Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 10

Finale (1)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 17, 2006 on Bravo
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Finale (1)

The last three contestants arrive in Las Vegas, but a twist in the competition and a grueling challenge awaits them.

Guest Judge: Hubert Keller.

Quickfire Challenge: Prepare Orders for MGM Grand Room Service Customers.

Elimination Challenge: There is none in this round.


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  • it was so unfair he shoudn't have gone!!!!!!!!!!

    this was an horrible episode!! very well planned...the elimination well..i did't expect dave to go because i loved him!!!! much more than tiffani(who y think is only b***ch.

    they started doing the first 3 plates for the gamblers (sorry for my spelling) and oh là là! who was there??? f****ng miguel!!!!!!! i soooo hate hiM!!!!!! and then stephen and lee ann who i think are good. the critiques were excellent...harold's dish was the favorite because of the soop.

    then...the pker games. i liked harold's one because it was what i would have eaten rather than dave´s. so the favorite one issssssssss...............dave. and tiffani is in trouble so she has to nail the next one.

    and she doesn´t. but oops...dave forgets to do the third plate!!! that was a really huge mistake, but cirque du soleil guys thought his meat was awesome and they chose harold's plate again (so tiffani is in so much trouble now)

    and then the guys are visited by miguel (who as tiffani said was transforming "Top chef" into "miguel's show". they talk bla bla bla.....

    and then the elimination round. they tell dave he missed one plate so he goes home. but tiffani should have gone because the cirque guys almost ignored her plates and nobody chose her as favorite!!!!!!! i sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hated this episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Yes. This episode is a fine example of the reality absurd.

    I just don't understand how they came to their decision. Dave might have been "a mess", but his food got good reviews for the most part. His mistake would be enough to send him home if Tiffany had placed highest in any of the of the components of the quickfire challenge. How can you come in last and move on. The fact that she stayed was ridiculous.

    I don't see the last show being that interesting.moreless
  • Good Challenge, bogus ending!

    This episode finally brought home that reality TV has nothing to do with reality!

    The series of challenges involved fulling room service orders. There were three seperate challenges total. harold won the first challange outright. Dave won the second challange outright. Dave would have won the third challange if he had not made a mistake and forgotten to make a third dish. Tiffani's food was not even on the map for any of these challenges.

    At judging time Harold was safe, and tehn they chose Tiffani! At that point it became obvious that the show was not about the food, it was about the final battle!

    I'll finish watching this season, but its doubtful I'll tune in for the next Top Chef season.moreless
Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

Guest Judge/Poker Room

Guest Star

Hubert Keller

Hubert Keller

Guest Judge

Recurring Role

Stephen Asprinio

Stephen Asprinio

Guest Judge/Highroller Suite Customer

Recurring Role

Miguel Morales

Miguel Morales

Guest Judge/Highroller Suite Customer

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

      Order #1 Prepare Two Seafood Courses for the VIPs in the Highrollers Suite.
      • Tiffany – Cold Course: Campeche Carpaccio Crudo. Hot Course: Roasted Lobster and Fennel.

      • Dave – Cold Course: Crab Stack & Prawns with Court Bouillon. Hot Course: Cinnamon Nutmeg Rubbed Opah.

      • Harold – Cold Course: Snapper Crudo. Hot Course: Mussel and Smoked Paprika Soup.

      Order #2 Fast Food Platter with Four Different Snacks for the Poker Room.
      • Dave – Egg Rolls with Asian Ginger Sauce, Fried Shrimp, Salami Panini with a Sun Dried Tomato Roll, and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

      • Tiffani – Quince Paste & Goat Cheese Napoleon, Herbed Grissini with Prosciutto, Three Types of Potato Chips, and Brie & Tomato Sandwich with Mustard.

      • Harold – Beer Battered Onion Rings, Mini Pizzas, Mini Grilled Cheese, and Honey Dijon Buffalo Wings.

      Order #3 Three different plates of high protein, high carb, low fat food for Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" cast.
      • Harold – Seared Kobe Beef on a Toasted Bread, Tomato, Cucumber Salad; Roasted Chicken with Gnocchi, Mushrooms and Baby Peas; Lobster Fettulini with Orange Tomatoes and Lobster Broth.

      • Dave – Pasta with Kicked Up Marinara Sauce with no Oil; Seared Kobe Tenderloin with Balsamic, Fig & Grand Marnier Sauce.

      • Tiffani – Blue Crab & Caviar Salad Tossed with Olive Oil, Blood Orange & Blueberries; Karabuto Pork Milanese with Morel Mushrooms; Kobe Rib Eye with Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (2)

    • In a third season blog entry Tom says that Tiffani was selected over Dave to go on to the finals in spite of never winning a round in the Room Service Challenge because she came in second place in each mini-round. Dave won for his Poker Table food, but came in last place with the High Rollers and also with the Cirque du Soleil because of his failure to present a third dish.

    • Guest Judges in Poker Room:

      Phil Hellmuth – World Champion Poker Player
      Greg Pierson – Poker Player, CEO iovation
      Brian Balsbaugh – Poker Player, Phil Hellmuth's Agent

      Note: Brian Balsbaugh's name was misspelled in the on-screen graphic as "Bausbaugh".