By Ezra Klein
Like in all Top Chef posts, this contains spoilers, though actually very light ones.
Fine. So Stefan is hard to work with. Arrogant. Foreign. Ever watch how he smokes his cigarettes? So smug. He gets picked last for teams and bashed most on the video cuts. But it’s as if none of the chefs have paid attention to the challenge outcomes. It might be unpleasant to be on a team with Stefan. But you always win. It might be unpleasant to have him take control of the menu. But he’s (almost) always right*, and he’s never been challenge-losing wrong. Pairing with him is like giving yourself immunity. So why isn’t he a sought-after partner? Why are these chefs elevating pleasantness above tactics?
*The exception being Jeff’s tomato sorbet.