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Top Chef Finale: We have the Top Chef Winner! Let's Dish

Let's Dish: Top Chef 4.14 — In It for the Win

Alright folks, let's just get down to it. Top Chef Season 4 has drawn to a close, and we now have a new chef to join Harold, Ilan, and Hung. What did you think of this season? Are you happy with the outcome? Spoilers after the jump. Tell us all your thoughts in the comments! Answer my questions when you,

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  1. I'm thrilled that Stephanie won, how about you? Did you think she would take it?
  2. I've been saying all season long that it was Richard's to lose. What did you think about him telling the judges he choked?
  3. They seemed a teeny bit surprised to have to make dessert. Don't you think they'd just assume that stuff by now?
  4. Did you see Chef Eric Ripert chop carrots? I was so impressed, he wasn't even looking down.
  5. Lisa seemed pretty chipper when she was working with April Bloomfield, no?
  6. As much as I am into Richard's banana scallop, weren't you hoping for something new?
  7. Which menu did you think looked the best?
  8. What was your favorite part of the season?
  9. How did you think this season compared to last?
  10. What sort of surprises do you hope they'll do next season?
  11. Anything else you want to add?

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SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
The reunion should be very interesting. Can't wait to see them all rip into Lisa.
juliegal juliegal 7 years
yay steph sad for richard, he was the winner in my book, just a shame he really blew it at this last meal lisa should not have even been there, she sucks
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 7 years
I wasnt too impressed with this season. It got boring. I almost had to force myself to tune in every week. Eventually I dropped off and didnt even care. I hope next season will be better. I liked Stephanie, but I get the feeling that they gave her the win so they could have a girl winner. I feel like her and Richard were neck and neck equals, and that Bravo didnt want to take the flack for having all male winners. :OY: I'm surprised people were scared Lisa would win. Its so obvious that she sucked. The chefs didnt like her all season long, why did people think she would win? :? I think they just kept her in because everyone hated her, to keep it interesting. I think they knew all along they were gonna have a female winner so that all the fans could go "its so nice to have a female top chef blah blah blah" Lisa wasnt anywhere NEAR being any sort of competition for Stephanie. And Richard was basically her equal if not better, so they just went for Steph...VERY anti-climatic :P
ESPNgirl ESPNgirl 7 years
I definitely said to myself at the beginning, "If for some strange reason Lisa takes this, I will not, repeat, will NOT watch this show again!" That would make me so sad because I've been following since Season 2 (and have caught all of season 1 now). I am glad Stephanie won - yay UM Grads :) well, besides that, after seeing Richard "choke," I knew he was out of the running and Stephanie was our only hope to defeat the constantly in the bottom 2 bronze medalist. :) I was mesmerized by the carrot chopping and bored with the banana scallop...I was really excited at first when he was talking about the whole ice cream process, but then he went back to his safety net...however...Tabasco ice cream? Really? I don't do seafood (although I like looking at pretty plating of it), so I don't know how I would have selected a menu...Lisa's was quite appealing to me, which I hate to admit... My favorite part of the season - Andrew. Really. I enjoyed watching him twitch like a crazy person and just go off on the most random things. I will try his food (as long as he can give me a non-seafood-like dish...I don't know if that can happen). He definitely reminded me of a slightly larger nosed Ryan Gosling, who I love. I enjoyed the tailgate challenge. I think I liked Season 3 better, although Hung drove me nuts. I hope next year Top Chef is fabulous - as well as Top Chef Jr, which could be amusing...my students want to be culinary whizzes, so I would be interested to hear their opinions on it.
dithmer dithmer 7 years
i actually was really irritated they made them make a dessert. the final challenge is supposed to be them cooking whatever they want. that's the prize for making it to the finals. they shouldn't have been forced to make ANY kind of course. silly, in my opinion. although some one up there did say that sam was the only one that came prepped with a dessert, but didn't get to use it. that's not true. first season dave(!) came prepared to the final 3 with 2 dessert recipes. then selflessly gave them to tiffany. cause he ruled. :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Buzz youre right they do it after, but I always thought they asked "who should win" or is that on Pro Run? I am confused. But i guess we still have to find out who won fan fav right ? My vote is for richard on that one. or the kiwi
kayla74 kayla74 7 years
I thought it was funny that they showed Lisa doing her little confessional after Stephanie won and she said something like "I really thought I had it..." HA! Sucker. She was completely obnoxious. Way to go, Stephanie!
maddielove maddielove 7 years
I totally cheated. Since the show was aired later at the west coast, I checked AP to see to who won, I wouldn't watch the show if Lisa won, she totally doesn't deserve to even be the top 3. It was a good thing that I checked the results first,, since it would have drove me nuts during the judging, since they made it seem like Stephanie's dish was not as good as Lisa's I am glad Stephanie won, i have been rooting for her all season. She is always calm, no drama and the most consistent chef this season. Poor Richard, he totally choked and he knew it! He could have done so much better
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Caterpillar — I'm pretty sure the reunion is actually next week. Not sure why they don't do it before the finale like the other Bravo shows though.
ladyv ladyv 7 years
Seriously though? I would have boycotted the show forever if Lisa had won. Stephanie was my favorite to win from the beginning, and I was terrified that the pound cake was going to do her in. Poor Richard. He's an awesome chef, he'll have a lot of success in the future. Maybe he should change the name of his restaurant though... Trail Blais? Really?
tepiza tepiza 7 years
