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"Top Chef Holiday Special" Official Discussion Thread (Spoilers)

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    layle1

    [1]Dec 6, 2007
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    Please use this thread for all discussion of the episode, "Top Chef Holiday Special."


    "Talk amongst yourselves… " –Linda Richman
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    starwolf99

    [2]Dec 7, 2007
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    I question some of the choices for contestants in this All-Star redux. I can understand Stephen and Tiffani (Season 1 favorites and competent chefs). I can understand Marcel (runner-up of Season 2). I can understand Tre (won the first Elimination competition but didn't win Top Chef, therefore breaking the pattern). However, why CJ, Betty, and Josie? Is it sympathy (CJ's cancer and Josie being assaulted)? Is it for added drama (potential for another Betty/Marcel clash)? At least it wasn't like the Four Star All-Stars. This time, they are competing for money.

    Also, only one man can pull off the beard that Marcel wore, and he died at Ford's Theatre.

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    sparkie_ac

    [3]Dec 7, 2007
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    I agree I don't think that people like Josie or whats her face with the funny blonde hair gay one) should have been their. Betty I think they did that because of Marcel but I can over look that. CJ well he did make it farther than Tre did so...

    I didn't like that fact that it was about the holidays and this time it was money for them instead of charity. Maybe it should have been in reverse with the Four Star All-Stars.

    How do I feel about Tiff winning, well she did go ok but we didn't see much really 'great' come from her. But I did perfer her last dish over Tre, mostly because Tre's dish was more Betty than him. And to tell the true I was hoping for Marcel to win. I would have like it to be Tre and Marcel one on one. Without being there to taste the food I can't say for sure who should have won.

    The challenge was sweet, head to head each meal and then two elimated after each course, until there was two left. Yah that was sweet.
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    gabfan31

    [4]Dec 7, 2007
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    Sandee was the only one I found to be a strange choice. Most of the people were the ones who made it to the end (Tiffani, Marcel), almost the end (CJ, Stephen), or got knocked out too early for their talent (Tre, Josie). Betty had a number of wins early on, so even she had a right to be there. But Sandee? The only thing that makes sense to me is that they wanted to give her a shot at redemption, or something. I mean, she didn't get knocked out for bad food in season three, she got knocked out for food that didn't fit the definition of a challenge. However, I don't think she was their best choice, but like the chefs of the QuickFire, we have to take what is given to us, and somebody is bound to get stuck with the cheese log. As a closet Tiffani fan I was happy to see her win, though Tre is such a gentleman I was disappointed that second prize wasn't at least a new set of Caphalon cookware or something good like that. I mean, signed cookbooks are nice, but really!!! How about a really cool knife or three? A blender? Something! But while we're on the subject of who should have been on the show, where the heck was Bourdain?! I was really hoping it was him under the Santa suit, and when Eric started taking off the beard for one brief second I actually thought it was him. Oh well, I'm sure the contestants appreciated it being Ripert more, but the viewers probably would have enjoyed Bourdain more!
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    life_seems_bleh

    [5]Dec 16, 2007
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    could it be possible that they couldn't get any of the other contestants to come back for some reason and Sandee was the only choice? probably not...
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    danharr

    [6]Dec 22, 2007
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    I really didn't find this one very thrilling or engaging guess I just didnt care for the chef's. Too bad about Tre I thought for sure he'd take it.
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    starwolf99

    [7]Mar 13, 2008
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    They had to have paid Eric Ripert a lot of money to dress up as Santa Claus.
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    wingsabre

    [8]Apr 9, 2008
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    Yeah, I'd say Sandy was a bad choice. CJ made sense since it was a redemption for the worst dish in the series. Josie, was kicked off because she was paired off wrong, so this was like her second chance. Betty + Marcel, no need for a comment. Everyone else kind of made sense.

    I would love to see a special with all the people who were eliminated during the first two or three challenges. Like a redemption special. My guess is most of the chefs will not agree to that.
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