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Who is your favorite to win Top Chef 9?

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fara Dec 9, 2011 08:07 PM

Now that we're a few episodes in who's your favorite to win? Who do you want to go home NOW?

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    Worldwide Diner RE: fara Dec 9, 2011 08:16 PM

    Paul seems to be the font runner. I would like see Beverly, Heather, Dakota and Lindsay gone. Skillset-wise, I think Chris the formerly fat chef and Ty-Lor are about to get booted.

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      LulusMom RE: Worldwide Diner Dec 10, 2011 10:15 AM

      Lindsey drives me crazy, and I'm not really sure why.

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        Berheenia RE: Worldwide Diner Dec 10, 2011 12:46 PM

        Gotta go with Paul. I liked him when he said he was his mothers favorite when everyone was bragging about their various awards in the opening show and he seems to be cooking really well so far.

      2. Sandwich_Sister RE: fara Dec 10, 2011 12:22 PM

        Paul is the front runner by leaps and bounds right now.

        I like Dakota, Chris Moto also.

        1. viperlush RE: fara Dec 10, 2011 02:26 PM

          Without Chuy I've lost interested. I never expected him to win and I agree with his elimation, but he was my favorite to watch.

          Front Runners: Paul, Lindsay, and maybe Edward

          Dark Horse: Dakota and (edited) Nyesha

          Those who need to be weeded out: Beverly, Heather, Chris

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            Sandwich_Sister RE: viperlush Dec 10, 2011 03:53 PM

            I agree Dakota is becoming a bit of a Dark Horse. She's got some mentions and some wins. You can tell she is very critical of herself by the way she takes praise and criticism. Could be her only down fall

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              viperlush RE: Sandwich_Sister Dec 10, 2011 04:19 PM

              Yeah, I can see her self doubt causing a problem.

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              LindaWhit RE: viperlush Dec 11, 2011 06:24 PM

              I agree - I miss Chuy. I think perhaps Grayson *might* be a dark horse. I like Paul and Edward, although haven't seen a whole lot from Edward.

              To go - Beverly, Heather, Lindsay and Chris Crary. I think Dakota and Nyesha will make it far but not to the Final 4.

            3. chowser RE: fara Dec 10, 2011 04:06 PM

              Paul so far and Nyesha as the dark horse. I'd like to see Chris Padma stalker gone and Grayson. Why Grayson? I can't put my finger on it but maybe because I thought she shouldn't have been there in the first place? Maybe it's that hair tossing (at the risk of sounding like I'm anti woman because I know a lot of women do that). Edward, too--I wouldn't mind seeing him leave. I'd like to see Sara do better. She started out strong.

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                viperlush RE: chowser Dec 10, 2011 04:21 PM

                I feel the same about Grayson. I actually forget that she is still in it. She reminds me of those who are good team players and can take instructions, but I can't see her leading a kitchen/group.

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                  piccola RE: viperlush Dec 10, 2011 05:54 PM

                  I like Grayson, though I don't exactly know why. Maybe because the others seem to dismiss her. But I agree Paul seems poised to win -- and I wouldn't mind if he did.

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                    Worldwide Diner RE: piccola Dec 11, 2011 09:25 AM

                    I don't mind Grayson - talented or not - at least she's not butt ugly.

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                      LulusMom RE: piccola Dec 11, 2011 09:54 AM

                      I like Grayson too. Agree that Paul and Nyesha seem like they could go far.

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                    Worldwide Diner RE: chowser Dec 11, 2011 09:24 AM

                    Does anyone else think Ed looks weird when he speaks? It's like he's really jutting out his lower jaw or something.

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                      chowser RE: Worldwide Diner Dec 11, 2011 11:29 AM

                      The Eater covered it but I didn't notice it until then. Now, I can't stop noticing it. He posted a video of just the jaw shift, on repeat..

                  3. mcf RE: fara Dec 11, 2011 10:27 AM

                    I can't pick a favorite due to the uninspiring under performances this year so far.

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                      chowser RE: mcf Dec 11, 2011 11:33 AM

                      Yeah, the only reason Paul stands out for me is that he picked the hottest pepper and didn't back away from that challenge.vs someone like Bev (kind of afraid to say anything about her at this point) picked the nonspicy one and didn't do anything with it. Nyesha seems like someone who puts her head down, and plows through w/ hard work and determination. It helps that she has a good resume, worked w/ Joel Robuchon. and I like the parts of Chef Hunter I saw with her on it. She's also drama-free, for the most part. But, she's yet to do anything that knocks my socks off, or at least what the editors show. I think her best dish might have been her first, to secure her spot on the show. But, overall, none have gone outside the box. Hopefully, Tom's pep talk will make them do that,

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                        LulusMom RE: chowser Dec 11, 2011 01:37 PM

                        Bev strikes me as really lame.

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                          mucho gordo RE: chowser Dec 11, 2011 01:51 PM

                          Didn't Nyesha win the Exec Chef position on Chef Hunter?? How is she able to do both or is Top Chef an old series?

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                            chowser RE: mucho gordo Dec 11, 2011 01:59 PM

                            Yes, and I was wondering the same thing. I thought maybe the Wilshire gave her the break for publicity?

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                              kubasd23 RE: chowser Dec 11, 2011 03:31 PM

                              When they were going through saying where they worked, she said the Wilshire, and I got the feeling that the episode of Chef Hunter she was on got filmed a while ago.

