Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert offers the chef a stage at Le Bernardin.

on Jan 12, 2011

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.