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Bravotv.com's Senior Editor didn't cry once this episode.

Mar 3, 20110

But there was no time to dwell because the chefs' ultimate destination was Ellis Island where their family members were waiting for them. All of the chefs -- the exhausted chefs -- were emotional. I wasn't. But, I did enjoy seeing the private side of the five chefs. Then, they were surprised with information about their genealogy, and we learn that Antonia and Mike are related. I mean, that's just crazy. What are the odds?! Probably pretty good I guess. The chefs have to create dishes based on their background. We did this for Heritage Week in third grade, and I made a Persian rice dish. See? We can all be Top Chefs! Anyway, the judges sit at the dinner table with the chefs' families. This reminded me of the Season 6 finale where Kevin, Michael and Bryan's moms' joined the judges at the table. This seemed a little more intense, though. These relatives knew how to talk about food! Richard tweeted during the show that his wife should be at Judges' Table, and I thought, "Um, yeah, she should." She speaks so intelligently about food! I was also struck by Richard's conversation with his wife after the meal which was all about getting intel about the judges' comments. We know Richard's intense, but I guess his wife (whom I've actually met, and she's kinda gorgeous) is too -- he even mentions that she's an athlete who wants to win. They're a power couple! Um, and Carla and her husband met on Match.com?! Does that mean there's hope for me?! Maybe I should have Carla write my dating profile....

And then there was Mike's heartbreaking revelation that he doesn't cook Italian food because it reminds him of his grandmother. And, again, I didn't cry. Everyone else cried -- Gail, Andy, my editors. But not me. And I always cry! Maybe I'm still mad at Mike about last week's Quickfire? Either way, I'm a monster. It's official.

All of the chefs did such a good job that no one went home. Antonia's mom joked about a final five, and she got her wish. All of the chefs are going to the Bahamas! Although, Richard might be going with a few extra gray hairs, because Padma made him believe he was going home. Good one, Padma! All of the dishes sounded pretty hearty and delicious, but I, like Tom, don't like okra. Just the other night my best friend made gumbo with okra, and I ate around it. It was actually frozen okra, so it wasn't slimey, but something about knowing that it was once slimey, I just couldn't get behind it. Maybe I need to try Tiffany's! As I said the sign of a great chef is one that can make you like foods you thought you didn't, so I think Tiffany really proved herself with that dish.

18 comments
The Truth
The Truth

I cried every time Carla won,I cried when she wasn't happy with her dish,I cried when she left. Carla's spirit oozes out the tv into your soul,she's genuine and a loving spirit.

I knew Richard was gonna win,thought it would have been him and Carla.

Mike has an awesome spirit also you can tell his caring and fair to a fault.He'll help you out even being in competition with you,he was the best for everyone and that's hard to find.

I love Top Chef,can't wait til yout Top Chef Tour my son and I had a ball at the one in St.Louis!!!!

seasonedsista
seasonedsista

I agree! There were so many chefs this season that were done away with before their time. Along with Angelo and Dale, I think Casey was cut way before she should have been...and it was for chicken feet that she didn't even cook! Cousin "A" should have gone down for that one.

Kitchenaid
Kitchenaid

A proven way to keep okra from turning slimy is to add tomatoes. No need to deep fry; slime doesn't even get a chance to develop in the first place. :)

Walt's Wife
Walt's Wife

Monica, If Isabella comes at you at the reunion, just call me and I'll dress him down for you. This is the first episode where he wasn't obnoxious and I still can't stand him.

On a serious note, why does Eli blog? No one cares what he has to say and usually he has 6 - 8 comments. How does it work..can any previous cheftestant blog? Unfortunately people like Eli (and Jamie previously) are chefs I never wanted to see or hear from after their season. Please make Eli go away.

Go Carla!

Later Alligator
Later Alligator

Mike acts like the sixth graders next door. I would never ever eat anywhere he had any hand in cooking the food. NEVER.

I will check back next week as I have no plans to watch the show with the loud and crass Tiffany, the louder and spastic Carla, crude Mike and "How Many Times Can You Give Her a Pass" Antonia.

I miss Angelo and Dale. My final three would have been Angelo, Dale and Richard. Richard would still win, but I guess he will do it anyway, just against less interesting folk.

how'd she do that
how'd she do that

I just want to know when Tiffany's stewed okra recipe will be posted so that I can learn how to get the slime out. Did she really deep fry the okra first? It went by so fast that I am not really sure.

alpalnyc
alpalnyc

Could you please provide the information on the "famed" genealogist who prepared the family trees for the cheftestants? Thanks!

