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aras8218 aras8218 10 years
i am totally rooting for the underdog in marcel, i think he's the bomb.i would rather they had kept sam.i agree they kept ilan, or whatever his name is, for the drama.
siren6 siren6 10 years
I prefer Padma over over Katie Lee Joel, who was best known for being Billy Joel's third wife but apparently also was a television restaurant critic for a PBS show before writing a Hampton Magazine's culinary/lifestyle column (and landing her hub). Katie was maybe as qualified - or more qualified - than Padma, but had the personality of a wind-up doll on camera. Padma's acting experience seems to allow her a little more ease infront of the cameras. I actually liked how upset Padma and Gail looked when they dismissed Sam and Elia; I found their watery eyes very endearing - not forced.
Food Food 10 years
I go back and forth about Padma. Sometimes I love her and other times not so much. However, she's not just a pretty face model/actress/trophy wife (she's married to Salman Rushdie) and actually has some qualifications. She's written a cookbook (Easy Exotic), is working on a second one, and she hosted a show on Food Network (Padma's Passport). They originally wanted her for TC season 1, but I think she couldn't do it due to scheduling problems. I personally think the judges are okay, but what they need is their own Tim Gunn. I hate how Tom goes in to the kitchen, but can't give them any advice. They totally need a "mentor" figure who isn't a judge.
BonjourChaton BonjourChaton 10 years
I am SO disappointed that Sam got cut, I thought for sure he would at least make it to the end. And it is weird how no one at the judges table thought the whole xanthan gum thing was a bit off. I felt the same way when Chloe beat Daniel V. on Project Runway, robbed! I feel like I've wasted a whole season of watching this show to watch mediocre Marcel and whiny Ilan compete. Snore. And hopefully they can pick a more qualified judge than Padma next time. Where did they get her from anyway?!
malzie89 malzie89 10 years
nannychica...we are soo on the same page about this...i wish the outcome was differently...
bjornwinner bjornwinner 10 years
Ilan is hot hot hot! marcel is lame lame lame! GO ILAN!
nannychica nannychica 10 years
About Ilan "forcing" Elia to say something during the latest episode: See, I look at this whole thing differently. They're all adults. No one forced Cliff to hold Marcel down...he made that decision on his own. And no one held a gun to Elia's head and made her bring up the whole Marcel thing on this week's episode. Ilan may be a coward to a point but like I said, these people are all adults and fully capable of making their own decisions. I'm still pulling for Ilan in the finale though. I can't lose respect for Marcel when I never had any for him to begin with. I can't imagine why anyone would want to work for or with him. The ONE person who was his friend on this show ended up not liking him towards the end because of his lack of respect for the other chefs around him.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Ugh. Gross. Marcel. I loved Sam and he was the most put together and talented chef there. My opinion only, but.. at least Ilan is there. I like him, I guess.. it's just that.. this is the damn finale, people!! I'm uber disappointed.
lindac lindac 10 years
"We don't care about your behavior." Well, they should tell that to Cliff..." The difference there is behavior in the kitchen and outright assault. The judges were appalled no one tried to stop what was happening and commented on leadership abilities in the kitchen with regard to that.
aembry396 aembry396 10 years
I hate how Ilan let Elia take the fall for her, but I hate Marcel's "commenting" and snarkiness more. I LOVED Elia and wanted her to represent the female chefs...and only loved Sam more cause he can cook amazing sounding food and amazing looking!!! Preppy to the max!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
I really like Marcel as well.... he is a very strong person if people treated me the way that they treated him i would have left the show in tears and not come back. I was surprised at Elia I had liked her up until the last two episodes. I really wanted it to be SAM in the finale. I agree with everyone who said that the producers thought that he was too much like Harold. Do you guys read Harold's blog on eh bravo site... I love him I like how he makes fun of the product placement as well. TINA!
