Top Chef has its final three after the inevitable final four start the real competition

After taking yet another hiatus last week, Top Chef 6 narrowed the competition to its final three contestants last night. The tragic part is that the real competition just seemed to start.

The final four–Kevin Gillespie, Bryan Voltaggio, Michael Voltaggio, and Jennifer Carroll–have been the inevitable final four since the beginning. The whole penultimate episode, which was set in Napa Valley and featured a pregnant yet still irritable Padma Lakshmi, kept pointing that out. Bryan said that before now, “it’s been very easy” to decide who goes home, and his brother said, “there’s been enough shite on the table to justify who belongs there.”

Jennifer’s mid-season flame-out threw off the inevitability of her making to the finals, but she recovered. Alas, not for long: She was sent home, leaving an all-male and two-third Voltaggio final three, and leaving me to join Team Kevin. The Voltaggios are obviously talented, but I kind of can’t stand them, particularly Michael and his cockiness. I guess there’s a reason they’re vying for Top Chef and not “America’s favorite chef” on So You Think You Can Cook.

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