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When the Booze is Gone, It’s Time to Move on, Gene

Those were Gene Villiatora’s parting words on Top Chef as the Hawaii-raised chef didn’t make it past Week 7. Throughout the competition, Gene was a lucky survivor, advancing through each challenge doing it his way. And in Week 7, Gene, for better or for worse, stuck to his roots and made a questionable fish dish that didn’t completely win over the judges.

Gene almost made it through this week’s double elimination with the backing of new judge Toby Young who admired Gene’s wild creativity. Unfortunately, Gene’s visual whole fish dish with daikon, tomato, and basil didn’t have the flavorful punch the judges were looking for.

Here’s how it went down.

Gene, thanks for a showcasing Hawaii’s culinary talent and wish you much future success!

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6 Responses to When the Booze is Gone, It’s Time to Move on, Gene

  1. geewhy (Gee Why) January 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    New blog post: When the Booze is Gone, It’s Time to Move on, Gene http://tinyurl.com/8ohd55

  2. Myong's Madness January 13, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    I was rooting for the guy but finishing in the bottom 3 all the time….it was just a matter of time. and that build it yourself sushi dish he made a few eps ago was a complete mess.

  3. Myong's Madness January 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I was rooting for the guy but finishing in the bottom 3 all the time….it was just a matter of time. and that build it yourself sushi dish he made a few eps ago was a complete mess.

  4. Gee Why January 14, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Yeah, you could tell Gene wasn’t in the “upper class” of this year’s Top Chef contestants (neither are Melissa and Carla, the others in the bottom three). Gene got skills but like head judge Tom Colicchio said Gene’s skills need to catch up with his creativity.

  5. Gee Why January 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Yeah, you could tell Gene wasn’t in the “upper class” of this year’s Top Chef contestants (neither are Melissa and Carla, the others in the bottom three). Gene got skills but like head judge Tom Colicchio said Gene’s skills need to catch up with his creativity.

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