Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert comments on the cheftestants’ dish of choice.

on Feb 16, 2011

I am Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin commenting on Episode 10 of Top Chef: New York City, the All-Star Season.

Well, I loved the Quickfire. It was a great surprise to see Sesame Street characters in a Quickfire. And, you have Elmo, and the Cookie Monster, of course you know, already that he's going to be a one with the stronger voice, and the challenge is to make cookies! It's fun, and actually everybody seems to be a little bit challenged by that cookie competition.

So I'm not too surprised to see them uncomfortable with the fact that they have to make a dessert, in fact. I am myself a very bad baker, and I would be very challenged, even to make something as simple as cookies.

But, some of the contestants, like Carla, make cookie that look good. Obviously Dale makes a great cookie. Richard decides to use liquid nitrogen and play with the zucchini and that's not really a cookie, it's a little bit off path.

Of course, Cookie Monster is not going to like that. And it's a bit predictable.

So Angelo is making hazelnut, I guess, chocolate cookies, and then he has this drink, the banana drink on the side, and I thought he would do well. Although he claimed that he has never made cookies, which I believe, of course. And unfortunately, Cookie Monster finds his cookies very dry and actually throw the little pieces at him. So it's a cute challenge, but at the same time a serious one. 

The Elimination Challenge, it's very different than anything I have ever seen on Top Chef. I have, myself never been in a Target, so I discovered the store through the screen, watching the show, and I didn't even know they were selling food there. So for the contestants I guess it's a little bit of a discomfort. Also they have to find their equipment that they will use. The equipment is not made for professional kitchens. It's much different when you cook on appliances for the house, than on appliances for a professional kitchen. They have the tendency to take the easy way, and they try to make soups most of them.