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Top Chef drama, one of the finale sous chefs is displeased…

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Hat tip to Andy for the link.

Many who follow Top Chef have been quick to blame Casey for Carla’s poor showing in the season finale that aired on Wednesday. The episode made it seem as though Casey strongly suggested a lot of the dishes or changes to dishes that were widely panned by the judges. Essentially she was accused of taking the soul and love out of Carla’s dishes (which is sort of an absurd accusation).

I piled on as well, I’ll admit. I love Casey, but the show made it seem like she was off. Well today Casey responded on Side Dish, and she is displeased:

Carla was not prepared and in over her head. The show did not talk about how the first course (crab) took her half of the friggin’ cooking time that day, I was left to work the rest of HER dishes.

She also did not have a plan. The ONLY thing she had in mind was a cheese course! I would NEVER do a cheese course. And where in the hell did french come from!? She is not even classically trained! It (the show) didn’t talk about how I worked on a sauce for 2 days and Carla forgot to put it on the plate… It didn’t show how the 2nd course (fish) was MINE. It didn’t show how she took the sous vide idea and decided to GRILL it last minute causing it to be tough… And it didn’t show how she WANTED to do the souffles which she does not even know how to make! That was HER food, because it certainly was me asking her how she wanted to do this and that while she was busy picking crab the entire time and making a souffle that didn’t rise!

I am done with TC. I did not influence her. She has NO ideas of her own, oh, except a cheese course.

As the side dish article says, wow. I will be the first one to call out Bravo on their edited techniques. They create the show they want to present to the general public, and a lot of that times it is blatantly obvious that they are screwing around with us.

That being said, I didn’t get that feeling from this episode of Top Chef (beyond the fake rivalry between Hosea and Stefan).

So what do you think? Do you believe Casey when she says that Carla was in way over her head?


February 27, 2009 - Posted by | Nonsense | , ,


  1. both — I think Casey is a whiny bitch who was SUCH a bad choice to bring back as a sous chef, and I think Carla was totally unprepared. as far as her plans i.e. cheese tart, DON’T change your plan mid-competition. stick with your gut.

    still.. poor Carla.

    Comment by Mallory | February 27, 2009

  2. I think when it comes down to it, the show is called top chef. “Chef” is a job title and when you’re at your job (especially one in which you’re executive) you have to be in control. Carla completely shat the bed with this one by a) being completely flustered and b) not putting her foot down as to what she wanted to do and how she wanted to do it. If she didn’t want to sous vide to cook her meat, then she shouldn’t try. If she didn’t want to make a friggin’ souffle, she shouldn’t attempt to. As much as I enjoyed Carla’s flair and what she put behind her work, this is on her 100%. There are no exceptions when you are fulfilling your job description and nobody’s expected to cut you any slack. On the flip side, Casey is being rather whiney. Who cares if she had you make a sauce and then she forgot to put it on the plate. You’re not playing for $100,000…

    Now, Stefan…. that’s a whole different story.

    Comment by Miller | February 27, 2009

  3. I would like to sous vide something.

    Comment by marcsgchat | February 27, 2009

  4. I would like to au jus something.

    Comment by Miller | February 27, 2009

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