Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert weighs in on "Chicken Oystergate."

on Feb 24, 2011

So Richard as a revenge is winning the Elimination Challenge. And not only is he going to Barbados, but he gets $5000, which he didn't get in the Quickfire. He creates a dish which is a surf and turf, pulled pork with grits and shrimp. When you think about it, it's not necessarily working well together, those combinations. You have to have a lot of talent to make a successful dish. Obviously he has that talent, and everybody's raving about this dish. He's the winner. Congratulations Richard. You did a great job with that tough challenge.

So Marcel and Tiffany is like, I don't know, oil and water or something like that. They don't seem to enjoy, first of all, the company of each other, and they dont seem to work well as a team. At the end the dish is not very successful. I think Tiffany's vision is not really prepared properly by Marcel, and she doesn't have the time or doesn't focus on what he's doing and therefore her dish is very unbalanced, and it looks like the honey is very strong and the shrimp is too sweet and therefore it's more of a dessert with shrimp than anything else. On top of it Marcel overcooked the shrimp. But ultimately, and Tiffany says this actually, she's responsible for her dish so she takes full responsibility. And it's very honorable.

Antonia and Spike are doing a blue crab cake, which is a good idea. They're making a kind of a stew with andouille which is very local to New Orleans and the region there. I think it, I mean, at least it looks like it's a great dish. I would have loved to try that dish. Unfortunately Richard is the best in this challenge, and despite the fact they are on top, they don't win.

I'm Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin commenting on Episode of 11 of Top Chef, New York, Season All-Stars.