Hello I am Eric Ripert chef of Le Bernardin commenting on Episode 11 Top Chef New York, All Star Season.
So the big surprise is to see Paula Deen, being, judging the Quickfire, and being part of the entire challenge actually. And she's very nice and charming. I was very happy to see her. I didn't even know she had a restaurant, I just thought she was a TV host. And she's very nurturing. I would love to have a grandma like that.
So Mike Isabella wins with a play in the oyster shell with a chicken oyster. And it's definitely an idea of Richard, and Richard is very frustrated. The rest of the contestants are kind of like, surprised, and of course, I'm not happy to see that he basically stole his recipe. In a defense of Mike, I would say: Richard, don’t show your recipes to the other contestants if you don't want them to take your ideas. It's fair game. It's a competition. Keep your recipes for yourself, or if you share, you share. And at the end, a recipe doesn't make you necessarily win. Mike won because he executed it perfectly, as well. So I give more credit to Mike for making the dish a successful dish.
Yes, I wanted to try the fried mayonnaise. I was very intrigued by that because, as you can imagine to fry mayonnaise is almost impossible except if you use modern techniques like Richard did to make it happen. I love the idea of the fried avocados. I have never tried that but it looks really good, and actually I liked also, I mean as a viewer, the dish of Anotnia. I would have loved to see Antonia winning, unfortunately she only made one plate, and she was kind of disqualified.