Hugh Acheson

Hugh reflects on Nick's in-it-to-win-it attitude and his elusive happiness and lauds the force of Dominique Crenn.

on Jan 80

Let me say right up front, Jacques Pepin is a legend. Period. He is also the classiest man to ever polish a copper pot: full of grace, empathy, passion and knowledge.

We are starting out as we start most episodes these days, with Nicholas taking the piss out of Carlos. This time it's an accusation that Carlos has been just cooking Mexican food the whole time. Yeah, Mexican food is kind of limitless Nicholas. Open your eyes. And Carlos is Mexican. His restaurant is called Mexique. He's going to probably cook stuff with a kinship to that, while you cook your "modern American influenced by France."

Pepin is standing like the icon in an apron that he is. Padma introduces him and the challenge: Jacques will demonstrate his famous Dover Sole with Artichokes and Asparagus and then the chefs will recreate.

The dish is a beautiful ode to France from the cold water Normandy fish to the flavors of Provence with the tomatoes and artichoke. It is a dish that everyone should be able to cook because it has place, meaning, and the core techniques that are so important to all food. The basics are that the vegetables need to be prepped, a buttery nage needs to be made to be the enrobing sauce, the fish needs to be butchered and pinwheeled, and then the dish needs to be finished. . .Easy as pie. . .well not really.

174 comments
beverlyhillslover
beverlyhillslover

I was just recently watching some old episodes and I have to say that Stephanie should not be complaing AT ALL, she is lucky that she made it this far. The John Besh episode she did a lousy job in the quickfire challenge coming up with basically a sliced tomato and avocado and in the elimination challenge all the chefs agreed her custard was "broken", she even knew it was broken but sent it out anyway. To me shouldn't a dessert have been the easiest thing to do with cream cheese. I don't understand how she wasn't even called to judges table as being in the bottom. I didn't hear you complaining then, Stephanie, when Benny went home when it should've been your dish that was the worst. Then the boucherie challenge, the same thing happened. All of the judges at table agreed that Stephanie's pork was overcooked, lacked flavor and the whole dish seemed "soulless" and yet Louis got sent home because of popcorn, which even Padma said all of the guests enjoyed. And the thing about that episode that irked me was it was to showcase the pig and they all agreed that Louis's pork and sauce was perfect. So why did he go home and not Stephanie?

Stephanie, I did like you and sorta found your self-depracating amusing, but you squeeked by a few times so I would not complain when you get sent home because Nick made the best quick-fire dish and therefore has immunity. I think you made it farther than you should have and should have gone out with class instead of being a sore loser.

Craigy
Craigy

Nick won immunity fair and square. To suggest that he should fall on his sword for the other contestants is BS of the highest order. How many contestants during the series have won immunity and then served up the worst dish? I lost all respect for the judges after watching this episode...

Kay61
Kay61

I think the judges owe Nick an apology.  He is certainly not my favorite chef but this isn't the first time the chef with immunity would have gone home if they hadn't had it; group challenge or not. I agree he should have deferred to his team mates wishes on his dish since he knew he was safe but regardless, he earned the immunity.  I also don't believe for a minute that Stephanie would have fallen on her sword if it had been reversed.  Shirley, I don't really know if she really would have or not.


I lost all respect for Pepin to do that. THAT was classless. What a terrible thing to do to Nick. I imagine the stress of competing in this show is more than we'll ever imagine and for someone like Pepin who's heralded as being  "all that" to do that is disappointing.  However, he was acting like a spoiled child with the other Chef Crenn earlier so it's pretty obvious he thinks quite highly of himself and very little of anyone who thinks differently.


