Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert makes the case for sending a different chef home.

on Feb 9, 20110

Well I like the surprise of going to the 'Jimmy Fallon' show. And they have no idea where they are going, they hear some noise, they think they're going on top of the Rockefeller Center. It's actually in the studio where Jimmy Fallon has his show. And they have this kind of fun challenge, to try to catch an image with their cell phone, and that dictates the dish they will create for Jimmy. I mean, it's a lot of fun to go on his show. I have been lucky once to go there, and they seem to be so excited, I mean Carla is going crazy. They're really like they're supposed to have, a lot of fun in that beginning of the challenge.

So for Jimmy's birthday, they have to cook some food that seems to be pretty much home-food. That he grew up with. I mean a burger, a chicken pot pie. Tongue, I was surprised a little bit that he likes tongue. However most of the challenge is basic home food, homey food. I think it's easy to win that challenge if you stick with the tradition, and don't try to become too creative. And when Fabio decides to reinvent the burger that was not the right idea for that moment. It's not about reinventing anything; I think it's about bringing back memories to Jimmy and also making something delicious for the family and for the celebration as well.

It's always sad to see someone going home really. That moment when, you know like the last seconds before Padma says "please ___ pack your knives and go." It's really difficult for everyone, I think. And Jimmy's actually having a hard time with that as well. And I think he's genuinely having a hard time with it.

So Fabio goes home. As a viewer, it's a little bit difficult to accept the fact that Fabio goes home because he has a dry burger. To me, I would have loved to actually be with the judges and taste the food, because as a viewer I think it's more important to send home someone who creates a dish that is way over-salty, and that is not edible. The burger didn't seem to be edible, so I would have maybe argued with the judges that it's more important to send someone with over-salted view. I don't know. I'm just a viewer I couldn't taste the food, obviously, but I was convinced that Dale was going home that day. And I wouldn't have been surprised to see him going home of course.

So Carla wins, and thank God she wins because she was so excited about making that chicken pot pie. She was obsessed during the week about chicken pot pie. She wanted to have the opportunity to shine. Good Carla you won. It's the third time, it's actually a big accomplishment. You are right to be excited about the challenge, and about winning of course.

Angelo has been very creative on that challenge, with the pulled pork and mixing coffee and dill and it's a very strange combination, and I think you have to have a lot of talent to make it happen, and to make the dish a success. So I congratulate obviously Carla and Angelo for creating that very uncommon combination.

Antonia had a very challenge ingredient to cook for Jimmy. The tongue is not something that is very common. It takes a long time to cook. Richard actually helps Antonia a little bit by putting the beef tongue in the pressure cooker, it definitely speeds up the process. And so and she ended up with a good dish. So I'd like to congratulate Antonia for making a good dish with something that is not so easy to cook.

So Carla's going to be on 'Jimmy Fallon'. And first of all, Carla, you're 'going to have a lot of fun being on the show. Jimmy's a fun guy, full of energy. You may have to try to contain him a little bit, or may not, because why bother? But for sure, it's going to be very interactive. It's going to be a lot of surprises for you Carla. Being next to him, you’re going to have really a blast. I'm confident of that.

I'm Eric Ripert commenting on Episode 9 of Top Chef in New York, the All-Star season.

18 comments
Fatemeh
Fatemeh

Dale L's heart wasn't in it...weird to think it was pbaorbly back with Sarah in Chicago :-)IIRC, Fabio was hit or miss the first few episodes as well until he found his groove. So, please Fabio, find your groove.And Minx, keep up your groove. Love all of your postings especially the recipes (ok, these are really my favs but i'm learning to love the recipes)

arribaeltequila
arribaeltequila

I totally agree with you chef! As a viewer, it seems more determining that a dish is inedible than it not being 100% traditional. Also I believe the judges have been inconsistent this season, last week Dale stayed for THE SAME mistake that sent Angelo home this week!... So, make up your minds! I have been reading the blogs and there is a lot of talk about the winner being already picked and there being favorites and "racial/affirmative action" reasons for keeping people in etc... and I don't believe them, or at least I really hope they are not true, but lack of consistency like this is what ignites this kind of ideas. You should be a judge there, you seem to be the only person with a clear, consistent, unbiased mind here!

Joe P
Joe P

It's obvious some of the people agreeing with Chef Ripert have not watched the extended judges' table. It was obvious there that Dale's dish was not as salty as the episode made us believe. Several diner's actually loved the dish. Fabio's dish, while not a typical hamburger, was just that, a hamburger. I'd like to believe that if all 3 chefs on the bottom made bad food, why is the chef who failed to meet the diners' expectations for the dish not eliminated. Tiffany's dish wasn't chicken and dumplings, it was that simple. She should have been eliminated on those grounds alone unless her "chicken and dumplings" were just plain awesome.

eagcil
eagcil

Bravo asked Ripert to put up his opinions about the show, and he did. Why should he have to agree with the judges all the time? When Tom C. missed a restaurant wars, he put forth his opinion later--and disagreed with the judges.

