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Real Top Chef Allstars

Best Top Chef Competitors in order:

Michael Voltaggio
Bryan Voltaggio
Blais
Gillespie
Carrol
Harold Dieterle
Kevin Sbraga
Angelo Sosa
Ed Cotton
Mike Isabella
Hung
Stephanie Izard
Kelly Liken
Tiffany Derrt
Kenny Gilbert
Eli Kirshtien
Marcel Vigneron
Sam Talbot
What do you guys think?
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  1. Initial thoughts:
    I don't remember who Ed Cotton is or "Carrol" or which Kelly is Kelly Liken. Also am not sure which Tiffany is Tiffany Dernt (season one or last season) or which Kevin is Kevin Sbraga (the guy who won last season? pure luck if it is.)

    Jen is notably missing. I don't agree, but I think it is defensible.

    I would put Sam and Stephanie higher and I doubt if I would have Marcel, even at the bottom of that list. I would not have Angelo as high as you've placed him.

    it's difficult to rate people who cook different styles and have never met or competed with each other

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    1. re: chicgail

      "I don't remember who Ed Cotton is or "Carrol" or which Kelly is Kelly Liken. Also am not sure which Tiffany is Tiffany Dernt (season one or last season) or which Kevin is Kevin Sbraga (the guy who won last season? pure luck if it is.)

      Jen is notably missing. I don't agree, but I think it is defensible."
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      Really?

      Uhh...
      1) Ed Cotton was the red-faced fellow on TC season 7 (TC:DC) who poached Angelo's girlfriend from him back in the day, and was one of the final four?
      2) "Carrol" is Jennifer Carroll, the "Jen" you say is 'notably missing'...
      3) "Tiffany Derrt" is Tiffany Derry, the Texan African-American woman on TC:DC who just fell short of the 'final four' last season and is currently on TC:AS?
      4) "Kevin Sbraga" is indeed the fellow who won last season on TC:DC?

      All these people are listed on bravotv's website and on various reference articles about Top Chef - see the Wiki link, for example...

      1. re: huiray

        Thanks. I see you have a much better handle on who's who over the past 7 seasons than I did.

    2. My biggest changes to that list - Hung should be higher (top 5) and Harold should be much lower. Marcel, Kenny, and Kelly Liken wouldn't be on my list. Sam Talbot would be a bit higher. Angelo would be above Kevin sbraga. I'm assuming Carrol is Jen Carroll?

      Oh, and your list is sorely missing Stefan. He would be hovering just out of my top 5.

      1. Why are Eli and Mike Isabella even on that list?

        With just a minute of further thought I would put Stefan and Carla Hall on the list as well as Tiffini and maybe remove Kenny and Kelly as well.

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        1. re: John E.

          "Why are Eli and Mike Isabella even on that list?"
          _____

          I might not rank them quite so high on the all time list, but I can see the justification for it. Season 6 was tough. Mike I and Eli both cooked some very good dishes that were often just lost among those of the Voltaggios, Kevin, & Jen. IMO, they seemed to be cooking about as well, week to week, as Harold or Tiffany Derry.

          1. re: cowboyardee

            Did you see the circus peanut popcorn thing that Eli made? He easily could have been sent packing instead of Robyn for that dish. Or what he did to the gnocci that got Ashley sent home? Mike I. hung onto the coattails of the Voltaggio brothers several times. He could have been easily sent home for the shrimp salad dish he made at the airbase. He talked like he was in the same class as the Voltaggios and maybe Kevin and Jen but I don't think he was.

            1. re: John E.

              They're also the only chefs who took wins over the top 4 that season (though never in elimination challenges). That's no small feat.

              Even more importantly - take a look at their recipes from the bravo website - they did a lot of good work that was just overlooked in lieu of the front runners.
              http://www.bravotv.com/foodies/recipe...
              http://www.bravotv.com/foodies/recipe...

              That popcorn dish was an ambitious mess (though IIRC Tom expressed some admiration for the dish anyway), but just about everyone whose been on Top Chef has made a dish or two that bombed (though the Voltaggios and Kevin G never sank too low). The very talented Hung make a very weak aros con pollo; beloved Harold made Tuna avocado salad that got his teammate, Lisa, sent home; Richard Blais made a sous vide salmon dish that no one seemed to like; Angelo made a truly uninspired rethinking of boeuf bourguignon. If you judge a contestant by their worst dish, you won't have a very accurate notion of his abilities. The popcorn dish wasn't representative of Eli's cooking.

              1. re: cowboyardee

                It might seem obvious but I might also be a bit biased against them because I didn't care for the behavior they displayed during the competition.

        2. *Hearty belly laugh*
          Mike Isabella?!?!? I pretty much think of that guy as the Voltaggio Bros'. groupie. I'm actually very surprised he made your list. You can make an argument for everyone else on there, but Mike is as big a hack as Spike. [Is it a coincidence their names rhyme?]

          1. As long as the Voltaggios are on the list, I'm content.

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            1. re: brooklynkoshereater

              as long as the Voltaggios are somewhere in the *top three* spots on the list i'm content ;)