I admire Antonia who's very gutsy, and said, "No I'm not going to make a soup. I'm not going to go the easy way. I'm going to make something else."
Richard decides actually to cook a protein. He's making a pork loin, I think, roasted, which is very nice, but ultimately the winner again of that challenge is Dale.
Carla has a hard time to start. She's strolling the store, left and right, and discovers that she has only two hours to cook for a hundred people, which is not much of a time.
She decide to make a soup, but to cook properly, the soup it takes long time, in between the prep and the cooking aspect. And her soup is kind of bland, from what I understand, and it's not very inspiring. It doesn't taste too much like anything. Everybody is complaining that it should have a protein in it. So she's in the bottom, and I think she's not happy to be there, but you know at this point, nobody's happy to see anyone in the bottom, as viewers, anyway. They have gone so long into the competition and earned so much respect from us, it's kind of sad to see anyone in that position.
So the big surprise is to see Angelo going home. And obviously he had a bad day that day, because Angelo has great talent. But his soup is, first of all, very heavy, from what I understand, and then way over salty. And I remember Mike Isabella tasting his soup, and I think it's a little bit of interaction with Angelo, where "Your soup is a little bit too satly," but it's not really like, "Your soup is inedible. You're going to get out of competition with that." So Angelo, doesn't seem to react too much. He's putting, he's adding I see some liquid, maybe it's water in the soup, to make it a bit looser and so on. But when the soup goes to the hundred people, hundred clients and the judges, I think the general comment is that, "I cannot eat a bowl of that soup." And it's very sad to see Angelo leaving, but they need a loser on that episode and he's the one that's going home.
Tiffany has never won a challenge in this season, and some may ask, why not Tiffany to go home? And I will answer that in Top Chef, you judge on your last dish, and whoever has made the last dish the worst goes home, whoever makes the best dish gets the prize or the immunity and go to the next level.
I am Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin commenting on Episode 10 of Top Chef in New York City, the All-Star Season.
I am very unhappy about tonights elimination. Angelo was supposed to win he the best out there, its ridiculous that he was eliminated over the most ridiculous midnight challenge, I don't think I can get over this. I was already upset about Fabio but Angelo?????
I agree. As entertaining as last night's episode was, I have to believe that baking for muppets and making grilled cheese with an iron are not skills absolute for a great chef...only for a very decent cook with the ability to entertain.
As a cult-level foodie, I enjoy this show, but I do hope the remainder of the season moves away from these sorts of challenges. My fear is that Restaurant Wars peaked too soon and the REAL skill we are looking for, the ability to transform a variety of seemingly unrelated components into a culinary objet d'art, is about to recommence.
Hello editors and producers! Let's get back to real challenges that pits a chef's true skills and leave the entertainment to Bourdain's witty comments.
Guys, please, lighten up! Quit armchair judging. You can see in the judges faces how hard their decisions are, and often painful. I love the fact that they take these Top Chefs out of their element, and challenge them to still create an appropriate dish to the challenge. Yeah, Dale could have used a pannini press, or george foreman grill. Listen to their commentaries. Cooking with an iron, working with limited resources, and odd circumstances is exactly what has helped mold each him and every one of the other chefs. Once, he cooked with an iron out of necessity, now, is the chance to "do over" with a few more tricks up his sleeve!
I was racking my brain to figure out why people always complain so vociferously about who wins and who loses. Don't they realize that the whole show is modeled on a sports tournament-style series of eliminations? Then I figured out, they (yes you, Inessa) wish it was a popularity contest instead...
This show is Top Competitor not Top Chef. You cannot give someone a title of Top Chef who just happens to be lucky. If they truly cared about finding the real Top Chef, then they should make it a automatic elimination for anyone who gets on the bottom 3 times. That way if a person who is always on top gets one bad day, if there is a person who is consistently bad, that one bad day would not ruin them. But If there are more then one person on the bottom who's been there 3x, then you pick the worse from that day. And the other gets one more chance. But if they're on the bottom again, then they're out. This way you get a real Top Chef...not a top Competitor like Dale. I'm sure his food is tasty, but it seems like he just knows how to compete...not nessesarily the best chef. I bet Tom and Eric couldn't win Top Chef based on the set up of the competitions. Because it's not about who the best chef is...
And really....like the chefs sit around eating Butoni and discussing how great it is...Advertising is so shameless.
Cream does rise to the top. I'll agree this is not a typical challenge, but some of the chefs still managed to produce some amazing dishes. Without being able to taste what is presented, we viewers are left with only what we see (and take the time to read). Bland, tasteless and visually unappealing are transgressions, but inedible is the unforgivable sin for anyone who cooks. Sorry, Angelo...
I disagree with those that think the skills displayed tonight aren't those necessary for a chef. Sue, in ideal circumstances, a chef is never going to cook with an iron. That's not the point.
Restaurants have crises, and the ability to think on one's feet and problem-solve one's way to a tasty dish *is* a necessary chef skill. You have a roomful of hungry diners, or a wedding party, or a VIP group, and something in the kitchen goes down. A delivery's late, staff doesn't show up, the stovetop won't work, whatever. A chef has to pull together his or her team and create a solution.
All the cheftestants are worthy cooks; there's no question of that. Give them ample planning and prep time and a great farmer's market, and they'll all come up with great dishes. TC is a series of stress tests, and I love seeing what they figure out on the fly.
Angelo has said several times over both his seasons that he likes to take a lot of time and map out his food. He panics and gets flustered, and even so, he's such a good cook that he often pulls together a great dish. This time he didn't. That soup sounded awful from the first moment he described his idea. I think he was exhausted and gave up a little, and this late in the competition there wasn't enough slack for him to get by.