My thoughts on the finale:
Initially, I'd said I was happy with anyone winning but Hosea. But after watching the ep, I think Hosea deserved the win. I was also happy that it was an indirect win for Richard, since he had screwed up in his finale after such a strong showing all season. In addition, Hosea served one great course after another. 3 EC wins and 1 QF wins over the season - he's done a good job.
As soon as I saw Casey, I remarked, "That's not a fair balance of soux chefs." Marcel and Richard are classically trained and would make great soux chefs. Casey is not and would not. She's an ideas person and takes risks with flavor profiles, hence she couldn't just help Carla out - she had to open her big mouth. I was happy when Hung beat her during Season 3, and I'm pissed at her now.
That being said, I agree with those who said it's Carla's fault for listening - especially with the sous-vide-icide. The person who's all about soul food is going to do something fancy-shmancy for the finale?!
I still love Stefan, but he also legitimately lost this one... even his buddy Fabio had to concede it. It was heartwarming to see him comfort Carla. I was heartbroken watching her poor judgment; it must have been even harder for them to watch.
Carla has won the car; I still want Fabio for fan favorite.
One final note: it had been driving me nuts wondering how Jeff did that trick with the crumpled up pieces of paper on the floor in the stew room. Watching the reruns tonight, I saw his trick - someone (I think Jamie) was sipping a soda, and would put the can down on a piece of paper on the floor to indicate which one was touched. Very sneaky!!!!