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Feb 27, 2009 05:13 PM

Colicchio's Blog is up for Top Chef, defends Hosea

Also spends a lot of letters talking about how right it was to have a Marsalis as a judge. Not much on the food or much else new.

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  1. Tom can believe what he wants to believe. I don't have to believe him.

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    1. re: Phaedrus

      Exactly. He also still seems to have that chip on his shoulder about Stefan. I will agree that Carla sunk her own battleship in the finale, however, as we've stated here.

      1. re: Phaedrus

        Well, unless you also ate the food, you don't have much reason not to believe him. It seems really wierd that so many people here somehow manage to judge TC, but have only the look of the food and 48 minutes of heavily edited footage each week. If we had taste-o-vision and smell-o-vision it might be different.

      2. I thought it interesting that he says he'd prefer that they be required to make a dessert. (But he defended Hosea's choosing not to simply because he wasn't required to and therefore "couldn't be dinged" for it.)

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        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          Well, if the rules don't require a dessert and don't note any sort of punishment for it then they should be obliged to go by them. Collichio didn't make the rules, according to him.

          1. re: Blueicus

            Understood. And he didn't have a problem with that, but he had to make the point with Toby Young. My finding his preference for the requirement interesting is a separate issue from my understanding of his approaching the stated challenge.

        2. I was disappointed with the ultimate outcome this season, because I could just not accept that out of all the "cheftestants" this season, Hosea was or deserved to be annointed "Top." But I found Colicchio's football/Super Bowl analogy very compelling. Taking into account the parameters of the show and the competition (which is what I really have issues with), it does seem that Hosea rightly won.

          (It is also important to acknowledge that my opinions about every show and competition outcome are formed, like everyone else, without even tasting the food - a very important caveat.)

          1. What annoys me the most about the outcome is that everything we've read would suggest that Hosea had a major advantage in having Richard as his sous, and none of the judges have addressed that.
            If you want to do a superbowl analogy - it would be like the underdog team suddenly getting the best quarterback guy in football to play on their team for that one night - and he single-handedly leads the team to their victory!
            How is that fair?!

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            1. re: NellyNel

              VERY astute secondary analogy, Nelly! Very good point - that's exactly what happened!

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I know nothing about football -so I was hoping that would be about right and make some sort of sense!!

            2. FWIW, read what Jason Sheehan, ex-chef and now restaurant critic for 'Westword," Denver's alternative weekly, thought about the finale: WARNING: If you don't like reading swear words, don't click on the link.

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                1. re: NellyNel

                  Just delete the period at the end, then it will work (happens a lot that extra characters get included at the end of links).