So the Elimination Challenge is very misleading, on purpose. And they're supposed to cook for Bahamian royalty, and the idea is to put in their mind that they have to do something sophisticated, or do whatever they want, but we believe they're going to think sophistication, something elaborate and so on. In fact, they're cooking for the king of Carnival. And the restaurant where they cook, it's a tiny restaurant where they have some local food, and it's not really a luxurious place. And I think they are a little bit surprised and confused. And then it's a big fire in the kitchen. They have to stop completely, the production of the dinner they're preparing. They have to start again. I mean, it's really, really difficult for them psychologically to provide a meal to us.
Well, so basically after the fire, they can redo their mise en place, and they can change the dish that they had in mind. I think it's fair, I mean it's, you know you''re starting again, you have more information about where you are and so on. So why not change? And two of the contestants change. Antonia change and Richard change. And the others do not, but it's fair game
So after the Quickfire, we had very high expectations because the food was so delicious. We thought we were going to have something really amazing. And we were kind of let down a little bit. The food was not as good as we expected it. And I think even themselves seems to be disappointed about what they have cooked for us.
Again, it's a very difficult challenge. I mean, just the fire itself, the drama of the fire, it's difficult to digest.
Carla, unfortunately has to go home. And I say unfortunately for any of them who has to go, because at this point we don't want to see them going home. But again it's a competition.
Her pork was undercooked for some of the guest. Mine was perfectly cooked, but I guess I had the one end piece. It was on the sweet side, and it was almost too sweet. And it was rich, it was sweet potato and then the applesauce, and then it was an apple twirl, and the pork on top. So unfortunately because of the mistake of cooking the pork, and the sweetness, her dish is not a winning dish. And we are sad to see her go home.
Mike wins with his chicken, and after deliberating for a long time, we decide that it's the best dish. It's close to some of the other contestants, but at the end of the day, it's the one we prefer. So Mike, congratulations. And actually Richard is also on top and he knows already right away that he's going to the next challenge.
So Antonia completely change her dish. I don't know what would have been the first version of what she wanted to cook for us, which was the lamb. But it's not really successful. She's basically lucky that Carla has a dish that doesn't work because of again the sweetness and the cooking aspect, because it could have been Antonia going home. But she's lucky that Carla is not doing well, so she stays.
So at the restaurant you have on one side Padma and the king, and then it's Tom and Gail and myself on that little booth. It's difficult to move, but it's. . .they're convivial, and we are having fun. We have a good time.
I'm Eric Ripert I was commenting on Episode 13 of Top Chef New York season, the finale in the Bahamas.
Great to hear your take on the episode chef; always a pleasure to see you on the show. Hopefully you will be a more frequent guest on the next season, I'd like to see another challege at Le Bernadin if possible on a future season
Eric- you are great. Thanks for the comments, and I hope you continue to be on the show itself more and more in future seasons!
I noticed that the 5 of you were really squished into that little booth. It made me laugh, because that is a common situation when you're on vaction and have to squeeze into a booth at a casual restaurant with your friends or family. Good thing you guys like each other!
You guys were great with the Junk--- royalty - very gracious and all. Eric Ripert - great to hear your comments. I think Blaise should win, but ... we'll see. Great episode. But would have been greater if angelo and dale and tiffany faison were there.
Why is there always a comment that there is no transcript provided? There is always a written transcript if you click next. It starts on page two.
I think the Producers really did the chefs a disservice by having them work in an unsafe kitchen. I'm glad no one was injured. The fire really messed with their confidence.
I did love the quickfire and wish the edit had shown more of the action.
I am disappointed that this web site limits video content to viewers in North America. Top Chef is broadcast by AXN in the Asia Pacific region so why is content limited for us on the web?
Anyway, Eric Ripert's comments are always great to listen to. I think he makes for a knowledgeable, honest and charismatic judge. The decision to let Carla go, unfortunate as all elimination decisions are at this point in the game, was the correct one. I do wish Carla all the best; she survived (all to her credit) when stronger chefs fell.
Good luck Carla, hope the cookies are a massive hit :)