43% of ‘Top Chef’ fans still back Eric to win despite Padma’s harsh diss of his dish [POLL RESULTS]

Top Chef” fans are still standing by their man — the only man — to win the 16th season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”

D.C.-area chef Eric Adjepong has been struggling a bit ever since the show said good-bye to Kentucky and hello to Macau, China, where the final three episodes of the season are taking place. That said, he is the only contestant to win three Elimination Challenges so far. But for the first time last week, he was one of the chefs that got a low score in the main competition.

But in every poll since the final six, he has been a front-runner. Right behind him in our poll results is Kelsey Barnard Clark with 33%. The Alabama native managed to blend Chinese flavors with her Southern heritage and won the Elimination round — her second — with her mushroom broth filled with bright, fresh flavors.

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Despite Bay-area Michelle Minori‘s Quickfire win with her clever use of cuttlefish noodles, only 17% think she can go all the way. Nevertheless, the “Last Chance Kitchen” champ seems determined not to blow her return to the prime-time show.

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Then there is Kentuckian Sara Bradley, who ranked above both Eric and Boston chef Adrienne Wright during the Elimination Challenge. Her shrimp dish was dinged primarily for her failed attempt to use cauliflower as a grits substitute. Still, only 7% of respondents thinks she is the most deserving to win. Meanwhile, Wright was the one who had to pack her knives and go.

On the penultimate 14th episode, titled “The Tao of Macau” and airing on March 7, the preview last week suggested that it might be an emotional one. After that three chefs will end up on the March 14 finale on Bravo at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And only two will earn the right to serve their full-course meal.

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