Top Chef: All Stars

2006, TV Show

Top Chef Episode: "Less Is More"

Season 2, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The chefs are required to create amuse-bouche---bite-sized morsels similar to hors d'oeuvres. Then, in the second challenge, the group visits a weight-loss camp. Suzanne Goin serves as guest judge.
Original Air Date: Nov 8, 2006

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November 8, 2006: Consider Yourselves on Probation Season 2, Episode 4

What's with all the cheating on Top Chef, huh? First Otto, now this. Here's a question: When is it the appropriate time for someone to speak up about fellow contestants possibly cheating? Right when you see the alleged infraction? Or when it's time to get your proverbial butt out of the frying pan of elimination? That latter tactic has worked on Top Chef twice now. Marisa didn't have to go home even though she deserved to, and now, no one's going home this week. You know what? I hope that means we're about to get a double elimination soon. And if I were Carlos, I'd lobby to get immunity for one more challenge. After all, he won the Quickfire challenge, but since no one went home, having immunity really meant nothing. Quickfire Challenge: Create an amuse-bouche in 30 minutes Winner: Carlos Runners-up: Frank and Ilan Guest Judge: Former Food & Wine Best New Chef Suzanne Goin (owner and executive chef of Lucques and A.O.C.) Here's the kicker with this challenge: The chefs had to get ingredients for this amuse-bouche from the vending machines! I really commend them for being able to whip up something edible in 30 minutes using things like Corn Nuts and Doritos. My favorite part was when the show identified Mike's Cheetos and Snickers concoction as "cheese puff set in a chocolate candy bar." Speaking of Mike, how in the world is he still on this show? He keeps saying he wants to be there, but it's clear that he doesn't. He comes up with excuse after excuse as to why his food is bland and icky, but I don't think anyone's buying it. After he came up with squat in the vending-food department he said, "Screw the Quickfire today." Hmm... and then he wonders why awesome guest judge Suzanne Goin thinks he acts like he doesn't want to be around? She met him for like five seconds and came up with that assessment. Carlos stepped up and won the challenge with his inventive sunflower seed and carrot loaf that used Squirt as an ingredient. He's pretty much been off my radar since Week 1, so way to go, Carlos. Immunity Challenge: Prepare an entrée, a side dish and a dessert for kids at a weight-loss camp; the entire meal cannot exceed 500 calories Winner: Frank Runners-up: Betty and Marcel Wow. Yet another really difficult challenge. First of all, Betty and Marcel working together: that's very convenient, Top Chef producers. When the teams went grocery shopping, Marcel immediately tried to go with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto; meanwhile, Betty felt pizza would do the job. Let's fast-forward to the judges' table for a moment. When Betty, Marcel and Frank were asked who thought to cook pizza for the kids, Frank took the credit. But we were shown that it was Betty who actually came up with the idea, Marcel suggested sausage (turkey), and Frank suggested Italian chicken sausage. Am I just splitting hairs here? Frank should have won anyway, since he made the pizza; I'm just saying that he may have not initially come up with the idea. I'm just going by what we were shown. I don't know about the chefs, but those nutritionists watching the calories add up made me nervous. Most were like me, however, impressed with what the groups were able to put together. I have to give it to Marisa - she scored with her fudge cake. Why did Mia and Marisa let Mike represent their team with the kids? It seemed like he was channeling the late Chris Farley when he played the inept talk-show host on SNL. You know, the one who always nervously uttered, "That was awesome." I loved those kids at the weight-loss camp; they were really savvy - especially when talking about the Orange Team's smoothie. Plus, this line cracked me up: "I want to go marry the hot diabetic over there." So, I'm not sure how I feel about Sam bringing up the supposed cheating and then not naming names. And then there's Mia who did name a name and then didn't have the courage to 'fess up to her throwing Betty under the bus after a stern Tom told everyone they were safe. Tom seemed like he didn't know what to do with these people. It seemed like he really wanted to go off on so many different levels, but since they didn't really know if any cheating occurred, he kept things reined in. And I believe that was Cliff chugging Pepto-Bismol while everyone argued after the judges' table. I love him. Topics to discuss: - Betty's cookies: did she know what she was doing, or did she just misunderstand the rules? - Was it fair not to send anyone home? show less
What's with all the cheating on Top Chef, huh? First Otto, now this. Here's a question: When is it the appropriate time for someone to speak up about fellow contestants possibly cheating? Right when you see the alleged infraction? Or when it's time to get your proverbial butt out of the frying pan of elimination? That latter tactic has worked on Top Chef twice now. Marisa didn't have to go home even though she deserved to, and now, no one's going home this week. You know what? I hope that means we're about to get a double elimination soon. And if I were Carlos, I'd lobby to get immunity for one more challenge. After all, he won the Quickfire challenge, but since no one went home, having immunity really meant nothing.Quickfire Challenge: Create an amuse-bouche in 30 minutesWinner: CarlosRunners-up: Frank and IlanGuest Judge: Former Food & Wine Best New Chef Suzanne Goin (owner and executive chef of Lucques and A.O.C.)Here's the kicker with this challenge: The chefs had to get ing... read more

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