Back of Let's Dish: Top Chef 4.13 — Going Whole Hog In the first half of this season's finale, we went from four Top Chef contestants, to three. It was a real treat of a challenge with loads of fresh Puerto Rican produce, and some high stakes drama. It was a fun watch, but the end might not please a lot of you, so let's start talking about it. Did you watch? Tell us what you thought in the comments! To check out my talking points, . First of all, Lisa's new hair-do: Love it or hate it? The tropical fruit spread looked great, but do you remember the one from Hawaii in season two? This one was nothing compared to that one, no? Did you see the scene where Richard nearly caught fire? At first I thought it was a weird CG effect. Would you eat that pig on a spit? Stephanie said she tried to pair chefs and sous chefs who got along well. Do you think that was true? Have you missed Andrew's one-liners? How awful would you have felt if you were Dale? Also, weren't you impressed with Stephanie's ability to keep cool and go with it? How is Richard going to get that car home from an island? More seriously, how did you feel about his win? Were you surprised to hear that Antonia was going home? What do you think about Lisa's congratulations comment and Richard's bronze medal comment? Do you think it was bad form for them not to say congrats, or do you think it was bad form for her to call it out? What have you thought of this season so far? Who are you rooting for? View 25 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Photo 19 Photo 20 Photo 21 Photo 22 Photo 23 Photo 24 Photo 25 Photos courtesy of Bravo Comments ESPNgirl 9 years i gotta admit, i am totally in love with andrew and am so curious to try his food (as i live in nyc).... but really, every episode i kind of hope for an andrew appearance - every time he's around, i am super excited! juliegal 9 years 1.can't possibly "love" anything about lisa...she's a hag. that being said it's an improvement fr. what was on top of her nasty head before 4. i'd try ti pig on a spit, it's prob delish 5. yes, steph doesn't seem mean spirited and nasty 6. yes, andrew was funny! 7. steph was cool as a cucumber, to be honest that's what u have to do...figure it out. yelling and ranting like ahem lisa, that someone is sabotaging her rice! sabotaging her all the time....jeez, you're supposed to be a professional. ACT like one! good job steph. 8. i'm sure bravo will have a car sent to richard's home, or he;ll pick one up fr. his area 9. i was super sad that antonia was going home, but it didn't sounds like she was the winner there on this one... 10. lisa's a hag, i hate her and wish she wasn't on the show anymore. 11. too bad it wasn't dale, richard, antonia and stephanie in this past episode...that's what it should have been. i'm rooting for steph and richard they're both awesome! ailinamei 9 years 1. First of all, Lisa's new hair-do: Love it or hate it? It's much better than what she had before. 2. The tropical fruit spread looked great, but do you remember the one from Hawaii in season two? This one was nothing compared to that one, no? Yeah, the one from Hawaii was soo much better. But hey, I'm biased. 3. Did you see the scene where Richard nearly caught fire? At first I thought it was a weird CG effect. I thought that was for real when I saw it but wonder how he could not have a single burn after seeing that fire. 4. Would you eat that pig on a spit? Hell yeah! That's how filipinos roast their pig. 5. Stephanie said she tried to pair chefs and sous chefs who got along well. Do you think that was true? Yes. Too bad for Lisa that she doesn't get along with at least half of the group. 6. Have you missed Andrew's one-liners? Yes, he's so silly. 7. How awful would you have felt if you were Dale? Omigosh, I felt sick to my stomach when Dale realized he left the ribs out. Also, weren't you impressed with Stephanie's ability to keep cool and go with it? I was surprised Stephanie didn't just break down and cry but I guess that's a trait of a great chef, to improvise and make the best of the situation. 8. How is Richard going to get that car home from an island? More seriously, how did you feel about his win? I laugh he has a Beamer or some other luxury car at home and has absolutely no need for it. It didn't seem like he was that excited. 9. Were you surprised to hear that Antonia was going home? I had a feeling when they asked her how long she cooked her beans. 10. What do you think about Lisa's congratulations comment and Richard's bronze medal comment? Do you think it was bad form for them not to say congrats, or do you think it was bad form for her to call it out? It was such bad form for her to say, "Oh, congratulate me." Come on, who says that? It's obvious they don't care for her so much. Why does she have to cause drama like that? I don't remember the bronze model comment. I guess I have to replay it on my DVR. I am very curious though on what he said at the end of the final challenge. 