I would like to see the judges apologize to Nick ON THE SHOW because fair or not, they were wrong. 

loo828
loo828

I question the integrity of the judges on this episode.  Suggesting on national television that a chef you have given immunity to should resign and if he doesn't, that somehow he is a bad person is shameful.  If you don't intend to give immunity, don't offer it.  He used it to try new things that were suggested and inspired by the mentor you supplied to his team.  And the girls on his team announcing that if it had been them, they would certainly have stepped down is ludicrous.  You just decided to change the rules of the whole show here.  I'm extremely disappointed and I think it puts all the judges in a really bad light.  I don't care who the chef was, it was wrong.  At this point all the chefs left are extremely talented. 

I think maybe one of the judges should go home on this one.

rice2go
rice2go

Nick won immunity fair and square and he should never have been asked to give it up. In the end, this is a competition and the judges made that clear time after time in the previous seasons. How many times did the judges say during judging "this is a competition". They made comments about contestants who should not have shared ingredients, or plated for others, or making space for themselves in a small kitchen without regards for others. A key example is Kristin - Gail even cautioned her for "Falling on her own sword" and they did not make it sound like the honorable choice back then. So why is it now that Nick should have "bowed out" and be honourable. 


Nick really isn't arrogant or selfish at all. Sure he's a bit immature as a chef, but he sticks to his own ideas as a chef - and that nest was his dish. I can name of many times he's been more than generous on this episode  - he tasted for stephanie during the shellfish challenge, he lent Carlos his knife who didn't even have the decency to clean it. He played very honourable during all season. And in the end, this IS a competition and there's only so many times someone can be the "nice guy". I admire Nick, because he's doing this for his family, not for his own recognition. You can tell how important this competition is for him, so to judge him for not giving up his immunity for the other contestants is wrong. It's the judge's call to eliminate someone unfairly, not Nick. There's always the choice for double elimination. 


And Hugh, being the "know it all" judge that he is now claims Nick to have "shrugged it off" when he wasn't even on the episode is WRONG. I would love to see him compete and take criticism like these contestants have. Of course that would never happen because he'd be competing in top chef Masters, in which no one can do wrong. Oh, I don't think he ever won Top Chef Masters. But back to Nick... you can tell just how much he struggled with this decision, and how guilty he felt. I think all of us, being in his position would have a tough time with it, and I doubt any of us would have been any more honorable than Nick. I think he made the right choice, so all you haters - stop hating. 


instinct
instinct

I dont have time to read all the comments, but I am sure they are intelligent and fare. THERE SHOULD NEVER BE ANOTHER RESTAURANT WAR NOR AN IMMUNITY BEFORE A TEAM CHALLENGE..PERIOD! That will end this BS. The show has gone downhill and I have noticed quite a few instances where the judges were doing a "HUMMINNA". I also realize, as everyone should, this show is produced and you don't see everything but what they want. I dont like NIck and I use to work in Philly. The show should have never allowed him to be called out period! ..nor anyone else.

hevwall
hevwall

Nick was not a team player, he only cared that out of his raging for over a year over losing his French chef job he was going to prove he shouldn't have lost the job. His arrogant I'm a French chef and your not attitude towards his team mates when they pointed out faults with his dish from the nest to the chocolate stick showed that. It wasn't that he should have given up his immunity, it was his arrogance and callous unthinking towards his teammates that I have a problem with. Funny all he ended up proving was hmmmm maybe there was a valid reason why they didn't hire him back.