thatsvy thatsvy 10 years
I just want to comment on some of the questions you posted... (side note: I am a foodie and a working chef as well... =)) * Padma says Ilan's dessert reminds her of the funnel cake and that it was a good thing, but I thought they HATED the funnel cake? A: I was confused by this at first too, but they actually meant funnel cakes in general. * Tom stated that Sam's dish wasn't cooked. Do you agree? A: Yes. I mean, he is Tom Collichio... he knows if it was cooked or not... anyway, I agree, whereas the other contestants tried to steam fish, boil tarot, or create poi with xantham gum instead of eggs (custard), Sam did not take a risk. Let alone just applying heat. He kinda just cut and added flavors. * I've been wondering why everyone thinks Sam is so hot, but after yesterday's episode, I totally understood. A: Yea, he's alight... * Do you think the humidity played any role in their food? All the chefs looked rather glossy during the challenge. A: Humidity tends to play a huge role in baking, not so much in the challenge they had. Maybe to their comfort zone though. * How cute were they all on the helicopter? A: Tres cute. * Elia complaining that Marcel cheated. Do you think she was out of line? Do you think Ilan didn't back her up once he saw the judges were unhappy? A: Ilan and Elia were my two favorites up until the last few episodes... It was a cowardly move and I'm sure they will be embarrassed for a long time * And finally, what do you think of this outcome, were you as shocked as I? A: Pretty shocked! I thought it would be Elia and Sam... Elia going for the win. But I'm glad Marcel made it, he is quite talented. And Ilan, seriously, even though he makes nice food, it speaks for him: He only has experience as a line cook in Spanish cuisine... do something new already! Lastly, I would like to just add my comment that I think Marcel does have a passion for food... and just because he expresses it through science does not make it invalid. (This is not in response to you, but to the preview of next week's episode where Ilan says he thinks he has more soul than Marcel. Thank you for posting and I'm glad I got that off my chest! x thatsvy
RockinHeartJD RockinHeartJD 10 years
As much as everyone hates Marcel, I really like him. I think he is very talented and creative. I was totally shocked that Sam didn't make it. He has been badass through the whole season, and he gets eliminated because he "played it safe." I was looking forward to seeing Marcel/Sam in the end! I think it was childish that Ilan pushed Elia into selling out Marcel about him being rude in the kitchen. Especially when they got in front of the judges, he left it up to her to explain. What a jerk! Elia was always so sweet to Marcel, until the end because of Ilan... bad karma- and Marcel ended up staying! I agree that the competition it isn't about how you are in the kitchen, but about the food and creativity- something Marcel is great at. Go Marcel!
mississippigirl1 mississippigirl1 10 years
I couldn't believe all this insanity either. I had Sam and Elia picked out for the finale. I'm just not as excited to watch a cook-off between Ilan and Marcel.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
Forgot to add... malzie89: I TOTALLY agree. When responding to Elia's comments regarding Marcel's actions in the kitchen, Tom said, "We don't care about your behavior." Well, they should tell that to Cliff...or maybe to Sam with the way they talked to him at the judges table during last week's episode.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
Ugh...I can't stand Marcel. Go Ilan.
pattilup pattilup 10 years
if sam gets crap for not "cooking" his dishes why does marcel get away with his pineapple poke that he was only able to acheive by a) NOT cooking to pineapple to keep its freshness b) adding xanthum gum to fake the slow-process-cooking of the taro leaves. sure, that kind of "cooking" has it's place... in twinkies, but in top chef? and at least sam has his own thing (the salty-sweet). ilan just does what's he trained to do: spanish food. sam got the shaft b/c he was too much like harold, and they couldn't have a seemingly repeat winner.
lindac lindac 10 years
Ilan is such an instigating weasel. He pushes Elia into accusing Marcel of cheating then stands there letting her twist in the wind all alone. I hope Marcel kicks his whiney ass.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I hate the fact that Marcel adds all these "chemicals" to his food. Its like cant you cook without your special ingredients???? I think its cheating and takes away from the food
Kjell Kjell 10 years
marcel is annoying and very easy to dislike but he's obviously good.
malzie89 malzie89 10 years
oh, and how bout chef saying he doesnt care what happens in the kitchen!! since when!! kinda weird
lilren lilren 10 years
I've thought that Sam was going to be the winner the entire time, so I was completely thrown. Marcel really irritates me and, despite what the judges say from time to time, I don't think that he's that original -- if only because he makes the same thing every time WITH FOAM.
malzie89 malzie89 10 years
i was disapointed!! i agree about the funnle cake thing..the hated it! and marcel just annoys me...i really wish sam was in the finale..not only is he smokinhot, bu ti truly thnk he deserves it...i think sam should have just won right there haha...cliff also should have been there...i dont get the big deal abut ilan...i mean it seemed like he skated through the whole show..not really doing anything amazing...the whole "cheating" thing was weird..and ilan MADE her say it but then totally backed out..i felt bad for her b/c he pushed her into it...i dont get why she said anything with out any specific examples of his cheating...ehh marcel stil annoys me..the one thing i do hope is that he does another rap next would make my night haha
JessNess JessNess 10 years
They are totally going to play up the "duel" between Ilan and Marcel. They already did in this epi. I think the judges and producers are smokin something to have them make these decisions
siren6 siren6 10 years
I'm still reeling, myself. Early on I thought it was going to be Sam and Ilan in the final - with Cliff just missing out - even thought Elia seemed to step up her game near the end. Even going into judging I thought Sam had it in the bag because of his creative sweet/salty dessert. I actually think this will make for the most competitive finale, but if Bravo tries to pander to the lowest denominator it's going to be more about the sniping and trying to best each other for personal reasons and less about the food, which might suck. (And what? No cute Sam in the finale?! Curses!)
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