Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert provides a little more insight into Justo Thomas' role at Le Bernardin.

on Jan 20, 20110

I am Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin commenting on Episode 7 of Top Chef in New York.

And Dale is the captain of his team, and he has people that he wants to work with. They decide on the bodega, as a theme for the restaurant. And I think it's very clever and original to think like that because you can make a bodega slightly upscale. You can have the bodega as a starting idea, and then create something more original than what you would find in a bodega obviously. And it's what, exactly what they do. I think the idea of having the potatoes in a bag, 'the chips in a bag, it's great because as soon as the guests arrive they can munch on it. And then they are very organized. They have a good strategy. They have good dishes. And Fabio is with them and Fabio is the master of Top Chef in this season. He's fantastic in the front of the room, as well as in the kitchen so far. In between having someone very good in the dining room, who knows how to talk to the waiters, and guide the waiters properly, and having a strong team that works collectively to succeed, it's definitely the winner.

So Richard is the winner. He has two very tasty dishes, good-looking dishes, and at the same time he has been helping a lot the rest of the team and therefore that probably adds points to his winning victory.

Dale seems to be rude, but it's not like he seems to be rude, he is rude with the waiters. And a lot of chefs in kitchens are rude, not only to the waiters, but to their own teams, their own cooks. And I think it's not a nice way of managing a team. It's not a nice way of showing leadership skills. I think you bring a team together, and you train a team and you create a team by being an inspiration. And you are an inspiration only by showing your qualities, and not by insulting and putting people down. So Dale has to in Top Chef, and in his professional cooking, has to change that attitude, and I think he will be happier and also have much better results.

9 comments
conspiracy theory
conspiracy theory

jen would of killed this challenge! its clear now why she truly got eliminated. how could she participate in a challenge when she worked with justo and still works for you chef?

OliveAnne
OliveAnne

Dale was rude and I am glad that Fabio stuck up for the wait staff. Wasn't this suppose to be the "Used to be Angry Dale"? Thank you for your Blog - When I am reading your blog I can hear your accent in my head. It is very nice. I so enjoyed this RW. Having the room ready was so much more fair then in the past. I do think that Fabio should have won. He nailed the front house job. It set the tone, plus he made an awesome dessert. Yet, I sure that Richard's dishes were excellent and he did come up with crazy ideas that made it fun and it worked. Looking forward to what you have to say next week. OliveAnne FloridaFan

lawrence H
lawrence H

Top Chef fan, as I've told you before, go and get a proxy server and you'll be able to watch the videos. Honest, I'm not trying to sign you up for anything insidious. This way, you'll be able to stop writing in asking for a transcript!

sephigirl
sephigirl

Thank you for mentioning Dale's rudeness! Marcel tried but the team seemed already dead-set against him. Tell me Chef, if you had attitdues like Isabella's, what would you do?

roothie
roothie

This is why You're a TOP CHEF!!!

PaulainVa
PaulainVa

I would kill to be able to learn from someone like Justo! What a master at his craft. If the fish are butchered correctly, the dish will be a better one.

top chef fan
top chef fan

Transcript, please! I cannot view the videos here in Japan! Love Eric's v-logs!

miyo
miyo

What you said about how a leader has to instill trust is key in any situation. It's hard to respect someone who seems not to respect anyone else, in the case of Marcel.I think he is a very good chef but it is his personality that is getting in the way. I so much admire how you are honest without being demeaning. I suspect your kitchen is a very well oiled machine. I hope to eat there when I visit this summer.