Erilyn
Erilyn

Comparing Carries broccoli immunity to Nicks is comparing apples to oranges. First, it was not a team competition where someone on the team would go home. Second, there were other chefs that made bad food as we'll and would have been up for elimination. In Nicks case, he put out the two worst dishes of the night, one almost inedible AND against the concerns of his teammates. Shirley and Stephanie put out the best dishes but because Nick had immunity one of them had to go. I think what has many viewers upset is that the whole season Nick has talked about integrity. That if he loses while maintaining his integrity he would be ok with that. Well, he had the perfect opportunity to show his integrity and he chose not to. He let a better chef who had won more challenges than him, created one of the best dishes of the night go home for his bad ones. Immunity or not, that's shameful. With that being said, I don't think they should give immunity when there is a team challenge planned. It's unfair to the people on that persons team. In this case, they should have not eliminated anyone and made the next challenge a double elimination challenge as they have done in the past. Nick had immunity and Stephanie didn't deserve to go home. Carlos, Carlos, Carlos - as a chef he should know better than to mistreat another chefs knife. Chefs do not use a department store knife, some of the knives they use cost hundreds of dollars, if not thousands. Depending on the steel the knife is made from it can stain or rust if not properly cared for. Carlos' total disregard for Nicks knife was appalling. There was nothing funny about him using his knife and not cleaning it. Nick had every right to be mad. In this same episode Carlos said "Nick, stop thinking of only yourself" in a face interview after he asked Nick for his sashimi knife and Nick didn't want to give it to him. Then Carlos said a few min later, "it's a competition" with a big grin on his face. Bad form dude, bad form.

TopChefFanGirl
TopChefFanGirl

I always enjoy reading your blogs!

 

It's hard to say Nick should have gone home. He did win immunity fair and square. But I just keep thinking back to Stephanie asking him not to include the nest, saying that she wasn't sold on the idea and kind of knew she would go home for it. I think as the person with immunity, he should have taken this into account. And yes, that dish was suggested to him by Dominique Crenn, but he didn't have to make it. He told her that he could, but it didn't seem like it was successful based on the judges' reactions. He didn't seem to care that his mistakes might cause someone else to go home, unless that was his angle all along. He talks about integrity, and talks smack about Carlos every episode, but to me it seems like he doesn't have a leg to stand on. I would have been embarrassed that Jacques Pepin disliked my dish so much that he thought I should go home for it. I feel like this is a game, yet when the game ends you still have to go back to work in the real world, and I wouldn't want to go back minus the respect of one of the world's greatest chefs. 

spinner6988
spinner6988

I am sorry this was the most poorly thought out challenge ever. Nick won immunity fair and square. You can decide you don't like him, he's a martyr, etc. He still won. Pepin should have had the rules explained to him and they should have edited this mess out. Stephanie having hard feelings towards Nick is ridiculous since not one of these chefs would have said sure I am going to be honorable and give up $100,000 though I have immunity. It was insulting. Also I am surprised that no one mentioned that if Nick had been a woman up there would the judges have asked him to give up immunity? Doubtful. But since he was a "man" he needed to save one of the poor "women". Whatever to all of them. Frankly after Top Chef gets to the top 10 they need to have no more immunity after that. And no more stupid team challenges. That way you go home it's on you. This whole stupid show has gotten so gimmicky over the past few years and I bet the producers loved this happening so they could get "buzz".

Either way this made everyone (producers) look bad and they unfortunately tried to make Nick look like a bad guy.

mojox008
mojox008

For everyone out there chastising the judges and the producers for OFFERING a Nick a way to take the fall for his bad dish...IT WAS A CHOICE. It is NOT WRONG for the judges to give their opinion and offer a way for the proper person to take responsibility for the team challenge. It is only wrong to still send him home IN SPITE of having immunity. I thought it was EXTREMELY honorable for them to tell their honest opinion and give him the choice. Mr. Integrity (Nick) decided that he was not MAN enough to say...if I had the worst dish...i will go home and fight in the last chance kitchen. And Nick is BY FAR the worst cook left. Has there been a quick fire challenge that he wasnt on the bottom other than the challenge he won because they cooked the EXACT FOOD HES TRAINED IN!?! If he can't do that then he needs to give his knives to Carlos and let a real man finish the job. Nick is arrogant, rude, AND HE CAN'T COOK. And all of this was brought on himself for claiming to be someone he wasn't and putting down other people for having bad qualities that he in fact possesses. I love and respected the judges for giving him the choice, that was the right thing to do. REAL FANS of Top Chef don't complain when the rules are  alittle bent to KEEP everyone because they all had a great dish. :)

JTY
JTY

Nick shouldn't have been asked to give up immunity, and no one should've gone home this week.

