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Top Chef - D.C. - Finale, Part 2 (Ep. #14) - 09/15/10 (Spoilers)

Now's the time to say goodbye, to all our family......Oh wait - wrong show. :-)

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Here we go - the finale! We have Angelo, Ed, and Kevin duking it out to win TC7. And Padma asks to see all three back at JT...and there's a knife block to pick from! Padma's going to announce the challenge tonight - 4 course meal - a veggie course, a fish course, a meat course (Tom and Eric will choose their protein choices), and then Gail says they MUST make a dessert course.

Of course, they get help - former TC winners: Hung Huynh, Michael Voltaggio, and Ilan Hall.

Ed gets Ilan; Kevin gets Michael (with whom he's worked before and is friends), and Angelo gets Hung. Angelo's sick and goes to bed. Michael, Hung and Ilan tell Ed and Kevin to stay true to themselves; don't go crazy, don't do anything new - do what they know.

In the a.m., Angelo's still not up - he's REALLY sick - he's talking with eyes closed to the camera confessional. They bring in a doctor to see him. He's been in bed all day and hopefully resting through the night will help him.

Oooh - previews show Ed getting a bit ticked off at Ilan while shopping. "You ARE my sous chef, aren't you?" :::::Zing!::::: :-)

(Posting this part a bit early because somehow either a Firefox update has screwed up the font size of the typing box OR Chowhound's updated the site and it's now super-teeny-tiny and I can't read it...at least in edit mode, it's in a god-awful Courier font, but at a size I can read it.)

And we're back - back in the kitchen and Tom explains that Angelo is STILL sick. Hung will be on the phone with Angelo who will give him instructions on what to prep. Hung has someone else to help him prep. If Angelo's feeling well enough, he'll cook. If not, they'll figure it out.

Proteins: Rouget (what was supposed to be featured), Mullet, Cuttlefish, Skate, and Lobster for seafood, Duck (what was to be featured) and Pork Belly for meats. (I may have added a few seafood choices in there, based on what I saw they were making. Not sure if they got any additional proteins from the restaurant's kitchen in which they're cooking/serving.)

And they're off to shop! Hung's probably the best person for Angelo to have as a sous - really helpful during the shopping.

And back in the kitchen, Hung scores all the foie for Angelo. He's seriously the same whirlwind he was in his own season getting stuff prepped! Doctor's back in Angelo's room, giving him a shot of antibiotics in the butt, and Angelo misses Hung's phone call. But the doctor is warning Angelo that it would be rare for him to be 100% during service tomorrow; more likely within 2-3 days or worst case, up to a week. Not looking good for Angelo!

Angelo's looking a bit better in the morning; and doc said he's well enough to cook. Better wash your hands a LOT, Angelo, so you don't make anyone else sick! :-)

They have 3 hours to prep at the Jim Thompson Restaurant. Kevin at least wants Angelo to bring it vs. Ed who wishes he was still too sick to cook. Ed's still got that "Angelo is my toughest competition; it would have been cool if it was just me and Kevin." Ugh.

Michael teased Kevin: "I like the old days Kev where I prepared the fish and YOU pulled the bones out." :-)

Both Kevin and Angelo note to the camera confessional that they want to keep it simple, but Ed tends to have too many ingredients on his plate.

I notice that Angelo's wearing gloves the entire prep time. No washing his hands needed other than rinsing the gloves when needed. Smart.

The guest judges are Eric Ripert, Seetoh, Dana Cowin, Paul Bertolotta, David Chang, Vincent Bourdain of Valrhona, Andre Chiang, a chef now based in Singapore, and Siu-Lyn Tan, a food author. Also Vincent Bourdain, pastry consultant for Valrhona, and Susan Feninger.

And it looks like all three might have broken the Top Chef Curse of the Desserts - it seems like those tasting the desserts liked most or all of them!

And we're back to Judges Table - Ed's Roasted Duck Neck dish was very well received. But hmmm...interesting response Ed has to Tom Colicchio re: his dessert (Tom said he could get it at home, and Ed said he could have made a Lemon Curd but really screwed it up and what was he going to do?)

Kevin's Singapore Sling's dessert was VERY well received and one of the diners had said he just invented the country's new dessert. :-) (Yes, I know that comment's out of order in which it came, but I just remembered it.)

Vegetable Course - seems to go to Ed.
Seafood Course - not really sure who won this one.
Meat Course - seems to go to Ed.
Dessert Course - Either Angelo or Kevin won this one.

