It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about the recent season of Top Chef. I’m sure you can understand why – my wonderful boyfriend is gone! And I think it was unfair. Bring back my Richard!
So with my reality love gone from my screen, I have had to work to find new people to root for. Right now I’m pinning my adoration on Carla and Ariane. Weird, right? I clearly have a preference for a woman that looks or acts just a wee bit crazy.
I mean, how can you not love Carla when she gets all crazy-eyed fawning over the Harlem Gospel Choir and Kenneth Cole? And at the same time she shows the integrity not to throw Danny under the bus even though he clearly sabotaged her wonton salad cups. Also Carla is a DC-based chef right now, and I’d love to see her open a restaurant so I can try it out – I hear she likes to make pies. (No, I’m not itching to go see Spike’s burger joint.)
Ariane seemed like a real loser when the season started, but suddenly Ms. Jersey Girl is on fire – and becoming a real pleasure to watch. No one appears more surprised by her success than Ari herself, and that’s pretty cool. Plus I admit I get a touch of schadenfreude every time she one-ups Jamie in a challenge! I am starting to wonder if Jamie’s poised to win it all, however. Just lay off the scallops for awhile, girl.
The men are so-so to me (lots of bravado, not a lot of substance), but Hosea is starting to become a pleasant contender. We’ll see how long he’s in for it.
So what do you think? Who’s your favorite now, since the adorable Richard is gone? And who do you think will win?