As you know, I love all things culinary and all things reality TV, so Bravo’s Top Chef is the perfect combination for me. Last night’s finale of Top Chef All-Stars involved a show down between Washington D.C.’s Mike Isabella and Atlanta’s Richard Blais. My adult life flashed before my eyes as my two cities battled it out! Who was I rooting for? Well, Mike Isabella hasn’t done himself any favors in the personality category (even once he and Antonia established their ‘cousin’ bond) and since Richard and I are basically BFF (ok, I’ve met him three times), I had to cheer for the home team. ATL!
Both Mike and Richard produced amazing 4-course dinners with the help of their sous-chefs (former All-Star conestants). I was particularly pleased by the ‘simplicity’ and elegance of this challenge, as I felt that most of this season involved buffet-style/too casual meals, involving crock pots, nachos, and comfort food, so I was happy to see these two really produce their most quality food.
Richard’s mind games almost got the best of him, but he made the right decision to re-work the foie gras ice cream (yuck) for round two of judging. (Thank you, Spike!) I’m psyched to see how Richard will put his 200 G’s to work, and happy to be in Atlanta so I can experience it for myself.
If you enjoy Top Chef, and all of its quirkiness, you must check out Jon Watson’s Top Chef Finale Recap. He puts into words everything you’re thinking while watching the show. After reading Watson’s recap, I’m just sorry I didn’t watch the after show. (I’m sure it will be on Bravo ten times this weekend.)
What a week! Top Chef finale AND the NCAA Final Four. A-Mazing.