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I haven't seen it yet but I'm bummed Lee Anne didn't get to the finals. However, I have to agree and think you're dead on with your observations. My pick for the final three would have been Harold, Lee Anne and Dave with Harold and Lee Anne as the final two. Time to the alter the recipe . . .

I just can't believe Tiffani's bad attitude has advanced this far. Perhaps she'll be a wee bit more appreciative and take that cinnamon stick out of her posterior. She does show moments of mellowing from time to time.

Dave, God love him, he just makes me too nervous to watch sometimes. Don't you wish we could taste the food so we would have a better assessment of their talent?

So, with Lee Anne out of the kitchen, my chopsticks are crossed for Harold! Bon Appetit!

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I am hoping for Harold or Dave to win.

I think Tiffany has a good work ethic as far as being a hard worker but you cant step on people. Remember those who you step on --on the way up are the ones who will step on you on your way down.

its called Karma! :blink:

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I haven't seen it yet but I'm bummed Lee Anne didn't get to the finals... My pick for the final three would have been Harold, Lee Anne and Dave with Harold and Lee Anne as the final two. Time to the alter the recipe . . .

I was bummed too! I had the same picks for final 3 and 2 with Harold winning

I just can't believe Tiffani's bad attitude has advanced this far...

I couldn't believe it either! I doubt she'll see the light, after hearing what she told the judges last night. She's so full of herself it's unreal. She absolutely thinks everyone there is beneath her, just like Stephen did.

Dave, God love him, he just makes me too nervous to watch sometimes. Don't you wish we could taste the food so we would have a better assessment of their talent?

Totally agree! I like Dave, but he makes me nervous, too. He's a good guy though, glad to see him make it to the end

So, with Lee Anne out of the kitchen, my chopsticks are crossed for Harold! Bon Appetit!

mine too :) !!!

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HMMMM never thought Harold was gay....but then again.....

he was so stuborn about answering the question of if he was single or not....

things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

i want harold or dave to win

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Tonights reunion show wasn't as great as I thought it would be...but it had a few moments. Ken was just an obnoxious jerk plain and simple. The Dave and Tiffianni tiff was played out again but pretty much wore it self out pretty quickly..We get it... you guys hate each other.Tifianni was her total self-righteous bitch self. The big blowup wasn't even really that bad..Stephen just got mad because Ken was laughing at him act like a fool on a clip..no biggie. I'm pretty sure had it gone to blows Ken would have wiped the floor with Stephen so he was pretty smart to just back away. Other than that it was pretty tame. I have to admit that whole "go makeout" sequence with Stephen and Harold in the room was really funny. Miguel turned out to be a good sport about the whole thing and didn't bad mouth anyone.

Unfortunately Bravo is dragging the Finale out for two weeks to torture us. Only two will make it since there will be an quickfire elimination in part 1. I'm betting the final two are going to be Tifianni and Harold. If you go to Bravo and read Chef Toms Blog he really didn't want Dave in the final three but the producers basically vetoed him.

Hopefully Harold takes it all...

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Crap...I knew i was missing something last night!! Oh well, I'll catch it this weekend. I really wish they would have a showdown with all three. Why drag them all out to Vegas if you're gonna boot one before the cook-off?

As far as Tiffani being a self-righteous bitch, I have to agree. Anyone who has to say on national television that theyare a nice person...really isn't. But, I see Harold as maybe a hair less, but still quite full of himself. The microwave comp is what did it for me. Don't you understand that a GREAT many "top chef's" would LOVE to have one of their dishes marketed and sold to the general public in stires everywhere. It is a huge money making tool, and gets your name out to everyone. So short sited are the conceited!

I'm sorry to hear Ken was an ass, I never saw him on the show, but figured he would make it interesting? I was so hoping Stephen would have a swolen lip to match his head by the end of the night. :P

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I loved Stephen throughout the show. Yes, he was arrogant from time to time and he went over the top with his attitudes towards some of his fellow competitors but, I saw him as wanting to raise the standards restraunt food and experience.