Based on what we've heard, it *sounds* like it's going to be Ed that wins? (And that might jive with the rumors that he's NOT in Top Chef All-Stars too.) And the phone poll shows that most people (49%) want Ed to win as well.

Preview of the Reunion - we find out the TRUTH about the Pea Puree! LOL

OK - back to JT...WHOA! Kevin actually WINS it! I guess him resigning from The Rat Restaurant was foretelling him winning! But what a rather uneventful announcement of the winner. Ugh - this season sits right with TC2 and TC5 when it comes to winner, IMO. Bleah.

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Well, folks - my self-appointed job here is done. It's been fun. Hope you've enjoyed it, too. Someone else can pick up the TC: Just Desserts write-ups, 'kay? ;-)

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  1. I know we knew Ilan would be there, but now that the episode is on, I found myself offended. Someone gets Michael. Wow!!! Someone gets Hung. What skill!! And someone gets Ilan, who, if it weren't for Hosea, would be the least deserving Top Chef winner ever. Hrmph. Makes me think about rooting for Ed, even though I turned on the episode rooting for no one in particular.

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    1. re: debbiel

      I am totally with you - Ilan is only slightly more interesting than Hosea. and both are at the bottom of the Top Chef barrel.

      1. re: debbiel

        When I saw the sous chefs assigned, I told my brother that whoever had Michael would win. Seriously, that guy is in another league. Oh, and I also told him that whoever had Ilan was destined to fail.

        1. re: soypower

          Really! I think even I could win is I had Michael V! lol

        2. re: debbiel

          Ed admits he was disappointed to draw Ilan:
          http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/seaso...

          Also in that clip, Kevin said he could have won with Michael V or Hung as a sous.

          To be fair, it didn't look like Ilan screwed anything up for Ed. I just don't think he has the skill to be as helpful as Hung or Michael V could be and likely were.

          1. re: cowboyardee

            What's also funny is that in Tom's blog, Tom addresses how the Voltaggio-Kevin pairing and the Angelo-Hung pairing weren't that much of an advantage. I noticed that he declines to comment on the Ilan-Ed pairing. He also says that Ed's dessert would have been fine for mid-season, not the finale. I think that was Ilan all the way as he's got that on his menu at Gorbal's. I'm really surprised that Ed gave him full reign with dessert, especially after it appeared that Ed was ordering Ilan around.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              I'd say it's Ed all the way, even though Ilan serves the dish at his restaurant. Ed's decision. Ed's mistake. It's a shame for him, though.

              1. re: debbiel

                I meant that it was Ilan's dessert without any of Ed's influences. Totally agree with you that it was Ed's fault for letting Ilan take the dessert. He should have tried his lemon curd dessert than letting Ilan make a sticky date toffee pudding. It wasn't really appropriate in this situation.

                I'm glad that Ed did not listen to Ilan about the corn course. I don't want to think about what the judges would have said if they were presented with corn slathered with some herb butter.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Well it was Ed's idea to sea salt the cream but that got mixed reviews.

          2. Michael V. and any one of the chefs in competition should be fierce. Angelo must be dying not to be at the market. Hung is seems to be doing a good and responsible job.

            1. Does anyone feel like they should have postponed the cooking until Angelo was better? It's not the poor guys fault he got sick....

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              1. re: HungryRubia

                No. I don't think they should delay. Things happen. Life sucks sometimes. But what championship for anything gets delayed because someone is ill?

                1. re: HungryRubia

                  Do you know what a delay would have cost Bravo? They are spending thousands of dollars a day producing this competition in Singapore. There is no way they could have delayed it.

                  1. re: John E.

                    Project Runway had a sick finalist and she ended up leaving before the finale I think. And she was only touching clothing, not food. LOL

                  2. re: HungryRubia

                    In season 1, LeeAnne Wong was sick with the flu as they went into the Las Vegas finale (she even got the same antibiotic shot in the butt), which she blamed for hurting her performance and knocking her out of the finale. (They didn't put her illness in the show, but she talked about it in interviews after.) I think if chefs get sick, it's kind of tough luck for them. At least Angelo was able to cook when it counted, and he was really lucky to have someone as fast and organized and calm under pressure as Hung.

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      Didn't Jen from last season fall I'll as well? Flu IIRC.

                      1. re: isadorasmama

                        Eli claims on this weeks blog that Michael V. had a fever of 104 during the Bocuse D'Or challenge and that they considered calling him an ambulance.

