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And The Winner Of The First-Ever Top Chef Chile Is…

By Doris Bravo

Sadly, our in-house pop culture expert Doris Bravo is back with her final installment of her Top Chef Chile weekly reviews.  It’s been one hell of a ride for all the contestants involved, though for Doris’ blood pressure, it might be good that the first-ever season has come to an end.  We’re already looking forward to next season.  For now, get Doris’ take on the finale, and a strong win for the ladies.  Game-changer, folks. 

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For numerous reasons I can’t address in this review, pre-Columbian culture in Chile is not as palpable as it is among our neighbors (Peru, Bolivia, etc.) The indigenous communities that survived the Conquest have been pushed to the margins of society while historic groups are a faint memory in the national psyche. Last night’s extravagant finale of Top Chef Chile awkwardly mimicked a sacrificial ceremony, or rather, what Hollywood would’ve crafted had the Indiana Jones franchise ever come to Latin America.

Top Chef Chile: Pre-Finale Musings

By Doris Bravo

Do forgive our resident gossip / food competition / reality television / pop culture expert Doris Bravo.  She had to take a couple weeks off, as life sometimes requires.  She was, however, keeping abreast of the first-ever season of Top Chef Chile, and the impending final that should, we think, happen this week.  Below, get a taste of what Doris expects from the finale, and a brief look back at what has been, well, an interesting first season.  Tomorrow’s finale should be nothing short of, uh, jaw-dropping.  And perhaps enraging. 

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It all ends tomorrow. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe after last week’s cliffhanger. The last handful of episodes have had so many curveballs I wonder what other tricks Top Chef Chile has up its sleeve. From the looks of it, Judge Carlo von Mühlenbrock is as ready as we are for the show to be over. The entire season has been peppered with the usual angry-chef-in-the-kitchen hijinks. But the observant viewer has no doubt noticed Judge Carlo stewing in the shadows, horrified by lousy technique, poor recipe choices, and bad behavior. It nearly all came to a head on last week’s episode when the black cake topped with blood, carrots, and a butcher knife pushed Judge Carlo to the breaking point. It’s obvious by now that he lacks a sense of humor, but taking Top Chef Chile so seriously is seriously not worth it. With every week his glorious man bun seems to be getting tighter and tighter, constricting the blood supply to his face. The stress that awaits him in the Finale may cause his top to finally blow.