I realize that it's a small market that enjoys his kind of fine dining and so, in order to make any money at those kinds of restraunts you have to be fresh, innovative, confident and have amazing skills in the kitchen. I feel he came from a place of "good" when he tried to "teach" people. I realize it came off condescending at times but, I feel he wanted people to have an experience... not just eat.

I was really happy to see him at the reunion humble himself and apologize for his behavior on TV. Although, I'm sure that side of him is real... I just think that it's just a part and not representative of the whole man. I think last night we saw the side that some of the other chef's saw... which is a good person, a great chef and an understanding of what his vision for dining was... and the passion to make that dream a reality.

I wish him luck and I would love to dine at his restraunt someday. It's not something I do often (twice in my life... I'm 39) but, if you really love wine, food and an experinece of dining... it can be a very enjoyable evening.

(Just my opinion... be gentle :D )

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I thought Dave was waaaaaay too out of control on that reunion show. Tiffany deserved what she was getting from pretty much everyone, but Dave was too over the top for my taste, yelling in her ear, hand waving and pointing his finger right close to her face...ugh, too much!

Ken acted like a total a'hole, I didn't expect him to make such a spectacle of himself.

Miguel was very funny.

Stephen stole my heart. I thought he was a young man acting old and creepy delusional during the show, but...at the reunion, it was obvious that he had learned a lot from watching himself on TV. I thought he was sincere and I loved how he apologized to Candice. He won me over big time. Not a tool and a douche bag in my book anymore... :P

I don't think Harold is gay (not that there's anything wrong with that :) ). He may just have started going out with someone and was resistant to call it a "relationship" at that moment. I don't remember him being full of himself at any moment, but most talented surgeons, chefs, artists have a huge ego so I guess I can forgive Harold if, every once in a while, his creeps out :blush:. I hope he wins.

All in all, the reunion was not as interesting as it promised to be, Too much empty yelling and chaos....BUT... It still was worth watching, if only to see Stephen come down to earth and Tiffany getting an earfull from everyone :D

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Too bad Dave can't read directions and messed up on that third plate because I think he could have beat Tiffanni. His nerves gets him too frazzled. Tonight's results seemed fair.

Harold kicked butt tonight and was really cool to see Leanne, Miguel and Stephen as guest judges. They did great IMO.

I really believe this is Harolds' to lose against Tiffanni next week. He's really proved you can be a good chef without being a big a$$hole.

Harold vs Tifanni next week for the final finale. Go Harold...

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Indeed Dave--although i like him--got way too frazzled in the comp and i knew as soon as he sent out only

2 dishes instead of 3 that he was a gonner.

I want Harold to win i have always liked him.

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Harold has been my pick from the get-go as well...I've worked with a few chefs in my life and I must say that Tiffani fits the mold to most I have come across, I cant stand her and dont want her to win but she does have the attitude of some of the top chefs in this area
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I think Dave didn't make it to the finals ONLY because he's a sac of nerves and the show's producers chose to go with the "villain versus good guy" formula for the finale instead of the "frazzled sac of nerves vs cool guy"... so... they let Tiffany go to the end with Harold.

In all three "tastings" last night, Tiffany's food was voted least favorite from each set of judges and Dave's won one, came in second best in another, and would have won the third one too, had he not messed up and sent two instead of 3 dishes up :rolleyes: .

The competition is about the quality of the food. Tiffany's food was of the lowest quality each time last night, even though she sent three selections all 3 times. I would rather get two great dishes than three crappy ones. She did not deserve to be spared, Dave was robbed :( .

GO HAROLD!!!

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So did Harold win?

Or is it on the air for another week, I missed the show cause it was my birthday yesterday..

I have been voting for Harold for a while now .. he's cool.

I don't like Tiffany.

I liked Dave .. he's a good guy and I am sure he will be a great chef someday.

I was sad to see Leanne go last week. I liked her way more than Tiffany.

