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Actually I would love to have Jamie come into Le Bernardin and train if she wants with us to reinforce her skills in cooking fish, and understanding how to prepare fish. I would love to offer Jamie a stage at Le Bernardin if she's willing to do that. She's very welcome, and obviously she has the option not to come. But I think it would be helpful, because I have seen her for a couple of seasons now, struggling with fish, so why not?
Tiffani goes home. She had the bluefish, and bluefish is a challenging fish, because the perception by a lot of the people is that it's not a very good fish. Bluefish is a very rich fish, with a lot of fat that kind of oxidize very quickly and therefore becomes fishy when it's not very fresh. However, when it's very fresh it's a delicious fish. What you have to be careful with bluefish, is that you have to remove the blood, so if you leave bluefish with the skin and there's a lot of blood in between the flesh and the skin, you have to remove the skin and the blood because that is ultra-fishy, and it's barely edible. And I think it's what sent Tiffani home. It's because she didn't remove the blood and therefore it was too strong and not delicious at all.
Richard, Fabio, and Marcel decide to work as a team and make only one dish, and they almost, they are on the verge of going home because the succotash is not really well prepared. It's only one dish, so it's nothing to save the group basically. It's a lot of critique toward that dish. I think they are lucky to have ultra-fishy bluefish from Tiffani and a poor dish from Jamie, if not maybe two of them could have gone home that day. But they’re still on board.
Carla made exactly like Tiffani, actually, a bluefish, which is smoked, and I think she finds the right way to prepare the dish. By shopping at the market, I mean the store, she finds the right ingredients to bring some texture, and to bring some of the right flavors and acidities that compliment the fish and cuts the richness of the fish. Her fish is definitely not fishy, from what I understand, and Carla wins the challenge.
This was Episode 6 of Top Chef in New York City.
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!
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, 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.
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 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.
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!