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James Cristinian Aug 19, 2010 12:58 AM

Who is your favorite top chef from seasons past? They don't have to be the best, but your personal favorite. Here are mine.

Fabio, best quotes of anybody. Other than him:

Season 1, Harold, Lee Anne, and Stephen (I just like watching him, so confident and arrogant.)
Also Miguel, aka chunk la funk, and his line to Tiffany, "You're a snake, sssss!", and Dave, "I'm not your bitch, bitch." My wife proudly wears that shirt.

Season 2, Sam and Marcel. Did I say Marcel? Strike that, but he scores high in the drama department, see Stephen season 1.

Season 3, Sarah M. and Casey. I know Casey took some hits for helping Carla, but I believe a lot was taken out of context, as Top Chef editing will do.

Season 4, Spike and Andrew, great chemistry.

Season 5, Fabio

Season 6, The top five, Eli, Jen, Kevin, and the Voltaggios. The Voltaggios may have had the personality of doorknobs, but those guys can cook. I wish Kevin or Eli would have won, but it's good to see Eli picking up some extra cash doing the refrigerator commercials.

Season 7, I'm holding out on this one until it is over, but I am partial to Amanda because she is cute, unpopular, and has no chance.

  1. epabella Aug 19, 2010 03:11 AM

    spike and andrew
    stefan and the cute. ample-chested girl who kissed horrid hosea
    jennifer carroll
    and ofcourse, camille.

    1. coney with everything Aug 19, 2010 05:06 AM

      Jen and Kevin from last year.



      Fabio and Dave for entertainment purposes.

      1. LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 05:58 AM

        TC1 - Harold Dieterle, Lee Ann Wong (originally my choice to win it all)
        TC2 - Sam Talbot, Cliff Crooks, Michael Midgely (just because he was fun)
        TC3 - Tre Wilcox
        TC4 - Stephanie Izard, Richard Blais
        TC5 - Ariane Duarte, Carla Hall (took me awhile to warm up to her, though), Fabio Viviani (for the crazy things he said)
        TC6 - Bryan Voltaggio, Kevin Gillespie, Jennifer Carroll (not a fan of Michael Voltaggio)
        TC7 - Tiffany Derry is really the only one I'm rooting for

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        1. re: LindaWhit
          phee Aug 19, 2010 01:12 PM

          My list *almost* exactly, except I do like Kelly's (TC7) dishes, for the most part.

          1. re: phee
            LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 01:15 PM

            I *almost* added Kelly as well, but the salt hoarding thing bugged me. If she continues to do well, maybe she'll win my favor. :-D

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          burgeoningfoodie Aug 19, 2010 06:13 AM

          My memory stinks so here goes...

          I didn't see the first season so I can't comment on Harold
          Season 2: I caught midway through but Sam and the African American guy that got booted
          Season 3: I liked Dale and Hung was annoying (but like Angelo he has the skills).
          Season 4: Had lots of personality.. Spike was fun to watch and Andrew I called Potty Mouth but was fun to watch. Liked Nikki and Antonia.. richard was a good cook but no personality.. liked the winner of that season and hated lisa with a passion
          Season 5: Fabio was tops and rightfully deserved fan favorite.. Radikha and Carla and Jamie (top scallop)
          Season 6: Really hoped Kevin would have won. Mike I. was a jerk, but he makes good food and is gracious in person.
          Season 7 Was hoping it would have come to Kenny and Angelo. Thank goodness Alex is out.

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          1. re: burgeoningfoodie
            kmcarr Aug 19, 2010 06:58 AM

            DUDE!!!! Spoiler!

            1. re: kmcarr
              NellyNel Aug 19, 2010 10:23 AM


              I DVR TC...and I am always tempted to peek at Linda's new post on Thursday mornings - but I always refrain because I enjoy the suspense/mystery....
              Oh well...

              I have only one favorite...



