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Bravotv.com's Senior Editor deems the Jimmy Fallon episode the happiest one yet!

Feb 8, 20110

Unfortunately, Fabio, Dale, and Tiffany didn't fare so well. I realy, really thought Tiffany was going to go because it seemed she just didn't make the right dish. Dale could've also just as easily gone home for overseasoned food. Although all the judges thought the whole dish was too salty, I still want to try it. I love Philly cheesesteaks and I love pretzel rolls. My best friend loves them so much in fact that she had them as her dinner rolls at her wedding, and they were delicious! (But salty.)

Ultimately, Fabio went home. As i write this, I'm dreading the fan reaction to this elimination. Talk about Fan Favorite! I can't think of a better example of how un-rigged this show is. (It's a word.) What producer in their right mind would get rid of Fabio?! Anyway, his booger (burger) was dry. Don't worry, Fabio, I used to call burgers boogers too (well, when i was in 1st grade.) I don't think Fabio's idea of using different meats was a bad one, and honestly who doesn't like meatloaf?! I wonder what would have happened had he not made that apparently horrific cheese sauce. I'm sure Fabio will be happy to return to his turtle... and the rest of his family. This episode really hit me with how close this competition is becoming, that anyone can really go home at any time. No one is safe. Not even Angry Dale.

So although I'm sure many of you are very upset over Fabio's elimination, hopefully the rest of the episode put a smile on your face. Tell me your favorite moments! And tell me where/what you've been eating. Until next week, Happy Noshing!

P.S. That blue mesh shirt of Angelo's is for real. One of my colleagues saw him on the streets of NYC wearing it, and texted me about it. When it came up on this week's episode, I called her into my office immediately to confirm it was the same one. It is!

23 comments
TurnerKat
TurnerKat

Dying to try Angelo's chocolate bacon pico de gallo. Any chance of getting that recipe?

eat denver
eat denver

Am I the only person who is offended by Mike using gay in the pejorative while referring to fondue? Thanks for knowing your audience Bravo!

helenschmelen
helenschmelen

It was really cute to see Carla so happy to make chicken pot pie and I'm glad they loved it!

herstory
herstory

SINCE THE AUDIENCE IS UNABLE TO TASTE THE DISH, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE ELEMENT OF SOMEONE ENTERTAINING AND HANDSOME. BRING BACK FABIO !

lotsahelp
lotsahelp

While Fabio is nice he is not my favorite and I have never thought he was truly a top chef.

banana3
banana3

Most gracious Exit EVER, Fabio! Bravo to you. Your attitude is inspiring. I will miss you and think Tiffany should have gotten the boot since her dish was COMPLETELY off base. -Fan of all seasons

BLT
BLT

I love Antonia. She is funny and she seems to make great food at least the judges often think so. I thought she was treated terribly with her win last week. What sore losers, especially Fabio. Fabio is entertaining but he always has an excuse. I think Dale is not nearly as angry as he was on his first season. Actually I have found some of his interview comments to be quite funny (Antonia with the Kool Aid; Fabio with the white truffles...funny stuff). I have been sad to see lots of chefs go (Dale L, Tre) but that is the nature of the game. I love Carla and Antonia and would be happy to see one of them win. As for beef tongue, we ate it when I was a kid and honestly, I never thought about what it was. I think I was an adult when I realized it was an actual tongue. I have never eaten it since.

Oh Boy Cat Toy
Oh Boy Cat Toy

Hi there, I was so excited and surprised to see my taco used as a prop on Top Chef/Jimmy Fallon last night! I would love to have more of my art on your show so please let me know if you need any more plush sculptures. I am really excited to have Top Chef on my resume!! :-) thanks so much, ~Molly McIntosh -Oh Boy Cat Toy

Viewer A
Viewer A

It was a good episode, and I was sad to see Fabio go.... At the same time I was pretty worked up by Mike's anti-gay slur ("i've never been to a gay fondue party") and his offensive comment calling Dale a "monkey. What is that? Mike needs to formally apologize for his behavior, it's unacceptable.

SPECIAL K
SPECIAL K

If Antonia had called me I could have told her to pressure cook the beef tongue. Mom taught me to use the pressure cooker when I was a wee pup in high school (1960s). Where ever I was in the world, I’d call Mom and have her ‘walk me through’ cooking tongue. I like eating it hot but Mom liked it cold on sandwiches the next day. As caregiver for Mom (age 81) these past 6 years, we enjoyed beef tongue many times before she could no longer taste it (no fun according to her if there’s no taste). She passed away on Jan 27, 2011 and watching beef tongue cooked on Top Chef for Jimmy Fallon was a wonderful tribute to Mom’s culinary favorites. Jimmy, thanks for loving beef tongue and my memories of Mom’s expertise in cooking seemingly wierd foods but normal to us who grew up on beef tongue, heart, and turkey necks.

