"As far as I'm concerned, the judges could have saved us all a little agita and sent them both packing."
Watching Top Chef, I have finally figured out, is like watching the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. Viewers get crushes on contestants instead of teams and we then adopt those contestants through overcooked dishes and undercooked vegetables.
I now root for Carla and Fabio. How could you not root for Carla? She's got that great smile. And Fabio? He got charm and personality to burn. And tonight we found out that he has pluck as well.
Serious Eats' Tam Ngo, who I was having an amusing IM chat with throughout the episode, reported the following:
"The episode opens with the formula of chefs gutting their psyches, revealing their backstories. Usually, it's edited so that the chef with the most heartrending stories are the ones slated to win or go home. Carla reveals she used to model. Leah claims cooking saved her from a failed academic career. Merely meh."
[Warning: Spoilers ahead.]