Hi I'm Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin, commenting on Episode 5 of 'Top Chef All-Stars' New York.
I was very impressed with the Quickfire and seeing Tom. I think it was a big surprise for everyone to see Tom come in and embrace the challenge, which was to cook something delicious in a very, very fast pace, a very timely manner. Tom, he can still kick ass. He's very precise as you can see on the show. And when we look at it, he's very fast, he's very organized, he's very focused, and at the end he created a dish in 8 minutes and 37 seconds which is very, very fast paced. It's exactly like being a line cook. Actually it's more challenging than being a line cook during service, because he had to filet his fish, he had to open his clams, so he had to do a lot of extra work compared to a line cook. And obviously he is the winner of the Quickfire.
Angelo, Jamie, and Dale are in the bottom of the challenge. Angelo, despite what Tom said about not doing raw fish, decided to do raw fish, which is kind of taking it easy on the challenge because 8 minutes to do a raw fish is really easy going.
Jamie was challenged by the timing, and basically what she can provide is one clam. And the clam doesn't look too happy. It's a sad dish, so she's in the bottom unfortunately.
Dale was ambitious and tried to make his own pasta, but unfortunately his dish looks really terrible. It's actually one noodle with kind of a strange color sauce, which doesn't seem to taste too good. He's actually embarrassed himself. And at the end of the day they are all at the bottom.
Really?! Sending Casey home before Jamie? I get that the chicken feet were bad, but she didn't have the chance to cook her own food and relied on someone else who basically seemed to ignore Casey to Antonio's benefit. I am sorry to say but Jamie seems to be mediocre time after time after time, and on this even my blind cocker spaniel Max agrees.
Where is the transcript? The videos cannot be viewed here in Jen. No transcripts for the Episode 2 recap, either! Thanks!
Dearest Chef Ripert,
Thank you for your candid comments. I remember your appearance in Chef Bourdain's "No Reservations" where you worked the line at Les Halle. This episode reminded me a little of that, where chefs were put into a new kitchen and asked to make it work. Unlike your success that night, this was off the Richter scale in a bad way. I think the measure of a good chef, and a good employee in general, is to have the focus no matter what the environment. You will find a way to make it work. Chef Colicchio demonstrated this in the Quick Fire, as well as Fabio in the Elimination. Others seem to let the kitchen be their scape goat.
On a side note, I received "On the Line" last year for my birthday and "Avec Eric" for last week (again for my birthday). My 6 yr old son loves the monkfish recipe from "OTL." I hope you have another book coming out this year, otherwise my family will be at a loss for presents for me.
Eric Ripert is the bomb. I was always excited when he came on the show as a guest and having him as a judge is even better. A true class act.
Thank you for the transcripts! Now, even without a video (as it cannot be viewed here in Japan), I can read your great reviews every week - honest, direct, succint. Thanks, Chef Eric!
Great episode, but quite a mishap (at least from the after-the fact, edited viewer's pov) to not kick Jamie off the show. It would be a great surprise to see her cook something, anything, that isn't awful in the future episodes.