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My adoration of Fabio aside, I was happy to see Antonia win a challenge. I think she's a very talented chef and one of the more amusing people on the show. I really liked her during her season as well.
I was glad Mike didn't go home. It seemed like the concept for his dish was fine, as were the other components of the dish. He bugged me during his season, but I've come to see how talented he is this season. He knew exactly what went wrong and didn't really have a way of resolving it in such a short time.
Regarding Bourdain - sometimes his attitude can grate on me a little, but I've been on a Bourdain-book-reading-binge for the past few weeks, so I do understand a little more where he's coming from. He is incredibly passionate about food, and takes any kind of "food crime" (e.g., for him, cooking steak "well done," or creating an over-complicated Italian dish) as a personal affront. But he's also eager to gush over anything he sees as a food triumph. Unfortunately, I think on TC, his negative comments make better sound bites than his positive comments. On No Reservations you get more of a sense of his appreciation for good food and talented chefs.