Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons can not say enough about Paul Qui's Elimination Challenge dish.

on Feb 8, 20120

Bravotv.com: So the Quickfire Challenge was… interesting. What did you think?
Gail Simmons: I thought it was fascinating. I think we’re so used to using all our senses when we cook, it’s such an interesting lesson when you take one away and realize how much you rely on it. I think we could have been a little nicer though and started them in the pantry. 

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the winning dish? It was kind of an interesting combo – corn soup with onions, peaches, and mushrooms.
GS: It’s interesting because we always preach “if it grows together it goes together.” I understand Tom’s comment to Sarah that mushrooms and corn shouldn’t really go together because mushrooms are very fall/winter, and corn is such a prime summer ingredient. They have a different seasonality, and it’s a strange combination of flavors, but it seemed to work. Sarah had it in her head that she was going to do a soup, which was smart in case she picked an ingredient that didn’t make sense. It’s easier to put everything in a blender, if you can get it cooked in time. And if you have really good ingredients, then you have to do very little to them, and a soup lends itself perfectly to that. I loved that she used our wood-burning oven to roast those mushrooms. Corn chowder is delicious. It sounded like a great dish. But so did Ed’s for that matter.

Bravotv.com: That was really smart with the casings.
GS: Ed killed it. I thought he would win just for those pork casings alone. I mean, they are not something that you usually want to eat, unless you’re making sausages or pate. It’s the stomach lining of a pig! So the fact that he had about seven minutes to incorporate it into a dish, and obviously he didn’t have time to make sausage with it, I thought it was genius that he put it in water and used the briny, porky flavor as a stock. That was genius.

38 comments
topchefgroupie
topchefgroupie

To lousy cook, Just because Beverly tends to cook with an Asian flair doesn't mean she's always making the same thing. Asia is a very big continent with a large gamut of flavor profiles. Chinese cooking is different from Japanese from Thai from Vietnamese from Malaysian and so on and there are more variations within the regions of each country. Beverly is a talented chef and makes complex dishes with depth to her flavors. I would love to eat at her restaurant if I'm ever in Chicago.

Poppy friedman
Poppy friedman

Go Paul!

Sarah and Lindsey are mean girls! They need to get some manners.

Oklahoma Viewer
Oklahoma Viewer

Im over this show, not gonna watch the finale, don't care who gets it. This was dumb for BRAVO to do last chance kitchen when in fact the judges were never gonna let that chef through and the final three are the same. Just a way to promote longer viewing and it was stupid. Bev beat both Lindsay and Sarah in cooking and chef etiquette. The only ones above her should be Ed and Paul. I am so tired of these judges choosing someone in the first event and then carrying them through till the end regardless of the dishes prepared. You can see it, tell it and that type favortism is not what Top Chef should be about. Sara is there because it is Top Chef Texas and she is from Texas. And if Lindsay wins it was total failure on the part of the judges to even choose properly. Too many of the dishes by these two were terrible throughout the challenges. Neither has innovation or technique or even plate appeal.

Puffcat 1
Puffcat 1

You've turned it into a game show. Shame on you Bravo. What if one of the chefs had been injured in your stupid stunts??

WPBethy
WPBethy

This season of TC was too full of stunts on and off air. It was very manipulative to send viewers to bravotv.com for the Last Chance Kitchen, and of course make us wait all week to see who would return for the semi-finals. Once you are out, you should be out! The concept of competing against already "dismissed" chefs that are clearly there cause they couldn't step it up to begin with is all off. In addition, I don't know why everyone is defending Beverly. It is clear she lacks a maturity in social situations and doesn't understand kitchen cooking etiquette-even till the last show where she operates a blender on Sarah's station. The other chefs were clearly frustrated by her lack of professionalism, they just hid it better that Sarah and Lindsay. Thanks God she's off the show-was worried you would send her thru to prove the LC Kitchen concept worked.

Aloha808
Aloha808

Beverly should NOT have been voted off!!!

Sarah is the one who should have been given the boot. She is an obnoxious and rude woman!