Dominique is awesome and hopefully will be on the show again soon.

I thought the arguments between Dominique and  Julian were highly entertaining. I loved when Julian refused to eat the chocolate chicken and repeatedly asked Dominique: "You like this dish?"

I'm really enjoying this season now and hope the judging stays consistent and that the challenges don't get too gimicky. Go team Shirley!

Lanners
Lanners

This was one of the saddest, sorriest little episodes of Top Chef I've seen since the days of bullying Bev.  Sure, Nick comes off as though he has a perpetual rain cloud over his head, but it seems to me that a disproportionate amount of time is spent pointing that out to us.  This episode only confirms Top Chef's desire to cast him as the new villain simply for behaving self-righteous and depressed.  I mean, how dare he be human, right?  And so what?  We've seen this demeanor from a lot of folks on the show since it began.  It's nothing new.  

 

What is peculiar is how they started zoning in on "Nick as big jerk" only after their likely intended villainous contenders (particularly Jason, Michael, and Sara) were sent packing early.  Honestly, ANYONE would look like a schmuck if they refused to leave after being put on the spot with the (unfathomably unfair) option of relinquishing immunity for having the worst dish.  Even more so after being bombarded with death looks, shaking heads, and goody-two-shoes side-interviews from Shirley and Stephanie. It's not shocking at all that those two chose to paint themselves in a better light.  That's easy to do when you're not standing in the hot seat.  

 

As far as the framing of the show, think of it this way, Top Chef has cameras in these contestants' faces at every turn.  Not many come out squeaky clean, especially under the stress of a highly charged competition. This show knows that viewers salivate at the whole "karma's a b***h" routine, (just read some of the comments below), and almost anyone could be edited/framed to fill the villain role as needed.  I say give Nick a break.  The judges and the producers are the real villains here.  Hugh's and Emeril's blog attempts to soften the blow of what really occurred makes it even sadder.  Yes, Hugh, this one was apparently hard for many of us to watch.  Painful, but for different reasons.

 

Ceoflb
Ceoflb

Lost what little respect I had for Nick, for not stepping down. Gee what happened to all his integrity & morals. He has kids too, what a teaching moment for his kids, instead of being able to say "I did the only right thing", he gets to say I have no class & am one helluvae a winer, nor winner. It sure says a lot, when his old restaurant was taken over by new management & they hired everyone else back but him....ouch. Must have been a reason for that, they already had sommelier & didn't need another winer.

Suzeanne
Suzeanne

Honestly, I think that Nick had immunity and he was right to keep it.  Even beyond that, he was the defacto team leader. They were constantly asking for his advice.  He was watching that their plates came out as well as they could.  At one point he cautioned Shirley that something was going to melt on her plate.  It is a team challenge and they were better because of Nicks leadership.  It is so easy to say "if I was in that position I would give it up for the team."  In my mind that is just talk because we never know how we are really going to react until we ARE in that position.  the judges were completely unfair to Nick.  I wonder if any of them would change their stance after they watched the episode. Finally, I think having a competition between Spanish and French food was not very fair.  It should have been Spanish vs Spanish or French vs. French.  

