I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef All Stars March 9 Five Chefs Left – Finals?
After a break in filming the season, the final five head to the Bahamas. Nice location for the finals.
Ok lets be clear, this is not the finals when there are five chefs left, its also not “Top Chef All Stars” anymore when talented chefs like Jen, Angelo and Dale are gone while less talented chefs like Tiffany and inconsistent chefs like Carla, Mike and Antonia remain. Just sayin’…
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Top Chef All Stars has filmed their reunion show and some have tweeted photos of the Chef’s sitting on the couches, if you’ve watched in the past, you pretty much know where the winner of Top Chef sits on the couches as they film the reunion…If you don’t want to know who wins, don’t look at the photo:
Back to the show. The Quick fire Challenge was one of the best of the season. Each of the remaining five chefs were to cook head to head with the winner of their season. Richard and Antonia are both head to head with Stephanie, the winner of their season. Richard’s talking head interview shows just how arrogant he has become as he tells viewers that he knows he was the best chef of his season.
Richard has been vocal about this before hinting that he thought that the producers of Top Chef felt it was time to have a female winner, and he lost out to Stephanie simply because she was female. I don’t know what happened to Richard over the past few years but he has changed into an big pompous ass!
What happened to you Richard???
Richard, Antonia and Stephanie are given veal to work with. Richard did beat Stephanie in the Quick Fire Challenge but Stephanie beat Antonia so both Richard and Stephanie were awarded $10,000 each for their wins. All three judges are disappointed in Antonia’s dish.
Mike Isabella went up against one of the most talented chef’s in Top Chef history, Michael Voltaggio. Mike tells viewers that he spent his time off practicing and training, each time we see Mike he looks a little bit bigger, he must have been tasting more than cooking. The two Mike’s were given duck to prepare and while the judges enjoyed both Mike’s dishes, Padma voted for Voltaggio but the other two judged preferred Mike Isabella’s dish and he goes home with the $10,000 in this head to head challenge.
Tiffany went up against last season’s winner, Kevin Sbraga, another controversial winner, Kevin beat Angelo as Angelo was fighting off a virus in Hong Kong and unable to get out of bed for several days during the finale filming. There is no way of knowing if Angelo would have won had he not been ill but tonight it is Kevin and Tiffany head to head. While the judges like both dishes but Tiffany beat Kevin with her pork dish.
Carla and Hosea are given lamb to prepare, Hosea apparently still doesn’t feel confident as a Top Chef, he felt as though he had something to prove. As Carla tells us that she is having problems with the equipment, she admits that Hosea would really need to mess up for her to win this one. No contest, Hosea beats Carla and goes home with a free trip the Bahamas and $10,000.
With Top Chef producers $50,000 poorer, the Chef’s head over to their lovely suite at the Atlantis. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it, paradise and heaven all rolled into one.
The Elimination Challenge as explained by Padma includes the chef’s having 2 ½ hours to prep their dishes off site, then they will have one hour to complete their dish on site at a celebration dinner in honor of the Bahamas’ festival Royalty.
After the prep is complete, the chefs are transported on site and step out of their vehicle and right into a party with the locals dancing in the streets. The appearance of Padma and Tom Colicchio puts an end to the dancing and party atmosphere as they’re sent into the small kitchen to finalize their dishes.
As Antonia drops some Plantains into the deep fryer, the one next to where she is working bursts into flames, as Richard so astutely pointed out, 35 gallons of oil on fire is not a good thing. The fire protection systems were set off and completely contaminated all of the food.
Chef Tom Colicchio explains to the chefs that the fire protection systems contaminated all of the food in the kitchen and they will have to start from scratch, prepare their dishes from the beginning and their original ingredients will be made available to them. However, they’re not locked into the same dish, they do have the option to make anything they want to make.
