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Jun 6 08 3:01 PM
I agree, it will be Stephanie and Richard in the final. I've liked them both since the beginning. They've been the most consistently excellent
chefs of the entire season. It would be great to have a woman win this time, but I like Frank so much it wouldn't matter to me. As long as Lisa get's
the boot, next week, I'm good. Does anyone know what city is up next?
Jun 7 08 2:39 AM
Congrats on 20 Awesome Seasons!!!
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Jun 12 08 11:15 AM
Watched the finale and guess who won?? Stephanie! Yay~ I'm so happy! I know there was no clear winner and it's sad that was the case, but Steph won at
the end! Richard looked so defeated and disappointed, I felt sorry for the guy. He was a tough competitor though. AND why oh why does Lisa think she was going
to win? Rich and Steph both won 4 Elimination challenges each and Lisa won one challenge. Yes, it could have been anyone's game, but when you win that many
challenges over and over again, it's obvious that it will come down to Rich and Steph. However, I gotta say that the dessert that Lisa made looked tasty. I
wanted to try some. I wonder who will be chosen for Fan Favorite? We still have that Reunion Show right?
Jun 12 08 1:45 PM
I'm so happy for Stephanie! I knew she'd make it to the finals, but I'm ecstatic that she won. It was well deserved. Correct me if I'm
wrong - in the previous 3 seasons, the final included only two chefs: season 1 - Harold and Tiffany; season 2 Ilan and Marcel; season 3 Hung and ...... (I
forgot her name). Why do you think the final this year had three chefs? Did they include Lisa for the dramatic effect? Hmmm.......
Jun 12 08 7:09 PM
From what I remember, the finalists for Season 3 were Hung, Casey, and Dale. They all went to Aspen, Colorado to compete for the Top Chef title. Then at the
end, they had this Live finale where former Top Chef competitors, friends and family gathered to see who would win. Hung's name was called and confetti was
sprinkled. The end.
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Jun 16 08 3:55 PM
She kept her win secret from family and friends for three weeks. So after watching the Top Chef finale last night, Stephanie Izard says she's finally
able to express her pride - and not just because she won Top honors. "I was so proud that I actually kept it from [my family] this whole
time," she says, laughing during a call-in from Chicago. So how did the first female Top Chef celebrate her win? In typical Stephanie fashion - at a local
bar in Chicago, where she resides. "Everybody's cheering like I just won the Super Bowl," the 31-year-old says. "It was really
exciting." With plans to open a restaurant in Chicago in the next year, Izard spoke to PEOPLE, answering your questions about her win, working with Lisa
and why Anthony Bourdain terrifies her. - Brian Orloff
How does it feel to be the first female Top Chef winner?
It definitely makes me feel great to be the first female [winner]. Women are always struggling a little bit in this industry. I never look at myself as either
a male or a female chef. I just think it's about who the best chef is. But at the end of the day, I know women have a tough time in the industry.
There's just a lot of guys we have to push around. [Laughs.]
A lot of viewers were disgruntled that Lisa was in the final three. What was it like working with her in the finale?
Lisa came down to Puerto Rico as a new and improved Lisa. She didn't just get her hair cut. She came down ready to cook - and was being very positive. The
nice thing about Lisa is [that] she does have a lot of confidence, and she was being really calm. I don't know if it's that Puerto Rican air that just
made her super chill, but she definitely was the best version of Lisa that we've seen all season.
What were you thinking when Richard said he 'choked' at Judges' Table?
Richard's mind is always racing - and none of us did our best meal ever. Richard knows when he hasn't cooked the best meal that he can, and obviously
that was on his mind. I respect the fact that he was just being honest. Of course the judges thought it was a little bit strange that he said that. Looking
back, I'm sure he's going to regret having said that, but he was just stating how he was feeling.
People seemed surprised by some of the eliminations - specifically Dale and Antonia. How did you react?
A couple episodes into it, I was actually talking to Antonia and we were like, 'All right, so the final four is going to be me, Antonia, Richard and
Dale.' And I was pretty convinced of that. I thought that the four of us showed a lot of strong qualities throughout the season. I was really sad to see
Dale go on a personal level because he's a friend of mine - but also he's very skilled and he's very good at what he does and he's very
passionate about food. Of course, Antonia . . . she's a very strong chef, and I don't know exactly what happened to her in the last episode. In the
end, Lisa did put a little bit of a stronger foot forward with her dishes - so I think that's what brought her through.
And now your reader questions:
I love Stephanie! I would ask her how she kept her composure when Dale left the pork out all night? -Amber
I definitely am not a screamer, and I try my best to handle situations. Again, there goes that Puerto Rico air. I know Dale didn't do it on purpose, and he
just felt so bad. I knew that between the two of us - and that whole pig we had to work with - we'd be able to find another dish to do.
Stephanie, does it feel good knowing that even though you did not win the palate [Quickfire] competition, that you won? -Cara
I look back to that challenge all the time. I can still taste some of the tastes in my head. When I picked olive oil, I picked the lighter one because
that's what I'd prefer. The one with the stronger flavor, of course, is the more expensive and the higher quality [one]. I sort of took the wrong
approach to it. But at the end of the day, obviously I have a good palate, otherwise I wouldn't be good at what I do.
There were so many talented and well-respected chefs as guest judges, which one made you the most nervous and which one were you the most excited to
cook for? -Tracy
You could probably tell in the first episode that I couldn't sauce my dish because Anthony Bourdain walked in. I'm a huge fan of his - and have always
watched No Reservations-and just have the utmost respect for him. Even though he scares me to death, in the end it turned out that both times he was
there, he loved everything I did.
Jun 16 08 5:49 PM
There is a new host India Hicks and Todd Oldham will be demoted to mentor
I've heard about this for some time now and it's been confirmed. Project Runway will move to Lifetime!
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So it's all happening in NY~ as someone mentioned before it would.
Excited for the new season. Hope they upp the challenges and make it different and interesting from the previous seasons.
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Nov 7 08 9:41 PM
6 days until it's premiere! time is zoomin' by~
17 contestants ready for a 'culinary boner.'
gotta love andrew's-made-into-t-shirt-comment.
check out the new contestants at the linky link above.
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