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Bravotv.com's Senior Editor is heartbroken over Marcel's elimination, but still excited about her recent trip to Octavia's Porch.

Jan 19, 20110

Marcel had his hands full again this week with his team, the losing team. The chefs just wouldn't listen to him, which I found incredibly frustrating. I think Angelo put it best when he said that he would've fired Mike Isabella for talking back to him the way he spoke back to Marcel. Honestly, at the end of the day, Marcel was Executive Chef. If you have serious problems with the way he's telling you to cook something, problems that could result in a dish being worse, then speak to him about it. But to curse back at him as a member of his team, I thought, was kind of out of line. That being said, I didn't have to work under Marcel, and who knows how I would've reacted, but it didn't seem like Marcel's team gave him a chance at all. When Marcel said at Judges' Table that he, in fact, told his team to do many of the things the judges' criticized the team for, I believed him. Marcel is totally the Kim Richards of Top Chef. Nobody will listen to him! (Did I really just make that analogy?) I actually wonder what would have happened if Marcel fired Mike. I honestly don't even know if that's allowed, but it could've gotten interesting. At the end of the day, all of the arguments aside, not only were Marcel's team's dishes the worst, but it sounds like his individual dishes were too. That dessert really put him over the edge. I was obviously very upset to see Marcel go.

The other team had an interesting dynamic as well. Although Dale was the captain, it was Richard who really took charge in the kitchen. I am constantly baffled watching the chefs this season kind of just listen to whatever Richard tells them to do. Richard really proves the point that many of the chefs tried to expain to Marcel: that if you treat people with respect, and set a good example, people will just follow you. I hope other chefs give Marcel that opportunity someday, to prove that he's worthy of that respect. Richard had such a presence in the kitchen that he actually won the challenge. Well done, Mr. Blais. We put together a little list of superlatives, as voted on by all the chefs, and Richard was chosen as Judges' Pet. I doubt this week's win will do anything to change that opinion.

G-d, I really can't get over Marcel leaving. I'm distraught. I just didn't like the way he went out. Oh well. Nothing a little comfort food can't fix.

18 comments
Mr. Jones
Mr. Jones

Marcel is a culinary Vanilla Ice, ya’ll, spitting out mad rhymes, being all hip-hoppity when he’s getting his anger on, pumping his fist yo, going on gin fueled tirades (drinking from da bottle like he’s on tour), pointing fingers and getting up in faces like he’s articulating a Socratic point. He can cook fo show, making some caviar foam, but he’s a little lack –lustre on the other, like, necessary social skills one needs to get along with your fellow man. A little humility go along way. Peace.

DBos
DBos

I would like to know what kind of knife case Marcel uses. It looked awesome as he was packing up his knives to go.

Jenica
Jenica

That video of Marcel was HILARIOUS. Thanks for the laughs!!

Danica99
Danica99

Marcel has always been my favorite chef and I am sad to see him leave. I won't be watching top chef any more. To me, Marcel is top chef. He is a creative chef and has an interesting personality. He is so unique.

debivice
debivice

marcel is delusional...in every interview he's done he's blaming others rather than taking responsibility for his own actions. the first comment i heard from a guest after they tasted his dish was 'it tasted like baby food'...another said 'it was too bland'...yet marcel yammers on that it was only the judges who didn't like his food? if he was worried about mike cooking his dish for the judges- should he not have done it himself? he didn't lead at all- he whined, and whined and yelled! loser...glad he's gone!

sloopie72
sloopie72

How great you're doing a book club, and how really great that Medium Raw is first up! And no, I have no financial connection to the book. I have a little tidbit (ahem) for you. I read Medium Raw sometime around Thanksgiving, and in mid-December, I read a short story by Lauren Groff titled "Delicate Edible Birds" – the story was first published in the Spring 2009 Glimmer Train but I found it in Best American Short Stories 2010. Bourdain's introduction includes a meal that was extremely vivid, unique, and well described. Then this short story also described a similar meal, back in 1930's Montreal – which was included by the author because she read Francois Mitterand requested this particular meal (you'll get the details in Bourdain's book) on his deathbed. Bourdain's introduction, and his chapter about Justo Thomas, are the best parts of the book (well, except for the part where he slams The Food Network).

