Top Chef: All Stars

2006, TV Show

Top Chef Episode: "Chef Overboard"

Season 3, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The cooks showcase their creative culinary aptitude in a supermarket-based challenge. They then plunge into a contest on the high seas and arrange a buffet. Chef Michael Schwartz is the guest judge.
Original Air Date: Sep 5, 2007

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Season 3, Episode 10
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Aired: 9/5/2007
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"Chef Overboard" Season 3, Episode 10

After a one-week semi-hiatus, we're back with only seven chefs remaining until we crown a champion. Now that the field has been reduced by half, it's only fitting that I'm more confused now than ever at who's good and who's going home soon. This week's episode kind of made me look at some different angles, too. It's a cooking show, so naturally I'm drawn to the dishes, but this week I really focused on personalities more. So I think what you're going to see out of me in this blog is less about the food and more about people and perceptions. I'm sure there are plenty of things I'm not picking up on, but let's see what I am and then you can tell me if you see things any differently. " The judges are really getting harsh. True, they have had judges like Anthony Bourdain who are known for not holding anything back, but I can't remember Season-1 or -2 guest judges being so bold as a whole. I mean, good for them. They are the "experts" and they should be bold, but the criticism seems to have been taken up a notch this season. This week's guest - Michael Schwartz - was telling Hung that his food village was "some crazy s--t," and that Howie's food in the elimination challenge was "really f--kin' ugly and greasy." As I've said before, I can be a harsh man at times, so I don't think this is outrageous, but it's certainly more noticeable than ever before. " It doesn't pay to be in charge. Tre was the executive chef two weeks ago and got booted not only because his dishes were terrible but also because he wasn't a team leader. This week Brian chose to be the leader, and Tom and Padma are ripping him for not cutting down the dishes and not rejecting some of the crap they served. Now, maybe he didn't make all the right choices, but let's be realistic here for a moment. As Howie said, this is a competition. So Brian can say whatever he wants, but no one really has to follow him (and that could even be a strategic move). Just like Brian didn't make the food that looked like a bowel movement on bread. (Sorry. That's a visual that will have you up all night.) If this werer Brian's restaurant, I would expect the chefs to do exactly what Brian wanted and then if it were crap, Brian would be at fault. But these are contestants working on their own, and if you look at the big picture, I don't think Brian did a poor job at all. Sure, maybe Tom was right and they should have only done three dishes instead, but even so, Brian seemed to run things pretty smoothly. Just because you are in charge, doesn't always mean you are the one to blame. " Hung gets torn apart for his grandiose "Smurf village" and for dumbing it down later. So there needs to be a middle ground for Hung. This is true. But in the quickfire, he goes over-the-top and creates this weird scenic view and is told it's too much. Then in the elimination challenge he creates something that's very basic and is told to jazz it up a bit. So do you want him to crank out something unique or tone it down? Maybe the judges might start seeing Hung's better dishes if they were a little more consistent in what they wanted. Then again, you could probably argue that the first challenge called for simple and the second called for over-the-top and Hung reversed them. Personally, I also find it funny that Michael Schwartz is saying the party required more bold choices, yet he named his restaurant Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, which has zero appeal in my book. I'm just sayin'. " The ladies are starting to look good again. Sara and Casey are making good dishes, both of them seem to have a lot more confidence in themselves than they did a few weeks ago, and who knows, in this current ragtag group, one of them might just make it all the way. Did anyone see the emergence of either of these gals coming? I truly didn't. " The contestants are getting pretty angry right back at the judges. Hung's been there all season - this week saying that Schwartz was "so closed-minded" when he couldn't understand the scenery. But both he and Howie really got their backs up when the judges lashed out at them in front of everyone. As it is with most people, when they got their feathers ruffled a bit, the things spewing out of their mouths weren't the most sensible thoughts. Hung telling the judges that his dishes have been made for 300 years didn't really come out right. I mean, clearly he meant that these are dishes that everyone enjoys because they've had them forever. But it certainly sounded like, "All I can really do are things that have already been done." It seems like Howie just got tired of taking the brunt of everything negative, though he brings most of it on himself. I hate his quitting thing though. Grow a pair and prove everyone wrong by cooking something that isn't slop. It's hard to tell if he went home because he wanted to or because he made crap on bread and in cigars. Something tells me if the dishes weren't going to send him home, they would have accepted him backing out, but they didn't need to since the food warranted the dismissal. " There were some pretty generic-looking people on that boat. Padma said the most beautiful people in Miami were going to be on that boat. Half of them looked like me. And while I did bring sexy back twice in the past year, I'm only in a 60-most-beautiful list if the other 59 are cardboard cutouts of Clint Howard. " Is Padma Emo? That first outfit she had on looked liked it was picked directly from Gerard Way's closet. That's it, my seven observations for the night. And now with Howie gone, I still have no clue who the favorite is. My boy Dale isn't looking so great right now and neither are Brian and Hung. So that leaves CJ, Sara or Casey as the favorite? None of the ones left have really done anything in the past few weeks that should earn them the Top Chef title. So maybe it's just a complete crapshoot at this point. Until next week, friends. Visit our Online Video Guide for some great clips from Top Chef. show less
After a one-week semi-hiatus, we're back with only seven chefs remaining until we crown a champion. Now that the field has been reduced by half, it's only fitting that I'm more confused now than ever at who's good and who's going home soon. This week's episode kind of made me look at some different angles, too. It's a cooking show, so naturally I'm drawn to the dishes, but this week I really focused on personalities more. So I think what you're going to see out of me in this blog is less about the food and more about people and perceptions. I'm sure there are plenty of things I'm not picking up on, but let's see what I am and then you can tell me if you see things any differently. • The judges are really getting harsh. True, they have had judges like Anthony Bourdain who are known for not holding anything back, but I can't remember Season-1 or -2 guest judges being so bold as a whole. I mean, good for them. They are the "experts" and they should be bold, but the criticism seems... read more

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