ALERT: Tonight's finale episode starts at 9:30PM ET instead of 9, because of the Project Runway premiere. Season 16 Finale - It's the final showdown and the top three chefs must create the best four course meal of their lives. Tom also reveals that only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu. The internationally star-studded table of diners includes Deputy Editor of FOOD & WINE Magazine Melanie Hansche, acclaimed chefs Mitsuharu Tsumara, Alexander Smalls, Dan Hong, May Chow, and Alvin Leung, along with Tom, Padma, Nilou and Graham.
Once Eric was eliminated I felt like I was watching just to know who won and not because I was pulling for anyone. I felt like it was one of those really obvious edits where they made it seem like it was close but that Sara had the obvious edge - which of course made it evident that Kelsey would win. While I didn't feel compelled to cheer out loud when she won, I did feel like she gave a more sincere and enthusiastic response than Sara would have, so I was happy with the outcome ... since it couldn't be Eric.
The problem with any show like this.. and I guess really any non scripted show that is a comp in some way.. there is a lot we do not know that is not in the edits. I am not thrilled with the winner, but I guess it COULD have been worse. Sara was classless at times, bratty, a poor sport, and that small town, backwoods, country girls shtick only goes so far. I have to say, again I am sure it was her edit too, that in the end her food LOOKED better.
I would hope that some one on here would show growth and inclusion of new ideas, foods, techniques, etc. but where I always found Kelsey to be more of a nuanced cook.. Sara was not. It was more lets slap some hometown grub on a plate, pour some hooch, say y'all a few times while I bellyache about being typecast as the "Kentucky Girl" (which I will go back and forth on all season). Kelsey played smart.. taking Nini and Brandon in the end was VERY smart. Nini can bake, Brandon (for all his ego) was knowledgeable in the style of her new cooking direction and I agree about his knife skills. She may have come off as a pit viper at times, but she listened and absorbed. Kelsey, while obviously not my fave, was a smart player.. in that she did deserve her win.
I liked Eric more and more as the season went on.. maybe because all the others I liked more were sent packing before him, but he was a good guy. I liked that he pushed his food and his culture throughout the show. That was his POV, that is what he wanted to do, that is what he knew. I have no problem with that as there are very few notable chefs that cook in that style. I think his BIGGEST downfall in the finale was his choices not to listen or listen to his people. Michelle told him that his chips were cooking uneven, thicker cuts would be bad for the finished product, you can even see her looking dejected after she told him and he said no, do it my way.. mistake 1. Then, mistake 2, when he was adding his jerk flavor to the tartare, Justin kept telling him pack more in, pack more in, more more more... that the biggest judges complaint. Had he followed his instincts, and not let Justin (who I really did not like) sway him there may have been a better outcome for him. I will point out that you could see even Padma was heartbroken to tell him to pack his knives. She really had a soft spot for him and I give her credit for coming off human in those moments (ok snark off).
I missed the announcement on WWHL but looked it up earlier. In looking it up, I also discovered that her restaurant is in a town that I drive through often. Next time I do, I think I will stop for lunch!
Came here to find out who won, as I quit watching after Eric's elimination. Was bummed that Michelle was the one making the burnt chips. She seemed to realize Eric wanted them too thick (burnt on outside in order to be done in the center), but Eric should know better than to put burnt food on a plate...especially a plate as important as this one.
Kelsey seemed to be the wisest as far as finding the food seller who could offer her the most help with unfamiliar ingredients, as well as, picking sous chefs who know a lot about Asian food and flavors.
She won fan favorite? I can't figure that out. I was puzzled a few weeks ago when they showed she was in the top few, let alone that she won??
I liked Kelsey and Eric. Once he was eliminated, it was an easy cheering decision for me. So I for one am glad Kelsey won. As for fan favourite...I didn’t really have someone I *loved* this season so her winning that as well is fine by me. On to Top Chef Canada for those who watch, starting April 1.
I actually loved it that Sara and Kelsey were such good friends. The judges really seemed to care a lot for both of them,too. I mean, Padma even called Kelsey "my love". And wasn't Kelsey's little boy, Monroe, just the cutest?
Yeah Top Chef Canada and Master Chef Canada! I am happy with the final two. Don't get the Sara hate but oh well.
I don't hate Sara. I hate the way she basically just spoiled the whole finale in her interviews by everything basically being an excuse for why she didn't win. They film those commentaries after the judging and contestants are supposed to respond to them as if they are in the moment of whatever is being discussed to show their thinking.
I was sad that Eric didn't win as it was partially his own fault by not listening to his sous-chefs but was glad to see African food highlighted on the show for thew first time in 18 years. I know I won't be the only person who will be checking out his future endeavors and eating at his restaurant.
Congrats to Kelsey. Sara completely bugs so I was fine with her losing, lol.