Hi Julie!!!! Okay...TOP CHEF time!
I have to admit I cheated with TC2. I watched the first 2 episodes and then picked it up again during the final 3, which culminated in the win of Ilan. I was soooo frickin disappointed. I wanted Marcel to take it home. Granted, I didnt see him until the end, but of the two I thought Marcel was far more poised than Ilan. Ilan couldnt get enough of taking Marcel down, even smiling with glee when he almost got to pee on Marcel's hand following a fish-sting bite in Hawaii. Marcel was also subjected to physical harrassment when a few of the chefs joked about shaving his hair off. Poor Marcel! I guess I also love an underdog story..and Marcel seemed to be getting picked on by everyone else (again, remember, i didnt see the episodes in the middle so i dont know how much of the harassment Marcel indeed had coming to him)
But on the challenge alone, I feel Marcel stepped out of the box, whereas Ilan played it safe.
In any event, it's over. TOP CHEF 3 has been ordered, by the way.