Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert is jealous of the restaurants in which the chefs got to eat this week, and has some choice words for Elia Aboumrad.

on Dec 15, 20100

Full transcript after the jump.

31 comments
Sera
Sera

Chef Ripert, again your comments are dead on and delivered with class. You are my favorite!

Nilo
Nilo

As if I needed another reason to love Chef Ripert even more...

Elia was the first one eliminated from All-Stars. Rather than taking a look at her own dish, she then launched a press offensive against Tom Colicchio. How her refusal to meet the challenge (to take her losing dish from Season 2 and make it better) is somehow related to her perception that Tom Colicchio has become a corporate schill exists only in her own mind. Even if this were true (and that's a matter that we can argue elsewhere - I can based on viewer comments that some agree and some don't), it's really rather irrelevant.

Chef Colicchio's sponsorship of Diet Coke has nothing to do with how Elia cooked her fish. Or rather, how she didn't cook her fish. She, and the other cheftestants were all given the same challenge: "Here's the chance to recreate the dish that didn't win. The dish that you must have spent SOME amount of time agonizing over."

And from all of the talking heads we were presented, hers was the only one where we heard a cheftestant say, "My dish was great the first time. I have no wish to deviate from what I did the first time."

And then afterward, when she was eliminated, in typical Elia fashion, she ranted about production giving her different product, "I wasn't given ti leaves this time, I was given some other kind of leaves." and all her other statements about her dish.

Then, when she was interviewed afterward, she blamed Tom's sponsorship of Diet Coke and the fact that he's not organic enough.

Elia has ALWAYS blamed anyone and everyone. She has never, ever reflected on her own actions.

Bravo to Chef Ripert for attempting to bring it back it ELIA. Bravo for offering his own personal interactions with her - for calling her on her own lack of respect when interacting with him. Oh my god, if I was in the same room with Chef Ripert and he offered me ANY critique of my own cooking, I would take what he had to say to heart, with grace and humility and a resounding, "Thank you, chef, may I have another?" I certainly wouldn't deflect it and I would never, EVER, dream of telling him that he didn't know what he was talking about.

But Chef Ripert, gentleman that he is, never said a word about it. And he never would have done, until Elia went after Tom Colicchio. It was in defense of a colleague that Chef Ripert put Elia in her place.

The only thing that could possibly make this Vlog any better would be if I thought it would make an ounce of difference to Elia. Unfortunately, it won't. I'm sure Elia will be able to shrug it off and add Chef Ripert to the long list of people to whom she does not need to listen because he is tainted by corporate sponsorship.

Mich Len
Mich Len

They're just kidding.

Bourdain has referred to Ripert as one of his best friends. As another comment noted, Ripert introduced Bourdain to his current wife. They've got a really cute bromance going on. I'd love to see them together on the same Top Chef show! Imagine, the always polite Ripert and the snark master Bourdain, what a dream come true.

Bubbles in Monterey Bay
Bubbles in Monterey Bay

Are you kidding. They are good friends. Eric Ripert introduced Tony to his wife. They just like being cheeky monkeys.

cookingwithdee
cookingwithdee

Dear Chef, I'd never want to get on your bad side but there's such a thing as manners. Jen defended her dish but attacked the judges which was over my line. Elia said nothing then both ranted and Elia enlisted the press. Hat on head, white gloves to church. Respect your elders. It's always Mr. and Mrs. Please and thank you always. Yes, these "kids" are younger than me but they should have been taught right from wrong. It may be good TV fodder but is offensive to some.

ruthangelina
ruthangelina

huh? elia is awesome .. i have no idea what this dude just said, could we get some subtitles up in this joint?

nk6
nk6

The message to Elia hasn't been transcribed

Message to Elia
Message to Elia

Basically Eric says that Elia was eliminated because her dish was the worst, everyone could see it was raw, and Tom wasn't the only judge that day so she has no right to criticize him. He also shares a story about when he (Eric) was served a dish by Elia that she said was mole sauce, but really it was just a chocolate sauce. That day she argued with him, saying he didn't know what he was talking about. At the time he was polite, but now he tells her the sauce was not mole, and she embarrassed herself arguing, and she should be embarrassed now because she shows how little she knows. Instead of slagging off Tom, she should pay attention to herself.