                      2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        Lee Anne Wong had already been eliminated from the competition by the time they went to Las Vegas. She was a sous chef for Harold at the final. If she had the flu in Las Vegas, it didn't affect her status.

                        1. re: 512window

                          You're right; I misremembered the timeline, as in S1, they didn't take the final 4 to the finale and eliminate one, they took the final 3 and eliminated one, leaving the final competition between two. At any rate, LeeAnne has said that in the episode where she was eliminated, leaving Harold, Tiffani, and Dave in the finale, she had the flu and it affected her sense of taste, her explanation for why her cooking was off. She was sick while competing, and the show didn't cut her slack for it, which is what my post was about.

                      3. re: HungryRubia

                        I know this is late to the conversation, but oh well. When they first advertised that they were going to Singapore, I thought, "Someone's going to get sick." And I sort of wished they did postpone it. Yes production costs a lot, but when traveling abroad there are usually some built in flex days to accommodate for unforeseen events (delayed flights, lost bags, etc.). Probably the most inflexible thing was that one of the main judges had to leave for another engagement.

                        With that said, I did find it a bit reckless to take them abroad. I don't think it was really that necessary to crown a champ. And then they showed up jet lagged and were immediately put into a challenge. Fatigue, jet lag, stress and new foods increase the risk substantially of some getting ill. And if I remember correctly, they had them cooking with unknown ingredients where the signs weren't even in English so many of them were having to taste them as-is just to figure out the flavors. I imagine the cheftestants were smart enough to not taste ingredients that needed to be cooked but a situation where they are all fingering a lot of uncooked products (some of which needed to be cooked) was probably not the most sanitary situation.

                        Regardless, I have travelled a lot outside of Europe and North America, and getting sick is not that uncommon after long plane rides, going into a different food culture, and being exposed to different bugs.

                        I was no fan of Angelo, but I think if the contest had factored out those 'sickness/weakness' variables the competition would have been different.

                        1. re: smkit

                          I don't know why they couldn't have waited one more day for Angelo to get better. It's worth a few dollars.

                          1. re: Brian S

                            Because it would have increased production costs by tens of thousands of dollars.

                            1. re: John E.

                              it's worth it to have a fair contest

                              1. re: Brian S

                                Unless, as others have pointed out, it goes on and on and on as others get sick. This just isn't done in competition. Sometimes life isn't fair. If Top Chef finales were our biggest fairness issues, we'd be in pretty damned good shape.

                                1. re: Brian S

                                  To John E.: No, it's not about production costs.

                                  To Brian S.: It would have been UNfair to postpone the final meal.

                                2. re: John E.

                                  I have worked abroad for big organizations and I don't buy the production cost argument. You build flex into the budget when you do things abroad, and they willingly took on a huge additional cost to bring the competition to Singapore. They could have done it in New Orleans or Vancouver and saved much much more. Cost was not an issue -- they wanted foreign 'bling' to make the show sexy.

                                  I do think there is some merit in saying a competition is a competition and if someone is sick -- so goes it. But even olympic and sports athletes don't fly over several timezones and go right into a challenge/game, and the coaches wouldn't want them to do that. But the drama of Top Chef is not the same as a coach's management I guess.

                                  I just think the format was a bit poorly thought out. This season was a horrible season, and the challenges were gimmicky -- as was the finale location. Hey...let's take it to Singapore...that would be cool.

                                  If I were a cheftestant I would have gone over a week ahead of time to settle my body down. But then again, they probably didn't give them that opportunity.

                                  In the end, it was a poor season. Maybe I am just pissed that they made me feel sorry for Angelo. Just kidding...sort of.

                                  1. re: smkit

                                    I know many athletes who travel several time zones and go right into the challenge. It's why home field advantage is so important. People don't have the resources if they're not professional (and Olympians at this point are, with sponsorships). All the cheftestants had the same challenge of that. But, regardless, the Olympics go on, whether someone gets sick.

                                    As cost goes, the trip to Singapore was budgeted; holding off production (and everyone else involved probably had lives to go back to) was not. I agree that the show is gimmicky; it's TV. But, I thought the Singapore part was interesting and I loved seeing the street food. At least they didn't have the run off to another Whole Foods to buy their ingredients.

                                    Do you think they should have postponed the final four when Kelly cut her hand and was bleeding everywhere? That was an unfair disadvantage, too.

