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Sep 19, 2007 07:12 PM


i dont fault hung for not revealing his methods - why should he have to hold anyone's hand in this competition? i disagree with dale. he said hung was a 'different' type of chef. different from what?

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  1. chicken, russet potato? brian is SCREWED.

    1. prediction: the finale will be

      hung v dale


      casey v dale

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      1. re: batdown

        wow actually, it looks like dale just tripped badly.

      2. no way brian is surviving this.

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        1. re: batdown

          wow, they love it. that dish looks gross to me. on eyes alone, i cant abide that.

          1. re: batdown

            Good thing that dish tasted good. To me it looked like green baby puke on top of brown poop. I thought it would be a failure when he said what he was making. I don't think he's gonna last after dale gets the axe. I'm thinking Huang and Casey will be in the finals.

        2. they are editing this episode to set up a casey/brian finale. if this is the case and casey doesnt win i will boycott TC.

          then again i said i would boycott tc when ilan beat marcel last year.

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          1. re: batdown

            I think a Hung/Casey finale is assured.

            Neither Dale nor Brian wowed the judges with Any technique. Casey and Hung have been the top two in several of the last challenges, and they are the only ones who have consistently impressed the judges.

            I was kind of sorry to see Sarah go before Brian, but neither Dale, Brian nor Sarah showed any excellence in that challenge, so any one of them could have gone. Brian did make a dish with "flavor," but it didn't rise to the cuillary test. The only two who deserve to be there are Casey and Hung.

            1. re: DanaB

              I agree. It's going to be a Casey/Hung showdown and I think it will be great! Both are very talented but with totally different styles and methods.

              And let me just say, even though she has grown on me a little bit, so glad Sara M is gone! Raw chicken was a major mistake among others made.

              I'm on team Casey now!!!!

              1. re: DanaB

                sara seemed sweet, but i wasn't sorry to see her go. she's said time and again that she's a cheese maker, and all she wants to do is make her cheese. when the judges asked sara & dale about the role food plays in each of their lives, i knew immediately that sarq would be the one to go home. dale's response wa impassioned & genuine, while sara's was so generic it could have come out of anyone's mouth.

                she wasn't there because she wanted to BE the top chef. she was there to win the money so she could go back to jamaica and start a cheese-making business. if you're not there because you have the desire to prove that you're the best at what you do and passionate about it, there's a pretty good chance you're NOT the best, and you certainly don't deserve to win.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  She might have gotten what she wanted a sense. She got exposure which never hurts. Maybe she'll get an investor for her cheese business.

                  Seems like the show helps a lot of past cheftestants. (Except for Dave who someone mentioned awhile back is now waiting tables in NYC which is a little sad).

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    The way I see it is that she wants to do something unique and create something that you can't get at a Walmart or eat at a chain. Something that will not be used in any sort of semi home made way.

                    I say good luck to her. We need more purveyors of artisanal foods.


                    1. re: Withnail42

                      agreed, i'm not criticizing her my any means! i think her goal is commendable. in fact, i'm sorry she plans to do her cheese-making in jamaica instead of the states. i do love good cheese.

                      i just don't think her plans belong in the competition for the title of 'top chef.'

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I hear what you are saying. I just figured she's a chef who wants to expand on a passion. If she was to have won we know the money would have been put to good culinary use. (BTW What's last years 'winner' doing?)

                        I also am sorry she's not setting up in the states. And if she's doing unpasteurized don't think it can be imported.


                        1. re: Withnail42

                          <BTW What's last years 'winner' doing?)> In his own words on the reunion show, he's traveling and finding himself.... come on! he's only 25. I know when I was 25 I thought I was "grown," but everyone who's older knows that's just "starting out!" ;>)

                          1. re: ChefJune

                            I think I missed the reunion show.

                      2. re: Withnail42

                        I thought Sara was average throughout the competition and I wasn't all that sad to see her go. For someone who is making a career as a cheesemaker, she never did anything to feature cheese in anyway - I guess I kept waiting for her to wow me with something relating to her passion.

                        1. re: bullygirl

                          i wasn't rooting for sara to win, but in her defense, she would never have had sufficient time in any challenge to make cheese. and being as passionate as she is about making her own, i imagine she wouldn't have much desire to feature someone else's product in her dishes unless a particular recipe would have really suffered without it.

                          1. re: bullygirl

                            She featured cheese in her chiles rellenos in the Latin Lunch (and I think even made a fresh cheese), this was in the top three that elimination challlenge.

                            She made a cheese tart that same episode for the quickfire (frozen pie crust, Joey won) which was also well-received.

                            1. re: kenito799

                              i stand corrected.

                              shows how much attention i've been paying to sara :)

                  2. sara needs to learn how to cook her proteins so they dont endanger the health of her diners... i mean come on....cook something.