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Poppy-Cede Poppy-Cede 10 years
1. I think in the finale I would mention it. You know from last year when Tiffani didn't admit to her "assistance" from Frank on the dessert it counted against her quite a bit. So, being honest seems to be the way to go in the finale. 2. I was yelling "that was Marcel's idea!!!!" at the screen regarding the sea beans. I'm sure that came out in the lengthier version of the judges' table. 3. No respect for Elia. I had been rooting for her to win until she stabbed Marcel in the back. Disgusting behavior. 4. I wasn't weirded out that Marcel had to pee on himself, I was creeped out that Ilan seemed to want to pee on Marcel out of vengeance. Why does everyone want to be so friggin' mean to him?! 5. I counter with the question, "who would have been better to choose - Frank or Mia?" Mikey is a great sous-chef. Marcel had complete issue with Frank being abusive to him and Mia is a loose cannon. Mikey definitely can't hold his own, but he showed that he could take direction from others. I think I would have made the same decision. 6. Yes, I believe it was. 7. I watched Marcel's exit interview on and they bleeped him saying "f**king saffron". :) 8. Yes. 9. No. Especially now that I know Ilan has NO plans to use the money for starting his own restaurant. Que la f? Isn't that the whole point? (It is to me, but I'm not on the show...)
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
Marcel's ideas aren't that "out there"--he's basically regurgitating stuff Ferran Adria was doing 5-10 years ago (e.g. sodium alginate capsules, foams, etc.) Ilan basically ripped off the Casa Mono menu (the restaurant where he's a line cook) for all his challenges. Even though Marcel fell on his foams a lot of the time, his plating is always spot on and he takes risks with flavor combinations. His food would have been much more interesting to eat. Marcel is right when he says the food Ilan cooks is something you would learn in Skills 100. Braised meat with romesco sauce? Fine for a home cook, but not impressive for a Top Chef finale meal.
crazylady crazylady 10 years
I think that while Marcel seemed to be a gifted chef Sam was better. I would have loved to have seen an Ilan and Sam finale. Marcel can't run a kitchen as no one can fit in the same room with his hair and ego in there too. Glad Ilan won - his dished seemed different yet something I'd actually eat. Marcel's ideas are a little out there.
Dream-Angel Dream-Angel 10 years
I hated Marcel at first but he grew on me the last few episodes. Mostly because the others were so awful and I lost a lot of respect for them. The only one I cared about was Sam, and was very disappointed he got the boot. I didn't really care who won but I had gotten really sick of Ilan and Elia (who used to be my favorite next to Sam!) and was rooting for Marcel overall.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
What a disappointment. They really sacrificed cooking quality for tv drama this season. I think Ilan won just because people would have rioted if they gave Top Chef honors to Marcel. I conceed how annoying he was, but man, did the other contestants let him get to them! Insecure much? I wouldn't say I was cheering for Marcel, but Ilan turned me off so much in the last three episodes. Grow up!
CocoChic CocoChic 10 years
I love Marcel's plating. His presentation is gorgeous! --Lauren--
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
Even though the winner was leaked, I had to watch the show. I thought the right person won and I am very glad Marcel lost. He was cocky especially at the end with saffron and paprika comments!
a-geek a-geek 10 years
Ilan's food looked like crap and Marcel performed extremely poorly as well. Horrible ending. I tivo'ed last night and watched the whole thing in about 20 minutes on fast forward. I could easily out-cook Ilan - he is impressively unskilled. What was up with that horrible dessert?
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
The show is talented, but I didn't like either finalists. Of the two, though, I definitely think Marcel is the better cook. He just needs to work on his people skills.
the-kiki the-kiki 10 years
I didn't get to watch, but I'm not surprised really. I do wish that SAM had won. Man, after they sent him packing I just didn't care.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
I do think the right chef won. They are both talented chefs, but I think Ilan will run a kitchen more efficiently. Marcel doesn't do well in the power seat.. And.. WHAT?! MARCEL! NO FOAM!?! Hahaha.. I am sooo surprised he didn't break out any foam for the last plate!
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