I’m glad Bryan stayed, as I was worried for him. There were some seriously harsh comments and critiques given by a couple of the dinner guests/chefs. Tom seemed to be trying to add some positive comments to balance out all the negative.
I’ll be happy with any of the final three winning.
Those comments hurt! For some reason, I found it even harsher coming from an Italian.
I agree, and for Bryan, it was worse. He took this meal so personally in the prep and to hear the thoughts of the diners was crushing to him. I am happy he moved on, this was my dream top 3 and where I can say I will be happy with who ever wins, it feels like it will be between Melissa and Bryan.. ugh.. cant they all win lol????
It's a great storyline no matter who wins, so I think we should be safe from producer manipulation. Bryan came in as the one people expected to win. Melissa has been great all season and has done a really great job of figuring out how to do her food in a way that works with Italian cooking. And Stephanie was written off as a filler contestant who has proven she's got talent.
Filler? I think she is better described as humble. With that said, seems to me that the final challenge is right up her alley.
Here's Stephanie's Bravo Bio.
Current Residency: Boston, MA
Occupation: Private Chef
A frontrunner on Top Chef Season 11 in New Orleans where she was eliminated after a technicality, Stephanie Cmar is back to show the world she has what it takes. Possessing a genuine passion for cooking from a young age, Stephanie was only 15 when she began working in the food industry at the Muffin Shop in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Stephanie graduated in 2007 from Johnson & Wales University and returned to Boston, Massachusetts, to begin her career at the Top of the Hub restaurant. From there, she went to work with Barbara Lynch Gruppo as a line cook at B&G Oysters, where she quickly rose through the ranks to the position of sous chef. Stephanie continued to further hone her fine dining skills at restaurants like Stir and No. 9 Park, eventually showcasing her culinary prowess by competing on Top Chef. After the show, she opened the pop-up Stacked Donuts in Boston. In 2015, Stephanie joined Fairsted Kitchen as the executive chef, crafting a menu that reflects her personal cooking style with French and Italian dishes that have a Middle Eastern spin. After a year at Fairsted, Stephanie took a position at Venetian restaurant SRV in Boston’s South End, where she worked to master the art of making pasta. During that time she also worked part time as a private chef and discovered that she loved the creative freedom of working for herself and cooking for small groups. She has since become a full-time private chef for multiple families, and also caters upscale intimate dinner parties.
Yes, filler. I don’t mean that as an insult to her. There were simply a group of chefs cast in this season to win, and others because they had interesting stories. She is one who was cast for the interesting story - had she not been eliminated on a technicality how far would she have gone.
I’d describe Melissa as humble. When she wins she is proud but does not gloat. Stephanie has repeatedly talked about not having the experiences other chefs do, being surprised she’s made it this far, etc. she talks quite a bit about convincing people she belongs there ... the others aren’t talking like that. If she questions her being there, it’s not wrong for others to as well, when people tell you who they are, believe them. She’s told us she’s a private chef who does not have the experience others do.
Stephanie was cast partly because of the way she was eliminated in her season. She was on a team with Nick (who eventually won that season), and he had immunity for the challenge, but he made the only bad dish out of their team. He wouldn't give up his immunity and they sadly eliminated Stephanie. Nick turned out to be a hothead and kind of a jerk. Not my favorite winner by a long shot.
That post above yours discusses Stephanie's extensive professional history. The only difference I see is Stephanie doesn't own a restaurant.
She doesn't own a restaurant, and she's proven to have a lack of curiosity regarding world cuisine given the number of challenges where she's declared she doesn't know much about the food. She's talked in her interviews over and over about what she lacks compared to the other chefs. When she pushes it as a story line, I don't see the problem in taking her at her word.