Top Chef finale: we have a winner! (Spoilers)

Show host Padma Lakshmi kisses her Emmy for outstanding reality-competition program for Top Chef at the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS/BACKSTAGE)

***This whole post is a SPOILER for last night’s Top Chef finale, as well as previous episodes of Top Chef.

I like to pretend that I don’t watch Top Chef. Like watching it is beneath me, somehow. I don’t know – I’m weird like that about some shows. But this was the first season that I actually made an effort to watch, and I caught maybe two-thirds of the season. I think I started watching because I loved Tiffany so much – she was the rare “top chef” candidate that seemed to be able to cook her ass off while simultaneously being really cool and generally nice (but able to whip her bitch out for the appropriate occasions). Alas, Tiffany was eliminated two weeks ago, and I just wasn’t very excited about the four finalists that got to move on to the final elimination rounds in Singapore. The four finalists were: Ed Cotton, Angelo Sosa, Kevin Sbraga and Kelly.

In their first days in Singapore, they had two challenges (this was last week’s episode) – make Asian food using traditional ingredients found at the Singapore markets. Ed won both challenges, and Kelly was eliminated last week. Honestly, I thought she deserved to go weeks beforehand – and her spot would have been better used by Tiffany, seriously.

So, the actual final episode picked up right after Kelly had been eliminated. Going into it, I guess I was rooting for Ed by default, just because the sweaty, chubby white guy with the bitchy mouth was more appealing to me than Angelo’s passive-aggressive bitch or Kevin’s misanthropic ways. Padma ordered the men back to the judge’s circle, where they were told their challenge: they each had to make a four-course meal – one vegetable course, one fish course, one meat course and one dessert. And they would get their own sous chefs too – former Top Chef winners Ilan Hall, Hung Huynh and Michael Voltaggio.

I always thought that Michael Voltaggio was a major douche, but I really liked seeing him work as Kevin’s sous chef – and Michael really brought it, and helped Kevin out and they worked really well as a team. And I had always liked Ilan, but he totally sucked as Ed’s sous chef – it seemed like Ilan spent most of his time second-guessing Ed. But the award has to go to Hung Huynh, because he pretty much thought up, prepared and cooked Angelo’s entire meal while Angelo lounged around in bed, being “sick”. Granted, Angelo really could have been ill, and there was some talk of throwing up and migraines and dehydration. But he didn’t really look sick, and he didn’t really sound sick, and the whole thing was just kind of weird, right?

At the end of the day, you knew Ed wasn’t going to win because his dessert sucked ass and even he had a sh-tty attitude about it. I think if Ed had really put some time and effort into his dessert rather than sub-contracting to Ilan, Ed would have been a contender (although his duck necks sounded weird, right?). And while the judges seemed to like Angelo’s food (Hung’s food), but you got the feeling that Angelo was out of the running pretty quickly too. And that left Kevin standing – plus, I think the judges were impressed that he had the balls to make a Singapore Sling. So Kevin became the first African-American to win Top Chef, and the glum-bot even showed some emotion, which was nice – his reaction to winning (“I am?” he asked, stunned, when told he was the Top Chef). Hurray? What did you think? I think the judges were only looking at the four-course meal, and not at the whole scope of the season. For which it seems like Kevin should have won, I guess. Whatever. Poor Ed. At least Angelo was very gracious in defeat, right?

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Hosts Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, winners of the Reality - Competition Program Award for 'Top Chef' pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Padma Lakshmi, one of the winners for outstanding reality-competition program for Top Chef , poses backstage at the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS/BACKSTAGE)

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  1. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    After Tiffany left I wasn’t even gonna watch the show. However I did tune in to see who won and I was pretty surprised they picked Kevin. I kinda wanted Angelo to win because I find him more talented and plus I though he was terribly attractive. I liked Ed but he was a major douche some times.

    However good for Kevin. I wish Tiff had won but what are you gonna do.

  2. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    I missed it, but will watch a repeat, as Bravo airs them non-stop.

    I am okay with Kevin winning. I don’t really think he was the best chef, but him winning is better than Angelo winning, who I absolutely depised!

    I was rooting for Ed. The last 3 seasons(since Hosea), the chefs who have won, were not my choices, but then again, I am a judge on the show.

  3. Marjalane says:

    I don’t get the hate for Angelo- this was a lame season and Tiffany and Angelo were the only ones with any talent! Ed was such a douche! As a matter of fact I was shitfaced last night because we played the “take a drink everytime Ed says something douchy” game. Kevin was nothing all season and to give him the title just for his icky Singapor Sling drink that Gail kept making sleazy innuendo’s about was pitiful. Hate Gail. Did love seeing Hung again, and was SOOO disappointed that they brought the wrong Voltaggio back! Brian is much hotter than Michael. All in all, it was a terribly disappointing season on T.C.

  4. Bella Mosley says:

    Whether a person is attractive or personable has nothing to do with their ability to cook. I also find it difficult to understand how anyone who has not tasted their food can give an opinion as to whether or not they are talented.

