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Who Is Your Favorite Food Reality Contestant of 2008?

What would the food industry be without reality TV food competitions? 2008 was filled with interesting characters, odd-ball personalities, and plenty of heat in the kitchen. We covered the three main shows: Top Chef, Next Food Network Star, and Hell's Kitchen. While we love Stefan and Fabio from Top Chef 5, we thought to be fair, the poll should include only contestants from completed seasons. So as part of our ongoing Best of 2008 coverage, tell us: which cheftestant is your fav?

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musicmixer musicmixer 8 years
Spike is super cute!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm not overly wowed by any of them but i had to choose either someone from top chef or hell's kitchen since they were the most compelling to me.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I love Blais. His blogs are funny, his attitude is great and the food at his restaurant is fantastic!
Isista Isista 8 years
I agree with Powerpuffgirl. Stephanie let her food speak for itself; just because she didn't b**** and whine and moan during her span on the show doesn't mean she was boring.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Kind of a tie between Blais & Izard. I loved watching what Blais would cook up but I also love Izard's personality. She was just so humble and gracious.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I love Spike so I chose him, but I also love Richard and Stephanie. Richard was on Movie and Dinner (or something like that) and he made some awesome ice cream.
andrealocke andrealocke 8 years
I LOVED Stephanie. She was/is too cute.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 8 years
Stephanie is the only one on this list (except for maybe Richard from Top Chef) that didn't annoy me. Just because she wasn't a drama queen or trouble maker, doesn't make her a snoozefest. I think she let her food speak for itself and that took her to the top.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
Stephanie; I love Top Chef !
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
C'mon give it up for Petrozza.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
Yeah, what about the amazingly awesome Andrew from TC? He's probably my fave contestant ever.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Stephanie Izard? Really? I thought she was a snoozefest.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I heart spike.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I really liked Kelsey. She may not have been the best chef on the show, but she was fun to watch.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Loved Lisa. Her show would have been fabulous once she got over her jitters!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I had to choose Kelsey. She's just so darn Perky and Cute! LOL
ameliajc ameliajc 8 years
Wait, where is Andrew from Top Chef?! Coining the term culinary boner should land him on this list LOL!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Lisa Garza grated on my nerves. I almost had to stop watching The Next Food Network Star because of her. Something about her just made me cringe.
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