Team Top Chef

Bravotv.com's Senior Editor isn't prepared to defend Marcel this week.

Jan 11, 20110

The other two teams both did heads and shoulders above the bottom two teams. Although I've never been to Water Taxi Beach, my friends have and it's apparently a good time. I'll tell you one thing, whenever I end up going, I think a fish taco would probably be what I'd be most inclined to order. Carla took a gamble with her bagel and shmear take on the taco, but apparently it was delicious, and so, I'm happy for her! She not only embraced the fish challenge, but the locale.

The only other thing I really want to comment on is Marcel. I'm not prepared to defend him this week (I'll leave that to commenter Catherineb) because his behavior towards Dale with Tre was just bizarre. I thought he was going to break into one of his famous rooftop raps while arguing with Dale! As much as I usually think the other chefs just don't get Marcel, and I'll probably defend this guy against anything, I'm going to pick my battles and this week isn't one of them. What's interesting is that even if Marcel was right in his argument with Dale, his chicken nugget from last week's dim sum challenge wouldn't have won. And he thought it would have. Marcel needs to learn to focus on his own dishes.

In happier news, I finally ate at Ma Peche, and it didn't dispappoint. Many people recommended the ribs to me, but unfortunately they're not currently on the menu. Everything was excellent, but the cod was a standout. From Chatham, Massauchetts, it was served in this delicous ginger broth with coconut and shellfish. Part of me wanted to order the Montauk striped bass because it felt so relevant to this week's challenge, but I quickly realized that's not a real reason to order something. I'm checking out Nikki Cascone's new place, Octavia's Porch next Tuesday, so I'll let you know what I order then.

Until next week, Happy Noshing!

13 comments
MCC
MCC

All I can say in reply to your post is: AMEN!!!

DCFoodie
DCFoodie

DVR jumbled my thoughts! LOL! Okay so some of my opinions about this episode are in my comments for your previous blog. That's my fault for trying to catch up on TC in one day. I watched the last two episodes back to back....so forgive me.

As not to repeat myself too much I will just say here. Marcel is my least favorite (see my thoughts last week). I was thrilled for Carla (she is the one I want to win) and I am sorry for the Jamie fans.....but the madness had to stop and she had to go home. I think Tiffany was another casualty of war along with the others before her. She did mess up this week, but I thought that Marcel should have gone home instead of her (good quickfire or not). He was intergral in the decision to do one dish....and not do it well.

P.S. @Smurficus....HILARIOUS commentary about the foam. I couldn't have said it better myself! LMAO!

PA viewer
PA viewer

Richard should have gone home. Halfway through the show he tasted his dish then used the same spoon to stir. He did that constantly when he was on the first time. Does he really see no problem with double dipping?

restaurant gm
restaurant gm

It is obvious by the elimination pattern, season after season, that Mr Colicchio does not feel that a woman can be a Top Chef. Why do the female chefs even bother to enter? And heaven knows, don't have the audacity to challenge him like Jennifer! One so-so dish by three male chefs is ok but Antonia is at fault for her teammates???? Come on, at least make it look like you play a little fair!

ssusu
ssusu

I loved this week's focus on sustainability and catching what you kill. Tom was right when he said that this teaches you to respect the food that you prepare. Which brings up a question that has nagged at me through all eight seasons of Top Chef. (If you have answered this in a previous post, forgive me.)

What happens to all the beautiful 'extra' food that is not used? The giant platters of unusual proteins and special ingredients on offer during the Quickfires? I assume it doesn't get simply thrown away, but because I tend to obsess about overabundance and waste of food, particularly in the US, can you shed light on this?

Summer Rose
Summer Rose

I heart marcel anyway, I think he's just insecure

Smurficus
Smurficus

SQUAWK!

I'm pretty opposed to violence in 95% of the world's situations, but Marcel's Big Bird impression on the roof this episode might've falled into my 5% justified aggression category.

He was squawking, flapping his wings, and... let's face it, in any other neighborhood and without TV cameras, he would've gotten exactly what he was asking for. And probably would've deserved it. Imagine the whole thing with him in a bird costume and it would've been adorable.

Secondly, at what point will someone just tell him to stop bird puking on every single one of his dishes? You can call it foam, but it looks like aerated vomit. I can't remember a single instance that someone has said-- "you know what made that dish really great? The foam. MMMMMM, foam."

And me? Foam has its place. Those pits that you jump into? Fantastic. Bubble baths? Awesome. Packing things in a box? Excellent. On my food? Oh yes... please, the more scented soap bubbles I can have, the better.

Brian16
Brian16

Marcel's raps don't rhyme.

Barry Raskin
Barry Raskin

I totally agree. Carla is a joy to watch. She's funny and smart and has a HUGE heart. But most of all she's a terrific food maker with superb instincts and judgment. I was thrilled when she won the elimination challenge and her exuberance in winning just added to my joy seeing her win. Marcel can say whatever he wants, but I wish Carla hadn't taken it to heart. Don't let Baby Marcel get to you, Carla. Let your freak flag fly as high as you want it to.

As for Dale's reaction to Marcel's asinine rap-rant, good for you Dale. It's great to see that he's matured since his previous season on TC, as has Tiffani and Mike Isabella and many other contestants. His comments to the camera are priceless. More power to you, Dale.

alise
alise

eh, marcel was just drunk. we saw him chugging gin straight out of the bottle, so i'm just chalking up his nonsense to a drunk rant.

i didn't appreciate his attitude towards carla when she won, but the rooftop babble was just that. although, he really is lucky that he's dealing with a new dale!

cutetay7
cutetay7

Poor Jamie. She did not cook well on this season, but I don't think that's any reason for people to act like that hate her. She's a laid back person. It's not like she murder someone. Give her a break.

magicmom
magicmom

I know you are amused by Marcel but honestly, his sissy fit with Dale was enough to change the channel... and what is up with the 'home boy' arms flailing like a rapper video? He's not winning challenges but doing what he does best, whining. He actually said that when the judges liked Mike's quickfire plate during the Tom cooking challenge, that the judges still had flavors from his plate on their tongue. Can this little guy really have that big of an ego? Can't wait for the upcoming weeks as I anticipate his going home. It just can't be fast enough!