Tom Colicchio, Elia Aboumrad
In case you missed it, Elia is so not over having been eliminated first on Top Chef All-Stars.
After getting the boot in the season premiere, she mouthed off to the press about how she had been unfairly judged and specifically went after head judge Tom, accusing him of not serving grass-fed beef in his restaurants and endorsing Diet Coke. "He has become someone who is not all about the food anymore," she told the Chicago Tribune in December. "He's not all about supporting farmers markets. He's all about high-fructose corn syrup and there is only corn-fed beef on all of his menus now."
Top Chef's Mike: I thought I won
At the end of Wednesday's reunion special, host Andy Cohen asked her to explain her comments.
After putting out his "best food" on the Top Chef: All-Stars finale, Mike Isabella thought victory was his — until Padma Lakshmi announced Richard Blais as the champ. "I thought I won. I've never gotten comments like that before in both seasons," Mike tells TVGuide.com. "Regardless, I did win. ... It was a personal victory. To be on All-Stars and to make it that far — when it was time to step up, I stepped up. As it got tighter and tighter, I got better and better. I couldn't ask for anything more of myself. I'm really proud of myself." Find out how he prepped for the finale, why he's "so proud" of Jamie and if he ever got that "8:37" tattoo.
Top Chef: All Stars
Jamie Lauren packed her knives on this week's episode of Top Chef: All-Stars, but fellow contestant Marcel Vigneron thought the elimination was long overdue.
"My friends and I were watching the episode last night, and one of the persons in the room was like, 'Who is she sleeping with?'" he told TVGuide.com Thursday while promoting his upcoming Syfy show, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, at the Television Critics Association's winter previews.
Top Chef's Jamie: I Got a Bad Edit
"It seemed like she was dodging bullets constantly:
Spoiler alert! Well, it's about time!
For at least the last three weeks, Jamie Lauren, the diminutive downer from Top Chef's fifth season, has been trashing up the otherwise exquisite All Stars edition with her bitchy attitude, boring creations and obvious annoyance with having to, you know, prepare actual food. Seriously, why was she brought back? What does she do other than make scallops and complain? And who should have ...
Our top moments of the week:
8. Best Diss: When Phaedra and Kim whip out the claws about Phaedra's due date on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the new mother takes a nasty swipe at Kim's alleged nursing degree: "Honey, just because you strip out of a nurse's outfit does not make you a nurse, baby girl." Not exactly something we thought we'd hear from the mouth of a self-proclaimed Southern belle, but we'll take it.
7. Worst Second Act: Now with some extra time on his hands, Larry King drops by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to chat about semi-retirement and debut, as Leno dubs it, his "bright young comedy styling" in a stand-up routine. "If you're watching to book me, I tell stories..." King says, before launching into...
Top Chef: All-Stars
Top Chef: All-Stars' man of many hats, Spike Mendelsohn, got served a trip home — thanks not only to his tasteless shrimp, but also some sly game-play by teammate Jamie, who refused to serve her dish in a tennis-inspired challenge at the U.S. Open. "It's like c'mon, you're a cook," Spike tells TVGuide.com. "I just don't understand how you can make it past the second round when you didn't cook anything. She's not a team player and doesn't serve. It's just weird." See what else the Washington, D.C.-based chef has to say about Jamie's "bad attitude," why Angelo probably should've gone home too, and if he thinks he is, in the words of Anthony Bourdain, still the "craftiest motherf-----" to appear on Top Chef.
Did Top Chef All-Stars' Jamie wimp out over her injury?
On the December 8 episode of Top Chef, Jamie Lauren sliced open her finger while cooking during a challenge — not an uncommon occurrence around these parts — and temporarily left the competition to get the injury stitched up. Seems reasonable, no?
Cut to the disapproving grumbling from her comrades...