Bobbianne
Bobbianne

Everyone may love meatloaf but not when they're expecting a juicy burger and fries.

I wasn't all that upset about him leaving after seeing the way he treated Antonia after her win last week.

FanFare57
FanFare57

I'm not upset at all that Fabio was sent packing his knives. From his 1st performance of this season, I'm surprised he lasted as long as he did. It probably was more for his charm than his cooking chops. He simply wasn't very adaptable to the various challenges. Each new show had him saying, "that's not my thing!" Well, now he can go home and cook things HIS way... Ciao!

Emme C
Emme C

Great post, even though its subject matter is painful. *sniff* But can I just tell you how giddy it makes me that you referenced Troop Beverly Hills??? One of my all-time favorites! And in that spirit, we wish Fabio farewell, but not before we sing Kumbaya. "Kumbaya, my Lord. Kumbaya...".

Viewer K
Viewer K

Top Chef All Stars is hands down the best Top Chef season that Bravo has had! I love it! & Fabio is so awesome. His personality is so welcoming and he's just a big breath of fresh air. I was sad to see him go, but I do think that since he doesn't really cook much out of his comfort zone (or so it seems from a viewers standpoint) that he would have gone home sometime soon.

But anyway, ciao Fabio. You really will be missed while I'm watching the show!

real atl housewife
real atl housewife

Right on - sooo distressed Fabio was sent home! The thought "the producers must be mad to let such a charming contestant leave now" crossed my mind. Thought it was Tiffany's time, but really can't fault judges - love them all, and they actually taste the food. Luckily, Carla's still about for levity. Here's hoping Fabio will be back as assist. chef in the finals. Jen too, as I can't believe she went home so early.

Ted W
Ted W

Has never cooked a burger? Come on how can anyone claim to be a chef and never cooked a burger? Also, regardless of whether he has or not - anyone worthy of the name of COOK knows you have to worry about be sure the meat is at least moist - so a dry burger is inexcusable!

For the Top Chef web people - asking people to judge dishes based purely on looks? What is that about?

FabioFan
FabioFan

You're so right! Since when is a mediocre burger worse than an uneatable sandwich?! Poor Fabio was cheated and as a result, so were Top Chef fans. I'd rather watch gracious and gallant Fabio cook mediocre meals than sit through snarky, foul-mouthed Dale repeatedly overcompensate for a judge's remark on a previous dish.

Viewer from NW PA
Viewer from NW PA

I received the "beeftongue" link, but how do I make it a ringtone on my iPhone?

Fan of them all
Fan of them all

Sad to see Fabio go as well, but I gotta defend Dale a bit as he seemed to be more like "The chef formerly known as Angry". His restraint at not punching Marcel earlier in the season really surprised me, with the amount of in your face crap being thrown at him. The only other contestant who I thought showed more maturation between their first appearances and All Stars was Tiffani from season 1 who seemed so calm and mellowed out this time around. It's been an absolutely solid season with most of them clearly having a sense of perspective and enjoying themselves so much this time around.

Tricky Nicky
Tricky Nicky

I read all the blogs and I can't wait to read Tom's this week. Yes, Fabio was my favorite so of course I am pissed off but the judges are so inconsistent. In a previous episode they sent the chef home whose dish was "inedible" so why wasn't Dale's and his oversalted sandwhich sent home? Even if Fabio's meatball burger was dry it was not called inedbile. In fact one of Jimmy's guests said it was a great burger after taking the first bit. This was Dale's second week in a row being at the bottom and he made a Cooking 101 mistake. UNACCEPTABLE!

Mich Len
Mich Len

Going off what was said, it seems to me that despite how the salt and seasoning of Dale's dish was off, the food still tasted good - and that is what they always judge on. In the other instances, I think, the seasoning was so horrific it became inedible.

And I suppose Fabio's dish was least tasty, so he went home.

Tuttid53
Tuttid53

Carla's won 3 trips, Dale's won a trip. Other people have won cash. Maybe I missed something but I don't remember Antonia win anything for her mussels? Seems a little unfair.

AngryFabioLover
AngryFabioLover

Having watched Top Chef since Season 1, I know that we as viewers constantly see chefs being eliminated due to seasoning-related errors. I was so saddened to see this lack of consistency in judging. Salt and seasoning is a basic for home cooks and chefs alike. I don't care how many pho fondues Angry Dale can make if he can't judge the amount of salt on a roll. Fabio's talented and hilarious which I will take over angry and overly salted any day.