              1. re: NellyNel
                LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 10:26 AM

                Oh, Nelly, I'm sorry that you found out. I should have reported burgeoningfoodie's post so he could resubmit it without the spoiler. :-(

                bfoodie, for future reference, only the thread about the actual episode has spoilers. We all try and keep them away from other threads that might relate to the show in the event someone DVR's it, like kmcarr and Nelly.

                But Nelly......STEFAN??????????????? Really? :-D

                1. re: LindaWhit
                  NellyNel Aug 19, 2010 10:52 AM

                  Yeah...I miss him...

                  Surely you remember my huge crush!
                  God I loved him!


                  Anyway...thanks....no worries...I'll watch it tonight!

                  1. re: NellyNel
                    LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 10:56 AM

                    Yes, I remember your crushing on him. Just like my continual crushing on Chef Ripert. :-) I'll be interested to hear what you think after reading the thread and THEN seeing it.

                    BTW, I hope your computer issues are resolved?

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      NellyNel Aug 19, 2010 12:13 PM

                      Funny I was going to mention that today is the first day that it has seemingly gone back to normal.
                      Previously, I had only been able to look at one post a day...sometimes being able to post myself, but sometimes not...
                      So far today - I'm all good!!
                      Fingers crossed - the issue has resolved itself!
                      You'll know if I dissappear again!

                      Yes, it sounded like a good show last night so I am looking forward to watching it later!

                      and yup we all know about you and Ripert!! ;)

            2. re: burgeoningfoodie
              burgeoningfoodie Aug 19, 2010 01:36 PM

              Sorry I forgot that it just went on yesterday... Doh! Won't happen again. THanks for the belated heads up LindaWhit.

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                NellyNel Aug 19, 2010 01:40 PM

                No worries BF!!
                it's cool..

                for one thing Alex getting the boot this week is not exactly a shocker!
                and it's not the finale!

                1. re: NellyNel
                  burgeoningfoodie Aug 19, 2010 01:42 PM

                  That is the one thing I hate about TC is their finales. I believe that the chefs left should be able to cook with their own sous chef who their use to.. in order to put out the best food that they can. This crap about bringing back the losers (I guess I'd feel better if it were the last 3 to go who come and help but not really) is horrible and so was having the master chefs come and help.. Maybe a disagreement (and I know this isn't the purpose of the thread but it irks me).

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                    LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 01:53 PM

                    They've changed that around at times - sometimes their sous chefs are well qualified chefs - both TC3 and TC4 did that format. I didn't mind that, as long as the master chef was still used to being on the line (and IIRC they only helped out in prep on the first day of the finale). Last season, I didn't like the "draw knives" to see who the previously booted sous chefs would be. I think Kevin got hosed, although his mind wasn't in it since he had just split with his wife a week before the finale, I believe.

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      jeanmarieok Aug 19, 2010 05:20 PM

                      I missed that Kevin and his wife split right before the final. How sad. I am looking forward to checking out his place on my next Atlanta trip.

                      1. re: jeanmarieok
                        LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 05:22 PM

                        Kevin's restaurant, Harold's, Stephanie's, and Richard's are the 4 restaurants I'd really want to visit.

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          donovt Aug 19, 2010 05:23 PM

                          I've only been to harold's and absolutely loved it.

                          1. re: LindaWhit
                            Phaedrus Aug 20, 2010 06:18 AM

                            I went to Flip in Atlanta in April. I'll go again in September when I am back in Atlanta. it s a burger joint but it is also not a burger joint. the best thing I had was the lamb stew for appetizer. the Korean burger with short ribs and kimchee was sublime. They are supposed to be famous for their shakes but I didn't get one.

                            1. re: Phaedrus
                              LindaWhit Aug 20, 2010 06:30 AM

                              I need to go to NYC, Chicago, and then double-down in Atlanta. :-)

                              1. re: Phaedrus
                                burgeoningfoodie Aug 20, 2010 07:00 AM

                                I went to a Flip Burger in Birmingham. It was alright and the shake was alright. I've had better burgers though they do offer interesting takes on the typical burgers. The fact that they use liquid nitrogen on the shake didn't seem to do anything for the shake other than maybe raise the price (don't remember the cost). The decor was chic though.

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