Trish's Dish

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Top Chef Finale vs. Project Runway finale

OK first of all I am a HUGE Project Runway fan, avid BPR member, went on the tour and all! AND I actually DID enjoy Top Chef! However, let's compare the Top Chef Finale to either of the Project Runway Finales.

- First of all, we know the PR finale is pretty damn close to being live. I mean, we all know it's during Olympus Fashion Week and is aired close to then. We have no clue when the Top Chef finale took place.

- Bravo gave us the option last night to text in our vote for the winner (at a cost of $.99, which I didn't know when I cast my vote for luscious Harold

but hey, whatever!) When I voted, I received a text back thanking me for my vote and not to worry, Tiffani had a standing job offer with Elizabeth Falkner (guest judge/owner of Citizen Cake in SF). Maybe it was me, but I took that as "hey, Harold is gonna win, but on the odd chance that you're one of the 3% that voted for Tiffani, don't worry - she'll be fine"). I mean, it didn't totally ruin it for me, in my world ANYTHING can go wrong even when things look great lol and I was waiting a little for the shoe to drop on Harold, but its something PR would never have done (as far as "spilling it" - I'm not putting the text vote thing past them for Season 3).

- On a positive note for Top Chef, we got to see a little more of the "backstabbing" so to speak here. Tiffani's 2 teammates in the Finale BOTH sold her down the river when they were asked who should win. Yes, Santino and Kara questioned Chloe's "passion", but in the end sort of admitted they were trying to save their own butts. I highly doubt Dave and Tiffani had that same conversation after THAT show!

- True, there is no one better than Tim Gunn. We all know this! Even Tom Collicchio knows this (he said it today in his blog!) However, he comes damn close. He's like a seasoned sports commentator on that judge's table. He definitely has a knack for this. However the other season's judges on Top Chef were HARDLY Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka or my all-time favorite - Diane Von Furstenburg. Oh - and also - Tom's hot too!

- We're reasonably sure no one slept together on PR (I mean I know we all had questions about 38D, but they were answered in blogs and we were told Bravo didn't permit it!). However, the Harold-Lee Ann rumors are intriguing! I hope they are dating!

- Let's face it. Top Chef without a "Blogging Top Chef" is just not even close to Project Runway in a "Blogging Project Runway" world. The End.

So to summarize, Project Runway seems a cut (pun intended lol) above Top Chef in putting together a quality product. However, Top Chef was a nice diversion with more fun straight boys to watch and an overall good time! Plus - my boyfriend likes food more than he likes clothes so he actually watched along!


  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Tbone said…

    I found it interesting that Tom mentioned that he was "not Tim Gunn". He clearly had been receiving a lot of that unfair comparison.

    I wouldn't say "he was close" though either. Just different. He just needs to continue being himself.

  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger The Scarlett said…

    I didn't like Tom's fumbling/stumbling speech pattern. It often made it seem as if he was uncertain of what he was saying at times.

    I thought it nasty that the producers made it seem that three were going to the finale and then, oh darn, they really didn't mean it.

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger annie said…

    I thought that it was mentioned on the first show that Harold was married and had a small baby, but I'm not sure.

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger floretbroccoli said…

    Part of the Tom's-no-Tim problem is that his role is defined differently. Tim resolutely refused to have any part in the judging, while Tom is the head judge. Tim helped everybody. Tom couldn't even tell Harold that there was an ice cream maker. Top Chef needs to make Tom a judge only or a real mentor only. Not fair to him or helpful to anyone to claim that he fills both roles.

    I have a theory about last week's quick-fire elimination. My guess is that TC automatically said they'd have three finalists because PR has three. When it came down to working out the format for the final competition, I think it became clear that they couldn't have the judges tasting three meals, so then decided to reduce the real final to two.

  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger Trish said…


  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger Sara said…

    Duh!!!! Just check Trish's profile and you'll find her blog Sara....

    I miss having a TV and cable - I was a total Survivor freak from the very beginning, but now I've missed three seasons and I feel so out of the loop. And all these shows you're talking about - I am CLUELESS!!!


  • At 6:11 AM, Blogger Moi ;) said…

    OK Trish where are all the guard photos? LOL

    It's drum corps time....seen anyone yet? I am going to try and get to East, and maybe Bensalem or Clifton - we are going to Chicago in early August (and Madison, believe it or not, where my husband's uncle is in a Nursing Home)....I don't think I could get him to finals....maybe quarters or semis....


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