Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert comments about the tense finale and toasts the season.

on Mar 31, 2011

Mike is not happy. Well, I can understand that. I mean, it has been a long season. He has been preparing himself. He has been doing some great cooking. He was basically on the rampage in the Bahamas. He was winning. And to see Richard winning I understand he's disappointed, but, c'est la vie.

So the season has been very interesting to watch on TV. And it was very challenging for all of them. It has been basically a rollercoaster of challenges, and it has been very emotional for the contestants.

I love watching the All-Star season this year, and I'm sure all the contestants are very happy that they have been able to participate in such a challenging season.

Congratulations to all of them, and again, especially to Richard -- and Mike.

So I'd like to toast everybody. The judges, the contestants, obviously the winner, and the best way to do that I think is with a nice shot of tequila, so cheers.

It's very good. Like the season!