I'm Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin New York City commenting on Top Chef Episode 6 in New York City.
So the chefs are waking up very early. They don't know why, but they are in a bad mood kind of. Actually Fabio's in a bad mood, it's too early for breakfast he says, and too late to something... I don't remember. But anyway when they found the note it's, "You go to Montauk, and you are fishing." And everybody's very excited that they'e going to have a great trip. Actually it's a beautiful ride to go to Montauk, and then they go on the boats and they are fishing with two different boats. And the teams are separated, and there are different captains. Actually one team is successful; the other one is not successful in the beginning. They need to catch fish because they have to feed 200 people, so there is a little bit of pressure. At the end, everything is resolved. They catch fish. And many of them enjoy fishing, some of them don't enjoy so much, I think the fishing part.
Myself, I'm a very lousy fisherman, and I don't like to catch fish, actually, and kill the fish. So I'm a little bit of a hypocrite in that aspect, because, at the end of the day, I love to cook fish, and eat fish.
Jamie and Tiffani are eliminated in that challenge. Jamie seems to have a hard time with seafood, and I saw her, I mean, the very few seconds on the show trying to keep the fish in the pan, and the skin sticks to the pan, she has a problem there. And then her sauce seems to be very bland. She makes cucumber water, or cucumber broth or something like that, which is very bland, doesn't help the fish at all. And the judges decide that she has to go home. I think it's time to go home for Jamie, and I'm sorry that she is going home, nothing personal against her. But she seems to very weak in her cooking.
Wow! What a generous offer to Jaime!! She is a fool if she doesn't take you up on it-- if she truly cares about cooking the way she claims, then she should embrace the opportunity to learn from one of the best of our time. If she declines (which, unfortunately, I imagine she will) it will be one more sad example of ego getting in the way of greatness. Please let us know if she actually takes you up on the offer!
I also want to thank you for a fantastic meal at Le Bernadin. I also had the pleasure of meeting your wife, who is a beautiful and classy lady. Keep doing what you're doing- we appreciate it!
Chef, you keep it fair and unbiased. I loved it when you were the judge, b/c you never belittled the chefs or disrespected them, but fairly and justly provided criticism. You keep it classy. I have lots of respect for you.
My visit to your restaurant Chef Ripert was the experience of a lifetime. Your food was sublime. I even had the privilege of thanking you personally after the meal. What a kind offer to make to Jamie and while you may not admire her cooking skills as seen on TV, at her former restaurant Absinthe in SF, she prepared fabulous food including lovely seafood. Her style is actually not that different from yours. Fresh and unpretentious, never fussy. That said, there is no one like you Chef Ripert nor any food experience in the US that can compare with a meal at Le Bernardin.
Chef, You are a better man than I.
Jamie is much too self-deluded into thinking she's a good chef (despite appearing to make primarily pedestrian scallop dishes) to agree she could learn anything (that would interest her) from you & even is she did you would be subjecting yourself to that whiny dilettante.
Once again you have shown that you are a class act.
Chef Ripert, I think you are one of the coolest people in the world. I sincerely hope I am fortunate enough to meet you and eat your food someday. I love how you've offered Jamie an open invitation to train at Le Bernadin to refine her fish skills. I hope she takes you up on the offer and becomes an even better chef. It is truly a pleasure listening to your observations and opinions every week. There is never any doubt in my mind that you always know exactly what you're talking about. I hope we get a chance to hang out someday.
Chef, Being a life-long Buddhist, I'm constantly impressed with your calm and demeanor but what are you thinking- offering Jamie a stage in Le Bernadin's?!?! You are out-Buddhisting me! I would also like to congratulate you on offering Le Bernadin's profits on snow day to City Harvest and offering those in need food; I couldn't make it to your restaurant today unfortunately but will be back soon.
May you pls do me a favour- pretty please - bring back your Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur! Even for one day, just lunch service. Please!!! I'm on your mailing list. Thank you!