                                    1. re: chowser

                                      Of course I wouldn't postpone anything for a cut hand. That is a common enough event in a kitchen and no one would ever suggest to taking it to that extreme. Regardless, chowser I do agree with you that they all had the same risk of that it was probably better that they didn't postpone. I was just thinking...and sometimes that doesn't work...

                                      Your point is made. I think I was just so disappointed with this season, that that sickness issue just seemed to rob the show of its last bit of true competition, and a lot of the footage was wasted dealing with Angleo's state of being (and not food).

                                      1. re: smkit

                                        I agree about wasted footage--I think there was far too little cooking this season and far too much other stuff. Did we need to see Angelo get a shot in the bottom? A resounding no. Please show more of how Hung did the job of two chefs in one day.

                                        1. re: chowser

                                          Chowser, that is a huge part of what was wrong with this season. Too little cooking. And the shot in the bottom was very representative of that issue.

                                        2. re: smkit

                                          I also agree about the wasted footage on Angelo's shot, et al. But I think the elves found it important to show us that he was REALLY quite sick.

                                          I guess I'm a minority of one around here, but I personally found this season quite interesting. I wasn't looking for another "Season 6." Every season is different, and although I thought the food got off to kind of a slow start, I thought the characters were pretty interesting, and the food definitely improved as the season went on.

                                          How come no one has made any mention at all of the Reunion show? Or didn't anyone else watch?

                                          1. re: ChefJune

                                            When was it on? I think my DVR misses these episodes.

                                            I think you are right that the show and food got better. It seemed to coincide when Kenny left and the producers were able to let that Kenny-Angelo drama die.

                                            The thing I didn't care for this season was not so much the characters, but I felt there were too many group cooking challenges and on some shows they hardly even mentioned what some of the people were cooking.

                                            Also, in the past some of the cheftestant dishes inspired me to cook something similar or try new things, but this season with food taking the back seat a lot of the time, I didn't get that same feeling. Buy hey, they won the Emmy.

                                            1. re: smkit

                                              hey, they won the Emmy.
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                                              I'm pretty sure they won the Emmy for LAST season - which would be appropriate, considering the caliber of chefs on TC6.

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                You are exactly right on that point. I didn't mean to imply that they won it for this season. Season 6 was a great one to watch.

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  I'm pretty sure they won the Emmy for LAST season - which would be appropriate, considering the caliber of chefs on TC6.
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                                                  The quality of the cooking has little bearing on the decision to award the Emmy to Top Chef. It's more about editing, selection of story lines, etc.

                                                  The previous winner in this category -- The Amazing Race -- was winning regardless of whether the contestants were good or not. It was about storyline and editing -- really, it was almost all about the editing given that it was a reality based series.

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Yes, I'm aware of that. I'm just glad that they DID win for TC6 vs. TC5 *because* of the caliber of the chefs in TC6.

                                              2. re: ChefJune

                                                The reunion show was the following Wed., but played a lot earlier in the evening (at least it did on the West Coast). i caught it on a rerun. It was ok. the editing on that show is so blatant and choppy as to make it uncomfortable to watch. the reactions they try to make match with what someone said - it always seems so fake. anyway, glad to hear that Tiffany (this season) is going to be on next season's top chef allstars. and the pea puree debacle was settled. Amanda saw Alex make the puree, and Kelly saw him with the peas too, said they were bad peas, but nevertheless he used them in his puree. I totally thought he'd stolen them.

                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                  That's it. If I can take one thing home from this season it is pea puree...ok, and scandal/infighting, and Angelo's derriere too. But I choose the puree. I am setting a personal goal to make a pea puree this week so I can focus on something other than -- well -- those other things. I don't know what I am going to pare it with, but pea puree it is...

                                                  k.

                                                  1. re: smkit

                                                    did you make one? i've made a pea puree with a hint of mint and a fat seared scallop on top - yum...

                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                      Not yet. I have some lamb chops de-thawing that I am going to pare it with. Been too busy so far. Maybe Friday.

                                                      1. re: smkit

                                                        I can't help it. If you're 'de-thawing' lambchops, does that mean you've put them back into the freezer?

                                                        1. re: John E.

                                                          Good point, you caught me there.

                                                          Now I have to go put them back in the freezer just to prove I am right. ; )

                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                            LOL! I was *this* close to asking the same question of smkit! :::vbg:::

                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                          Ok, I made the pea puree. It turned out great, and I was amazed at how easy it was. It only took about 15-20 minutes in all. I topped the puree with roasted cauliflower florets and some grated parmesan, and it accompanied my 'thawed' lamb chops. The minty puree was a nice combo with the lamb.

