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Casey at the Stove (Top Chef Finale)

Three contestants remained for the final challenge of Top Chef Season 3. Some of us were rooting for Casey, the only woman left standing, who would be the first woman to ever win the title. Alas, she didn’t make it.

Casey and Dale

Casey At The Stove

The outlook it was brilliant for the last three chefs that day:
Nine other chefs had come and gone with one more meal to plate.
And then Hung cooked his food so well and Dale he did the same;
A sickly feeling fell upon the fans who craved a dame.

Hung preceded Casey, as did also charming Dale
And the former was a lulu and the latter did not fail;
We were a stricken multitude, we were a group bereft,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey ending as Top Chef.

There’d been ease in Casey’s manner when she stepped behind her stove;
There’d been pride in Casey’s bearing and her food was made with love;
When responding to the quickfires, she cooked with quiet grace;
She rose to the occasion and sometimes won first place.

But the smile is gone from Casey’s face, her teeth are clenched with fear;
She plates her pork with careless moves–perhaps she should have seared?
And now Hung’s food plates prettily, and Dale’s has razzle dazzle;
But Casey’s food looks bland and raw–should she have added basil?

Oh, somewhere on this mountain there’s a chef with attitude
Whose water boils, and oven roasts, despite the altitude;
And somewhere chefs are laughing, and happy diners shout;
But there is no joy in Aspen–mighty Casey has struck out.


Hung (the winner) and Casey


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