I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef All Stars Feb 9, 2011
I really used to like Richard, I thought he was a nice, humble guy with talent and innovative skills that made him unique and a really talented chef. Tonight he was just ridiculous with his comments, confidence is one thing but he has turned into an arrogant ass.
He thinks that the other chef’s are afraid of him and his talent, he thinks they’re all intimidated by his skills and his dry ice. Sorry Richard, no one is afraid and no one is intimidated. You haven’t won a challenge since Restaurant Wars and prior to that, how many did you win?
Angelo is a strong chef and could easily beat you but don’t count Carla out, she’s won more challenges than you have yet you don’t even show her an ounce of respect, I hope she kicks your butt!
What happened to our sweet, humble Richard Blais? This Georgia Gentleman has turned into a New York Bitch! Richard has a tendency to help his fellow chef’s, it is ingrained in him as he owns a consulting company and makes a living out of giving out cooking advice. During Restaurant Wars, Richard was given all the credit for improving everyone’s dish and leading this team to a win, although Dale was the assigned leader, Richard took control and brought his team together with great success.
Does Richard’s fellow contestants know as they film that Richard is making these ridiculous comments? He’s one way to their faces and a whole other Richard in those revealing talking head interviews.
The Quick Fire Challenge was a throwback from the 70’s and proves that the show is running out of ideas for Quick Fire Challenges. The contestants are told they will be making a fondue and are also clearly running out of guest judges for the Quick Fire as they will be judging and voting on each other’s dishes. Padma is going to eat but apparently isn’t going to provide any input into choosing the winning fondue.
Richard does exactly what Padma tells the chefs not to do, her example of bananas dipped in chocolate was exactly what Richard prepares and then he can’t understand why he lost. He explains that it has to be due to the other chef’s being intimidated and not wanting to give him the win because they’re scared of him. Wow, what an ego!
Angelo takes on too much in the short time given to cook, is disappointed with his fondue offering of goat cheese and a beet juice chaser yet is still in the top three after the votes are counted.
Tiffany’s dish was described as donuts dipped in a chocolate sauce by none other than the guy who prepared bananas dipped in a chocolate sauce, landing Tiffany in the bottom three as well.
Rounding out the bottom three are Fabio and Mike, Fabio had me at “Caviar” but apparently his dish wasn’t appetizing at all. Mike had a lamb dish that really didn’t even look good, I don’t think fondue was Mikey’s “thing”.
Joining Angelo in the top three were Antonia and the winner of the challenge, Dale. Richard kisses Padma’s ass and announces that she has a much harder job than he ever thought having to taste all of these dishes. Personally, I don’t feel sorry for her. Antonia spends another talking head interview bashing Mike who she insists on calling “Mikey” and says that he’s not happy unless he’s working with lamb. I don’t know why Antonia feels the need to constantly criticize Mike in her interviews but it is getting pretty annoying.
The chefs are then told to head over to Rockefeller Center where they will learn about their next challenge. Without warning they parade into Jimmy Fallon’s studio complete with an audience and camera’s rolling. Fabio’s excited and Antonia is looking for her chef’s jacket and they all look like deer in the headlights.
The chefs are told they will be preparing a dish for Jimmy Fallon’s birthday, they will snap a photograph of a random dish as they flash quickly on a large screen. They will then serve Fallon’s family and co-workers along with the judges at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant in Manhattan.
Antonia snaps the beef tongue and immediately panics as she’s never worked with this ingredient before but Carla is ecstatic to have gotten chicken pot pie. The chef’s go shopping and then get down to cooking.
The winning chef will be given a guest spot on a future Jimmy Fallon episode. Fabio seems more excited than any of his peers, this guy has the most positive attitude I’ve ever seen. With a seemingly easy dish, Fabio draws the standard burger that he pronounces as booger and seems to have decided to not only prepare his version of a hamburger, but even changes the main ingredient. Typically made of ground beef, Fabio uses a combination of brisket and who knows what else then proceeds to prepare meatloaf on a bun with curdled cheese on the side. Ouch!
Richard’s noodle dish was a hit but fell short of making it into the top three, joining Richard in the middle of the pack is Mike with his version of a sausage and peppers sandwich.
The top three chef’s called into judges table first, Angelo, Antonia and the winner, Carla who not only won an appearance on Fallon’s show but a trip to Tokyo and $5,000 in cash. (Keep talking Richard!) Carla’s chicken pot pie was the favorite and Jimmy Fallon announced the win.
Angelo’s BBQ pulled pork sandwich had some strange ingredients that according to Chef Tom shouldn’t have been successful together but apparently it worked and Antonia’s beef tongue, cooked as Richard advised her to cook it, was a great success. I think Antonia got credit for working with an unusual ingredient.
Sad faces at Judges Table included Tiffany, Dale and Fabio. Tiffany’s Chicken and Dumplings was apparently more like limp flavorless chicken noodle soup and Dale’s Philly cheese steak sandwich was too salty. Dale overcompensating for last week’s bland dish simply over-seasoned his meat. Dale did admit to buying pre-seasoned packaged meat and in trying to make it his own flavors seemed to just go overboard.
Fabio oh Fabio, another hot guy goes home this week, Fabio’s “booger” while it was flavorful and a few diners said that they enjoyed it, simply wasn’t the juicy burger that Mr. Fallon was expecting. Most critical of Fabio was Gail Simmons who, as a woman, should know better than to send a hot guy packing. But packing his knives, he did and with the most positive attitude and outstanding demeanor Fabio tells viewers to always shoot for the stars and follow their dreams as he has done.
And so with seven chef’s left, Tiffany has simply been in the bottom a few too many times to be a favorite to win, leaving the final two women, Antonia and Carla to carry the torch for the ladies. Both are strong contestants and have taken several wins between them. In the women’s arena, I’m hoping Carla beats out Antonia.
Strongest on the men’s side would probably be Angelo and Richard who’ve both taken their share of wins but don’t count out Dale, he’s struggled the past few weeks but had a strong showing early on in the season. I think its great the way Dale has changed, his horrible temper we saw during his original appearance really made him a villain but his temper seems to have disappeared and he is actually pretty funny this season.
While Mike has grown and matured a lot since his past appearance on Top Chef, I still think that he’s simply not ready to wear the Top Chef crown.
More disappointing than Fabio’s exit is Chef Anthony Bourdain’s missing blog this week, he is apparently out of the country and won’t be submitting one this week. We’ll miss your quick wit and fascinating take on the evenings events Tony!
This is an interesting article from Huffington Post about Top Chef and the genders, Thanks to my younger, thinner friend for sharing it with me…
The Grammer’s divorce is scheduled to be finalized today. Camille Grammer is officially a rich bitch with a reported $40 – $50 million dollar settlement coming her way. We’re told she rejected the first offer of $30 Million but agrees with her soon to be ex-husband Kelsey Grammer that they should not drag out the legal proceedings and just get it over with. Wedding bells are ringing for Kelsey later this month, with no pre-nuptial agreement once again, this guy has no brains! Read about the divorce here:
Until Next Time….