Top Chef: All Stars

2006, TV Show

Top Chef Episode: "Guilty Pleasures"

Season 3, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: It's a dessert storm when the culinary contestants work with ice cream and toppings. Then, they whip up quintessential snacks for hangovers. Chef Govind Armstrong is the guest judge.
Original Air Date: Aug 8, 2007

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Season 3, Episode 7
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Length: 44:03
Aired: 8/8/2007
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"Guilty Pleasures" Season 3, Episode 7

The term "guilty pleasure" has always been interesting to me. I don't like using the term at all, but if I had to, in my mind it would define something that I really like but I know I'm not supposed to. But just because I think I'm not supposed to like Culture Club or What Not to Wear doesn't mean that anyone else thinks those shows shouldn't be liked, either. In this case, though, it seems like "guilty pleasure" is being used to describe a food that will make you fat, but you want anyway, which is a different definition than mine. I mean, who doesn't like Cold Stone Creamery ice cream? If I'm supposed to feel guilty about eating my Love It!-size cake batter with brownies and black cherries, I don't. Ever. Anyway, what school did Hung and Marcel go to that told them to use these ridiculous ingredients? We were just recently reminded of Marcel's bacon and avocado ice cream from last season, and this week his buddy Hung adds in tempura flakes with a white chocolate and cauliflower foam. You have to be kidding me. Bacon and avocado sounded bad; this might be as bad if not worse. And then he mouths off about how anyone can do fruits, and Dale wins it with a peach cobbler ice cream. Look at that: I picked Dale as my favorite to win just last week, and he then comes through in the very next challenge. You go, Steed! As a treat in this one they all get to somehow be duped into thinking they'd get a night out on the town. C'mon! Not one of them thought, "Isn't it odd that they aren't making us do a challenge tonight?" But as they get to the club, they learn they are going to have to work in a food cart and feed drunk clubgoers. From the very beginning, Brian, Sara, Hung and Tre look like they know what they are doing. They get in the cart, divvy things up and start planning. Even Hung seemed to finally be on the same page as everyone else. The only thing I questioned from the start were the raw oysters. Granted, I don't like oysters to begin with, but I do like being drunk and that just seems like something I wouldn't want to go with my Bombay Sapphire gin. But hey, maybe if I liked oysters, I would disagree with myself here. On the other hand, Howie, Sara, Casey and C.J. were all over the place. OK, really just Howie and Sara again. As I've said before, I can be a loud-mouth idiot myself sometimes, so I somehow feel I relate a bit to Howie because of this. I cannot, however, relate to the constant whining of Sara. Every week she comes up with something else to complain about so she can reason out why she sucks. This week she sucked because it's demoralizing to cook in a dress and heels. Uncomfortable, maybe, but demoralizing? I just can't understand this. Say it, ladies: it's because I'm a guy, I know. Hey, I want my wife to cook in nothing but heels, so yes, I can't understand why fully clothed in heels is a big deal. Then Howie rubbed her the wrong way etc, etc.... The reality is, she's just plain slow. That's been evident for the entire season. However, I have to at least be disappointed in Howie for his food. I mean, he used to work in Miami, yet he didn't make a Cuban sandwich correctly. That's like going to McDonald's and asking for a Whopper. And how can you make chef Tom wait for the dishes? Might as well just chalk up your visit to the chopping block right there. So Dale gets to party down, Tre rightfully gets the win with a dish that made me smash my TV (only then did I figure out that the shrimp wrapped in bacon over cheesy grits wasn't actually in my TV), and we finally break free from one pain in the rear when Sara goes home. All very nice choices. Tonight I end with a quote from Ted that everyone should use on a daily basis. "Give them bacon!!" Until next week, friends. Check out more from Top Chef in our Online Video Guide. show less
The term "guilty pleasure" has always been interesting to me. I don't like using the term at all, but if I had to, in my mind it would define something that I really like but I know I'm not supposed to. But just because I think I'm not supposed to like Culture Club or What Not to Wear doesn't mean that anyone else thinks those shows shouldn't be liked, either. In this case, though, it seems like "guilty pleasure" is being used to describe a food that will make you fat, but you want anyway, which is a different definition than mine. I mean, who doesn't like Cold Stone Creamery ice cream? If I'm supposed to feel guilty about eating my Love It!-size cake batter with brownies and black cherries, I don't. Ever. Anyway, what school did Hung and Marcel go to that told them to use these ridiculous ingredients? We were just recently reminded of Marcel's bacon and avocado ice cream from last season, and this week his buddy Hung adds in tempura flakes with a white chocolate and cauliflower foa... read more

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