Top Chef: All Stars

2006, TV Show

Top Chef Episode: "Finale Part 2"

Season 3, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The winning chef is revealed in the conclusion of the two-part Season 3 finale.
Original Air Date: Oct 3, 2007

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"Finale" Part 2 Season 3, Episode 14

There you have it baby! A thrilling end to a thrilling season of Top Chef. Unpredictable until the last 15 minutes, we saw twists and turns that at least I was not expecting. And we got a live reveal of the winner to finish it all up. For the finale, the chefs were at the Aspen Mountain Lodge, which costs more than $100,000 to be a member of. That's five zeros my friends. I don't know what's there, but for that much money, I'd expect naked women, bacon in my hand every time I snap my fingers and um naked women. I mentioned that twice, didn't I? Hey, it's $100,000 - there better be a ton of naked women. Coincidentally, the winner of Top Chef gets $100,000, too. As is usually the case with the last episode, the chefs are told to make their best meal ever for the judges. They needed to come up with three courses and hand the menu to Tom. I like the handing-the-menu-to-Tom thing, as it forces the chefs to stick to their initial game plans and not go to plan C when their foam doesn't come out quite right. They also get a sous chef, which is where twist No. 1 comes in. Just like the chefs, I also expected to see old contestants like Clay back in the fold, but they all got an awesome surprise of Rocco DiSpirito, Michelle Bernstein and Todd English helping them out for the day. I loved seeing the celebrity chefs come in and take orders instead of give them. They were asked not to give input and they didn't. Away from the contestants, they all mentioned how they thought their partner was simply doing too much, but they also did exactly what they were told. Hung, of course, had the best reaction of the group. He was just ridiculously teenager-ish over Rocco, which normally I'd think was kind of sad, but this time I have to admit that it was kind of cute how starstruck he was. Our resident clown, Dale, seemed more giddy than starstuck and was happy to have Todd English working for him. I loved when addressing the point that a celebrity was doing work for him, he said, "I know you have more restaurants than you can count, but chop me some garlic, now." I would have laughed hysterically if he'd said it to Todd's face. Or better yet, told Todd he was his "prep bitch." Oh, Dale! While they are cooking their meals, they get twist No. 2. Tom informs them they have to make a fourth dish and Dale comments, "I wanted to punch him in the face." It didn't seem like a fourth dish fazed anyone too much though. Dale was cool with it, Hung was ready right away and Casey just wasn't organized from the beginning but this didn't make it any worse. Then twist No. 3: Now they get the booted chefs. Weird how it works out that Hung gets Sara, the only one of the three he actually didn't make angry during the show. All the celebrity sous chefs, the regular judges and last week's loser, Brian, get to taste all the dishes together and have their courses compared to each other. The first course goes to Hung. His hamachi fish-and-chips with a "touch of love" gets the best reviews, and while Casey's cinnamon-scented scallop sounded interesting, it was the salmon roe that ruined it. The second course goes to Dale. He puts that fourth dish here instead of at the end of the meal and creates a mean scallop that ends up being Michelle Bernstein's favorite dish. The third course is once again dominated by Hung. The judges think his sous vide duck is perfect. Casey's crispy pork belly is really dried out and Tom says that Dale's gnocchi and lobster was inedible. The final course was taken by Dale. His poached lamb in duck fat was amazing and even more impressive because he had never cooked it before. Hung's chocolate cake was good but not overwhelming and Casey had her first good dish, but it seems that dish was almost made entirely by Howie. So we know Casey isn't taking the crown home (but she did win the popular vote). That's a bit obvious at this point. But then you've got Hung, who had one excellent dish, one really good one, and two good ones, with one being the delicious but boring chocolate cake, and then Dale who had two excellent dishes, one average, and one miserable. It seemed clear Hung was going to win but I could see it going either way there. Tom's contention was that although the chefs were told to overwhelm the judges and Hung's chocolate cake did not have the wow factor to it, he'd still eat it. At the same time, he wouldn't touch Dale's gnocchi/lobster dish again. But then you could say that Dale did wow them twice, so even with one misstep, he still should win. Either way, tough call. In the end, my boy Dale finished second. So I was one off in my prediction that he would win it. I'd be curious to see where the title of Top Chef leads Hung at this point. Past the show, I know nothing about either of the first two winners. The only time I've really heard about them was when they revisited the show. Maybe I'll have to track Hung's whereabouts for a bit. Not stalk, just track. There's a big difference. So that's it folks. I hope you've enjoyed the blog this season and maybe I'll see you back here next year, too! Until next season, friends. Please head on over to our Online Video Guide to check out more from Top Chef. show less
There you have it baby! A thrilling end to a thrilling season of Top Chef. Unpredictable until the last 15 minutes, we saw twists and turns that at least I was not expecting. And we got a live reveal of the winner to finish it all up. For the finale, the chefs were at the Aspen Mountain Lodge, which costs more than $100,000 to be a member of. That's five zeros my friends. I don't know what's there, but for that much money, I'd expect naked women, bacon in my hand every time I snap my fingers and um… naked women. I mentioned that twice, didn't I? Hey, it's $100,000 — there better be a ton of naked women. Coincidentally, the winner of Top Chef gets $100,000, too. As is usually the case with the last episode, the chefs are told to make their best meal ever for the judges. They needed to come up with three courses and hand the menu to Tom. I like the handing-the-menu-to-Tom thing, as it forces the chefs to stick to their initial game plans and not go to plan C when their foam ... read more

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