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CJ Jacobson Talks Epic LCK Reign and More

Exclusive: "Big Ceej" tells us who he think may win and why Kristen's loss was "a joke."


CJ Jacobson's elimination from season 10 of Top Chef was one that many thought came too early, so in turn, he went ahead and proved just that in Last Chance Kitchen by winning it a record six times in a row. So this week when perhaps the biggest shocker elimination of the season took place as Kristen Kish fell on her sword for her Restaurant Wars errors, an epic LCK battle loomed. Haven't seen it yet? Please, watch below before we spoil things for you.



OK... so, as you can see, CJ was ousted by Kristen in LCK, which now drops "Big Ceej" into Save a Chef, which Kuniko Yagi has dominated SAC for six weeks as well (after, somewhat poetically, being knocked out of LCK by CJ and Tyler Wiard). It's an epic battle of two of the season's strongest competitors, and we caught up with CJ to reflect on his LCK run, the fact that Kristen got the boot before Josie, and how John Tesar is a "walking, talking root canal." CJ, in his own words, below -- and if you haven't voted in Save a Chef this week, do it now!:

You had quite the record run on LCK. At any point did you think you might blow through the whole thing to the end?
I knew beating Kuniko was huge. She is an absolute talent and a darling to boot. I respect her a ton as do the cheftestants. I knew if I beat her I could gain the support of the others in the house that got eliminated and that's what happened.

I was pretty sour after losing in a team challenge ... obviously. I wasn't true to my food, I deviated from my game plan and I went out looking arrogant and childish -- not ideal. I wanted redemption.

Which LCK victory was the most satisfying?
Beating John was the most satisfying. Up until I got to know him at the elimination house he was quite the villain. He was irritating -- like a walking, talking root canal. Actually I might have preferred that more. He's also super talented, driven and has a passion for food that is unparalleled in this competition. He literally knows everything and f----- loves it. I greatly admire that. He is largely misunderstood.

What was your first thought when you saw Kristen walk in as your competition?
I was so damn surprised. There is a lot of speculation and guessing behind the scenes. I was so ready to crush Josie ... but that didn't happen. It was almost a joke.  Production really never said anything but might have steered my thoughts to what I wanted. I was shocked. I knew something had to have been screwy.



Did you watch the Restaurant Wars ep? What are your thoughts on what went down?
I did watch Restaurant Wars and I, like America, do believe that Josie should have gone home. Stefan, once again, got lucky. He seemed the worst offender from what I saw. Kristen did what is in line with her character; she did the right thing. That girl is an A+ on so many levels: Talent, integrity, poise and creativity. And she's fricking beautiful. It's sometimes strange to watch her as she's so pretty. I mean, sounds come out of her head -- it's amazing she walks among us.

Now you're in Save a Chef going against Kuniko, and if you win, the rest of the gang. What is your battle plan?
My battle plan is to engage my fans, respond to them and be gracious. I also know I must be persistent as my fans are my sole way in.

Kuniko's got quite the "Army." Who's the captain and some generals of the CJ Army?
I don't have a captain. I have people that have organically come out of the woodwork that want me to win. It's kind of amazing.

Was showing how improved of a chef you've become since last time the biggest reason to return to the show?
The show is fun. It's crazy, it's annoying, it's mind-boggling. It's really hard and its a great test. I love challenges to death and coming back better was just icing on the cake.

If fans took anything away from your time on the show this season, what do you want it to be?
Don't go safe in team competitions.

Have the chefs as a whole in the competition gotten better since your original cast?
As a whole group chefs in this season were better. There was also a maturity aspect that was nicer. Everyone was a restaurant chef; there were no caterers or nutritionists or private chefs. It makes a difference.

Aside from your Save a Chef chances, who would you like to see take it all home if it's not you?
I think I'd like to see Brooke or Sheldon. I have become friends with both. Brooke is easily the most complete chef in the competition. I feel like Sheldon has something burning inside of him. I like that. We share that. He's gonna say something with food -- watch what happens

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Abby Elliott: SNL’s Impersonation Queen

From Angelina Jolie to Khloe Kardashian, the ‘Odd Mom Out’ star always nailed it.

Every Thursday, celebrate #TBT with us as we open the vault to share photos and videos of Bravolebrities before they were famous--or revisit memorable moments from our shows. This week, we’re throwing it back to some of Odd Mom Out star Abby Elliott’s best impersonations on the NBC comedy pillar, Saturday Night Live. 

When Bravo’s original scripted half-hour comedy Odd Mom Out premieres in June, one face that viewers may certainly recognize is Abby Elliott’s. Odd Mom Out follows the character Jill Weber, played by Jill Kargman, as she navigates the treacherous and elite ecosystem of New York’s Upper East Side, namely its uber-wealthy mommy clique led by Abby’s character, Brooke. However, Odd Mom Out is hardly Abby’s first foray in comedy. 

The daughter of comedian Chris Elliott and granddaughter of radio legend Bob Elliott, Abby could be considered somewhat a comedy prodigy. And, while she’s appeared on hit shows like How I Met Your Mother and Inside Amy Schumer, Abby’s actually best known for her four year stint on SNL. After her SNL departure, Variety heralded that “she came into her own with consistently brilliant impersonations.”

Here’s a look back at a few of her noteworthy moments on the late night NBC romp. 

For starters, there’s Abby’s brilliant turn as Khloe Kardashian in "Kardashian Divorce Special": 

Or, "Weekend Update Madonna and Angelina Jolie", where Abby played Angelina opposite Kristen Wiig’s Madonna that culminated into a sidesplitting, one-upping back and forth about their respective views on adoption. 

How about when she masterfully mocked Zooey Deschanel in the faux talk show, "Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel": 

Abby always demonstrated range and versatility when paying homage to political pundit Rachel Maddow. Check out "Roland Burris Cold Open":

And who would we be if we couldn’t also laugh at ourselves? Worlds collided when one of Abby’s most popular sketches (co-starring none other than Tina Fey) playfully poked fun at Pregnant in Heels star Rosie Pope and the entire Bravo network!

All jokes aside, we’re thrilled to welcome Abby to the Bravo family. Watching Abby hilariously hold her own alongside some of the biggest names in comedy instills confidence that she’ll certainly bring the laughs when Odd Mom Out premieres June 8th at 10/9c only on Bravo. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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