Last time on Top Chef All Stars, all the lesbians were asked to leave and Carla hootie-hoo’d her way to a win.
On this week’s episode, the Cheftestants meet at Le Bernardin instead of in the Top Chef kitchen. They are greeted by a haggard-looking Padma – who appears as if she spent the last 20 years drinking and smoking too much in
Third World countries while getting very
little sleep. Oh. Wait. Never mind – that’s Anthony Bourdain, not Padma.
Chef Bourdain tells the chefs about Justo Thomas, the head-biatch-in-charge of cutting up fish at
seafood restaurant. Justo prepares between 700 and 1000 pounds of fish per day,
and when he goes on vacation it takes like 958 people to do his job. I hope
they pay him more than the guy who hacks up fish at the restaurant I work
at. Le Bernardin,
Bourdain introduces Chef Justo and … HELLOPAPI!! Wow, Justo is a cutie! I wouldn’t mind 'handling his Atlantic salmon', if you smell what I’m stepping in. Justo proceeds to cut up a bunch of fish, which impresses the hell out of the Cheftestants. But I barely notice because I can't stop looking at Justo’s silky-smooth shaved head and listening to his sexy accent.
Anywhore, the Quickfire this week will be for the chefs to filet one cod and one fluke (no Atlantic salmon – damn!) in 10 minutes. Ready, set, FILET!
During the fish flurry, Marcel remarks that the first time he filleted a fish his hands got all red and splotchy – but eventually he got used to it. This is the exact same reaction Marcel’s unfortunate girlfriends have when they handle his (miniature) Atlantic salmon for the first (and usually last) time.
Justo (OMG did I mention how cute he is??) and
Padma Anthony Bourdain judge the results. The top four are Blais, Dale,
Marcel and Bighead Mike. Bourdain tells the top four that they will have an
additional 45 minutes to cook the leftover fish guts and make something edible.
The winner will receive immunity for the Elimination Challenge.
Immediately, Dale “I Was Raised a Poor
Black Filipino Child” Talde is all like …
Richard Blais, who was raised on the mean streets of
Long Island, talks about his first job - at McDonald’s.
With tongue-in-cheek, he tells us the story of him being in the “prestigious”
position of Fish Cook at the Golden Arches. At least I hope he was being
sarcastic, because that's a big pack of LIES. I worked for McDonald’s for 7
years (throughout high school and college) and we always put the newest,
stupidest, most brain-dead people on the Filet-O-Fish station because it was
the easiest. One squirt of tartar sauce, a half slice of cheese and you were
good to go. But apparently Blais couldn’t handle it – sending up a batch of “open-faced”
Filet-O-Fish on his first day at McDonalds. Justo Thomas he is NOT.
Justo (Oh DADDY!) and
Merle Haggard Anthony Bourdain
taste the results, and Dale “Nose to Tail” Talde wins immunity.
The Cheftestants head back to the Top Chef kitchen, where they are greeted by the real Padma and that crazy French chef Ludo Lefebvre. They announce this week’s elimination challenge …
Yes, everyone’s favorite – Restaurant Wars. Two teams will each create they own “pop-up” outdoor restaurant. And for the first time ever, the DINERS will decide upon the winning team.
Since Dale won the Quickfire, he gets to be a Team Captain and pick the other Team Captain. He picks Marcel, of course, because Dale doesn’t want to risk getting all red and splotchy if he accidentally rubs up against Marcel in the kitchen. Dale and Marcel pick teams, playground style:
Team Obvious Winner Dale:
Team Obvious Loser Marcel:
The teams meet to discuss concepts and dish ideas. Team Dale immediately rallies behind Blais’ idea of “Bodega” – creating dishes that are a play on the items you would purchase in a typical
corner store. New York City
Team OhMyGodWhatAPackOfLosers sits around and bickers while Marcel tries to get them to a “stay focused”. And by “stay focused”, he means “Yo, listen only to me because I’m all gangsta and shizz”. Needless to say, they treat him like his red and splotchy former girlfriends and pretty much ignore his scrawny ass.
