Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert commends Tom Colicchio and breaks down the disastrous Elimination Challenge.

on Jan 5, 20110

So Jamie's paired with Antonia, she would love to cook some scallops for the dim sum. They are going to do some string beans together. And it turns out that the scallop dish is not really a winner. The string beans are very greasy, or they look very greasy. Supposedly the taste is not right either. And even Jamie is disappointed with her dish, and so she thinks that she's going home. But Jamie is safe, because I think her dish, even mediocre, is better than the chicken feet. So she's going to the next challenge. 

So Angelo and Dale are familiar with Asian food, so I'm not surprised to see them at the top and for Dale to win the challenge. Dale knows how to cook rice for sure, and he found a very original way to present it and to give flavor to his sticky rice. 

Angelo is having fun with making a shrimp spring roll, and it looks like it was delicious. All the judges are happy with the dish. The surprise is actually Fabio, who actually surprised himself. He was happy because he made a great, tasty dish although he was very scared with the ovens not being perfect for what he wanted to do. He could have even maybe won that challenge, which would have been quite an accomplishment for an Italian to win a Chinese challenge. 

So Susur Lee is a great chef, highly respected in our industry, and he definitely knows Chinese food. He has been very famous for having a great restaurant in Toronto in the past and one in New York. He is very familiar with Hong Kong and Chinese cooking. And I think his comments are –- they are very, very short but they are very constructive and very technical at the same time. So for the viewer it is definitely a big advantage to have him commenting on the dishes. 

I am Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin, commenting on Episode 5 of 'Top Chef All-Stars' in New York City.

 

13 comments
nycfoodie
nycfoodie

Chef, please bring back the smoked-salmon croque monsieur to Le Bernadin!

ralpha
ralpha

Your fish is delish!

veggietestkitchen
veggietestkitchen

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.

top chef fan
top chef fan

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!

miyo
miyo

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.

Sapphires
Sapphires

I love you and I love your video blogs!

Rosalie From Chicago
Rosalie From Chicago

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.

Warmest Regards.

nk6
nk6

Transcript?

top chef fan
top chef fan

Where is the transcript? The videos cannot be viewed here in Jen. No transcripts for the Episode 2 recap, either! Thanks!

dfbv
dfbv

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.