If you ever thought that being on a reality show (especially winning a reality show) was a quick way to get famous and ensure future success, just watch Life After Top Chef and consider that myth thoroughly busted. The new series, which premiered last night, is like an unscripted version of The L.A. Complex, minus the entertainment value. The show follows former Top Chef contestants Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn and Jen Carroll as they try to parlay their 15 minutes of fame into restaurants and other businesses to varying degrees of success. But after one hour, I already feel caught up enough on their lives and annoying personalities that I don't need to follow them for a full season.
Tonight's the finale of Top Chef... if you still care. We lost non-professional interest weeks ago. Perhaps it's because we were coming off an all-star installment, so this was bound to be a letdown, or maybe the show just tried to change too many things and failed. Here's what we felt fell flatter than a soufflé this Texas-based season:
The Top Chef finale, or as I like to call it, "The Anybody But Hosea Finale," is next week, and the top four is a lot less horrifying than it was last year. Because last year's top four had Lisa in it, and while Leah is not as terrible as Lisa, putting her in the final four would have been this season's equivalent of that. So yay, no more Leah. Anyway, Stefan's pretty much got this year's win in the bag, and with good reason -- besides being great television, the man can cook -- but even so, I'm still futilely holding out for a Carla upset. Here's why.
Onward. I have to rescind my initial thoughts about Gene based on his cheesy-ass troubadour promo because dude is clearly a savant! And props for working your way up from dishwasher to Top Chef contender, too. Him FTW.
"Food Network is currently casting for a new cooking competition series and is looking for professional chefs, who want to test their culinary skills against those of their peers. Four competitors will race against the clock; their food judged on taste, creativity, and presentation by the experts. Three are eliminated along the way, and only one remains the ultimate winner."
"Oh no, I don't read the blogs -- you couldn't pay me to read the blogs. I don't want to know what people who can't even afford to eat in my restaurant, let alone know how to cook have to say about me, and the few comments I did read on Eater.com a few weeks back because my job asked me to read 'em. The best they could come up with was that I was ugly."
Even the stars of Revolution don't understand why so many people are watching their show.
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