Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Top Chef Finale

Most of my readers know that I love to cook, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that one of the few “reality” shows I’ve ever gotten in to is Top Chef on Bravo. I don’t know if anyone else is watching it, but tonight is the finale and Anthony Bourdain, the brilliant host of No Reservations who served as a guest judge on one episode this season, has written an essay with his thoughts on each of the top competitors. If you like Bourdain – and who doesn’t? – you’ll love it. I especially love his take on Mikey, the lovable screw up of the group that he described, while judging, as the love child of Betty Crocker and Charles Manson. And his description of why Marcel’s haircut would get his ass kicked in a real kitchen is great. Funny stuff as usual from Bourdain.


  1. #1 Tulle
    January 31, 2007

    This season has been particularly interesting to me as I know one of the contestants that was eliminated about halfway through, Josie Smith Malave. I cannot go into detail, but I’ve spent many hours sitting on Miami Beach having drinks with her and her husband enjoying the sun and BSing away. She is a most dynamic person I ever met. What else would you expect from someone that not only is a chef but also plays for the woman’s football team the Sharks in NY.

  2. #2 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    January 31, 2007

    Nice. Thanks for the heads up.

    No Reservations is hands down my favorite show in Television right now.

  3. #3 Andrew
    January 31, 2007

    I don’t know what I despise more: Ilan’s bizarre hate rage, or his inability to make anything that isn’t straight off the Casa Mono menu. If he wins Top Chef tonight, Baby Jesus will cry.

  4. #4 Ed Brayton
    January 31, 2007

    Well, he’s gonna win. And better him than Marcel, but it really should have been Sam and Cliff in the finals. They were clearly the two best chefs of the group.

  5. #5 Will
    January 31, 2007

    I really hope Marcel goes down. I can sympathize with what its like to be the outcast and the nerd or whatever, and they are usually the people I root for. But man, Marcel is like the guy in high school no one liked, and when you try to be nice to him because you feel bad for him you suddenly realize why is his disliked by anyone.

    And foam. I mean, come on.

  6. #6 sinned34
    January 31, 2007

    I much prefer the uncensored Hell’s Kitchen (but only if my wife puts it on, of course). It’s so much fun watching Ramsey completely flip out.

  7. #7 Greg
    January 31, 2007

    My wife and I must be the only people in America who don’t hate Marcel.

  8. #8 raj
    February 1, 2007

    We don’t hate Marcel. We don’t have the slightest idea who he is.

    Just before we cancelled cable, we were somewhat grossed out by the fact that the Food Channel seemed to be reduced to having various chefs competing against each other for what looked like who could prepare what seemed to be the worst dish the fastest. Heck, I can do that.

  9. #9 Jim
    April 7, 2007

    Well, I have to admit I am one of the Marcel haters. He really seemed to have a lot of potential, but his maturity level was really low. I agree that Ilan could have been more diverse, but just about anyone would have one against Marcel.

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