lizzyopal 6 years
1. i really didn't care either way to see her "bump"2. yes3. i've never done it personally but i would think that it's harder...especially since they didn't have much space4. eh. yes it was unfair for him to pull that but at the same time, they probably should have seen it coming5. i liked it, yes, however i'm really tired of everyone suddenly being all "local friendly" everywhere you turn. i grew up on a farm where most of our veggies were homegrown so it's just a natural thing to me lol6. i would really love to try bryan's ravioli dish!7. i was really sad to see her go even though i knew it was going to happen. out of the four she was the one that had the most problems in the season and c'mon...everyone knew they weren't gonna kick the brothers off!8. i REALLY hope that kevin wins. bryan would have to be my number two choice. just not michael! at first i liked him but now he's just an arrogant ass who acts like he's better than everyone there, including the judges
lizzyopal lizzyopal 6 years
1. i really didn't care either way to see her "bump" 2. yes 3. i've never done it personally but i would think that it's harder...especially since they didn't have much space 4. eh. yes it was unfair for him to pull that but at the same time, they probably should have seen it coming 5. i liked it, yes, however i'm really tired of everyone suddenly being all "local friendly" everywhere you turn. i grew up on a farm where most of our veggies were homegrown so it's just a natural thing to me lol 6. i would really love to try bryan's ravioli dish! 7. i was really sad to see her go even though i knew it was going to happen. out of the four she was the one that had the most problems in the season and c'mon...everyone knew they weren't gonna kick the brothers off! 8. i REALLY hope that kevin wins. bryan would have to be my number two choice. just not michael! at first i liked him but now he's just an arrogant ass who acts like he's better than everyone there, including the judges
fauxcat fauxcat 6 years
Yes, Yum, it was very "Pretty in Pink" to me :)
Food Food 6 years
I kept laughing when they called everything ducky, ducky, ducky.
ladybug14 ladybug14 6 years
i was rooting for my hometown girl the whole time. i will miss jen, but am looking forward to visiting her at 10 arts (my friends said she came out and talked to them about top chef and was so friendly!). i'm now rooting for kevin to take the win. his food looks so delicious.
doogirl doogirl 6 years
The only contestant that I can stomach this season is Kevin, so I'm rooting for him. And Padma looked great!
doogirl doogirl 6 years
The only contestant that I can stomach this season is Kevin, so I'm rooting for him. And Padma looked great!
Mariana48 Mariana48 6 years
1. Yes! she looked adorable 2. Yea but im still glad michael won! 3. It does look hard, specially when they peeling or cutting stuff 4. Meh 5. Totally! 6. I was kinda diggin' bryan's! 7. Yes, i preferred her leaving to the rest of them, but i was still sad 8. Hopefully Michael!
Mariana48 Mariana48 6 years
1. Yes! she looked adorable 2. Yea but im still glad michael won! 3. It does look hard, specially when they peeling or cutting stuff 4. Meh 5. Totally! 6. I was kinda diggin' bryan's! 7. Yes, i preferred her leaving to the rest of them, but i was still sad 8. Hopefully Michael!
Relli80 Relli80 6 years
I loved Bryan's surprised face when he won, that man has such an array of facial expressions! Oh and when Michael said "Thank you sir" and hugged him when the realized they were going to the finals. Although I love Bryan (not so much his brother) I think Kevin is going to take it. Tom has had mad love for that kid from day 1 and respects his methods. After many seasons I realize that Tom doesn't like you then you really have no chance.
medenginer medenginer 6 years
1. Agreed myfairlady.2. Somewhat3. I would imagine it's hard. Haven't tried.4. They should have known to base their dishes on Napa. It's the location they used for the challenge. 5. I liked that aspect of the challenge the best. 6. Kevin7. I'm suprised she's made it that far. I didn't think she was ever liked by the judges. 8. The brothers aren't even entertainment anymore. The more I see of them the less I like. Hoping for Kevin then Bryan.
medenginer medenginer 6 years
1. Agreed myfairlady. 2. Somewhat 3. I would imagine it's hard. Haven't tried. 4. They should have known to base their dishes on Napa. It's the location they used for the challenge. 5. I liked that aspect of the challenge the best. 6. Kevin 7. I'm suprised she's made it that far. I didn't think she was ever liked by the judges. 8. The brothers aren't even entertainment anymore. The more I see of them the less I like. Hoping for Kevin then Bryan.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 6 years
1. No not really, considering that all her outfits were awful. 2. A bit. 3. I've never done, but I can imagine that it's more difficult. 4. Kind of, I mean they're in Napa, so they should have had that influence their dishes. 5. That was great! The produce at the market they went to was absolutely beautiful. 6. I wanted to try Bryan's ravioli and Kevin's beet and carrot salad. 7. Absolutely. I really like Jen and I kind of hoped that Michael would have gone. He's talented and all, but I just don't really like him. However, on Tom's blog, he said that they instantly knew that they were sending Jen home because both of her dishes were too salty. 8. Definitely Kevin.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 6 years
1. No not really, considering that all her outfits were awful.2. A bit.3. I've never done, but I can imagine that it's more difficult.4. Kind of, I mean they're in Napa, so they should have had that influence their dishes.5. That was great! The produce at the market they went to was absolutely beautiful.6. I wanted to try Bryan's ravioli and Kevin's beet and carrot salad.7. Absolutely. I really like Jen and I kind of hoped that Michael would have gone. He's talented and all, but I just don't really like him. However, on Tom's blog, he said that they instantly knew that they were sending Jen home because both of her dishes were too salty.8. Definitely Kevin.
mannylove mannylove 6 years
Ha ha, "smug Michael Chiarello" - so true! I thought the Napa quick fire was very lame, definitely not worthy of a finale quick fire at all. Boo I was bummed Jen got the boot, I was really hopiing Michael would go. Here's hoping Kevin to win it all.
mannylove mannylove 6 years
Ha ha, "smug Michael Chiarello" - so true!I thought the Napa quick fire was very lame, definitely not worthy of a finale quick fire at all. BooI was bummed Jen got the boot, I was really hopiing Michael would go. Here's hoping Kevin to win it all.
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