                                                    2. re: ChefJune

                                                      I was also surprised not to see any mention of the reunion. I always feel bad for those people who left early and are basically just sitting there with nothing to do. I thought it was interesting that people still didn't believe Alex didn't steal the puree even tho two people saw the peas and/or puree.

                                                      And I know I can google it, but who won the fan favorite? It didn't show on that episode and was supposed to be the next nite I guess, which was stupid, but I didn't see it or any repeats of that airing.

                                                      1. re: Joanie

                                                        I just had to go Google it, because I couldn't find it on Bravo's website.

                                                        http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/...

                                                        Tiffany won. No surprise. So winning $10K for Fan Fave, plus $20K in two previous EC wins, she didn't do too poorly in the money department! LOL

                                                        ETA: I love love LOVE seeing Anthony Bourdain's mug at the top of the Bravo Top Chef website showing the judges for TCAS. :-)

                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                          And don't forget the trip to Paris.

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                            Hmmm, I thought on the reunion show that they didn't announce fan favorite but were holding it for a future episode or something? Did they announce it somewhere? I assumed Tiffany won--who else might have?

                                                            1. re: chowser

                                                              They announced it on "Watch What's Happening" the following night. LIVE! Haven't the foggiest idea of when that show is on, but they have to give that WWH Bravo VP something to do other than host these reunion shows, I guess, so he had a separate show that included the Fan Favorite.

                                                              And Joanie - didn't Tiffany win another trip other than Paris? For some reason, I have it stuck in my brain that she had a "choice" of honeymoon spots. But maybe someone else won a trip?

                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                I think she was hoping to win the trip to London too (and they showed a little clip of her saying it would be geat to tack that on to her Paris trip) but someone else won that; I believe it was Angelo.

                                                                1. re: DGresh

                                                                  That's it - thanks for the reminder, DGresh.

                                                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  IIRC, Ed won the London trip, but that ep had an interview with Tiffany saying "Since I'm already going to Paris, it'd be nice to do London while I'm over there!"

                                                                  1. re: momjamin

                                                                    Top Chef geek that I am I had to check; apparently it was Angelo who won the trip to London:

                                                                    From http://rocknrollghost.com/2010/09/02/...
                                                                    "Alas the free London trip goes to wouldn’t you know it…Angelo."

                                                                    1. re: DGresh

                                                                      Thanks -- I often check, somehow missed your upthread exchange w/Linda, and mostly just remembered Tiffany's hopes that didn't happen here.

                                                    3. re: smkit

                                                      How big do you think Magical Elves is?

                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                        That's an interesting question. Here's their website: http://www.magicalelves.com/home.html

                                                        And here's an article that calls them "small and scrappy": http://www.multichannel.com/article/8...

                                                        And later within that article: "The company has a core staff of about 20 people, but with “permalancers,” the company can have from 80 to 200 people working on shows, according to Cutforth." That's a pretty small company, IMHO.

                                                      2. re: smkit

                                                        Unfortunately, TC no longer has drama or suspense (heretically, even though it is a much worse show, I think that Hell's Kitchen was more suspenseful this season than TC). TC does have surprise, yes, based on a lot that is unseen and not spoken (at least until the Bravo.com extras and blog postings). If they win the Emmy this year for anything, it'll be because it was the least bad TV show, not because they have done anything well.

                                                        1. re: cabking

                                                          personally, i am glad for no drama. i like watching them come up with great dishes, not watching the infighting (which just makes me cringe). i even hate the use of editing to make it LOOK like some real drama went on! i think most agree this was a bad season, but i'm still looking forward to future seasons.

                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                            It is the drama of the cooking to which I was referring. There is not enough cooking shown, and what is shown is often intentionally deceptive through editing or deceptive by omission, at least until the extra judge's table videos or Tom's magically informative blog postings. In agreement with you, mariacarmen, I also do not enjoy the "drama for drama's sake", but do enjoy the suspense of finding out if what looks like the best dish will win. Too often this season, it was not possible to tell based on what was presented; hence, more a "gotch ya" type surprise than well documented and presented suspense based on the purported core competancies of the show.

                                                    4. re: Brian S

                                                      Because it's a competition and you need to be able to compete, regardless. They don't hold any competitions, Olympics or whatever, until all the competitors are at top form.

