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post #31 of 632
It was great when Stefan developed a crush on the lesbian from San Francisco. Maybe that's why he's not back, he couldn't bear to do another season with her.
post #32 of 632
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That dude is one of my former Chefs. He's the kind of Chef that will take a walk in and throw them to the wolves just to see what they're made of. He'll give anyone a chance in his kitchens.

I didn't even know he was on Top Chef, because I never heard him talk about it or BOH. Can't speak for FOH, but BOH is loyal as fuck to him. He truly is loved by his crews.

he makes a great Turkey burger.
post #33 of 632
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It's funny because Stefan got kind of a reputation as a dick during his season. He seemed a little arrogant initially. But over the course of the show it seemed more and more that he wasn't really being arrogant as much as that he didn't bullshit and didn't soften his opinions. Some friends of mine saw a bunch of the top chef contestants speak somewhere and they told me he seemed to be the coolest guy of the group. Whatever his personality, his food always looked good. Guy had skillz...

Gotta admit I've only seen the first season of Top Chef, so I don't know how Stefan acted on the show. In person he's friendly, chatty and quite bright. And the majority of his cooks aren't there for the money that's for damn sure. I think we were all getting paid the minimum when I was there, or close to it.

Something odd about him is he always asks you if you're German. I mean even the Mexicans.
post #34 of 632
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For the first half of her season, I thought she was the strongest competitor - then she broke down under the pressure, I guess.

Plus she worked for Eric Ripert, who's my favorite celebrity chef.

Plus she works for Eric Ripert...

Should be a good season...probably less drama, more food. Because the players are already well known (to us and the judges) and because they are all older and more experienced, some of the usual early in each season theatrics should be a bit less visible. They're also more accustomed to the quickfire/special ingredient game. Many of them have been doing Top Chef/Iron Chef appearances/competitions for charities and food shows ever since their time on TC. I do understand some of the challenges are really new and have some strong twists to them. The first elimination round (Redemption!!!!) was a great concept.
post #35 of 632
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Something odd about him is he always asks you if you're German. I mean even the Mexicans.

post #36 of 632
I enjoyed the season preview at the end showing that everyone still hates Marcel.
post #37 of 632
The only thing that'll increase this season's watchability is either Casey showing off her gorgeous boobs or Casey and Jen making out.
post #38 of 632
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. Hard for me to pick a runaway.

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To me it's Richard or Angelo, it's theirs to lose.
post #39 of 632
After this or shortly, do they do a show with just the past winners?
post #40 of 632
^ I can definitely see that happening. But so far, there's only been 8 seasons (including this current one). I don't think that's enough to have a Top Chef: Winners Circle season.
post #41 of 632
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It was great when Stefan developed a crush on the lesbian from San Francisco. Maybe that's why he's not back, he couldn't bear to do another season with her.

I always thought that Stefan mailed it in after Jamie, the lesbian chef from SF, got eliminated. After she left, he got bored because he didn't feel there was anybody left talented enough to challenge him.

I remember reading this interview about Stefan, where he said that he wasn't interested in competing in the early TC seasons because of the overall lack of talent in those first seasons. Only after Hung won it and he started to see better chefs apply did the show pique his interest. He didn't want to compete on the earlier seasons when he knew he would just mow down his fellow challengers, which he ironically ended up doing anyways on his season, and win the 100 grand if there was no challenge in it.

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Sort of pointlessly dickish.

I mean he is great and all but imagine if he had to face that line-up rather than a typical season with a good helping of third-raters. How does he know he would have won?

To be fair to Michael Voltagio, he was the winner in TC's strongest season with the most talented chefs. I don't think Vegas should be regarded as just another typical season.
post #42 of 632
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After this or shortly, do they do a show with just the past winners?

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^ I can definitely see that happening.

But so far, there's only been 8 seasons (including this current one). I don't think that's enough to have a Top Chef: Winners Circle season.

Also - the majority of the winners are running their own restaurants at this point with varying levels of success. You have to wonder if they'll all be willing to take x weeks off to compete.

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I always thought that Stefan mailed it in after Jamie, the lesbian chef from SF, got eliminated. After she left, he got bored because he didn't feel there was anybody left talented enough to challenge him.

I remember reading this interview about Stefan, where he said that he wasn't interested in competing in the early TC seasons because of the overall lack of talent in those first seasons. Only after Hung won it and he started to see better chefs apply did the show pique his interest. He didn't want to compete on the earlier seasons when he knew he would just mow down his fellow challengers, which he ironically ended up doing anyways on his season, and win the 100 grand if there was no challenge in it.

He must have been doing quite well in life to pass up $100,000 he could win with no challenge.
post #43 of 632
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He must have been doing quite well in life to pass up $100,000 he could win with no challenge.

srsly
post #44 of 632
Tried my hand at making ramen today from scratch, and used Angelo's braised pork belly recipe from his last elimination challenge--turned out very well.
post #45 of 632
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Also - the majority of the winners are running their own restaurants at this point with varying levels of success. You have to wonder if they'll all be willing to take x weeks off to compete.



He must have been doing quite well in life to pass up $100,000 he could win with no challenge.

Yeah, because back than he had no restaurants to subsidize.
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