18 Things You Learn While Attending the ‘Top Chef’ Finale
Los Angeles Chefs Stefan Richter and CJ Jacobson duked it out on "Top Chef Seattle" Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 3, For the Duel, featuring guest judges Rob Zombie, Scott Ian and Gary Holt , the First, Stephanie challenges Kristen to take it to the streets Thai style, while . Team Brooke is Stefan, Kuniko and C.J., and Team Kristen is Sheldon, Josh and Lizzie. Can you believe they dated? Kristen's only the second female Top Chef winner after Season 4's Stephanie. Exclusive Top Chef Duels Sneak Peek: Tiffani Gets a Taste of Rob Zombie's Vegan ShadeTop Chef. VIDEO: Top Chef's Brooke and Kristen mix it up with cocktails I picked C.J. and Stefan and Kuniko for different reasons and their skill sets.
I mean, Padma loved them — she was licking her fingers.
I thought they all enjoyed the flavors. I knew it was a risk, but I felt like it was a good dish. Maybe it was because you forgot the wet naps.
Top Chef's Brooke and Kristen mix it up with cocktails Kristen said you got to choose your sous chefs first, so why did you pick StefanKuniko and C. It just happened that way that they all ended up from L.
I've worked with a couple of them and I know how they work and I know their personalities really well.Kristen Kish
I felt really comfortable with my team and I was really happy with my team. Some fans are blaming your loss on C.
It's totally unnecessary to put the blame on C. The executional error was not because of him; it was because I was expecting there to be full-sized fryers that would have regulated temperature and they weren't there. Had I known that that was going to happen, I wouldn't have served pig ears; I would've chosen something else.
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But I had already chosen my ingredients and I felt like he did a great job with the pig ears. A couple of them got a little crispy, but they tasted great and it wasn't his fault. How far ahead were you able to plan and prepare? Kristen said she practiced her snapper. It was like a week or something [before the taping] when they told us what the finale would be. I was actually out of town and I wasn't able to practice.
I was literally back home for two days and then I left to shoot the finale, so I really didn't have a lot of time to practice. But I don't feel like that hurt me. You said you wanted to win because you wanted to prove that you weren't just winning the challenges because Kristen wasn't there.
Did you feel like you were an underdog going up against her even with three-straight elimination challenge wins?
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I felt a little like the underdog. Because Kristen had been eliminated so early, people were rooting for her and wanted to see her come back and kind of conquer all. I could feel that just from the public and from reading things online and Twitter and social media. I had tons of support, but I felt like people as a whole really wanted to see her kind of get revenge. I also think people felt like they were robbed of seeing you guys face off and maybe dominate the rest of the season into the finale had she not been eliminated.
Yeah, and I was happy she came back. I knew it would be her. She was my closest friend there and we were both excited to go up against each other in the finale. Do you have more phobias that we didn't see? There was a challenge involving every fear you mentioned.
It's like they planned it. But no, those are pretty much it. It's more like a fear of heights and situations that I can't get out of. A boat is kind of a prime example of being somewhere you can't get out of, as is a helicopter.
They're situations I have no control over. Which show needs to end? What are you up to now?
Looking for our next location. The chefs were challenged to make either a hot or cold preparation of oysters that they had harvested themselves from local oyster beds in Bow, Washington. In teams of two, the chefs had to cater an after-game party for a Seattle roller derby team, the Rat City Rollergirls. The dishes each team cooked were inspired by the name of one of the rollergirls. Teriyaki Terror John and Brooke: Kutta Rump Lizzie and Micah: Eddie Shredder Josh and Sheldon: The chefs were tested on their knife skills.
Beginning in three teams of three, the contestants had to sharpen dull knives enough to cut cleanly through paper. The members of the winning team continued to the final round, competing against each other to break down the rack of two rabbits. A chef cutting themselves was treated as an automatic disqualification.
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Each chef cooked a dish inspired by a memorable moment from a previous season of Top Chef, but had to prepare a healthier version than the original. In a surprise twist, the bottom two contestants competed head-to-head based on a memorable moment from this season: CJ's elimination in Episode 5. John - Howie referencing Anthony Bourdain's book at the judges' table after failing to plate part of his dish.