Top Chef All Stars Reunion April 6, 2011
Bravo knows how to bring the drama, Elia even asked Andy Cohen, “do you really want to talk about this now?” DUH! Elia, have you met Andy Cohen? Of course he wants to talk about it, he’s the creator of the Housewives series, remember?
Ok where the heck was Anthony Bourdain? He is listed as a permanent judge of Top Chef All Stars and he was only on maybe half a dozen shows, very frustrating!
I enjoyed some of the montage scenes that Bravo put together but it was extremely frustrating because the music that they played to go along with the scenes was so loud you could barely hear what was being said. Add to that the laughter of the chefs and judges could be heard in the background and it was pretty insane sound editing. Whoever edited those pieces for sound should be fired!
I particularly enjoyed the Sesame Street characters making fun of Padma, luckily they put captions on the screen so we knew what was being said.
The montage scenes of the judges was pretty good, it is nice to see them crack a smile occasionally and cracking jokes here and there. Bourdain really has the best one liners and Padma falling asleep at judges table was pretty funny, someone had to remind her that they’re making TV here to wake her up.
Everyone congratulated Richard again on his win and seeing that final scene was awesome, mostly seeing Mike’s reaction to losing and Richard saying the only part he remembers is being in Padma’s arms. I’m sure his wife who just gave birth was happy to hear that. We learned that Gail had to be convinced to give Richard the win, she really was taken over by Mike’s Pepperoni sauce.
I like that these contestants all seem to sincerely like each other, they have respect for their fellow chefs.
We re-lived Jennifer Carroll’s extremely embarrassing departure, her comments in front of the judges and even in the stew room were ridiculous. “Welcome to Jen All Stars”, Really? Jen was let off the hook by Gail Simmons who actually thanked her for being angry and unprofessional. What was Gail thinking?
Another great montage was Angelo and his sense of style, such as it is, and how very attractive he is, even his cast mates commented on Angelo’s looks, particularly Dale which was pretty funny. I don’t think Tiffany D or Stephen said anything at all, Marcel said very little which was a treat for everyone!
We all watched as Richard promised Mikey some money if he won. They talked about it on Watch What Happens Live last week, apparently there was talk of Richard investing in Mike’s restaurant, but Mike says “all the stock is gone”. But the two have built a lifelong friendship. Awww
Andy announced that many fans were outraged with one chef whose heart wasn’t in the game. A montage of Jamie and her fellow chef’s announcing that she hasn’t cooked anything, she continues to defend leaving when she cut her finger. We see the usual sweet and kind, Casey saying “what the hell? Really?” Tre said “Jamie skated by” and Spike tells us that Jamie is hiding under the table cloth. There is no way to know what would have happened if the judges sent Jamie home for not offering any dish at the challenge but Spike had to go instead of Jamie. Jamie claims she hasn’t watched the show at all.
Andy asks the chefs if any of them would be willing to return for a third shot at the Top Chef title and practically all of them raise their hand.
Another great montage was Antonia as the cursed woman, they call her “The Black Hammer” as all of her teammates seem to get eliminated, even if you happen to get assigned to bunk with Antonia in the same room, you’re in danger of going home.
Antonia talked about feeding children and children’s menu’s in restaurants that make her angry, I wasn’t sure what she was trying to say but it didn’t make a whole lot of sense and she got a lot of eye roll’s over that comment.
Dale T was asked if he finally bought his girlfriend that ring he promised her if he won some money, Dale explains that he’s got it all picked out and ready but that he is still waiting on the check. Andy seems annoyed that Dale told the world he hasn’t gotten his winnings yet and snaps, “Alright you’ll get it”
Padma had a few strange moments, she has always insisted in the past that she plays no favorites with the contestants yet a fan sent in a question when they noticed she seemed noticeably upset when she had to send Tre home, “is Tre your favorite Padma?” Padma admitted that she has a sweet spot for Tre. (get in line lady!) She also said she hates sending anyone home, saying, “Pack your knives” is worst part of her job.
Andy asked Gail which of the Chef’s she would go on a date with and while she was sure to mention that she’s married, she chose Spike. When Padma was asked the same question, she actually said Casey or Elia, then made a bit of a crude remark about Antonia. Is Padma trying to tell us that she is a lesbian?
Tom Colicchio was asked about his favorite dishes of the season, he had clearly thought about it in advance as his response was ready, his three were prepared by Carla, Richard and Mike.
Elia Elia Elia, I think she made the comments in anger, I think she was annoyed at being the first to be eliminated and had been waiting months to talk to the press. Elia admitted to going to Tom Colicchio’s restaurant in Las Vegas twice to be sure she was correct, even talked to one of the chef’s in the kitchen and learned that Craft Restaurant serves only corn fed beef. Tom defended his restaurant and told Elia that she made it personal, he was also sure to announce that the decision to send Elia packing was unanimous among the judges.
