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“Top Chef” Reunion: the cast looks back on the season

kevin2The “Top Chef” cast — both chefs and judges — sat down with moderator Andy Cohen for a reunion episode last night. They looked at clips and outtakes, answer questions from viewers and hashed out some issues that arose during the filming.

My favorite bits were:

  • Kevin admitting that he would have rather cooked for a passel of French culinary luminaries — Joël Robuchon, Daniel Boulud — than sat down to dine with them, as he did in an early episode. “Sitting at that table was one of the most intimidating experiences of my life,” he said of the dinner at which everyone was speaking French. The scene was replayed with amusing “what Kevin was thinking” subtitles to the conversation.
  • Tom remarking that this season’s A-list roster of guest judges (the aforementioned and Thomas Keller) indicates the “show has been embraced by our industry.”
  • Michael sharing the childhood story about being sent to his room without watching “A.L.F.” because he was harassing Bryan.
  • The Voltaggios’ mother, Sharon, giving Bryan the ‘79 Corvette in her garage as a consolation prize. (He’s her favorite, right?)
  • Kevin defending Eli’s decision to live with his parents. “It’s not like he’s a shut-in living in his parents’ basement, eating cereal at 3 in the morning.”
  • Eli saying he and Kevin bonded because they’re both “rednecks with slightly higher than average I.Q.’s.” Also, the outtake where Eli and Kevin are talking about supersonic travel in the stew room and don’t even notice that Padma has arrived to call in the winners.
  • The uncomfortable rehash of the tense goings on with Robin. That’s the only time everyone stopped laughing. Michael offered the only conciliatory gesture by praising her for washing dishes in the house. He also called her “mothering,” which I’m not sure she liked.

Did you watch the reunion? Any favorite moments?

17 comments Add your comment


December 17th, 2009
8:43 am

I still believe Kevin was the true winner. How can you win so many quickfires and elimination challenges and not be considered Top Chef? I htink the show does not look at the season as the deciding factor. The finale show is the only one that counts.


December 17th, 2009
9:24 am

I know Eli’s a hometown guy and all, but I [not literally] hated him during the season. Nothing about last night changed that, and I wanted it to. He’s the little cocky kid that just needs a slap…the problem is that he’s an adult.


December 17th, 2009
9:51 am

The right person one. He was the most creative and innovating.


December 17th, 2009
9:51 am

This was the best season of them all!


December 17th, 2009
10:04 am

I agree with Eric. The same thing happened to another Atlanta, Richard Blaise, who was the best chef throughout his season and had a sub par finale (by his standards) and didn’t win. However, I do feel that the brothers were very talented chefs and that the winner could have been any one of the three finalists. To me this was the best season because all the contestants were real chefs who had proven themselves to some extent already. It’s just so incredible to watch people like that at their craft and see how their creative minds work in putting together a dish off the top of their heads. I’m always amazed at how little money some of these people make. I missed the show last night so I’ll have to find the rerun and set my DVR.


December 17th, 2009
10:23 am

Just an FYI there is another part to this show airing tonight at midnight. So stay up late, set your DVR, or check back here tomorrow morning. The fan favorite will be announced tonight. My guess is that it’s Kevin, especially based on the votes tallied in the final episode from text (and online?) votes.


December 17th, 2009
12:11 pm

That bit with Francophones was hilarious. Maybe Kevin should join Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta. (
I really liked what he said about being smart.


December 17th, 2009
12:45 pm

Nuts! I missed this.. Gotta go look for it…

John Kessler

December 17th, 2009
3:01 pm

It does seem like there should be a quantitative way to score the finale…part past winning record, part performance on the meal?


December 17th, 2009
3:09 pm

Eli was an embarrassment to Atlanta. I’m glad he’s leaving … I hope NYC kicks his ass and humbles him …. That cancer comment he gave about Robin was so insane. I’m guessing he’s never had anyone have cancer in his life … Also gonna guess he’s a spoiled brat … that’s just a thought ….. And then the forced apology on the show was not even genuine. Robin (although I wasn’t a fan of her’s) was incredibly classy and relatively honest about the situation.

John Kessler

December 17th, 2009
3:21 pm

Robin makes no apologies — gotta like that about her.
Hey, I’m sneaking this slightly mean question in here: There is something about the way Bryan V. holds his mouth and chin that reminds me of a cartoon character, and I can’t for the life of me remember which one. Does anyone have any idea what I’m talking about?

Maria M

December 17th, 2009
3:43 pm

Well I missed the final.. out of all episodes!
that was my TOP 3 IN THE BEGINING! Michael Was MY winner no matter what happened because he cooked the best food ;) Kevin could’ve won but michael did have thee better style.

I complely agree about Bryan V ^^^^ and Michael looked a bit of a cyco he was sooo close to the camera :D i mean bryan just looked so stiff n sore and michael looked like he was trying to see through the camera LOL

Robin annoyed the ***** out of me.


December 17th, 2009
6:57 pm

I know what you mean about the mouth/chin thing. Some possibilities: Bart Simpson (or, for an even more obscure Simpson character, Principal Seymour Skinner from the Simpson show – had to look it up:,
Droopy Dog, Jon Arbuckle (Garfield the cat’s owner).


December 18th, 2009
9:52 am

It’s Clutch Cargo

Dan E

December 18th, 2009
11:09 am

Kevin should have won…hands down!! He made southern food with a touch of class….I love it!! As for the divorce he is going through…shake it off Kevin. Go hook up with Jennifer and start a killer restaurant!!


December 18th, 2009
11:15 am

Kevin’s comment before the last 3, that a really, really good chef is going to be sent home. I think they were all good, including Jennifer. As to Bryan and the cartoon character, how about Dudley Do-Right? I don’t mean to belittle Bryan by the cartoon comment because I think handled the whole thing wth a lot of class.

Carrie Neal Walden

December 19th, 2009
1:50 pm

Robin handled herself very well, in my opinion. I was disappointed in Eli’s apology- growing up, we weren’t allowed to give any versions of “sorry but’s” – so his “I’m sorry IF….” version was subpar, I thought. Kevin was gracious, as expected.