itsonlyashow
itsonlyashow

In multiple situations and competitions there are bound to be new precedents set that break away from the usual pattern.  In this case, Nick's dish was so bad in comparison to his teammates', whose dishes were excellent, that culinary legend Jacques Pepin asked him if he thought he should resign or let his teammates be penalized.  Nick said no, that he deserved to be there.  And that was that.  There is no other footage of the judges bringing it up to him again.  There was no cajoling or coaxing or throwing him under the bus, as some have claimed.  The last thing Tom said was that Nick earned immunity fair and square and that it was part of the game.  Clearly they felt bad about it, but it was Chef Pepin who brought it up; no doubt he was not as concerned with rigidly sticking to the rules as with honor and integrity in the kitchen, which I understand is a foreign concept to many.  Nick wasn't even asked to resign, he was asked if he thought he should resign.  Had he served a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, would there still be outrage that a culinary legend would ask him about resigning, esp. with teammates who turned out great dishes using challenging French techniques?  To go back to the point about precedent, I can recall no other case of an eliminated chef who didn't deserve at least in part to go home, even when the immune chef made the worst dish.  The most recent example is when Carrie made the least favored dish (the broccoli dish), but due to her immunity Justin got sent home for a shrimp dish the judges weren't crazy about either.  This was clearly not the case with Shirley and Stephanie.  I would also add that for most of the seasons of TC, Last Chance Kitchen was not available as an opportunity for an ousted chef to get back in, so it's not like Nick would have been completely shut out had he resigned. Nick just got his butt kicked and now has to eat his own words, as far as his salty-worthy weight in French cooking and "integrity".

GeorgeM
GeorgeM

I feel shame for the judges. Asking Nick to voluntarily go even though he had immunity was flat out wrong. Many times the person with immunity had the worst dish and the most they ever did was tell them how lucky they were to have immunity because without it they would have gone home. What made this time so special that they felt the need to attempt to shame him into going home?  Judge Collicio's comment that he hoped Nick would decide to fall on his sword while they continued to debate was just insulting. Nick should never have been singled out and treated differently than all of the other contestants that have participated in the history of Top Chef that were in that same position. The attempt at shaming was wrong and I feel the judges owe him a public apology for their actions. I have lost some respect for the judges integrity because of this action.  

horselover8415
horselover8415

So out-of-line for the judges to try to shame Nick into resigning. This is a competition! He's there just like the others to win money and a opportunity to further his life/career. Asking him to resign was totally inappropriate and I was disappointed. In fact, I think this has been one of my all time favorite seasons, with less drama than in the past. If Nick didn't have immunity he may not have pushed himself to do something out of the ordinary. That's what the chefs always tell the contestants, so when better to push yourself than when you have immunity? If he didn't have it, he may have made a safer dish and not been the one to have failed....shame on you judges!!!!

Lorenza103
Lorenza103

Its about the food, flavor and execution and there is a judge's panel of expert accomplished chefs.  For anyone to criticize Chef Jacques for challenging Nick to be a MAN and resign is just ignorance.  Jacques Pepin IS a Master and a REAL MAN of integrity.  Nick, by his own admission is driven by negativity.  He is not cooking from the heart and soul, he is cooking from rage.........he will not succeed.

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

The whole immunity conversation is what it is, but I was irked by Nick's derogatory comment about Carlos only cooking Mexican or Mexican-inspired dishes.  It seems almost every season of Top Chef there is at least one chef who feels the need to criticize someone cooking almost exclusively within one cuisine.  I think mastering the intricacies of any cuisine is a huge accomplishment.  I didn't hear anyone trash talking Rick Bayless' masterful showcase of Mexican food when he won TC Masters.

carolkay01
carolkay01

I agree with most of the comments. This show is going down hill fast for me. Every time I always heard "if you didn't have immunity, you would be going home" Never have I heard someone asked to take themselves out on their own. To me it has become a popularity contest with the judges. Carlos can say and do whatever and your coming down on Nick, puts a bad taste in my mouth. Josie did horrible, never did any good and yet how long was she there for? Was she asked to go home? Never, she worked on the show in other seasons. You have purposely made Nick a villain and this guy is no villain. Same way the judges made nasty cracks about Bev because their favorite (especially Emeril) loved the other girl.

sherryillk
sherryillk

I think I wouldn't have minded Nick not giving up his immunity if he hadn't been Mr. Integrity and Morals this entire season. We've been suffering his martyr complex and his do no evil persona; the least he could do is not become a hypocrite and stick to it and actually resigned. I thought he was above the game but apparently not when it doesn't suit him... If it had been anyone else, I wouldn't have cared if they gave up immunity or not but Nick should be held to a higher standard because he had been holding himself and others to that higher standard.

