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Apr 19, 2008 06:09 PM

Top Chef Chicago-- Do you have a favourite yet?

I love Jen, Andrew, Mark, and Stephanie

I think Lisa has a lot of work to do do bring herself to the top of the pack, but she shows promise.

Dale would be so much more likeable if he wasn't so self righteous all the time. Stop complaining about everyone else and comparing them to you.

I've barely noticed Antonia so far.

Does anyone else think that Richard might be overqualified?

Nikki isn't good enough to be there. Period. Never was. I can't believe she made it this far.

I hate Spike with the burning passion of a thousand suns. If he was a good enough cook, he wouldn't have to make snide comments and bring other people down--- Charcuterie platter? Come on.

Your thoughts?

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    1. Don't hate anyone, except for Zoi and and Ryan both are already gone.

      Can't tell the difference between Spike and Andrew.

      No real favorites. Richard and Stephanie if you really pushed me.

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      1. re: Phaedrus

        I like Stephanie and Antonia seems okay but I will reserve judgement until I see more from her...not seasoning the beef was pretty terrible. Don't hate anyone either, I do find Andrew grating in that tweaker, suck up kind of way but Nikki is a giant yawn and for the life of me I cannot figure out why she has stuck it out this long, her food looks so dull. Spike had me at the street taco he made that sent Bayless swooning but has lost me with his, "I'm too real" attitude. Richard seems like a very edgy chef but I'm just not into that kind of food....seems to lack soul and needs a dash of passion. Who else? Lisa is that the bacon girl? That bacon sounded so delicious I can overlook the negative grumbles for now. I still like the show but so far 1 & 3 seemed to have better chefs.

        1. re: Phaedrus

          Andrew is jumpy and seems to be jacked on cocaine all the time

          Spike has an annoying accent, a stupid hat and an undeserved superior air

          1. re: hungrystudent257

            correction--spike has many, many hats. sometimes he wears more than one per episode.

          2. re: Phaedrus

            I know Stephanie from her restaurant which was walking distance from my house. Shame it closed. She does good work.

            Anyway I'm leaning in her direction, but also very impressed with Richard's kitchen and people skills.

          3. Stephanie has been my favorite since the first episode. I like her calm, cool collectedness (not a word, but it works for me). She's a good leader, and is able to turn around a potential mishap (shopping in WF and seeing someone else buy shrimp and changing the menu on the fly) and keep everyone on a mostly even keel.

            Richard is inventive, and he's grating less on me. I also like Mark, but he's the exact opposite to Stephanie when it comes to organization and thought pattern.

            Dale's good - but I agree - his "in your face" business is more obnoxious than Hung was last year. Hung had the chops to win; but I'm not sure Dale does.

            Dislike Andrew and Spike both because of their "I'm better than all of you" (but then can't understand why they don't win every time when their food sucks). I also disliked Zoi and Ryan, but they're both outta there, so that's a moot point.

            Antonia, until Ep. 6, was sort of invisible. Nikki should have been gone a long time ago - she's been lucky because others have cooked worse that she has. But her stats prove she can't hang with the big boys/girls.

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              No one is more obnoxious than Hung was!! Dale doesn't come even remotely close.

            2. Kiwi Mark gets my vote thus far. Seems like a drama-free person who'd be fun to crack a beer with. There are likely better cooks in the group, but I like that they cast somewhat of an outsider. Props to him for being self taught and finding his way from a sheep farm to NYC. He almost got booted for being a mess at the tailgate, but hey - I can totally relate. Who among us can't BBQ a new meal for a big group without being totally covered in sauces, tasting things with the fingers and generally managing chaos?

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              1. re: tastyjon

                "Who among us can't BBQ a new meal for a big group without being totally covered in sauces, tasting things with the fingers and generally managing chaos?"

                Apparently all the other contestants.

                1. re: tastyjon

                  oh, i agree. i think mark is a dark horse. i just like his palate, it's very different. and he seems quite competent and well-skilled, especially for being self-taught.


                2. As I was telling a friend I don't find anyone on the show particularly likeable. Ryan was a joke from the start. He appeared to me to be one of those people who is in love with idea of cooking and not with cooking itself. Thus he has all these bright ideas but doesn't have the chops to pull them off. Lisa and Stephanie both definitely have good chops but both are a bit abrassive to me. Why must anyone (and women in particular) use the f-bomb so casually. Nimma and Nikki are just underqualified and never belonged on the show.

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                  1. re: Chinon00

                    While I completely agree with you on Lisa's abrasiveness, I can't see how you can consider Stephanie to be the same way. That I can recall, she's never dropped the F-bomb, and is relatively calm, cool and collected - even to the point of resolving issues between Lisa and Dale a few episodes back.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      The amuse-biatch blog actually counted profanities in an early episode, and Stephanie actually beat out Andrew and everyone else. I have no memory of what words were actually bleeped. I agree that Steph is coming across as calm, cool, and controversy-smoothing. She's definitely anti-abrasive in my book, and my current fave.

                      1. re: momjamin

                        Stephanie and the Bleep-O-Meter? LOL I'd have to go back and watch that episode - I honestly can't recall her doing that!

                        1. re: momjamin

                          Hey I think of myself as a level-headed person (in the kitchen or elsewhere) but I swear like a sailor (when not at work or on Chowhound ;) ). I guess that can be seen as a bad trait but the swearing doesn't bother me at all. It's a kitchen...if you've ever worked in a kitchen or restaurant you realize that a lot of the time curses are being thrown around left and right (and usually in multiple languages).

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            It's the cursing in the kitchen AND during one on one interviews that can become tiresome (and contrived looking).

                      2. re: Chinon00

                        "Why must anyone (and women in particular) use the f-bomb so casually"

                        I agree that the F-bomb is thrown around wayyyyyy too much this season, but I don't see why it is worse when women do it. Professional kitchens are among the most verbally vulgar places in the world, so it is unsurprising that the profanities are flowing so freely, however.

                        1. re: Greyhoundgrrl

                          This is way off topic but I see it as an attempt by some to blur gender in society. You see it in women's athletics too.