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Obviously, I haven't eaten their food (except Harold's) and all I'm going by is watching the shows, but this is the order I rank all four seasons contestants by how much I want to eat their food and WITHOUT taking personality into account:

1. Richard- season 4
2. Tiffani- season 1
3. Harold- 1
4. Stephie- 4
5. Stephen-1
6. Marcel- 2
7. Hung- 3
8. Tre- 3
9. Dale- 3
10.. Elia- 2

What are yours?????

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  1. funny question, amp, and very interesting that Ilan doesn't show up on your list AT ALL !

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    1. re: dockhl

      ilan is way down on the list. i just wasn't impressed with him. too many of his winning dishes on the show i had eaten previously at casa mono, the restaurant he had been working in. if anything, andy nusser should have been given the title.

    2. I would put Dale-season-4 up there, and maybe Dave-1. Probably drop Marcel and Stephen and do a general re-order after reminding myself of who done what. Otherwise a good top 10. Lee Anne can have me over for a pig party, too. (See her finale blog at bravotv.)

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      1. re: momjamin

        Didn't that pig party sound fantastic?

        As for the OP's list, I think I'd drop Elia and add Dave-1. And trade Dale-4 for Stephen-1. His food just didn't wow me. As for rankings - I'd probably just muddle them all together. And Lee Anne needs to be on there, so I'd drop Marcel.

        So, in no particular order:

        Richard-4
        Hung-3
        Tiffani-1
        Harold-1
        Stephanie-4
        Dale-4
        Tre-3
        Lee Anne-1
        Dale-3
        Dave-1

        While I'd have to go back and look at TC2's plates, looks like they're off my list.

      2. Richard
        Hung
        Harold
        Stephanie
        Sam
        Dale (4)
        Tre
        Lee Anne
        Dale (3)
        Tiffani

        1. 1. Dale season 4
          2. Stephanie
          3. Hung
          4. Elan (I like Spanish food. His food looked great to me, even though he was silly)
          5. Harold
          6. LeeAnn
          7. Dave
          8. Richard
          9. Sam
          10. Antonia

          1. Interesting that after everyone seemed to love her last year Casey is on no one's list. Just an observation.
            Mine not in order:
            Dale
            Dale
            Richard
            Stephanie
            Harold
            Tiffani
            Le Anne
            Dave
            Hung
            Tre

            would eat at Marcel's or Casey's or Antonia's or Sam or Cliff's too but lower down.
            And let's be honest, while some of them interested me a LOT less than the ones mentioned - if with a group or something I'd probably at at any of their restaurants just out of curiosity. Even Spike or Lisa or Ilan. :) Just to see...

            1. In this order:

              Stephanie
              Richard
              LeeAnne
              Harold
              Tiffani
              Elia
              Dale 4
              Sam
              Dave
              Cliff

              1. wow, I cant believe how low the OP put Hung, for me he is definitely at the top of the list. He's honestly the only person i've actually thought of as a clear number 1 when I think about comparing seasons.

                I guess my list would go something like this:

                1. Hung.
                2. Harold
                3. Richard
                4. Stephanie
                5. Tiffani
                6. Marcel
                7. Ilan (he still won, so he cant be that bad)
                8. Tre
                9. Dale (s3)
                10. Dale (s4)

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                1. re: s0memale

                  some people (including Mario Batali) think Ilan just used Casa Mono's menu during Top Chef, which is why he's probably ranked so low

                2. 1. Richard (4)
                  2. Stephanie (4)
                  3. Lee Anne (1)
                  4. Hung (3)
                  5. Harold (1)
                  6. Dave (1)
                  7. Tre (3)
                  8. Dale (4)
                  9. Casey (3)
                  10. Dale (3)

                  Places I'd avoid.
                  The whole lot from Season 2. Maybe I'll give Marcel's place a try out of curiosity.