Deirdrehansen
Deirdrehansen

To suggest that someone give up their immunity status is preposterous! To offer immunity and team challenges at this stage in the competition is preposterous!

atcviewer
atcviewer

The judges made a big mistake by giving immunity this late in the competition and having a team challenge, thus the worst chef of the day stayed and the better went home.  They should have not sent anyone home!  The judges should not have asked Nick to leave but I think it was because in this episode everyone cooked a good dish but him.  In other episodes there were other people besides the one with immunity who made a sub-standard dish.  I hope TC learns from this (unless they don't care about their viewers!).

IMHO
IMHO

Of course the viewers do not see everything, but one thing they did show was Stephanie commenting to Nick he should ditch the nests, and him shutting her down.   There was not one thing that indicated the chefs absolutely had to cook what the advisors dictated.  They were there to advise, and as with all challenges the chefs were there to execute their own dishes.  It is a bummer will never know if Nick had just removed the nests aka hair clogs if the dish would have skated by and allowed them to be the winning team. Stephanie can hold her head high, and hopefully if she gets the chance will try again.

Appreciate your blog Hugh!

KatefromHackensack
KatefromHackensack

I did not see the issue re Nick as tough" at all.  The man had immunity.  He did not make the rules.  If immunity  only has value when not needed, why even have it ?

 

Frankly, I was/am appalled that Pepin or Tom or any of the other GREATS (cooking only?) attempted to shame the young Chef,   Congratulations to Nick, you are owed an apology big time.

 

BobInMichigan
BobInMichigan

OK, that had to be one of the most poorly thought out set of challenges in the history of the show.  A team challenge this late, cooking someone else's food and then being evaluated on the conception of the dish, and immunity.  Ugh.

 

To be fair to Nick, he won immunity for excellent technique in a challenge where at least half of the other chefs didn't even finish.  That's the sort of thing for which immunity is deserved.  Also to be fair to Nick, he likely took on the hardest/weirdest dish because he had immunity, thereby in some ways thinking he was protecting his teammates.  Let's face it, if either Stephanie or Shirley had taken the chocolate hen / shower drain nest, they probably would have gone home for it.  Not necessarily, but probably.

 

So the whole thing just sucks because the Top Chef team got a bit too cute with the challenge this late in the season.  There was no requirement that Nick rise to the occasion... but I wish he had.  It's those rare moments when personal integrity goes beyond the rules of the game that show real character.  Remember how we all felt when Kristen Kish bowed out with grace and dignity in Restaurant Wars last season?  Even though Tom said that the judges' decision would have been different had she spoken up rather than taking responsibility?  That was classy. 

 

Nick had a shot at being truly classy.  Instead he chose to stick with just ordinary and self-interested. 

sooooz
sooooz

Why couldn't the judges simply have opted to not send anyone home?  It's been done before.

pattipiek
pattipiek

I just want to say that pressuring Nick to resign was wrong. He cooked what that chef told him to cook. He is the chef with the highest integrity on that show, and portraying him in that light was just wrong. Nick cooked what he was told to cook, and took a risk based on knowing he had immunity. It would be like telling someone they could drive their car any way they want with no consequences, and then after they were speeding tell them they need to confess and get a ticket, or go to jail for breaking the law. Just wrong on so many levels. And what in the world is that Carlos person even doing there? He undermines everything about the show! How does someone who does not know what "etouffee" is pose as a chef on this show? How does someone who does not respect knives pose as a chef? How does someone with no integrity and that I can cook better than him end up on a TOP chef show? That, and his behavior clearly show that he does not belong. If Carlos wins, I cannot watch this show again. It is crazy that he was cast in the first place, and crazy that he is there. It really upsets me that he is such a jerk to Nick, and then the show turned on Nick as well. He is the best person that ever was on that show (character-wise).

