‘Top Chef’: Now we’re cooking

Bravo’s “Top Chef” is going into its finale with the final four chefs set. Frankly, we couldn’t muster up the energy to blog about the whole season but I think it’s time we weighed in.

FinalfourKathy: Phil, is Lisa the most unpleasant contestant ever on the show? Her folded arms, grumpy, sour face and inability to take criticism are so off-putting I’ve been rooting for her to get booted for weeks now.

Phil: Weeks? How about months? It seemed like there were so many opportunities for her to get the boot — why she stayed and Dale left is beyond me — and this past week was no different. OK, so Spike makes a bad decision and uses frozen scallops as the centerpiece of a dish, but she created a dish that sounded so unappetizing — peanut butter mashed potatoes — that no right-thinking steakhouse diner would order it. Antonia had the right idea: Go basic. Lisa, according to the judges, had flaws in her technique; Spike did everything he could to salvage the scallops. He could have possibly saved himself by using them as an accent rather than the key ingredient. 

Kathy: Peanut butter mashed potatoes. Ugh.

Kathy: So who’s your favorite? I’ve loved Stephanie from the start and Richard has grown on me but if I were to be served a meal from just one contestant, I’d choose Antonia. There’s something about her comfort food approach I find appealing.

Phil: Antonia has long been my favorite on a number of levels and it seems like a lot of tasks play to her strengths — cooking for kids, for example. If I had to choose a person who would be cooking me dinner every night when I got home, it would be Antonia. If I wanted a place to go every Saturday for a year for a weekly nice meal, it would be Stephanie. For those annual big occasions, I have a feeling that Richard has some things up his sleeve that would make those events really special. Lisa can handle take-out when you’re exhausted on a Thursday night.

— Kathy Lyford and Phil Gallo

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