11. What have you thought of this season so far? Who are you rooting for? I liked this season. Lots of drama though! Oh, at first I was rooting for Richard, now Stephanie. Either way, I hope one of those two will win. If Lisa wins, I'll have to boycott this show forever. I still wish Dale was one of the top 3 though. BostonChick 9 years I'm a little upset that Antonia went home last night instead of Lisa. In fact, I'm almost convinced that they are keeping Lisa on the show for affect. I mean...you can't have 3 "good guys" on the show. You gotta have at least one bad egg aka Lisa. I'm not completely anti-Lisa but her bad attitude is getting to me. Plus, I feel Antonia to be an overall better chef. I'm just glad Stephanie is still there. I'm totally rooting for her! I'd love to see her take it all home. I love Richard and wouldn't hate for him to win I just feel Stephanie deserves it more. Plus, come on. It's time for a girl to win this! :) amers230 9 years i really didn't get lisa's "congratulations" comment at all. had they been doing that all along? "congrats on not getting kicked off!?" it seriously made no sense to me. i was shocked antonia went home. i didn't care for her as much as i like richard and stephanie, but i def. thought lisa should have gone home before her. just shows how editing can sway things. i totally thought they were gearing up for lisa's leaving but no. as much as i really want a female to win (and i do love stephanie) i gotta say, i like richard a lot and i think he's hilarious. his bronze medal comment was amazing, but what i love the most is that's the meanest he's been the entire show lol. just seems like a nice guy. Gruberr1 9 years What a great episode - it really showed each of the chef's good and bad sides. I have to preface this by saying that I know Stephanie from college and have always been a big fan of hers, so I am really pulling for her to win. I think that her coolness under pressure last night was the true test of a great chef and I only hope that the judges saw the footage to help with their final decision!!! chiefdishwasher 9 years How about a finale twist? A tie with 2 winners. (And one bronze) Fidgit 9 years 1. Don't really care about her hair... cause I would prefer she was not even in Peurto Rico! She has been in the bottom too many times to be in the top 4, or top 3 for that matter. 2. Looked delicious :) 3. Missed that- must have been when the phone rang.. will catch it on the replay 4. Absolutely would and absolutely have!! 5. Yes I think she did a great job- and it shows her maturity as a chef and a person since she tried to give everyone a complementing chef instead of trying to sabotage her fellow chefs like Spike did in the cop/boxed lunch challenge 6. Ugh- he is like an advertisement for Adderall-XR. He makes my head hurt 7. It was good to see Dale show an emotion besides anger or conceited bragging. I did truly see that he felt bad and his quick thinking helped Stephanie come up with another dish that ultimately was Tom's favorite of hers! Stephanie is the best all-around chef and will likely be the best restaurant owner in the future because of her ability to stay calm in situations like that. 8. Richard put a lot of thought into each dish.... I think he deserved the win. Honestly, it was probably a toss up between him and Stephanie, but his menu was more cohesive. 9. SHOCKED and ANGRY.... i feel like Lisa only stayed on the show for the drama she brings, not her talent as a chef. Antonia has won many quick fires and challenges, especially towards the end of the competition, while Lisa has just gotten angry about her rice disasters in EVERY episode. Antonia is a chef who truly cooks from her heart. 10. I think Lisa is immature and wants people to think she is a victim all the time- obviously Stephanie and Richard were upset that Antonia left because the three of them had such strong bonds! Lisa has done nothing but annoy EVERYONE since they got to Chicago with her pessimistic attitude, why WOULD they be excited for her to stay?? Richard was right on with his comment, although it did bring him down to her level with the petty comments ;) 11. I think the season has been too heavy on the catering challenges- I like more menu planning and original dishes/weird ingredient challenges than the teamwork/catering challenges that just cause fighting and drama (better tv?) I will be rooting for Stephanie in the finale, but I will not be upset if RIchard wins either. Both are excellent chefs who have kept the focus on their cooking, not on the outside drama. divinelight 9 years I've given up watching Top Chef because I can't stand Lisa! I just read the comments here each week. It's sad because I usually love this show and trust the judges, but this year has been pretty bad in my opinion. rainydaybleus 9 years 1. Lisa's hair is dog. It makes her pooface at judge's table even worse 2. Season 2 seems like ages ago 3. Saw it 4. Hell yes. I was surprised to see that they showed the whole pig, eyes cut out and all. But did you guys see when Tom unveiled the pig, flies went buzzing off? Ewe. 5. Yeah she did. It's Lisa's fault she sucks and had problems with half the sous chefs. 6. No 7. I would have felt terrible! Steph's cool attitude and ability to shake it off and come up with a stellar fix with Dale shows why she deserves to be a finalist. 