                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                        +1. If they are sick, lose their knife roll, don't get the order they placed with a vendor - they have to "make do" and deal with it. Just like in any kitchen.

                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                          Yep, like when Kelly cut her hand and was dripping blood everywhere until she put on the gloves, they didn't postpone it until she was better. I'm wondering if the other contestants/helpers got sick after the competition. I watched Angelo shaking hands with them all before heading to bed and thought, "Noooo..." If they held it for Angelo, and others then got sick, it could be a long time before filming.

                                                        2. re: Brian S

                                                          I don't know why the Olympic committee didn't hold off on that Gold Medal match because one of the competitors was sick. Makes no sense to me...

                                                          1. re: Brian S

                                                            I just googled heavyweight boxing postponed illness, and got tens of matches that were postponed by one of the competitors being ill, including one postponed because Mike Tyson had diarrhea. (The sick competitor did not forfeit, the match was rescheduled to a later date.) If "Top Chef Finale" isn't like heavyweight boxing, what is it like?

                                                            1. re: Brian S

                                                              the olympics. the super bowl. wimbledon finals. the US open. the masters.

                                                              1. re: Brian S

                                                                I'm guessing that has a lot more to do with money than it does with fairness.

                                                                1. re: Brian S

                                                                  Heavyweight boxing is nothing like Top Chef. If they chose two competitors to have a cookoff, and didn't start with 18, and one of them was sick, then I guess you would be correct. Top Chef could be compared to Olympic boxing and if one of the boxers gets sick at the Olympics, tough cookies for him.

                                                                  1. re: Brian S

                                                                    The difference with professional (not amateur or Olympic) boxing is that there is a Champ and a Challenger.

                                                                    The Champ has the title belt (e.g. WBC Heavyweight Title, etc.). The Challenger wants that belt / title.

                                                                    If the Champ refuses to fight, they don't fight.

                                                                    If the two sides can't agree on a specific date to fight, they don't fight.

                                                                    Professional boxing is sort of like mating. Male and female both have to be feeling "it" to get it on.

                                                                    Top Chef -- and every other type of competitive sporting event -- is not set up that way. Sick during the day of a marathon? Tough. Break an ankle before Game 7 of the NBA Finals? Sucks for you, and your team. You get the idea.

                                                                    Capiche?

                                                                  2. re: Brian S

                                                                    Because if they did that and someone else got sick, they could have been there indefinitely. But I'm guessing the real reason is that there are people involved who have other commitments. You can't have not only a whole production crew, but professionals like Tom and Gail and Eric Ripert and Michael Voltaggio taking extra days out of their busy schedules to wait until everyone is in top form.

                                                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                      That contingency is almost certainly written into everyone's contracts.

                                                                      1. re: chicgail

                                                                        But probably not for things like one of the contestants not feeling well. Strikes, disasters, etc. but not "does Angelo feel up to cooking."

                                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                          It's one thing to have the flu, but I do wonder if he had to be hospitalized, what would happen? For instance, if he had appendicitis and had to be hospitalized for 5 days or so...would that stop production or would it just be tough cookies for Angelo?

                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            I would think if someone couldn't perform, then they'd either do w/out or bring in the last eliminated contestant who could make it.

                                                                            1. re: chowser

                                                                              Shoot - that means Tiffany could have competed. :-)

                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                hahaha LW, i know you didn't mean it this way, but it sounds like you're saying "if only Angelo would have been sick enough to hospitalize"!! ( :

                                                                                I loved Tiffany too...

                                                                                edit: oh wait, just saw your smiley face - you did mean it that way! love it.

                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                    But wouldn't Kelly have come back first?

                                                                                    1. re: bear

                                                                                      I'm just joking around. Yes, she probably would have come back before Tiffany. I think I would have preferred either.

                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                        I didn't see it, but in the first season there was a chef that got eliminated twice. She got eliminated in the second elimination challenge and then in the third episode somebody had to leave because of an ill family member, she came back and got eliminated again a few episodes later.

                                                                                        1. re: John E.

                                                                                          I do remember that. That was Andrea, who was brought back after Cynthia left the show because her father was ill. I think Andrea was the holistic foods chef.

                                                              2. Can you imagine if Angelo had gotten Ilan? I'm guessing the shot does Angelo well and he's back in it next day.

                                                                1. Hung is a monster. Angelo is lucky he needed his speed and prep skills. Ilan is just anoying. Michael V rocks as always.

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                                                                  1. re: chris2269

                                                                    I think you perfectly described all three sous chefs! LOL