Europe
Europe

Soul cooking was "braised' this time... My grandma was also "braising" meats,all kinds of them! You cook what you have and it taste even better on the next day..and a day after ...and after ...

bigbear420
bigbear420

Antoina's food was not only good looking but it was soulful of who she is and where she is going. i am sure FanFare57 if you had ate her food you would not be wondering why she won. but then again what do you know about food???????

Suzemom2003
Suzemom2003

Did anyone else notice that Mike tasted his "soup" and then put the spoon back into the dish that he served to Padma and Dan Barber? I thought I was seeing things, but I think he did it twice. Yuk.

IcyAll Ican
IcyAll Ican

Richard "Debbie Downer" Blais ... good one, gave me a chuckle!

Uh, you didn't incite anger towards Mike I. He did that with his behavior, added to the edit your editors gave him. Let's face it, they could have turned it so it was less blatant ... then again, it just was that grimey, that criminal, and all on him.

If this show's making Antonia and Mike "cousins" was an attempt to redeem him? FAIL. (Sorry, Andy Cohen, I know you hate that word.) ... I was so glad he didn't win the elimination challenge. And what a sucky thing to say in the TH: he hoped for four, but he'll take five ... Mo-Fo. What if HE was the fifth? *

In retrospect, I wish the show had brought back Kevin from the Las Vegas season ... he got to the level Richard did during Chicago, and would have been good competition against Richard and Angelo.

Tiffany ... Mike ... they should not be still in. If either of them win, TOP CHEF's reputation takes a hit. I know, I know, you all say it's an honest-subjective-based-on-the-food decision ... but I'm a doubter.

Big Steve
Big Steve

Wow! You really sound anti-Mike, anti-emotion, anti-Richard (or at least snippy about him)... I'm stunned. I never got this vibe from you before, I usually enjoy your joyous take on food and the show.

Anyway, maybe the chefs aren't the only exhausted ones. Hope you enjoy the show and blogging again next time. Food is rarely enjoyed by cynics.

blaiscrazed
blaiscrazed

Anthony Bourdain should be translated as Anthony "Bore"dain. His comments are boring and unimaginative. I assume that his vocabulary is so deficient that it is necessary to us vulgarities to make a point. I will not purchase his book until he improves his vocabulary and is well-read.

blaiscrazed
blaiscrazed

This season has been a recipe for disaster. How quickly do we all forget that "Mike's cousin" did not have a clue how to cook beef tongue? Who told her how long to cook the tongue, at what cooking level, and when to turn it down? And then the "cat" got her tongue when she was selected for the top three. Next, cousin Mike "borrowed" the winning recipe for chicken oysters. I guess he was looking for lost pearls. Carla and Tiffany have not earned their way to the finals. They should have gone "south" long before the "Southern" challenge. Dale, complete with vulgarities, deserved to be in the final. Angelo, with his too tight pants, also belonged in the top. With the best chefs chopped before they are well done, the show is loosing its spicy appeal!

Violet S.
Violet S.

I don't understand how you can continue to gripe about Mike I. but have no problem whatsoever with Marcel and the way he treats his fellow chefs. Not to mention the fact that the fact Marcel spoke differently to Tre, with what I'm assuming he believes to be "black speech," which seemed to have some racist undertones I found offensive.

Ultimately, I think your blogs are incredibly biased and unprofessional.

Bronn Stone
Bronn Stone

Two quick questions. 1. Did Carla win anything for winning the Quickfire? There was no mention of any prize or advantage or anything.

2. Were genealogies created for other cheftestants? Hard to believe something so elaborate could be thrown together between tapings. Did the eliminated chefs get theirs as consolation prizes?

FanFare57
FanFare57

I didn't cry either. At all. Not once. Mike's revelation seemed manipulative and little smarmy. He's just such a lout. His QF "bread soup" was not something he would serve - except to Dan Barber! Tiffany finally creating a decent dish just saved her bacon in the 11th hour. (She has more lives than a proverbial cat.) If she ends up winning the title, I may scream out of frustration. I'm still not sure why Antonia won when everyone received raves. It was too random a call.