Viewer dstar
Viewer dstar

By the way, this week's challenges, with the skiing, the gondolas, the guns and the ice...gimme a break...let them cook already. Silly! (Although it was satisfying seeing Sarah fall on her ass!)

also a Jersey girl
also a Jersey girl

i am really annoyed at this week's last elimination in Vancouver. The concept was ridiculous and the idea was ill concieved. I don't tune in to see chefs skiing or shooting or hacking away at ice for ingredients. This is a cooking show, not an Olympic event. Get a grip, cook excellent food in reasonable time and conditions and let the talent stand on its own. If this show continues on this circus route I can promise you lose me and many other viewers. Why are you mucking a perfectly good workable show?

also a Jersey girl
also a Jersey girl

watching the last elimination on Top Chef in Vancouver I was really annoyed. This is a cooking show, not a damn Olympic event. I thought that the concept was poorly thought out and and meanly done. I don't watch this show to see who can shoot or ski or cook in a gondola, I want to see excellent chefs create wonderful food. I am very disappointed and annoyed and if I ever see anything like this again on this show, I will be done with it. I am sorry, but in my opinion this was ridiculous.

lousy cook
lousy cook

I am a lousy cook and I will be the first to say it. I loved the "Last Chance Final Kitchen," but I was disappointed Bev made it through. Want to know why? IN one of the first episodes, Bev barrelled her way to the counter and loudly proclaimed that what she was doing was "important." Really? What about the other chefs' dishes? She took two days to prepare/make shrimp and was not a team player. That being said, I just could not get past the fact that she almost always made something "with an Asian flair." Sorry, this is "Top Chef" not "Asian Chef." As I have indicated above, I am not the best cook, but at least I try to make different things (even if it comes from a box)!

lousy cook
lousy cook

I am a lousy cook and I will be the first to say it. I loved the "Last Chance Final Kitchen," but I was disappointed Bev made it through. Want to know why? IN one of the first episodes, Bev barrelled her way to the counter and loudly proclaimed that what she was doing was "important." Really? What about the other chefs' dishes? She took two days to prepare/make shrimp and was not a team player. That being said, I just could not get past the fact that she almost always made something "with an Asian flair." Sorry, this is "Top Chef" not "Asian Chef." As I have indicated above, I am not the best cook, but at least I try to make different things (even if it comes from a box)!

primadonna12
primadonna12

Only big problem I have with all this is...up till now, we've come to expect the "comeback" of someone in the first finale episode. Now, Last Chance Kitchen apparently replaced that...so Ed is essentially the only Top Chef contestant who won't get a shot to earn his way back in. That seems kinda unfair. Hey, maybe he'll be in Whistler after all, who knows? But...I dunno, seems like 5th place is really most screwed here.

Ross G
Ross G

Gail, while you say this may have been one of the best dishes in Top Chef history, don't forget that pepperoni sauce :-)

Distracted
Distracted

Top Chef is a great show but Sarah and Lindsay's mean and entitled attitudes are so distracting. I hope this show has not jumped the shark by highlighting personalities like this. It should be about the cooking. Regardless great insight Gail, I thought your comments were spot on.

deb
deb

Loved the dress (or top--couldn't see all of it) you wore at Judges Table when Chef Ed was eliminated! Who's was it & where can I get it? Thanks!!

Klassie
Klassie

LOVE BEV hope she makes it to the final!!! However, I think PAUL will win!!! He deserves it!!! TEAM BEV and PAUL!!

Mikah
Mikah

Sarah cheated with her blindfold. She's also just a terrible human being all around.

Wootthereitis
Wootthereitis

Um, Ed basically got chitlins. Lots of southern people know what to do with them.

Cornelia cooks
Cornelia cooks

I'm sorry that Ed is gone. I liked him as a chef and as a person. But really ... CANNED smoked oysters? The elimination was justified.

KowKow
KowKow

I absolutely disagree with Ed's elimination! You said so Gail, that if Lindsey knew she made mistakes in the stew, why didn't she make any effort to fix the dish? Especially if she wanted to please her mentor, Michelle Bernstein. I think in an emergency with no food, I'll take canned oysters over dried, raw herbs, thank you.