Lokust
Lokust

Once again Eric Ripert undermines the judges by second guessing them when he wasn't even there to taste the food!

general1318
general1318

I thank you chef and totally agtee...I was SHOCKED when they sent Fabio home instead of Dale. Again, we see a chef go that should not have. I am going to miss Fabio. Until next week... :)

OliveAnne
OliveAnne

I so agree with you that Dale should have PHK. I was so sad it was Fabio. He wanted to make it an upscale hamburger - when Jimmy wanted a juicy burger made with cheap meat. Now Dale, did he taste as he cooked? If all the judges agreed that it was too salty - a salt lick - Why did Dale get a pass? Fabio has so much more of what a TC should be. This was evident at RW. The way he treated the wait staff with respect and asked Dale to not talk to them in his angry manner. I really want to see challenges that are not just Top Cook but challenges that a TC would encounter day to day. Planning a menu - not having people call out what they like to cook. Going to the docks for fish, Farmers Market for fresh vegtables ... working with your delivery people for other foods. Working on a sign for the resturant that lets people know it is a resturant, kind of food, type of dining etc. Tasting food as it is being prepared by other chefs and making suggestions if needed. Keeping the flow between diners and the kitchen for food. I am sure that all of you chefs could write challenges that actually happened to you and how you turned things around so that the diner never knew that there was a problem. Thank you for your blogs. The are so spot on. OliveAnne FloridaFan

Carla H
Carla H

Thank you Eric. I've been reading a lot of posts and most of us feel the same way about Dale. I'm an amature at home cook and I can tell you not to put salty meat on a pretzel roll. Last time I over salted a dish around here we threw it away and ordered take out. Just saying. And I've been saying this since Wednesday....that WAS NOT chicken and Dumplings. I'm from the south and this is one of those dishes that is not just featured as an everyday thing but gets made at Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other occasion as well. If I had shown up to grandma's house with this version of Chicken and dumplings they would have thought I'd lost my mind...! Then to watch Fabio go home for not making a traditional burger...it was hard to swallow. We have meatloaf sandwiches as a day after treat all the time and i can't believe that he got sent home because it didn't taste good? Maybe it was the weird cheese sauce that took him down? I don't know, didn't get to taste it. I will say it was awesome that Richard helped Antonia figure out a good way to cook the tongue..real class act. Love Carla's excitement about everything. Dig Antonia. LOVED the Beef Tongue song....really. Too much fun. So sorry to see Fabio go. I didn't think he would win the whole thing..but he was such a joy to watch and listen too. I could be in a room with you and Fabio and just have you talk to me for hours...maybe cook a little something...I'd be a happy woman. Can't wait to see what Fabio has going on next...cause he isn't gone for good. He has a personality that was MADE for tv.

Marisa Gillen (Sizzle Magazine)
Marisa Gillen (Sizzle Magazine)

Chef, I just wanted to thank-you for your insightful, objective commenting on each episode. Though I sorely miss your reasonable voice at Judge's Table, I look forward each week to your comments. PS. Philadelphia will see another food magazine join its ranks in May. SIZZLE! We have requested to interview our Philadelphia hero, Jen Carroll for our first Chef's Table. As a Philadelphian, I admire her obvious talent, her obsessiveness, and her outspokenness. She epitomizes all that is Philadelphia. SIZZLE thinks Jen rocks and so do you.

Lucia
Lucia

Thank you. As usual, you are the voice of reason. I heard Jimmy Fallon again say (on another show) how salty Dales' dish was. Over salty food is inedible, I can just imagine what that cheesesteak tasted like, with the meat seasoned, the cheese and then the rock salt on the pretzel. They may have liked the idea of it, but it was way oversalted and everyone knew it.

I like my hamburgers well done, so I do not have a problem with a dryer burger, that is how I typically get them when ordered. We did hear one of the guests say the burger was good, so not everyone found fault with it.

I will miss Fabio, he is why I watched the show in the first place. I will admit I did not think he was going to win, but lose in the fashion he did was just not fair.

lfg
lfg

it hurt to see fabio go home. he was a totally delightful human being. i hope you guys can find a reason, or a way to bring him back to another show another time. he has what it takes to make good tv. what i didn't understand why didn't dale and the salt lick sub go home. oh yeah, tiffany is no longer bringing anything to show. it is amazing how a person can appear to change from show to show. and eric i do enjoy reading your thoughts on the show. you seem fair and honest with your assessements.

Chocolate chip
Chocolate chip

Thanks, chef. I too thought that an inedible salty dish would be worse than a dry one. It is so hard from the show editing to tell sometimes what the food really tastes like. The "salt monster" comments must have been more entertaining to put in the show than the comments about the dry burger. Perhaps if Tony Bourdain had been there he would have made a Sahara Boooger comment that made it to the show and conveyed a better image to the viewers.

Thanks for your explanations and description of the various types of fondue as well. Those efforts you and Tom take to educate us novices are very special, and much appreciated.

I agree
I agree

I couldn't agree more. I thought Fabio was the safe one out of the three. Dale's mistake was something that any person on the street knows not to make. In that area, with people of that caliber, it should have the reason for sending someone home. I mean come on, they actually used the words "Salt Lick" several times! How could that possibly beat out a dry hamburger?

SOCMOM
SOCMOM

I agree with you; Dale and his salty mess should've been sent home.

Andrea Freire
Andrea Freire

I agree with you. The moment that the philly cheese sandwich arrived to the table, Jimmy was super excited and his face just changed as soon as he tasted it. With the burger, people were eating it and only Gail mentioned the dry pattie. It was an ITALIAN burger! :)

CTina68
CTina68

Is there any reason why we have to listen to blastingly loud "piano bar" Jazz while trying to hear Chef Ripert speak?

Let the Silver Fox be heard!

Kenn/Karol
Kenn/Karol

Eric - I enjoy your comments - they are both entertaining and instructive. I do agree that, as a viewer, Dale should have been eliminated for presenting an inedible dish. A dish that's a bit dry is far better than an inedible one.

Maca
Maca

Eric, you are just so darn likeable in your video blogs that I just can't help but smile!