Dale L chimed in to try to bail Elia out a bit by reiterating that a chef of Tom’s caliber is held to a higher standard and they questioned Tom’s decision to film a Diet Coke commercial. Tom defended that by stating he not only drinks Diet Coke but he sells it in his restaurant, just as many of the contestants do in their restaurants. Tom also got in a bit of a slam by noting that he has eaten in many of the contestants restaurants but refrains from making any comments about his experiences. It sounded a bit like a threat to me, almost like he was saying, keep slamming me and I’ll spill the beans about how bad all of your restaurant’s are! I’d love to hear those comments!
During the exchange between Elia and Tom, Jen Carroll was nodding her head in agreement with Elia and Dale seemed to support her as well. Finally Andy asked Elia if she stands by her earlier comments to the press and before she answers Casey said, “You don’t have to comment on that” but it was too late, Elia said she stood behind her comments. Tom Colicchio doesn’t look happy and neither does Andy. I don’t think we’ll see Elia in any future Top Chef competitions or any Bravo show for that matter.
Top Chef All Stars Fan Favorite Carla Hall ended the show with a montage of her antics, she is pretty funny. And a final Hootie-Hoo from Carla won all the chef’s a Top Chef Fleece jacket (of course its available on Bravotv.com) Andy’s always selling!
Reports about the Bravo commercial shoot are coming out and an “insider” (read Jill Zarin) commented that Padma was less than friendly to the Housewives. Well she is an Emmy nominee and her show has won an Emmy, maybe she didn’t want the Housewives getting on her little daughter. You can read more about it here:
Padma Lakshmi Snubs Some Real Housewives — Can You Blame Her?
Top Chef Masters:
I have to admit I was very disappointed with Top Chef Masters. Shame on me maybe but I have never heard of any of these contestants.
The quick fire was a bit strange, two mystery boxes, two chefs and both ingredients need to be in both chef’s dishes. We got canned corned beef and marshmallows for one team, Chicken liver and popcorn for another. You get the idea.
Three of the chefs did not put up a dish at all because they did not finish in the 20-minute time frame allowed.
Another disappointment was throwing Restaurant Wars at the chef’s on the very first night of competition. I think it is better to let viewers get to know these chefs before they really get into this team dynamic that happens during Restaurant Wars. It was really anti-climatic
I will continue to watch and write about Top Chef Masters, I’m hoping to be able to get into it more than I did last night.
A Chef named Hugh Acheson went home last night, and Naomi Pomeroy won with her dessert of chocolate cake.
It is a shame because in the past on Masters we’ve seen chefs like Art Smith, Rick Bayless and Tony Mantuano. Reading the bio’s about this season’s Master’s isn’t all that impressive, in fact they could really be just regular Top Chef contestants as most of their resume’s read no better than some that we’ve seen on Top Chef.
I much prefer Curtis Stone as host to Kelly Choi who had hosted in the past. Let’s hope it improves.
The Real Housewives of New York – FINALLY!
Tonight is the premier of The Real Housewives of New York, originally promised to viewers by Bravo two months ago, I hope Bravo is going to deliver and make it worth the wait.
All day today Bravo is running last season’s episodes, I’m sure Jill Zarin is thrilled as she keeps saying she wants everyone to forget last season and let her start fresh. Bravo is determined to remind us just how awful Jill was last season. Thanks Bravo!
Jill Zarin tweeted a photo of herself in her new shapewear asking if she should wear it on WWHL tonight. YES Jill, please wear it, copying Bethenny always suited you well.
Yes, Jill will be appearing on Watch What Happens Live tonight along with cast mate Ramona Singer. I’ll be watching what happens.
A recent quote from Jill Zarin:
“If she could, and you gave her an eraser, [Bethenny] would erase ‘Housewives’ off her résumé.
I’m proud to be a ‘Real Housewife.’ … I would never be less than proud of doing something
I chose to do. And certainly,
for her, it built her brand and career, so for her to want to make that all go away, you know, kind of hurts all the girls who are left there. We all feel the same way.”
Jill Zarin, in one fell swoop told us how Bethenny feels about being an Ex-Real Housewife (how the hell does she know, she hasn’t talked to Bethenny since last year’s reunion) and she is making assumptions then finally tells us that she speaks for ALL of the other housewives. Seriously Jill Zarin?
Jill just can’t help herself, she continues to slam Alex in the press:
‘Real Housewives Of New York’ Preview: Jill Zarin Not Happy With Alex McCord! Watch!
More Bravo previews narrated by Ramona Singer:
Alex’s quote, “Thug In A Cocktail Dress” is now available on a t-shirt…so cute! Fifty percent of the proceeds go to charity, you can view the t-shirt here:
I hope Bravo continues to send their preview video’s to The New York Daily News and not to the bloggers who actually watch the shows, this one bit them in the ass…
Until Next Time..