If your stomach is growling in anticipation of a new episode of Top Chef All-Stars tonight, you’d better grab a handful of celery sticks a king-sized Snickers some Chicken Fried Codfish with Brussel Kraut and Ginger Beer. That’s because Bravo won’t be running a new episode of the addictive chef showdown till next Wednesday (Feb. 2).
In the interim, and because we’re currently at the season’s midway marker — with only nine of the original 18 cheftestants remaining — it seems like the perfect time to debate which three folks deserve to make the finale (and which three you’re rooting for, if that question happens to result in a different answer).
If I was able to place an Imperius Curse on Padma, Tom, Tony, and Gail, I’d send Richard Blais, Carla Hall, and Angelo Sosa into the finale. Richard has been an inventive, risk-taking wizard all season long, and a finale without his spiky hair and his mad-scientist techniques just wouldn’t seem right. Carla, for her part, may not have a case of the runaway boasties (like, say, Mike Isabella or Dale Talde), but she’s consistently made delicious, exciting food that’s regularly landed her at or near the top of the elimination challenges. (Plus, she just seems like a lovely human being!) And while I’m not a huge fan of Angelo’s new-age-y smarm (not to mention his tendency to describe his own food as “beautiful”), he’s undeniably talented, and would give me someone to root against in the final weeks of the season*. (*Ditto for Dale, making him a totally acceptable substitute ingredient for Angelo.)
That said, if you asked me who I really, truly want to take home the crown, I’d probably have to say Fabio. After all, “this is Top Chef, not Top Scallop.”
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