Richard chooses this catastrophe to annoy Antonia who cannot decide whether or not to change her dish or prepare the same dish she originally planned on, Richard tells us that he is purposely trying to get into Antonia’s head, he explains that she is a tough competitor and is using this to try to throw her off her game. Richard has absolutely no shame this season, he is a snake and rather than taking a hint from past winners, who have values and courtesy and respect for his fellow chef’s (ala the Voltaggio brothers) Richard is trying to play head games with his fellow contestants. I have lost all respect for Richard Blaise and while he may very well be the best chef left, he does not deserve to be Top Chef because of his attitude and his behavior! That’s my opinion.
Antonia saw right through Richard and told him, “Don’t mess with me please”. I think she knew what Richard was doing and hopefully she didn’t let it phase her.
The fire really threw the chef’s off their game for a while, with the exception of Mike who, after initially squirming just a bit, seemed happy to have a second chance to prepare his dish.
Antonia prepared shrimp with grits, not her original dish, and it included “mystery meat” at the bottom that the judges couldn’t identify. Antonia was in the bottom three.
Tiffany’s dish was roasted pork with dirty rice, the judges felt it was ok but too simple. Tiffany was in the bottom three.
Richard braised a leg of lamb and the judges really enjoyed it, he must have been channeling Marcel because I saw some type of foam on Richard’s dish. Richard will not be going home tonight.
Mike prepared a chicken dish with a lobster hash and the judges raved about the flavors, sauce and overall preparation. Mike won this challenge. He will be going onto the finals, even though they called tonight the finals?
Finally, Carla prepared a pork dish that was inconsistently cooked, judge Gail Simmons portion was raw in the center. She knew that portions of it were raw so I’m a bit confused why she didn’t make the correction, she told viewers she was going to have to “MacGyver” it, yet it still went out raw. They called Carla’s efforts “creative” but raw pork will make you sick and it will get you sent home almost every time.
Carla’s trip to the Bahamas is over.
There was no sign of Anthony Bourdain tonight, instead Chef Eric Ripert, Gail Simmons, Padma, and Tom judged the food along with the King of the Bahamas, who reminded us, “It’s Better In The Bahamas”! I have to agree!
Just four chef’s left, you can view Carla’s (and all the eliminated chefs) exit video here:
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Real Housewives of DC
I was really hoping to avoid this story but it has gotten so good, I have to include it today.
Michaele Salahi signed up for Celebrity Rehab, her addiction was unknown but apparently was not only unknown but non-existent. She was kicked off the show after only days when Dr. Drew was unable to find any addiction. Is this woman completely stupid? She never thought to pop a couple of Vicodin or fire up a blunt before checking into Celebrity Rehab so that she would test positive for something?
But worse than that, Dr. Drew did a complete medical check up on this woman including a neurological exam and was unable to find any evidence that Michaele Salahi has Multiple Sclerosis. This is not even funny! The Real Housewives of DC cast members Lynda, Mary and Cat all disputed this claim that Michaele Salahi suffered from MS and they took some heat for that. Once again, even when confronted with absolute proof of their lies, the Salahi’s continue on with their farce. This is a slap in the face to anyone who suffers from this horrible condition, not to mention families of victims of this horrible disease who watch their loved ones suffering. The Salahi’s are trash, they’re lowest of the low! Someday here’s hoping that karma will get them too.
While Michaele was filming Celebrity Rehab one of her fellow cast, Michael Lohan, father of Lindsay had agreed to allow Michaele’s husband Tariq to stay in his apartment to be close to his wife. We all know Tariq can’t let Michaele out of his sight for more than a few minutes.
Apparently the agreement was for Tariq to pay Michael Lohan $2,500.00 but, surprise, no payment was made. Michael Lohan left the filming of Rehab to go and throw Tariq out of his home. TMZ has film, it is awesome! Watch Tariq lie more and more about the whole situation:
Here is a lovely write up about Cat Ommanney’s book launch party thanks to Terry Aley aka @RawVeggies for digging this up:
Until Next Time…