  5. masonwasp says:

    Oh, I’m glad Kevin won! He was the underdog and I’m sure this will help his career. I’d love to try Angelo’s food, but he seemed a bit…intense. Plus the whole Russian mail order bride thing was kinda funny.

  6. johnny says:

    I’m so glad Angelo didn’t win. He became annoying after a while…he gave the impression that he was the Picasso of cooking. Whatever. Ed’s attitude sucked sometimes. I’m glad the underdog, Kevin, won. I don’t think people expected him to win. Congrats to him.

  7. aenflex says:

    Ole girl needs to quit smiling so wide

  8. CaramelKiss says:

    I watched the WHOLE season and for whatever reason I got the distinct impression that Kevin was latino.?? I definitely agree that Kelly should’ve gone LONG before Tiffany but at the end of the day, we don’t sit at Judge’s table tasting these meals so who knows how things tasted, and who really has a developed palette to determine the talents of these chefs posting on this board? NOt me.
    Congrats to Kev tho.

  9. ceenitall says:

    I am okay with Kevin winning, I would have been okay with Angelo winning too, but not Ed. He was pretty douchy and spent most of the season talking about how bad Angelo was instead of how good he was.

    I also had a hard time watching Ed cook and would have a hard time eating what he cooked. He had a sweat problem and it was always dripping off his face and into what he was working on and that is a real turnoff for me. Just Gross!

  10. Riley says:

    As usual, I think you are pretty spot on. Oh, and I know what you mean about watching the show, about it being a little beneath you. I don’t feel that way necessarily about this Bravo show but I do feel that way about Rachel Zoe and Jeff Lewis. I don’t tune in regularly to those shows but when they are on when I am at the gym, I will watch. And every Wednesday I read the New York Magazine’s Rachel Zoe Project recap. If you haven’t read it, you may want to check it out. It is hilarious and brightens up my Wednesday. Oh and one last thing, Team Tiffany! But all in all, I am with the others, this season wasn’t that great.

  11. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I hate to admit it, but I’ve wawtched every episode of every season of Top Chef (I’ll even watch Top Chef: Just Desserts even tho I don’t really like dessert). I like Top Chef for the same reason I like Project Runway. The contestants are actually talented people who are passionate about their craft and being successful in their field–not just in it for cash or fame-whorishness like most reality shows. Most seasons I agree with who the judges pick as a winner, but this season I have to say I was SO disappointed that Tiffany was elimated that I didn’t really care about who actually won. I know a few people who think that Top Chef is sexist (there’s only be 1 female winner), but maybe it’s just because the restaurant industry is just so male-dominated.

    @Bella Mosley: If you watch shows like this, you can start to tell who is talented and who may not be. You don’t have to actually wear the clothes on Project Runway, or go play NFL football to know if those people are talented or not. If you watch the show, you can tell by how people talk about food, flavor combinations, techniques, and their ease, ability, etc in the kitchen. Not to mention the feedback they get from judges throughout the season.

  12. TaylorB says:

    I LOVE that show, but after Tiffany was booted I just lost my taste for that nonsense. She was wonderful and won left and right, but one slightly iffy dish out of many ‘hits’ they off her and keep the middle of the road chefs?

  13. hstl1 says:

    Come on, have to give it up for the Jersey boy! Congrats Kevin!!!

    (Padma is such a douche can we vote her off next year?? And I swear her baby is Colicchio’s love child)

  14. Jackson says:

    I’m a true foodie so I looooove Top Chef. I love the competition and seeing what they come up with so it’s right up my alley. No apologies!!!!

    I could pretty much tell that Kevin won based on how they seemed in their interviews cut in with the cooking sections. I was actually happy with the three of them being final three. I also like Kelly and Tiffany, too. I think I was pulling for Ed the most but Kevin was a close second. And I agree that I think Ed would have pulled it out if he had a great dessert. He should have worked on it more and not let Ilan have so much control. I’ll be watching ‘Just Desserts’ also but as mentioned above I’m not a ‘dessert’ person. I just love the competition, and when you throw food in the mix, all the better!!!

    Congrats to Kevin!

  15. jmac says:

    Ed’s SWEAT du jour dishes-wow!, no one noticed? must have flavored up his food because he got so far. Thought Angelo would win.

  16. Bella Mosley says:

    Scarlett Vixen
    I do watch the show and my uncle was a chef, trained in France. He said just because it looks good or bad doesn’t mean it will taste good or bad.
    You said yourself – based on the judges feedback, well, then I sure they make the correct choice.
    Anyone who makes a decision before having all the evidence/facts is not and can not make an intelligent decision.
    Oh and BTW the show is edited so you miss most of what is said and done. You can’t judge taste unless you taste it.

  17. bananapanda says:

    I think Kevin won because he actually embraced the challenge of using new ingredients and being on location in Singapore. The last 2 episodes I came to respect his attitude and hard work. He left a pregnant wife and child at home to compete and it paid off.

    Angelo is a little creepy. He’s got an Asian ex-wife and baby plus a mail order Russian fiance? Ick.

    I liked Ed but think his humor didn’t translate well on TV. It came across as douchey and competitive when it was supposed to be teasing.. oh well.