I'm a day behind and haven't seen today's shows yet, but I wanted to say congratulations to Ash! His dishes in the last several rounds always looks delicious and he really seems to be a truly talented chef. But I would have been happy with any of the 3 winning. Steve seemed quite humble and very talented and Claire was adorable and so (so!) young with a unique perspective. Any of them deserved to win.
It's a rare, rare thing when I like all the finalists in a competition and would be happy with anyone winning, but that's how it's been on these past two series of MCUK. I mean, I really liked Oli in the 2012 series, and wanted to him to win, but I found Keri to be very endearing, very motivated, and a brilliant chef. Anton was also a sweetie and had "mad skills." So I wasn't sad at all when Oli didn't win.
I wonder if it's because this show is really all about the cooking and not the personalities, but as someone said upthread these contestants seem to be there because they want to get to the top of their game in cooking. They seem eager to learn, excited to be there and dedicated to their art. So far none of them seem to be there because they want to be on TV or become a "star" outside of a Michelin one! Makes it hard to dislike anyone. Plus, I feel like the decisions made by the judges are sound and fair. So in the end, it does seem like the best of the best are battling for the win!
One thing though... at the start of the finale with Ash, Claire and Steve, I thought I had accidentally stumbled onto the start of a new season as there were contestants I'd never seen before showcased at the beginning gof the show... then I realized it was contestants from previous seasons and I FF'd quickly because I didn't want to be spoiled as to who may win or even go far in the seasons we haven't seen yet. Assuming we are going to continue to see these backwards, I was sort of bummed that the beginning of the finale may have spoiled some of the wins upcoming for us.
Can't wait to see the new set of contestants!
Zilla- how complicated are the recipes you've seen? Some of the stuff I know I couldn't make, but some of the sauces or puree's (like Ash's with the onion, garlic, peppers and anchovies was it?) look great, along with confee (how is that spelled?) potatoes...
Edited by BensBritches, Jul 17, 2013 @ 12:28 PM.