Did Bravo publish extended video of the finale? I know sometimes they do that, which could help in determining what the critics thought.
I noticed that we did not get everyone's opinions on every dish served, when we heard from one critic on Chris' first course, we didn't hear his/her opinion for Chris' second course. Same with Kerry. This is off course due to editing. They have to choose which parts to show because they don't have time to show us 80 opinions (4 courses x 2 chefs x 10 critics) plus the explanation of the challenge, plus the thinking of each chef, plus the shopping, plus the hardships to meet the challenge, plus the prep, plus judges table in a one hour episode.
Also, the editing monkeys would like to accomplish two things with editing: choose the most "dramatic" moments and commentary, and keep viewers guessing until the final second when Padma announces who the winner is. They have fallen into a pattern with all the shows in the franchise where a lot of negative criticism is shown on the winning chef, so that we don't guess he/she won. In fact, I was sure Chris won way before we got to Judges table because of the editing on the commentaries from the critics.
Given that what we heard was only a few comments on the food being served and not ALL the comments about the food being served, I don't think I can categorically affirm that the critics liked Kerry or Chris' food better. I don't think I have enough information to say either way. And since I didn't taste the food, I'm left having to trust the people who did taste it.
What I would categorically affirm is that Chris followed the guidelines and the spirit of the final challenge to a T, while Kerry was more cerebral and went at it backwards (choosing the dishes first and then trying to assign them to the different emotions they were supposed to represent). Based on that alone, Chris won the last challenge by a mile. Based on the entire competition, I also think Chris took more chances and overall, did much better than Kerry. I don't remember the exact tally, but I think Chris won more challenges than Kerry.
So, all in all, I believe the right person won.
(And I'm proud that a fellow Venezuelan made it to the third spot in TCM, not too shabby!)
Edited by WearyTraveler, Oct 3, 2012 @ 6:23 PM.