Update: Snack reports that Ilan Hall has quit his line cook post at Casa Mono. Let the speculation as to whether this is because he won the show or lost it begin!
The Top Chef fans have spoken – or, rather, they’ve been bitching on the Internet. As America waits to find out whether Sam, Ilan, Elia, or Marcel gets the boot in tonight’s penultimate episode, it’s clear that the crowd’s heart is with Marcel, the Joël Robuchon cook the rest of the cast has been bullying all season. “I’m full of impotent rage at the idea that Ilan, Sam or Elia will win either of the competitions (fan favorite or Top Chef),” writes baconeggs on Television Without Pity.
Still, baconeggs is resigned: “I’ve been here before with reality shows. I’ll just gnash my teeth in silence.” But we found what we believe to be the most earnest Marcel fanatic on the IMDB boards: Amy N. Tell it, girl: “I LOVE Marcel. I think he is just different from the rest and they don’t know how to respond. I went to school with a guy like that. He was picked on endlessly, and in a mean spirited way too.” (Sadly, her comment probably reveals something about the reason Marcel was smashed in the head with a bottle in Las Vegas earlier this week.) Meanwhile, Ilan, the raffish young chef from Casa Mono, has been feeling the hate: Someone seems to have gone to the trouble of creating a fake MySpace page for him, and the posters on the show’s own board have been using it as an excuse to skewer him. Stoke your own biases tonight at ten — only on Bravo!
New York Diet: Sam Talbot (Formerly) of ‘Top Chef’ Splurges at Nobu [Grub Street]
Red Cat Owner Betting on Ilan to Win ‘Top Chef’ [Grub Street]
So Hot She’s Flammable: Host roasted by top chefs. [NYM]
‘Top Chef’’s Marcel Doesn’t Love Joël Robuchon That Much [Daily Intel]