*spoilers* Top Chef blogging

If you haven’t seen the season finale of Top Chef yet and don’t want it spoiled, stop reading.

Okay, here goes. I have to say I love how it turned out. I even teared up a little bit at the end. Hung took a lot of flack from viewers and the other contestants, but I never bought any of the criticisms. He was clearly passionate about food but also from a background that required discipline at all times. His story is inspiring, and complaints that he didn’t volunteer to help everybody else in the kitchens after he finished just come off as sour grapes.

It’s a bit sad how gullible so many fans of the show (as reflected in their comments on the judges’ blogs) are to the producers’ creation of a reliable “bad guy” through editing. All Hung did this season is look out for himself when it was perfectly right to do so. He wasn’t abusive or manipulative like Howie. Yet in every viewer poll, he was was the least favorite.

It was the same with Marcel last season. Sure, I could see how he might be annoying, but the spite directed against him by the other contestants was far more ugly than anything Marcel ever did.

I’m sure plenty of viewers are outraged now and swearing to never watch the show again. Fortunately Top Chef is not a popularity contest.

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