There was also extensive discussion about each dish from the judges and guest chefs that helped communicate what viewers at home can't experience: the food's taste.
As a result of his familiar but well-executed dishes, Ilan, a 24-year-old New York line cook, won the title and the show's prizes (including 0,000).
His lone wolf stance coupled with his arrogance, alienated him from the others from the start.
Later in this same video, Ilan mentions his distrust of Marcel, setting the stage for future confrontations.
“It’s not common to have one woman in the kitchen,” said Zoi, a lesbian contestant whose girlfriend also competed on the show.
“That is probably the biggest struggle as a female — just break[ing] people’s image of what a chef is.” But as the season wore on, the dudes who had been sharpening their Wüsthofs for a dick-slinging showdown — Dale with his “I’m not here to make friends” attitude, Spike with his smug grin and tilted porkpie hat — were forced to pack their knives and go.
Their fate rests, at least partly, in the hands of “Top Chef” co-host Tom Colicchio. They’re not sleeping, they’re constantly being judged, they have no idea what’s coming at them, and I think I owe them a certain amount of respect. When I was 26, 27 years old I was running a kitchen in New York, and I was a raving lunatic. So why would somebody with a successful restaurant business decide to go on television? My wife says, “You gotta stop telling this.” I got tired of sitting next to Mario Batali or Bobby Flay at a book signing when they sign 200 books and I sign 10.If I'm going to go down in a burning plane I'm going to be at the wheel.'Stephen: This wedding cake had no potential whatsoever. The culinary world is definitely stronger having you cooking in it. He takes the glass light for his mom's Christmas, and he puts it in the window..I did not want to attach my name – even if I were to help – because, you know, mediocrity is not my game and I just didn't want to have anything to do with it. For the past eight, ten years, I've been the best at my field, and I'm fully relying on my abilities to take me over the top. It's 100% fruit juice, which is what I made my gelee from, which has, like, so much flavor! Ilan: You know what's really funny Marcel, the first day I got here I've been wanting to smack you across the face. Dale: Before I started this competition, I had one of the top 20 restaurants in the country in my hands. You put together a fabulous meal with great flavors, and you're cooking with a ton of confidence. Hung, you've proven throughout this entire competition that you're a great technician, but in this challenge, you married it with passion. Richard: Kind of a play on the Fizzy Lifting Drink: a pear and a celery soda. I feel that I'm metrosexual or whatever the hell you want to call it. I'm the only one that had the testicular fortitude to pick a real charcoal grill. Mark: A few people go for shrimp straight off the bat. How can I throw the [shrimp on the barbie] when they're already doing it? [laughs]Ryan: I wanted to have a whole dining experience at my table. I wanted to be able to say "Okay, so somebody doesn't eat chicken, but, wow there's a dessert.After two five-course meals were served to the judges and guest chefs, the judges determined that Ilan Hall defeated Marcel Vigneron.Unlike the frenetically edited earlier episodes, the finale spent a lot of time focusing on Ilan and Marcel as they selected their menus, prepared and plated their food, and explained it to the judges.