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Who is your favorite to win Top Chef 9?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Worldwide Diner

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

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

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

        I like Dakota, Chris Moto also.

        1. 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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          1. re: viperlush

            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

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

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

            2. re: viperlush

              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. 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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              1. re: chowser

                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.

                1. re: viperlush

                  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.

                  1. re: piccola

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

                    1. re: piccola

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

                  2. re: chowser

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

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

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

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                    1. re: mcf

                      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,

                        1. re: chowser

                          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?

                          1. re: mucho gordo

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

                            1. re: chowser

                              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.

                        2. re: mcf

                          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.

                          1. re: viperlush

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

                            1. re: chowser

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

                              1. re: chowser

                                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.

                                1. re: huiray

                                  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!