Girloftheworld
Girloftheworld

Having had the pleasure of eating at Uchiko I recongnise the giddiness in your voice at having been transported by Paul's food... It is an amazing treat... he is an amazing guy too... When You are in Austin in April you will have to stop back in and have JarJar Duck

IAMSOBZ
IAMSOBZ

I got the feeling that Ed did not plan to use the cooking liquid from the casing but that it was a lucky last minute decision. He seemed to just throw it in the water in the hope that he would eventually come up with a way to use it.

indie305
indie305

Just let them cook. This show has turned into a joke.

EJane
EJane

I for one am glad Bev is back. She is a great chef and frankly it has been very disconcerting to see the bullying that has gone on in the kitchen. "Top Chef" is indeed about the food, but maybe it should also be about the chefs' professionalism. Sarah and Lindsay's behavior has been a disgrace. Not only cruel and childish but very unbecoming for "Top Chef" contestants. They reflect poorly upon the profession. Bev, on the other hand, handled their bullying with a certain degree of grace and maturity. Good for her!!

Stop the ads
Stop the ads

I can't even read this blog, as much as I want to, because of the horrible pop up ad words enabled on your site. It's a joke. You are littering great content with these ads that pop up when the cursor goes across an underlined keyword. How much are you making on the pop up ads? A few cents a day? I can't waste my time visiting sites with ads like these. I'll read other people's Top Chef recaps.

thepatv
thepatv

I really thought Edward was going to win the quick fire for the pork casings as well but in the end it wouldn't have matter. He pretty much said he wouldn't take immunity. Oh Edward, I so wanted you to win.

Zackster
Zackster

WHY would you put Top Chefs through an Olympic-style hazing? We want to see them cook good food. Not be put through torture. Please, please stop doing this.

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

This was a really exciting episode, and I loved the concept of cooking for their mentors. The dishes sounded amazing. The only blight on the show was Sarah's usual sour grapes. She couldn't even bring herself to congratulate Beverly on making it to the final four. Ed was my favorite, and I will miss him. He took chances in every challenge, and even when he lost, he had a good attitude. He didn't make excuses, and kept pressing onward.

SueM
SueM

Please stop trying to sell it to your viewers that Beverly ending up as the returning chef proves it's not a popularity contest. On the contrary, it proves exactly the opposite - she's popular with the management and producers of BravoTV because her presence creates drama. Would the other chefs have been as blatantly annoyed and condescending had it been either Nyesha or Grayson? Unfortunately it's pretty clear it's all about the drama ... I guess it was inevitable that Top Chef would fall into the same pattern as all the other reality shows. Too bad ...

David Galloway
David Galloway

I think you guys are reaching with the QF stunts. Bicycles, blindfolds. Just let the folks cook. That being said, I love the show and countdown Wednesdays to 10 PM.

Oklahoma Viewer
Oklahoma Viewer

I think Grayson was overdue to go home. She just didn't have refinement. But I am still at a loss for why Lindsay and Sarah are still there too. Paul is better than Ed but Beverly is third by far over those other two girls. I hope Beverly takes it all and shows those two what happens to chefs that can't be nice in the kitchen. Paul seems to be the judges favorites and he seems to know it now after winning the car.

kate620
kate620

So Sarah keeps putting peaches in everything and every time we turn around there is Bev bending over a little piece of fish in a pan. Paul and Lindsay do the most original and challenging things. Here is hoping those 2 go head to head at the end of the season.

TheGoodFaery
TheGoodFaery

I'm going to set the DVR to keep just that five minute segment when the chefs talk about their mentors. I was so deeply touched by their regard for these people who brought them along, particularly Paul and Ed's reactions. I also loved Paul's little head bow, with Bev almost automatically responding in kind after him.

Top Chef Fan
Top Chef Fan

I think it is painfully obvious how much the producers want Bev to win this. From the sad farce of her beating Grayson, to Tom and Padma telling her where to go while blindfolded in the Quickfire (didn't see them helping anyone else!)

This show has deteriorated into a knockoff of Survivor and veered too far away from being about talented chefs. To allow a contestant to move through the competition with only Asian food over and over again, then use a WOK to get into the finals! Sad -- this used to be a great show.

Jaded Chef
Jaded Chef

Lindsey? Brown butter sauce again with a fish. Can you do another sauce please!