8. I was hoping he would ask them that. That was the first thing that popped into my head. Richard definitely deserved the win. 9. No, once they said, "undercooked peas" you knew what was going to happen. Maybe it was me, but I sensed that the judges weren't happy that Lisa was still there. In previous seasons they always embraced the underdog and reconfirmed why they were a finalist (i.e. Dave from season 1 and his layered flavors), but all they had to say to Lisa was that she has been on the chopping block several times consecutively. I can't let it go... that pooface she makes... I wanted Mr. Bourdain to say something snarky when he was a guess judge a few weeks ago. 10. Just another reason to dislike her. At least the "that guy" (S1 Steven, S2 Marcel, S3 Hung)of all the other seasons were legit and could cook. Richard's bronze medal comment was hysterical. I hope Lisa sees the episode on TV. Is that mean? I wonder how the reunion show will go down. 11. It was obvious from the start who the best people were. Kind of makes it boring. Overall, the talent pool doesn't seem too deep this time around. mswender 9 years I liked Wendy Pepper a lot more than I like Lisa. Watching reruns now and I think she really should have gone home in the improv challenge and Jen should have stayed!! Oy! How many times should she have gone home?! So Many!!! Happsmjc 9 years OMG GeekSugar, SHE IS WENDY PEPPER--I love love love the analogy! Happsmjc 9 years Haha--I agree about Lisa's hair!! And I'm sure Lisa will say she was made out to be the villain, but she gave them all that bad material to edit--I'm sure we just saw the half of it! I'm just convinced there is some kind of conspiracy going on, because I cannot figure out why they keep Lisa around. She is consistently in the bottom, and Atonia NEVER is!! WTF! And her comment on them not congratulating her just made me laugh--I mean she has a perpetual bad attitude and YES they probably did think the wrong chef went home!! And I do think Stephanie was nice and did try to pair people who got along, but no one likes Lisa so that was impossible! I also am rooting for Richard or Stephanie! They have been solid and professional! j2e1n9 9 years Friggen B.S. That is all I have to say. Tech 9 years It's official. Lisa is Top Chef's Wendy Pepper. CaterpillarGirl 9 years PS i cant wait to see what goes down on the reunion. I am sure Lisa will say the "editing" made her look bad....... CaterpillarGirl 9 years Lisas Hair- You cant pretty up whats ugly on the inside. would I eat that Pig- I would eat it tip to tail baby! I think Stephanie did her best pairing the chefs. Dale and the Pork belly Incident- OMG poor dale! but steph and him handled it like Pros. i would hate to see how much the censors would have had to work overtime if Lisa had that happen to her. Richards Car- He looked so surprised and happy! Antonia leaving- I wasnt surprised "al dente Peas?" please. But i wasnt happy either. Lisa's Bronze medal- It was rude of her to even say anything, but what do you expect from a lowlife. Who I want to Win- I am happy with either richard or Steph Both have been the utmost professionals, happy people, good sports. Lisa hasnt a chance in Hades. WineUnleashed 9 years I think it is between Blais and Stephanie. Lisa doesn't deserve to be there at this point in the competition. DMBloyola6 9 years 1. It's certainly better than it was before. I love how Stephanie just said, "you chopped your hair off" with no commentary on liking it or not. That alone made me like Stephanie more! 2. Oh, Hawaii!! 3. Yes! I worried! "Did you just smell my eyebrows?" 4. Yup. 5. I think she really did a good job with this -- I love Spike and Blais together (I think they worked better this time than ever before), Nikki was calming for Antonia, Andrew and Lisa finally seemed to get along a bit, and Stephanie choosing Dale for her own was not only an easy choice, but a good one! 6. I've missed the Andrew and Spike effect -- such a bromance. 7. Dale and Stephanie both really impressed me this round. Stephanie was cool and dealt with the pork belly incident. Dale was dedicated to being the best help Steph could have, and I really felt his pain when he realized his mistake. 8. I'm sure Blais will find a way! I was pleased with his win -- he's been sort of slogging in the middle for the past few challenges, and I was glad to see him back in his element. 9. FLOORED! I find it so hard to swallow that, after constantly turning in great performances, she would be kicked off for bad beans -- whereas Lisa has constantly been in the bottom. Not to mention her bad attitude! 10. My jaw dropped when Lisa called Steph and Blais out on this. It was RIDICULOUS for her to do that -- completely pointless. The bronze medal comment was the meanest thing Blais has ever said -- and it was well-deserved and on point. 11. I have LOVED this season -- great mix of chefs and talents, inventive challenges, great-looking food (and, um, great-looking Spike). I've been pulling for Blais since the beginning. I'd love the final two to be he and Steph -- they are both very talented, but I think Blais has the edge -- he excels in the tricky stuff, but is always able to do real and wonderful food. He's a real talent. dannysf 9 years Lisa's new hair = no. Antonia gone = sad. Stephanie for the win. SugarFreak 9 years Man....I didn't realize it was THAT long. SugarFreak 9 years Man oh man...some of these questions hit right on point with my thoughts last night. 1. Hells No! To her and her -do 2. Agreed. 3. It's happened to me with my possessed stove more often than not, so I related. 