I'm still kinda mad that Dale didn't end up in the top 3 or even 4 because he would've totally kicked butt. But I'm glad that Stephanie won over Lisa.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Question? Why didnt they do a top chef reunion? dont they do those before the final? I didnt miss it really, I always thought they were filler and stupid.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I couldn’t be happier about steph winning, I kept chanting “not Lisa not Lisa” it! Richard did choke, and it takes a real professional to even admit that. I was surprised that they had to make dessert also, since its well known that 90% of them aren’t pastry chefs. Eric Ripert is HOT! That accent, those knife skills, I could watch him chop all day long. Lisa seemed chipper because Lisa knew that woman was going to be part of judging, if it was a former cheftestant she would have been old grumpy lisa again. I love how she was smiling when they were praising her, and than back to arms folded no chin b*tchy lisa when they were critiquing her. When I saw the Banana Scallop I thought “okay this is the third time he has used this preparation, enough already!” besides it SOUNDS like a bad word doesn’t it? Say it slowly. Ba-na-na Scal-lop. I thought Stephanies menu looked the best, although I WANTED richards Foie Gras dish. My favorite part of this season has to be the first episode with the pizzas because looking back its so telling as to who was going to be in the finish.I liked last season better (thanks to CJ) Next season, I hope they STOP WITH THE CATERING challenges and get back to individual dishes.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 7 years
Go Stephanie! Loved her from day one. Thought it would be between her and Richard but was really surprised Lisa made it that far. Mainly because of her sourpuss attitude.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
1. I'm SOO THRILLED that she won - i think that she deserved it and i've been rooting for her all season. 2. i think the point that was made at judges table was valid - he was letting them know that he knew he could do better and he had a bad case of nerves. i would have been ok with him winning but i'm happier that stephanie did. 3. one would assume that they would know that a dessert is a requirement, especially when they've all said that they've watched the show before. 4. he's got skills. i guess that's what happens when you've worked in a kitchen long enough. 5. that was a SHOCKER - lisa gets along with no one, but maybe april was feeding her ego a bit...or maybe the producers wanted lisa to be more likeable in the finale...so they staged it or edited it a certain way. 6. i was actually waiting for the judges to say 'now we've seen these 3 times, and yes they are good, but is that all you can do?' 7. Stephanie's menu based on presentation 8. i'm not sure what my favorite was. it was a bit more bland than past seasons to be honest. 9. um...it was ok, maybe a little more bland with some of the quick fires etc. 10. i'd love to see an iron chef type thing where there are ODD ingredients. last season they had one like that and it was interesting to watch.
litbear221 litbear221 7 years
I didn't have a chance to watch it but i am so glad Stephanie won, Lisa just pissed me off. How can you work in a kitchen but get mad at everyone that you work with? Stephanie won a majority of the different challenges so it was obvious she would be in the finals! How exciting!
dannysf dannysf 7 years
I was really worried about Lisa winning. Yay for Stephanie. I also agree with all of the comments Buzz made above!
lindaloo lindaloo 7 years
I'm so happy a woman finally won and that it was Stephanie. I still can't believe that Lisa was in the finale at all. Richard did sort of choke and he was so confident the whole way through and Stephanie sort of snuck up on him. Go Steph! I am glad they told them last night who won and they didn't do it as they have in the past with the live audience.
sumbum sumbum 7 years
I too was very nervous when it looked like Lisa might be a serious contender. I can't stand her, she has such a bad attitude. Love Steph though and am so happy she won! Not just because she's a woman, but she is very humble and collected and she is an excellent chef. I can't believe Richard made those dang banana scallops again...and I can't believe the judges didn't call him on that! Seriously, THREE times he's made that dish. Sheesh, you'd think w/ all those ideas in his head, he would've pumped something else out.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
First of all, yay Stephanie! I wasn't really surprised, but I was worried that it wouldn't go her way — mostly because, while the judges were saying they liked her food, they weren't saying it with much excitement. It was like, "I think this is my favorite of the three. *shrug.*" I think Richard did what Casey did last year — he thought too much, lost his nerve a little, and lost sight of what he wanted to do. I'm surprised he didn't even knock ONE course out of the park. I was surprised Stephanie was the one who was so freaked about making a dessert. Girlfriend made a wedding cake in a few hours, you know? Also, I was really disappointed that Richard re-reused the banana scallops. Three times in one season -- when you don't have to make dessert very often -- is way too much. I was bummed this season when a lot of my favorites (Jen, Andrew) seemed to go home early, but in the end, I'm satisfied with the winner. Next season, I hope for fewer team challenges and maybe some new twists at the finale ("cook the best meal of your life" is getting a little old).
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years
I too was a nervous wreck when it looked like Lisa was going to win. But, I am very happy it went to Stephanie, I think she is a great cook. I would have been happy if Richard had pulled it off as well. I have to say I was more into Richard's menu and I was disappointed that it didn't come together. But, I'm a happy camper.
mswender mswender 7 years
I was dying at that point so I was happy it was quick.
gatorgirl85 gatorgirl85 7 years
Did anyone else find the way they told Stephanie she won anticlimatic? They just kind of said it...where's the excitment?
tsp tsp 7 years
I'm so happy stephanie won! i actually thought it looked like they all had little victories last night, but stephanie definitely deserved the overall win. richard was a close second for me though...but i know i'm including all the work he did this season that EARNED him that spot in the finals. the dessert thing is funny. i know in the culinary world the pastry chef is a very different "breed"...but you'd still think they'd have one or two desserts up their sleeves. I think the problem with desserts is that there are actually measurements that have to be followed to achieve certain "foundation" results. It's where I tend to screw up if I don't follow recipes too literally. With cooking savory food, you can get away with using your instincts more.
mswender mswender 7 years
sorry that was really long.
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