The next day they all arrive at the event space and begin setting up. Chef Tom comes to visit, but crackheadish and jumpy Marcel tells Tom to keep steppin’ because he's too busy bustin’ caps in his teammates’ asses, Yo.
Then, after visiting Team Obvious Winners, Chef Tom announces that only one person will win – and that person will receive $10,000. Dale, Blais, Tre, Fabio and Carla are thrilled at the news, because everyone knows one of them will be $10,000 richer by the end of this episode.
Fabio starts setting up the dining room/front-of-house. Tiffany, who is the FOH person for the eventual losing team, spends her time fighting with Marcel about how to boil eggs. Seriously. Then, ignoring one of the unwritten Top Chef rules, Tiffany gives her dish to ANGELO (of all people) to execute.
Let’s review, shall we?
First rule of Top Chef: “Thees eesa Top Chef, notta Top Escallop”
Second rule of Top Chef: Do not handle Marcel’s teeny, tiny
salmon. You WILL get red and splotchy.
Third rule of Top Chef: Do not sleep in Antonia’s room. Ever. Not even a nap.
Final rule of Top Chef: Do not let Angelo anywhere near your dish.
Anywhore, everyone is either cooking (Team Bodega) or fighting (Team
Wretch Etch) as the guests begin to arrive. The
Cheftestants quickly learn that one of the diners is Dana Cowin, Food and Wine
Fabio, the Italian King of Schmooze, is loving life. He was MADE for the Front-of-House. Give him some hair gel and a pair of snug trousers and he could sell heroin to Nuns. Fabio is also effectively guiding the service staff, and even calms Dale down when Dale starts freaking out. Y’all, Fabio has GOT THIS.
Tiffany, on the other hand, seems to think “Front-of-House” means making fake small talk with the diners and laughing WAY too loudly and forcefully at their bad jokes. Where is the hair gel? Where is the adorable accent? WHERE ARE THE SNUG TROUSERS?? Amateur.
The judges arrive at Team Bodega and have a fabulous time. They seem to love everything – and are very impressed. Naturally, they have the exact opposite reaction to Team Wretch’s effort at Mediterranean cuisine.
Meanwhile, the action back in Team Wretch’s kitchen is as bad as the food they’re sending out. Basically, Marcel is acting like Marcel (a douchebag crackhead) and everyone else is not-so-secretly plotting to sear his face on the grill. All the while Tiffany’s fake cackle can be heard from the dining room.
The diners eat and grade and service ends. The Cheftestants gather in the not-so-Glad storage room, when Padma enters and asks to see Team Wretch. This freaks out Richard “I Couldn’t Cut It At McDonald’s” Blais – because he thinks his team has lost.
Unsurprisingly (except to Blais), Team Wretch is the losing team – with only 17 of 76 delusional diners choosing them over Team Bodega. After some back-and-forth with the judges, everyone pretty much starts yelling at Marcel because Marcel is a huge pimple on the butt of humanity with the personality of the fish guts he cooked earlier in the episode.
They head back to the Stew Room and Team Bodega finds out they were the winners. Fabio tells Blais he can stop worrying now – and, in fact, Blais ends up being the winner of the challenge and $10,000 richer. Fabio gives him a big “I tolda you so, Richie!”. Basically, the judges loves everything about Team Bodega’s effort – and since this was Blais’ concept, he wins.
The judges deliberate about the losing team and try to decide which member of Team Wretch should go home. It seems to boil down to Tiffany for her lackadaisical Front-of-House effort and Marcel for being a unlikeable jackwagon.
Well, that’s really no contest – now is it? Marcel and his fake gangsta ass and bad attitude is sent home. Of course, Marcel is unrepentant, saying he “didn’t make any mistakes” and that he is “misunderstood” and ‘really a nice guy”. Yeah right.
Nice guys don’t have to tell others they are nice. And nice guys CERTAINLY don’t make everyone they come in contact with all red and splotchy.
Next week: Dr. Jennifer Melfi guest-judges an Italian challenge!!
What did YOU think of last night's show? Did it leave you red and splotchy? Please let us know in the comments section.