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So did Harold win?...

Not yet, next week (Wednesday) is the finale... Tiffany vs Harold.

...I missed the show cause it was my birthday yesterday...

!!! :) HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY :) !!!

...I don't like Tiffany...

I don't think there's that many that do, LOL :P!

...I liked Dave .. he's a good guy and I am sure he will be a great chef someday...

Me too! But he needs to get in control of his nerves...PRONTO :blink: !

...I was sad to see Leanne go last week. I liked her way more than Tiffany...

Me too...*sigh*

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okay, I finally saw the last episode and I concur...DAVE GOT SCREWED!!! Tiffani, besides being an absolute bitch, has zero respect for her audience. I lost count on how many times she snobbishly quipped to the judges, "I'm the first to admit if I'm wrong, but I don't think I was..." I'm not denying that she has GREAT culinary skills, but she has unreal expectations of her audience and "to hell with them" attitude if they don't agree. She says she serves high rollers all of the time and they really want simple. What?? Simple, yes, boring no.

In all three challenges, her dishes were considered the worst. And judge Tom...if you're reading this, YOU ARE ON NOTICE!! You poorly replayed the third competition when it came to Dave's 2 dishes. You completely left out that two of the four guests actually turned up their noses at Tiffani's food. You have always disapproved of Dave's antics and looked down your nose at his abilities. I hope cooks all around the globe booger your food. After watching the episode, now I understand why the diners were not welcome at the judges table. In the look back episode, Tom, YOU said this wasn't a populatity contest. But it's obvious you think it is. The diners had no idea who prepared what and gave honest opinions. You don't like Dave so Dave got the boot. Tom...you are on notice and I have a booger waiting for you should you decide to step into my restaurant.

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I agree that you could tell chef Tom didnt like Dave.

I also think that is the major reason he was gone as opposed to Tif...and that is what she always seems like she is in a great big Tif.

Its all about the food they kept saying...well then Dave's food was better than Tif's .

GO HAROLD!!! plus he is cute!

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Yes!!!Harold won. I actually got a little scared the wench would pull it off for being so ambitious but when she tried to take credit for Dave's dessert I think that pissed off Chef Tom. So glad he called her out.

It was funny that Stephen, Leaane, Miguel and Dave all told judges they wanted Harold to win. Even the online votiing had it 93% Harold and only 7% Tiffianni.

Great season..can't wait til the next one.

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Yes!!! Harold won. Great season . . . can't wait 'til the next one.
Thank You! StephenV! I was searching to find out who won and now I can watch the final episode without my blood pressure going through a pressure cooker! Sounds typical of Tiffani to try to steal credit or the thunder of another contestant. I think that was her recipe throughout the season. I can't wait to see her finally get her just desserts!

I'm still curious about her reaction to being accused of kitchen sabotage during the reunion show. An innocent person would just laugh it off while she quietly defended her position. Instead, she broke down in tears and ran into a corner of the studio. I can't imagine multiple chefs making accusations just to stab her in the back with a carving knife. Where there's smoke . . . there's Tiffani! LOL!

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THE SECOND SEASON OF BRAVO'S HIT CULINARY COMPETITION SERIES 'TOP CHEF' BEGINS PRODUCTION IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

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ACTRESS AND AWARD-WINNING WRITER PADMA LAKSHMI TAPPED AS HOST FOR SECOND SEASON

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PASADENA, Calif. -- July 13, 2006 -- Principal photography will commence this month in Los Angeles on thirteen episodes of the second season of Bravo's acclaimed culinary competition series "Top Chef." The announcement was made today by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for Bravo, during the network's session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, CA. The second season will feature a new crop of 15 rising chefs who will compete for the coveted title of "Top Chef" and participate in stringent culinary challenges against a glitzy new backdrop - the city of Los Angeles. The contestants will reside and most of the season's production activity will be centered in the city's culturally burgeoning downtown area. The second season premiere is scheduled for October 2006.

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