Top Chef: All Stars

2006, TV Show

Top Chef Episode: "Food for the People"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: The remaining chefs make ice cream. Then, the heat is on when they create favorite childhood foods with the help of a firehouse staff.
Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2006

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November 1, 2006: Spicy Ketcherella and Cravable Comfort Food Season 2, Episode 3

How 'bout that judges table, huh? That's what I'd call a rough session, brutal even. Plus, a line between the comfort-food experts and the fine-dining experts seems to be materializing. Last week, the comfort- fooders had a tough time with the sushi challenge; this week, the fine-diners are nervous because it's time to make some ice cream and a dish fit for TGI Friday's customers. But, a Top Chef must be diverse and, basically, be the entire package. So, whether it's food for the masses or food for the so-called "elite," these chefs need to know how to bring it every time. Advantage: repeat challenge-winners Cliff and Betty. Quickfire challenge: Create an original flavor of ice cream for the man (or, in this case, kids) on the street Winner: Cliff Runners-up: Sam and Carlos Bottom 3: Marcel, Emily and Marisa My man Cliff won his second quickfire challenge in a row by knowing what the masses really want: cookies and marshmallow. It's not surprising that even though he claimed to have never made ice cream before, this kid-friendly concoction went over big. I really want to question Marcel's bacon and avocado combo. What was he thinking? That is someone who clearly lives in an entirely different world from everyone else. Loved the kids wiping their tongues with their napkins after sampling his ice cream. And Ms. Smug Pastry Chef herself (Marisa) is now 0-for-2 on desserts. She continued to stay on my bad side by confessing that she didn't think Cliff's winning had anything to do with the quality of his ice cream. What in the world does that mean? Love that Sam succeeded in this challenge, especially since he's diabetic and doesn't eat or make ice cream. I'm putting him up there with Betty and Cliff as far as the really strong chefs who have shined in this competition thus far. However, I will forget that he ever said, "In it to win it." (Uttering these words is a big reality pet peeve of mine.) Emily apparently hates kids and doesn't really want to have anything to do with comfort food. We'll see how that bitter 'tude works for her in the next challenge. Elimination Challenge: Create a dish for a TGI Friday's customer (and serve their dishes to firefighters) Winner: Betty Runners-up: Cliff and Sam Bottom 3: Emily, Michael and Frank Guest Chef: Stephen Bulgarelli, Sr. Director/Executive Chef, TGI Friday's restaurant This challenge was even more important because the winning chef would have their entree featured on the Friday's menu. You'd think Mike would have a little bit of an advantage here, since he used to work at the restaurant as well as other restaurants much like TGI Friday's. Nope. Betty vs Marcel is shaping up to be quite the rivalry: She's a comfort-fooder, he's a fine-diner. Marcel also seems to be one of those teeth-clenchers; he talks without opening up his jaw more than a quarter of an inch. Bet he unclenched his teeth when he heard Betty go off on him. Do you guys think she was right to just call him out for being a complainer? I did think he could have just solved the problem of the deep fryer instead of whining and complaining, but that strong of a tirade seemed to come out of nowhere. Of course, Marcel didn't pass up the chance to bask in Betty's grill trouble. I think that if he had to be obnoxious, he could have been more quiet about it. Sam's summer fruit-salad definitely seemed innovative, even though, at first glance, it didn't seem like the type of food the firefighters would go for. But they did. I think it didn't ultimately win because it was a little too out there. Not Frank's "Wonderland Mushroom Fantasy" out there, but a little too innovative for a Friday evening at Friday's. Betty served the firefighters grilled cheese with spicy roasted-pepper soup and won the elimination challenge for the second week in a row. I hope the chefs in the bottom three wore thick skins for the judges table, because they were already thinking that not many of these dishes were "cravable." They called Michael's cheesesteak dish "sloppy," questioned his passion for cooking and wondered how he managed to screw up a steak sandwich. After all, "A steak sandwich is a steak sandwich." Tom, Gail and the guest chef felt Frank's was poorly executed and too conceptual, while Emily's surf and turf was overly salty and inedible. You really can't fight the whole "inedible" label, so Emily - who found herself in the bottom three of both challenges - packed up her knives, along with that perpetually sour look on her face, and went home. It was a toss-up for me as to who deserved to go more, Michael or Emily. I kind of wanted to see Michael gone, too. Topics to Discuss: - What did Elia say was the reason she and Marcel get along? I couldn't understand what she said. She seemed slightly proud of the fact that she's the only one who gets along with him. - Didn't the "food for the masses" challenge remind you Project Runway fans of the assignment wherein the designers had to create an outfit for the "everyday woman"? - Who do you think isn't getting enough play so far? Is there someone that you think is maybe too under the radar at this point? show less
How 'bout that judges table, huh? That's what I'd call a rough session, brutal even. Plus, a line between the comfort-food experts and the fine-dining experts seems to be materializing. Last week, the comfort- fooders had a tough time with the sushi challenge; this week, the fine-diners are nervous because it's time to make some ice cream and a dish fit for TGI Friday's customers. But, a Top Chef must be diverse and, basically, be the entire package. So, whether it's food for the masses or food for the so-called "elite," these chefs need to know how to bring it every time. Advantage: repeat challenge-winners Cliff and Betty.Quickfire challenge: Create an original flavor of ice cream for the man (or, in this case, kids) on the streetWinner: CliffRunners-up: Sam and CarlosBottom 3: Marcel, Emily and MarisaMy man Cliff won his second quickfire challenge in a row by knowing what the masses really want: cookies and marshmallow. It's not surprising that even though he claimed to have neve... read more

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