JnuGrl
JnuGrl

I am fine with Nicolas not giving up his immunity. I'm extremely disappointed that the judges asked him to. I've watched Top Chef from the beginning and NEVER have they asked a chef to quit. That is the only part that bothers me. Why now, he certainly didn't make the worst dish EVER on any season. You can bet that the judges will send him packing at their first opportunity. The judges need to judge period. And if they don't like the immunity, they are the producers, get rid of it.

huzzah
huzzah

This show lost so much credibility by giving someone immunity and then suggesting that he forfeit it out of some concept of honor.  That's a lame Survivor  kind of stunt and cheapens the whole show. Nick took that dish on because he had immunity and no one else wanted to do the horrible chocolate idea their mentor laid out for them. Just like Carrie took the station no one wanted when she had immunity and did the worst dish and didn't get sent home for that, either. Because that is how immunity works and has ALWAYS worked on this show and the implication that suddenly, in this one particular episode, actually using the immunity you earned is somehow shameful is ludicrous. I hope this doesn't become a Top Chef  "thing"  where people start throwing away immunity to manufacture fake drama. Just ugh. Plus I don't believe for one second that either Stephanie or Shirley would have thrown away their immunity in the same position. I've seen too much gameplay from each of them to think they would ever dream of doing such a stupid thing.

mojox008
mojox008

Its true that the game is the game and that immunity is won and it doesnt have to be given, BUT for all of you defending Nicks lame piece of hair drainage (nice one Tom)on a plate is CRAZY. Let me get this out..im a top chef fan and agree he dosent have to give up immunity HOWEVER the coward spent WEEKS calling his opponents out for being classless and having no integrity. If he hadnt of "claimed" to be a man I would not be on this blog calling him out. its his ACTIONS that caused this outrage. Nick did one of two things...either he INTENTIONALLY sabotoged his dish KNOWING it would send two people home he cant beat in the end, which fails by all accounts of integrity and class OR he is a coward who can't take the hit and say, i made the worst dish and I won't let someone else be booted because of it...which by all accounts fail even more in the integrity and class department. So before you DEFEND the piece of crap who calls himself a chef (i think he should seriously consider fast food after this) remember HE is the one who had the BIGGEST mouth to call out other people who would have done the honorable thing. Competition or not...reputation is EVERYTHING!

mojox008
mojox008

NICK complained for weeks about Carlos not having integrity?!?!? YOU COWARD! Carlos has more integrity in his pinky toe than you have in your whole body!!!!!!!!  Carlos would have stood LIKE A MAN and taken the hit for a bad dish. You should be ashamed of yourself! Then on the preview for the next show your yelling at Carlos again??? Honestly crawl into a hole of shame. We ALL LOVE CARLOS...he acts like a man! Your just a...I can't say it or else this won't get posted by Bravo, but we all can insert several names here. Carlos, Stephanie, and Shirley we LOVE YOU IN CHICAGO! Seriously we have huge groups come together at local restaurants downtown to watch and cheer you guys on! Good luck! Nick...you'll be on the bottom where you belong. There is a reason the new management didn't offer you a job..YOU CAN'T COOK. And that was obvious when the top chefs asked you to resign LOL HAHA ... karma...treat people like trash and thats what you get...to be humiliated in front of the best chefs in the world who cook the same type of cuisine as you. I'm glad you didn't stand down cause it showed everyone your TRUE colors.

mojox008
mojox008

 @Erilyn I totally agree with what you said about comparing Carries dish to Nicks dish. Carrie did not have an endless open ended option to cook ANY food that she is trained in...she had an option of a cold bar that fed 500 people. The judges didnt dislike it, they just thought it was easy and not inventive...which Carrie admitted it wasnt...she knew she had immunity and i believe that if the judges had disliked her food SO MUCH MORE than any other person I think she would have forfeited immunity before sending home her opponent. It dosent bother me that Nick didnt give up immunity, it bothers me that he BASHES other people in the house for having no class and integrity and then he pulls that crap. i totally agree with everything you said!

rice2go
rice2go

@horselover8415 Exactly. And didn't they just say last episode that it's better to fail in a big way, than to stay in the middle? what better time to do that than when you have immunity? Such hypocrites. 