4. No. Not a big fan of pork. But who knows...my nose really rules my stomach so if it smelled good, maybe! LOL. 5. Perhaps...with the glaring exception of Lisa/Andrew. Hate.Her. 6. Love.Him. 7. My heart went out to him. I think he's adorable when he gets teary because he's had such a f- you attitude in many of the episodes and you realize that he's got a softy-center! I like him alot and glad to see him back. I would feel the same way because it was his fault even if it was an innocent mistake. In the commotion of everyone being in a tight space, working on top of each other it gets tough to keep track of everything. Perhaps if she had her own neon pink tape marking the meat she would've seen it? 7. I said that to my husband! His reply? "I would just move to PR." 8. Yes. I understand that undercooked beans, especially at this stage in the contest, are a fundamental flaw and unacceptable, but didn't they say that each one of Lisa's dishes had a mistake whereas, Antonia's mistake were the beans. I have a huge problem with Lisa making it to this stage not only because, well she sucks, but that she keeps staying by the skin of her teeth! To me, poor tasting or imbalanced flavoring in ALL of the dishes is more of a reason to go home than undercooked beans. On top of it, every friggin week she says the same thing when she's saved...."Thanks. You won't be disappointed." WTF?! How many lives does this cat have?! GO HOME! 9. I was surprised with Lisa's comment because what the hell was there to congratulate?? Then Richard PERFECTLY stated that what did she want? To be congratulated for the bronze? What a biatch. Just really don't like her cooking style, her attitude, that fugly stance and face she has at EVERY judges table and now her sense of entitlement to a "congrats" for, once again, barely getting by. She hit the nail on the head with her observation that there was a feeling that the wrong person went home. Well. Duh genius. 10. It's been better, but it's not the worst. Yes, I'd love to see a woman win, but I really like Stephanie and Richard both. Great culinary skills, but also great attitudes in the kitchen and towards others. If for some unforeseeable reason, Lisa wins this season (which I don't think she has since she's accepted the job to help out Spike at Mai House) I will quit watching Top Chef and send Chef Tom hate mail! LOL...ok, I'm kidding about the hate mail...but seriously how ridiculous would it be if one of the most untalented finalists in TC history won? quietriott 9 years while i think that stephanie and dale handled the pork belly situation very well, i was a little stunned that stephanie hadn't checked that everything was put away before they left the kitchen - it is a competition after all, i would be double and triple-checking everything even if i had a sous chef! i hope richard wins, at first i did not like him, but he really grew on me. andrealocke 9 years 1. Love it. Her long hair made her look greasy. Now she just fits the chefbian stereotype. 3. Yes! It was crazy. His comment about smelling his burnt eyebrows made me laugh. At least he wasn't seriously burnt. 4. Nope. 5. I think she did try to pair people who got along-- in that they wouldn't kill each other and be unstoppable. She kept the friendly competition up. She is nothing like the scheming Andrew. 6. Not at all. 7. Awful!!! That is why she is my favorite. 8. Good question. I think his face of shock was classic. I think he deserved to win. 9. Yes, and no. I am so sad that she was sent home but she did make a huge mistake. 10. I agreed with Richard! I think that they were in shock and trying to deal with it and she was being childish. 11. I'm addicted to Top Chef. ADDICTED. I have been rooting for Stephanie since the first episode. She is my absolute favorite. clickmichelle 9 years 1. Lisa's Hair - it's not bad. It's an improvement. She's still a witch. 2. This one was nothing at all on Hawaii 3. I loved his line "Can you smell my eyebrows?" 4. Oh yes, I'd eat that pig on a spit. With a spoon. Like Bourdain says, some men like porn, he likes to watch pigs on spits. 5. Stephanie did a good job pairing the sous-chefs. I'm glad she picked Dale. He really was the best of that bunch, just lacked maturity and leadership skills. 6. I have not missed Andrew's one-liner or any other aspect of Andrew. 7. I felt terrible for the both of them but how cool was it that they figured out how to save it, with no hysteria. I also think nothing but positive for her because it was never mentioned again. Not to the judges, not in the talking heads. THAT is class. 8. I wondered how he was gonna get that car home! He deserved the win. And I want to make Malta ribs now. 9. I was not surprised Antonia was told to PHKAG, but I was very disappointed. I loved the "Kick their asses" whisper to Stephanie :-) 10. Richard hit the nail on the head. Congratulations, you won the bronze medal. I wanted to say "Congratulations, you've been to Judge's Table as a least-favorite eight times now and you're in the finals. Such an achievement." All she said to him was "You won a F@$&ing car, dude?" when he won. She was completely out of line. 11. It's been a different, but good season. I have not enjoyed it as much as I did Season 3, but it's still Top chef and it's still good. Go Richard! Go Stephanie! Go Home Lisa!