Cast Blog: #TOPCHEF

Malarkey On Malarkey

Gail Has No Problem With Blood

Make George's Cravable Breakfast Sausage

Gail Simmons Won't Be Pushed Around

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

Tom Colicchio Answers Your Restaurant Wars Qs

Gail: It Wasn't Keriann's Day

Make Doug's Winning Braised Pork!

Gail: We Had a Tough Job This Week

Make Katsuji's Authentically Delicious Stuffing

Hugh: The Demise of Cornwallis and Aaron

Make Gregory's Winning Dumplings

Richard: Chefs Please Follow Instructions

Richard Tries Money Ball Soup

Make a Home Run-Worthy Popcorn Crème Brule

Hugh: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Gail: Keriann and Aaron Were Being ---holes

Make the Winning Surf and Turf

Gail: We're Taking No Prisoners

Richard Goes From Player to Announcer

Tom Talks Boston

Gail: There Was No Season 11 Underdog

Hugh Wants Nick to Be Kind to Himself

Gail: It Was Difficult to Let Go of Shirley

Big Easy to Ocean Breezy

Gail: The Final Four Are Like Our Children

Emeril Is Proud to Serve Shirley's Dish

Hugh: Enough With the Mexican Food Hate

Gail on Favreau, Choi, and Finding Yourself

Hugh on Poor Boys, Swingers and Food Trucks

Emeril: Nick's Choice Is Part of the Game

Nick's License to Immune

Hugh's Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Hugh Decides Eight Is Enough

Gail Talks OvenGate

Dookie Chase Makes Everybody Cry

Fin, Found, Floundering

What Danny Meyer Taught Gail Simmons

'Top Chef' Goes to Hog Heaven

Gris Gris Boucherie Ya Ya

Brian and Travis' Dud Spuds

Malarkey On Malarkey

Brian Malarky gives his take on the remaining contestants.

It's been a great ride so far, cowboys and cowgirls:

Once again too much time has passed since my last blog, but let's catch up and recap on the great episodes we have missed.

Everyone escaped the building without Andrew going mad and creating too much chaos. Thankfully we had a lot of cops on hand. If he had only used a grain of sense it would have been Spike's time to nail shut the coffin on himself. Horrible strategy to think so little of the vastly talented group of chefs remaining to grab the very "common" ingredients he thought would hurt them rather than try and get what would help him. Chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. Come on -- this wasn't a lunch box challenge ... this was a Top Chef challenge! Olives and grapes? Please ...

Side note: I think Sam is great in many ways: talented chef, nice guy, fan favorite -- hell, I'll say it -- good-looking, but none of these are any reason to have him judge an episode of Top Chef, not in the richly talented land of Chicago, with all of the possible great chefs to get involved. I remember one of my favorite parts of the grueling Top Chef adventures was walking into the kitchen and finding out what great chef we were going to have critiquing us. I must say last season had a lot more talent at the upper levels but if next season is looking for a talented chef, nice guy, fan favorite (in his own mind) ... good-looking chef to judge an episode ... I'm available. Come on -- laugh with me and not at me. It's late -- I just worked another 12-hour day.


Oh, then what happened: Dale finally melted down but I don't blame him. If one person had the worst luck all season with getting stuck with the weakest links, it was our boy Dale. He has mad skills -- he just got stuck with the shlumps. Oh, yes, and the other team completely dominated with some awesome skills so said the guy who almost sank during Restaurant Wars last season. Nice work once again, Stephanie, and have a great time on your well-deserved travels. Now Jose Andes is amazing. I once had a 38 course meal in D.C. at the Minibar.

All caught up, just in time for another paragraph with abusive comma and period abuse.

Frozen scallops have finally sunk our Spike, who I must admit had finally started growing on me. Did I like the way he handled himself throughout this competition? NO! But in the end I do believe he made some great TV and kept us entertained. Good luck in you future endeavors, Spike, and when you come to SD someday let me buy you a hat.

Now only if Lisa would have taken a bow or if the judges would have given us a well-deserved double elimination ...