BarbarainNY
BarbarainNY

@Lorenza103 I do not see the same things you do. I see Nick as a person striving with all his might to succeed at Top Chef for several reasons. He is not a quitter. Some have called him a whiner, but I sure as heck would not wish to work in the kitchen with Carlos and his behaviors there. I think it's right for Nick to be assertive when Carlos is  boorish in the kitchen.  In previous years, Chef Colicchio has even remarked on such a thing, as(I'll paraphrase)  "Don't tell me you didn't have a chance to get to the stove. Force your way in there. We're not here to babysit you in the kitchen to be sure every moment is fair." In  this episode, Nick was striving to follow the mentor's instructions. So much for having that darned mentor, eh? 

rice2go
rice2go

@sherryillk So the fact he holds himself at a high standard for most of the competition is a bad thing? That makes sense. This was tough decision, and I'm glad he didn't quit for the sake of "morals" because he really didn't do anything wrong. 

BarbarainNY
BarbarainNY

@sherryillk  But Nick is not a quitter. Giving up immunity, resigning, and then going home to his wife a chile a quitter? That's not Nick, I'm glad to say. 

addictedtobravo94
addictedtobravo94

 @IMHO Exactly.  She even said it was her on the line and not Nick.  He completely ignored the input.

rice2go
rice2go

@BobInMichigan Nick was classy for taking the difficult dish when he had immunity. He was classy for taking 2 dishes. And he stayed classy when he didn't bow out despite the unfair pressure from the judges. He stayed classy for his family. I wouldn't call him ordinary or selfish at all. 

Chefdream
Chefdream

@BobInMichigan The game has rules. Either play or don't. Plenty of chefs should have gone home but did not because of immunity. It is always a game changer and always affects the outcome. Remember Carries dish? If Nick was sent home it would have sent Women's Lib back a few hundred dishes.

Tibi
Tibi

 @BobInMichigan I see your point but--Tom and Padma should have immediately told that French chef (who evidently is not really conversant with the show) that immunity is a reward that is offered by the show and is not taken away.  The integrity of  the show was diminished because the judges did not respect their own reward system.

Tibi
Tibi

 @huzzah I agree with you.  Tom and Padma were so subservient  to that inane French chef,  I couldn't believe that Tom was like a little boy with his idol and did not immediately take charge and inform him that immunity is sacrosanct.  If anyone needs to be sent home it is Tom and Padma for not respecting the rules of their own show 

Tibi
Tibi

 @mojox008 No.  No.  No.  He was completely right --he had earned immunity and that has never been questioned before.  Someone doesn't like Nicholas and tried to throw him under the bus.  And, it has come back to haunt the show which are the ones to lose all integrity. 

Leeba39
Leeba39

 @4truth1  @pattipiek 

What racism? did you read the comment? Carlos is a low class person that is just the truth.

merm
merm

 @4truth1  @pattipiek

 How is that racism?  Geez, if someone has a differing opinion that is racism?   And Hugh?  What is he doing there anyway?  I saw him on TC Masters and he was booted off very quickly if not the first show. So disappointed in TC. 

4truth1
4truth1

@Leeba39 @4truth1 @pattipiek Racism is judging someone due to the color of their skin.  Please explain how Carlos is a "low class person."  I can't wait to hear this.  

4truth1
4truth1

@merm @4truth1 @pattipiek "Pattipek" can "cook better" than a Michelin-star chef?  Hahahaha, you are so blind you must be reveling in your ignorance.  Enjoy the bliss.