Even before Top Chef's Second Season took place I knew I was going to root for him. He's a Long Islander, as I am, and that was reason enough to "vote" for him to win my favorite reality show.
I classified him as talented, but I am really making that statement for his work in the kitchen and on the show. Does he deserve his own television series, I don't know. But was he exciting to watch while competing on Top Chef, yes.
Many people were turned off by his attitude in the later episodes of the season, but you've got to take all of that reality show garbage in stride and just think about the guy or girl as a chef and how well they compete in each of the challenges week after week. And Ilan was terrific.
I might be alone in saying it, but I'm glad he won. Heck, he could never be as bad as Gordon Ramsey, and that's saying something.