What did he say about Elia?
What did he say about Elia?

Why aren't the comments about Elia in the transcript of the video? I'm not able to hear it, so I rely on the transcript. Are you not transcribing everything he says?

Sapphires
Sapphires

Eric, I love you! You are being too kind in your message to Elia. I think you are spot on and Tom is a wonderful chef.

Some people cannot rest until they seek revenge and I see that Elia.

près de poitiers
près de poitiers

Bravo, Chef Ripert! Vous avez pris l'occasion pour éduquer la petite Elia. Elle aurait dû pouvoir écouter la critique, répondre d'une manière civile. Je vous remercie de votre commentaire!

Blonde Gator
Blonde Gator

Je t'aime, Chef Ripert.

The only thing that could possibly have been better about Chef Ripert's little note to the self-important Elia, would have been to have the vlog done in Ripert's native French, with sub-titles. I'd pay to see that.

I must have missed the story of the "Silver Fox" and the rivalry between Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate a clue. Or better yet, a dual vlog, with both of them....would be fabulous!

Taren
Taren

I disagree with Eric. I've eaten at Tom's restaurants in NY and haven't been impressed at all. I actually got violently ill from CraftBar and had to be hospitalized. I don't like the way Tom acts on the show and will forever be critical after he ousted Jen in what I think was a very political decision made for TV drama.

what?
what?

Is there a version I can read? I can't understand him.

Miss L
Miss L

I agree that it's amazing that this is as "angry" or harsh as Eric Ripert can get. He was right that he was a gentleman and respectful of Elia with her molé during the challenge in her season. Most of the other chefs there were in awe of Chef Ripert, but Elia seemed like she needed to make all these excuses and accuse him of not knowing what a molé sauce is. He is a freaking Michelin starred chef and she is this whiny child who just can't seem to get over being criticized and eliminated. She always irritated me anyway because she seemed to want to give up so easily all the time, and that ain't a top chef. Regardless of whether Tom is right or wrong about whatever she is complaining about now, he has been a chef (and a professional) waaaaaaay longer than she has been, so needs to grow up and learn to keep her mouth shut. It's not all about her.

Joy17
Joy17

Very well said Chef Ripert.. And to Elia, who do you think you are?? Lest you forget, that the only reason why you reached top 4 on season 2 was because of Mia. You dont deserve to be in the top! Just like Ilan Hall..

amy7
amy7

I guess my other comment will not be posted? I love Chef Eric Ripert for saying this. Eric and Tom are real Chefs.

lsarizona
lsarizona

I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!! love, love, love!!!

zephyrweb@live.com
zephyrweb@live.com

The true nature of Elia was seen during the interview in the middle of the 1st show when she relived the shaving incident "he didn't allow it..." ...as if tackling him and forcing his head to be shaved was a favour. She still sees that incident as being Marcel's fault. And that fact alone should frighten everyone.

Up until that moment, she was filmed saying she had no problem with Marcel and waseven his friend. It was only when she got to the end of their time in LA that she realized that Marcel was likely going to beat her, that she allowed Ilan to woo her over to the dark side. Her quote in the 1st Top Chef cookbook was also repulsive--she again took the side that Marcel should have let them shave his head and that he made a lot of people angry on their season. A total turn around from her "I have no problem with Marcel" interview from the middle of their season.

As for the "producer involvement" quote at the end of the show. That has been explained over and over by Tom and anyone who's watched the show for any length of time knows that. The producers become involved in situations like those that came about in Season 2---when Cliff was sent home for breaking the rules and when Otto and Mia voluntarily removed themselves from competition. That is when the producers become involved--otherwise it's posted at the end of the show for legal reasons only--in case there is a situation on the season that demands their involvement--like a personal attack. Anthony Bourdain has commented on this--was quoted in the 1st book (after he'd been a guest, not a regular judge as he is now) that he'd love to see anyone tell Tom what to do.