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                          viperlush RE: mcf Dec 11, 2011 01:07 PM

                          Yup. I had to look at the website to get the contestant names and the bread pudding is the only dish from this season that I remember and wish to try.

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                            chowser RE: viperlush Dec 11, 2011 02:00 PM

                            I don't even remember the bread pudding but that it was memorable shows how lame the dishes have been.

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                              viperlush RE: chowser Dec 11, 2011 02:13 PM

                              Dakota's (?) dessert for the progressive dinner party challenge. It's the latest episode that I've watched.

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                                huiray RE: chowser Dec 11, 2011 05:19 PM

                                The only thing I can recall (visually) off-hand is that tres leches cake and that only because it was so wobbly and lopsided I was waiting/hoping for it to fall over or collapse. Pretty lame dishes so far.

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                                  chowser RE: huiray Dec 12, 2011 04:03 AM

                                  When she said she was going to make the tres leches ckae stacked, I thought, really??? I thought she might just brush the tres leches into the cake, not pour it in because it's such a soft wet cake when you do--I was waiting for it to topple, too!

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                            bobbert RE: fara Dec 11, 2011 04:58 PM

                            Gotta go with Paul for now. Very steady, takes chances and delivers. I like Nyesha as the underdog. Heather is actually talented but she's pissing off too many people and it will lead to her downfall. I like Grayson probably because she's a party girl who can actually cook. Moto Chris has a chance to go far because he will be the most willing to try something really different and succeed. Unfortunately, as we've seen, he's just as likely to try something crazy (cigars anyone?) and crash and burn. He might be a little gun shy after the Stepford Wife episode.

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                              michelleats RE: fara Dec 11, 2011 10:30 PM

                              The contenders I like as personalities aren't necessarily the ones who seem to have the most talent. People I'd like to hang out with: Nyesha, Beverly, Edward and Ty-Lor. Nyesha and Edward are the two out of that group I think have a shot at winning. I agree that Paul seems to have talent, as well. He seems nice enough, but I don't yet have a strong sense of his personality from episodes.

                              I can't see what anyone has against Lindsay or Grayson, who seem perfectly likable to me. On the please go home list, I'm probably manipulable: I really want Heather to leave. She seems pretty darn evil and my blood pressure rises every time she talks. Chris C. could go, too, in my book. He sees superficial to say the least. I kind of like Ugly Chris's personality, even if he did ogle Padma in kinda creepy ways in early episodes. He's pretty funny.

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                                chowser RE: michelleats Dec 12, 2011 04:07 AM

                                I think what bothers me about Grayson is in the first episode how she completely expected Chef Tyler to butcher her tenderloin so she could do her own thing and she completely ignored the situation until it was too late. I thought at that point, she should have gone. Ugly Chris was on top of it to see what the vegan chef was doing and step in to stop it. Ugly Chris isn't the one who ogled Padma, it was creepy weight loss Chris. I think Ugly Chris has potential in this show--he's the only one who has stepped outside the box, although not well.

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                                  michelleats RE: chowser Dec 12, 2011 11:35 AM

                                  Good point about Ugly Chris. He's refreshingly not-like-the-others -- in personality, hair style or style of cooking -- and my guess is also that he could turn out some wonderful and interesting dishes.

                                  As for comparative creepiness, Chris C. made the Padma is like Fabio comment at the rodeo (which I didn't think was all that creepy, since he said it matter of factly and Padma was indeed factually "beauty incarnate" or whatever his exact words were), but IIRC, Ugly Chris made some sort of comment the first episode about how Padma was even hotter in person than she was in pictures or something to that effect. I don't think it was so much his words as his demeanor. IIRC, he said it with drool rolling down his chin, while his beady eyes glistened (with lust... if you want to be melodramatic). I'd have to find that clip again, but my initial reaction to Ugly Chris was that he gave me the willies.

                                  I feel guilty partaking in all this gossip. I know it's terrible. :)

                                  Who else do you think has potential to cook outside the box? Paul seems pretty grounded in classical technique and hasn't so far deviated that much as far as I can recall, though he evidently pulls that off with great success and he could certainly play less conservatively in the future. Edward made a far more interesting survival pack dish than the others, I thought. I thought Nyesha made a fascinating sounding dish for the sauce Quickfire challenge, grounded in classical technique, although big-teeth, fake smile John Besh didn't seem to think it tasted that great. I do see her doing something interesting enough to set her apart in the future, though.

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                                    chowser RE: michelleats Dec 12, 2011 11:41 AM

                                    I like Paul. But, I want to see what they all do this week, after Tom's talk.

                                    This is the Eater recap of the first episode and Chris oglng Padma:

                                    http://eater.com/archives/2011/11/03/....

                                    "Contestant Chris Crary, who was probably in Sugar Ray, sets the tone for this season immediately: "We arrive at the Alamo and the first thing I think of is: Padma looks hot." Uh, pack your boner and go, Crary. Make sure to tape your boner to your leg before you put on your chef pants, otherwise you're gonna slam it in the oven door and go home crying. "I have to stay in this competition just so I can look at her." I'm literally glad there are cameras on this one 24/7 because let's all watch out for him"

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                                      michelleats RE: chowser Dec 12, 2011 11:53 AM

                                      That's hilarious! I love Eater recaps. I have to remember to read those more often.

                                      It's entirely possible that I'm bigoted against ugly men who drool over very beautiful women, but less bigoted against normal looking men who drool over very beautiful women. Either way, I do hope and think Ugly Chris will stay for a while, but Orange Chris won't. His style just doesn't seem that sophisticated or interesting.

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