When we asked you to name your favorite food reality contestant, I should have known that Dale Levitski was going to top the list. A lot of you guys have been cheerleading for him since day one. Also, you have to just love the story of him re-discovering himself as a chef during the Top Chef journey. And who could forget his wacky sense of style and phrases? I'm thrilled that you guys liked him. However, when it came time to choose our favorite, we ended up going with Julia Williams from Hell's Kitchen. She was — or at least was edited to be — the lovable line cook that could. She could fry eggs better than her professionally trained counterparts, and she never seemed to play the stab you in the back card. Sure she had her catty moments — and a jealous tantrum when she had to help the finalists — but something about her just made you want to root for her. She might not have won the challenge, but Gordon Ramsay is sending her to culinary school and that seems like a pretty decent second prize.
As for your favorite? Dale is actually close to opening his new restaurant called Town and Country. Can't wait to add it to my list of places to try!