Since Elia had been on a season when cheating and reporting to judges had been a concern (the weight loss camp episode) she should have known that it would have been prudent for her to raise her concerns about the use of ingredients and changing of cooking methods WHILE THE COOKING WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN instead of waiting to be on the bottom and bringing it up then as a defense. Tom has said over and over, if you think something is going wrong or something isn't right with the competition and following rules--voice it WHEN YOU SEE IT HAPPEN so they can investigate it at that moment. The instance of Richard Blais going over time is a perfect example--he praised the chef who pointed out that Richard was still plating after the bell, because in a competition it's not tattle-tales it's following the rules. If Elia had issues with other's she should have voiced it before plates when to diners--period.

She's not a nice person, at least she hasn't presented herself as one. I will never get that head shaving incident out of my mind or the fact that she still thinks they were doing Marcel a favour and he was a spoiled-sport for not allowing them to force it upon him. That in itself sickens me.

Viewer31
Viewer31

Willy ou be converting these blogs to text? (please?)

jp from texas
jp from texas

BAM!!! Can't wait to see what Elia has to say after seeing this!

LOVE TOP CHEF!!!!

HotCaliEscort
HotCaliEscort

Elia just got her *ss handed to her by chef Ripert. I loved it. KerBLAM!!!

BigBillNC
BigBillNC

Regarding Elia and her comments about Tom:

What I understood about Elia's comments about Tom "selling out" was *not* about Tom as a Chef or the food in his restaurants so much as it was about the product/ingredient choices made available for the Cheftestants on the TV show (product placement....UGH....it's really disheartening to see this). Over the seasons, the drift from really interesting, high-quality ingredients toward more and more garbage food has been noticeable and undeniable. And I thought that Elia's comments about Tom and his Coke commercial were spot on. I was personally really disappointed when I saw Tom in that light, although I can't blame the man for cashing in.

I am a big fan of Eric, but I am disappointed that he felt the need to publicly "call out" Elia for her comments. I think she probably wishes she hadn't made the comments that she made, and the less fuss made about it the better--for Elia, for Tom, and now for Eric. Elia's comments may have been ill-considered, but she has the mitigating circumstance of her profoundly disappointing and upsetting early dismissal. Eric, on the other hand, just comes across as mean and sanctimonious...a punishment that wasn't necessary after the one Elia had already sustained.

And finally about Elia...it was really awful to see her leave so quickly. As a fan of Elia and of the show, I think this entire season was diminished by her early departure--although I can't really say that anyone in particular should have been "sent home" instead.

My $.02.

--bill

Carel
Carel

I am trying to figure out how to see the code on the "Quickfire Challenge"

Sore loser Elia
Sore loser Elia

I LOVE ERIC RIPERT!! Elia had a lot of comments during All Stars about how she had matured since her season and she proved she is just as childish and unprofessional as she was in the past. She did not return humble about her treatment to Marcel, instead acted as if he deserved it. Now, continues with attacks on Tom. I hope to never see her on Bravo again. She doesnt deserve the awesome opportunity that is being provided to her. To Eric, XO!

pete11111
pete11111

Well said Eric Ripert. Elia, like her previous season once again showed a level of immaturity (the same immaturity she always accused Marcel of) that is unfathomable. Good luck Elia, serve that raw fish in your new restauraunt !!!!!

Kim H
Kim H

Well said Chef Ripert!

Viewer in Montclair, NJ
Viewer in Montclair, NJ

I love that this is the rudest Eric Ripert can get! He seems lovely, a real gentleman, and very likely the nicest Frenchman ever. I miss him as a judge this season, although Bourdain is pretty funny and his blog is hilarious. One day, when I'm rich enough, I'll go eat at their restaurants. For now, I'll just enjoy watching Top Chef and trying out recipes at home.