Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert weighs in on "Chicken Oystergate."

on Feb 24, 20110

Full transcript after the jump.

20 comments
SJean
SJean

Your comments dissapoint me. I know there is heavy editing involved in all episodes of Top Chef. That being written, The only positive comment I heard Paula Dean say was that Mike had a very creative dish. She appeared to be more impressed with the presentation than the food itself. Fried chicken oysters and mustard gravy? Cooking 101 at best.

Bon-Bon-Lon
Bon-Bon-Lon

Listen, this isn't Housewives of NYC. The Chefs are supose to be of integrit--for REAL! These Top Chefs have restaurants which reflect who they are. After seeing Mike's smirk at winning at the cost of Richard's creativity, and at the cost of Mike's integrity...I'll put my money down at Richard's eatery any day! Mike plays dirty, and that follows him...I don't do dirty. I would NEVER step foot at Mikes's restaurant. Multiply me by many, and Mike loses much more than the $5,000. he won...likewise, Richard: The cash will keep coming, the love from your customers is priceless!!

weng
weng

richard is just obviously the best. im sure he will win.

triptup
triptup

Let's be quite clear. Mike did not steal a recipe. he was inspired by an idea from a competitor. he created and executed the recipe which is a long way from a few scribbles on a note book. all recipes are beget from inspirations from many sources.

ViewerNYGal
ViewerNYGal

Thank you for taking the time to blog Chef Ripert. I am happy that Richard won the challenge as he creates good food and had a fun sous chef. Ms. Antonia is doing just fine and I am sure she is happy you are rooting for her!? Mikey, Mikey Mikey have you picked up some of Marcel's ways?

rfridge
rfridge

richard is way too trusting, several of the chefs have won competitions on his advice...i don't think he is wired to be slimy and backstabbing, so it probably never occurred to him that mike would steal the recipe and steal he did...just because you are showed something, it doesn't mean you now own it...what about the scandal with marcel recreating a dish from a chef at wd40? is it okay for mike, but not marcel? he was shown the recipe as 2 chefs discussing ideas, not to be used against richard...very disappointed in mike, very disappointed in top chef for thinking it is okay...

sara in seattle
sara in seattle

As a matter of justice, Mike should not have used a recipe that was not his own. It's a matter of ethics and it is UNTRUE, among ethical people, that "all is fair in a competition." Only those without any sense of honor would consider it ok for Mike to take Richard's recipe. I'm surprised by your comment Chef Rippert. I would have expected more of you.

Viewer12
Viewer12

You are such a gentleman that I am sure you meant to say you would like a mother like Paula Deen. She is certainly not old enough to be your grandmother. That comment was so unlike you.

sherriatl
sherriatl

As English is chef Ripert's second language, he probably meant he 'would' love to have had a grandmother like that, as opposed to what he said...

SNS
SNS

Mike is a hypocrite. I just watched the Jimmy Fallon episode rerun and Mike said Richard shouldn't help Antonio with suggestions about the beef tongue and the pressure cooker. Because it's a competition. However last week he took one of Richards recipes from his journal. So he used Richards help too.

Houston
Houston

I agree with Chef Ripert, Richard should have kept his recipe 'book' to himself. Mike did execute the dish and obviously, it tasted good. Too bad for Antonia. I think the prize money should have been split with her and Mike.

I didn't like Mike Isabella the first time he was on and that is continuing now.

Chocolatecupcakewithsprinkles
Chocolatecupcakewithsprinkles

I am happy Richard won the elimation challenge, he deserved to win that. Even though Richard may have showed Mike the recipe book, Mike still should have had enough class to not use it. So i am happy Mike did not win the elimation challenge. Hopefully the top 2 is Richard and Antonia.

Nona Meladee
Nona Meladee

Personally, I don't respect anyone who has a "win at any cost" ethical compass. Too much self-respect would stop me from doing what lil Mikey did.

Cindy007
Cindy007

I have always enjoyed watching you and I think you are a great Chef. Paula Dean is great and I would love to have her as a friend. Your Grandmother comment is a little off-putting. I would bet you two are closer in age than you may imagine.

sarge18
sarge18

Perhaps Mike could have shared some of his winnings as a good faith gesture with Richard (even 1/5th of the $5,000 in the Quick Fire Challenge. Other than that, as it is a competition, if you blatantly show/reveal your cooking secrets in plain sight of the other contestants, as Richard did, then you just have to take your lumps and learn from your mistakes. It wasn't kosher or ethical what Mike did, but in a competition, "All's fair in love in war". Now had Mike taken the notebook without Richards permission or knowledge and stole one of Richards recipes, than that might be a different matter.

PaulainVa
PaulainVa

Very thoughtful analysis of the Chicken Oyster debate, Chef Ripert. I think I was getting caught up in how emotional this recipe sharing/stealing situation was with all of the chefs. Richard should have remembered he was in a competitive situation, and kept his strategy and his recipes to himself. Mike has been very candid about his strong desire to win, and willingness to do whatever he has to.

JHaspels
JHaspels

Thank you for the blog. I totally agree. In a competition, you don't show your opponent your game plan. This isn't Richard's first go around so there's no excuse.

Cindy R
Cindy R

This is in response the Mike's 'Chicken Oysters'. Shame on Mike for blatenly stealing Richard's recipe. On or off camera I feel Mike should have been brought in front of Chef Colicchio and had some kind of punishment. It showed Mike to be a chef that will do any unscrupulus act to win and not win on his own merit. Bravo to Richard for winning the main challenge and my friends and I hope Richard becomes 'Top Chef'. You deserve it Chef!

boo hiss
boo hiss

i'm not allowed to watch because bravo detected i'm in canada :(