As for Marcel, I'm completely with you. His team didn't give him any chance at all. It was the non-violent version of pinning him down on the rug to shave his head. But he had something to do with that attitude, I think. I felt he wasn't given a fair shake in his season, but he's really done all he can to be a jerk this time around. I still suspect a producer whispered in his ear, "We need a bad boy, go all out, you know we love you and we'll keep putting you on every show and every webshow we produce…" But I could be wrong. Maybe he's just a jerk. And maybe he's like other kids who get bullied, he's turned into a jerk in reaction to the bullying.

karendg
karendg

I enjoy your blog so much. You are informative yet funny. A great combination. Viewer01, what a rude comment.

TopChefEPsrockmyworld
TopChefEPsrockmyworld

Monica, can we cry on each other's shoulders about losing Marcel? You're the only one I've come across who seems to appreciate him the way I do. He is clearly so talented, and has changed so much since season one, and I thought All Stars might bring him redemption. Just as well, perhaps, that he bows out here, since if someone else had gone home this episode, his teammates would likely have blamed him and been even tougher on him on a personal level. Kudos to the Top Chef Executive Producers who cast this show so brilliantly, and gave us cheftestants we care so much about! Marcel, you're a genius. We'll miss you. Watching Marcel leave brings me to a question...Monica, could you please describe what actually happens when a cheftestant is eliminated? When they leave the stew room, where do they go? And how much time passes before the exit interviews on the web site are shot? It doesn't seem like they could be done on the same day of elimination...and who shoots them? I notice a different type of camera and less impressive kitchen background. Please enlighten. Thanks for your blog.

LainieR
LainieR

Awesome video! I will miss marcel, but I guess, as he says, I will be seeing him. lol.

Tpegues
Tpegues

I love you Angelo!!!!

zboysdad
zboysdad

Clearly, Tom doesn't like Marcel. It's difficult to do well when everyone is working against you. Mike and his humongous face should have gone home. Seriously, how can anyone be around him and still have an appetite, although that doesn't seem to be a problem for him (portion control, Mike). Marcel was right when he said you can't force people to things. Actually, Marcel shouldn't even be on this season because he was the rightful winner during his season.

Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson

Did she really just write that she was distraught over Marcel leaving...all I can say is good riddens...now we can watch chefs battle that are not so full of themselves...I can not believe we were watching the same show!!!

ct mary
ct mary

We are all glad that Marcel is gone. He was a troubled soul who needed help. He had no respect from his team.

But I would like to comment on the editing. I am so glad we don't view the scenes at the store...buying and shopping and hauling bags.

This was a pleasure to watch. We saw what mattered. Keep it up. Only problem now....there are no enemies...Jamie and Marcel added drama. The nine remaining chefs are mellow and quite sweet. I'm enjoying this season.

TopChefEPsrockmyworld
TopChefEPsrockmyworld

Monica, can we cry on each other's shoulders about losing Marcel? You're the only one I know who seems to appreciate him the way I do. I really have to credit the Top Chef EPs for casting this All Stars series so well and giving us cheftestants to live and die for. I believe Marcel is a gastronomic genius, and he has come so far since Season 1 (what was he, 21 years old on that show?) -- I was really hoping this would be his redemption. He seemed to handle it quite well, which brings me to a question I've been wanting to ask for a while. Could you please explain the timeline of what happens to a cheftestant once he or she is eliminated? Clearly they get to 1) thank judges 2) say goodbye to fellow cheftestants and 3) pack their knives...but when do they do their final interviews? And what about the exit interviews on the Bravo web site, which appear to be shot with lower-grade cameras, and in a lesser kitchen -- when are those done? Thanks for your blog, it's very enlightening.

Viewer314
Viewer314

The reason the other chefs won't listen to Marcel is because he talks down to them. Nobody wants to listen to someone who's talking to them like they're an idiot, especially since they're all accomplished chefs in their own right.

Viewer01
Viewer01

Monica -- are YOU drunk? This is a terribly awkward thing to read.

bhall
bhall

Oops! 'Guess I shouldn't have looked at this post, being on the west coast and still waiting for the episode to air! But, I didn't know what the blog was about. Well, it's actually a relief-- now I can watch and not worry about my fav's going home!