One Step Ahead of Top Chef

I’d like to think I was one step ahead of Bravo and Top Chef by going to Singapore first.  I visited the island country earlier this year with some of my dearest girl friends (read about my Singapore Eats) so watching the latest Top Chef episode brought back so many fun, gastronomical memories.

I rarely get hungry when watching Top Chef. This is surprising to me, because even just 5 minutes of watching anything on the Food Network already makes my mouth water. But when I finally watched Part 1 of Top Chef’s Season Finale, I DEFINITELY got hungry and had sudden cravings for Asian food.

And I remembered my incredibly fun Singapore trip – the Hawker center, the abundance of spice and cultural variety in each dish, and of course the stifling heat! Oh boy, when they showed the contestants cooking while drenched in sweat, I had vivid memories of myself and my girl friends sticky with sweat, and yet still deliriously happy.

We had a blast, and it looks like the Top Chef contestants did too. My thoughts? I think it’s the best episode so far. Flying the contestants to a country like Singapore, famous for its street food and cosmopolitan influences, was really interesting and fun to watch. I really wanted Kelly to win and felt bad that she had to pack her knives and go. She was my top pick all season, and I can imagine myself liking all the dishes she prepared.

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Bye, Kelly

I like Ed the least (the very, very least), he seems mean-spirited and bitter. Of course I am also judging them based on their (TV) personalities – and not just their talent as chefs – because well, I’m an emotional viewer, and it’s Gail, Tom, and Padma’s jobs to judge them based purely on talent. I have to admit though, that some of Ed’s food seems really tasty (especially that last dish of pork belly and Chinese sausage). But his abrasive personality really makes me dislike him.

Kevin, on the other hand, seems really sincere and eager. I like his down-home cooking style, always a classic with a twist. I was scared he was going to be sent home, especially after Padma called him out for not learning how to use a wok.

I’ve had mixed feelings about Angelo.  Sometimes he seems too over-the-top, and sometimes he just talks gibberish (remember when Anthony Bourdain called him out on that?) but I can definitely see his passion and desire to win. What did me in – now he’s my top pick – was seeing him cry at the judge’s table, after they announced that Kelly is leaving and he’s going to the finals. Seeing a man get so emotional over something he is passionate about really tugs at my heart strings, and now I’m on Team Angelo. Also, he has been creating innovative Asian-inspired cuisine throughout the season so I think he has a good chance of winning.

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I loved seeing the rambutan and the little calamansi

As for the final episode’s twist? It looks like some of the past season’s winners are there to help out. And oooh… a Voltaggio brother! And the volatile one too. That will be interesting. But it also looks like Angelo is sick. Is it a good thing that he is paired up with Hung? Maybe together they will be the next “holy Asian extravaganza,” as Gail so delightedly said.

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Who will be the next Top Chef?

I can’t wait to watch the final episode this Wednesday! I hope Angelo wins and kicks Ed’s bottom.

Have you been to Singapore, too? Who do you think should win Top Chef?

All images from BravoTV.com

   

7 Responses to “One Step Ahead of Top Chef”

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    Michelle posted September 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I love Top Chef and I definitely got cravings for Asian street food when I saw that episode!

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    MelissaNibbles posted September 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I was rooting for Kelly all along too :(

    However, I’m Team Ed. I think he’s sarcastic and it comes off as arrogance or that he’s a jerk. I do not like Kevin at all. I think he’s lazy and bitter. I’ve been rooting for Angelo right under Kelly this entire season, but I think he needs to chill out if he wants to win. I’ll be happy if Ed or Angelo win, but if Kevin wins, I’ll kick the television set.

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    Daisy posted September 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

    My friend De has a long running pool and finally turned it into a blog!
    http://therealitypool.blogspot.com/2010/09/whats-wrong-with-you-youre-coming-to.html

    You should join the next TC Pool. Your girl Kelly even found this blog and commented!! She seems like a sweetheart! I am out of the pool but my bf Adam still has two picks so I am rooting for either Kevin or Angelo. His cash will only benefit me ;)

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    Lizzy posted September 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Daisy, Gretchen and I were in a Top Chef pool and we are obsessed. But we are all out of the competition now. You had to pick your two contenders after the first episode- I picked Kelly and Kenny. I’m not sure who I’m rooting for at this point, but I’m pretty sure the competition is between Angelo and Ed. Check out our friend Demane’s blog on Top Chef- its hysterical! http://therealitypool.blogspot.com

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    Daisy posted September 14, 2010 at 10:37 am

    For some reason your blog never “saves” my info! Forgot to paste in my site…but I assume you knew it was me ;) and it is kinda funny that Lizzy posted about the pool at the same time as me. hhahaa.

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    Jenn @ Frost Bites posted September 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I love Chef Ramsey and watching Master Chef, too. Watched the finale last night..funny how we get so hooked on all these reality shows. Too bad I missed Top Chef this year..I’ll catch the next season!

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    Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com posted September 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I LOVED this episode! Like you, it gave me a crazy craving for asian cuisine. Have you heard about the Top Chef All Stars? If not, check out my blog to find out!

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