It was awesome when she was in front of the judges’ table for the semifinals she didn’t even mention Dale’s oversight of leaving the pork belly out. She could have pulled out that card and started pointing fingers for not having won the challenge, but no one in America doubts she could give Richard a run for his money. It’s true she’s only won one quickfire challenge, but she and Richard have dominated the elimination challenges. She sees the big picture. She has vision with her menus. She keeps her cool AND she doesn’t burn bridges. Lisa’s done a great job making enemies. And did you see her at the end of the semifinals? She barked at the other two finalists for not congratulating her quickly enough. What about their congratulations, bucko? They made the finals, too. Where are their props?
It’s going to come down to Stephanie and Richard. Lisa’s only there as a prop, a Carrie Ingalls; though I think Carrie Ingalls could probably win over Lisa in the personality department. Richard is an exceptional chef; Stephanie is phenomenal. Richard is innovative and clever; Stephanie is steady and her food is consistently delicious (as if I’ve eaten it before). Stephanie’s opening of her team’s restaurant in the restaurant wars episode was beyond impressive. Stephanie is my age; I’ve already imagined us becoming friends. See, I wouldn’t even make her cook gourmet meals whenever she’d come over to hang out. I’d make her kettle corn, and she’d ask for my recipe. I’d ask her about Chicago and she wouldn’t even act like she won Top Chef. Then we’d probably go to a water park with the rest of the cast, even Lisa, and anybody else who wants to come along. She and Richard would tease each other about who should have won the finale, and Lisa might be pouting in a corner somewhere, or playing in the kiddie pool. Then, I’d invite Stephanie to church, then on our walk from the subway to the church building we’d run into Abandon and Goblins. And for some reason, Sameer Mishra would be walking along with his family, spelling random hard words, and I’d yell out “numnah!” because I couldn’t help it. Then Stephanie would invite everyone over and offer to cook dinner. Then I’d chatter about the whole experience at the next testimony meeting at church. Susan and Tim would bear their testimonies, too.
I like Richard as well. I’d be okay if he won. But, I’m rooting for Stephanie.