Top Chef: All Stars

2006, TV Show

Top Chef Episode: "Seven"

Season 2, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Actress Debi Mazar makes an appearance in this colorful installment, which finds the chefs serving up a savory three-item creation using one of the hues of the rainbow. Ted Allen (“Queer Eye”) and chef Robert Ivan are guest judges.
Original Air Date: Jan 3, 2007
Guest Cast Debi Mazar
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Season 2, Episode 9
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Aired: 1/3/2007
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January 3, 2007: The World vs. Marcel Season 2, Episode 9

This show had a two-week break, but it felt like more of a six-week break. Am I wrong? It really felt like the last new episode was ages ago. So, needless to say, I'm beyond happy we can get back to the business of finding out who's going to be the next Top Chef, and I am very grateful that this was a supersize edition. Everyone seems to despise Marcel, and Betty got the boot. There's so much to talk about: Elia: At the beginning of the episode she brings up the fact that she was almost eliminated and had no idea why Mia did what she did. Did they actually let her know that it was her name that was going to be called? Tom Colicchio's recent blog let us all know it definitely would have been Elia that got the boot. But at the time of the actual elimination, did Padma reveal everything to the chef wannabes after Mia exited stage left? And, I guess once you "pack your knives and go," you really hightail it out of there. Because, apparently, there was no time for Elia to talk to Mia about the sacrifice that she made. Interesting. I can't wait for the reunion; Mia better be there. Michael: Whoa. If anyone would have ever told me that Michael would win both the quickfire and the elimination challenges, there's no way I would have believed them. That's a Top Chef first this season, isn't it? Like Tom said, maybe he should get his tooth pulled every day. Kudos to Mike for stepping up to the plate in a big, big way. Clearly, salmon is his forte; he won both challenges based on the lushness and succulence of his fish. But, someone, please teach this boy how to speak in public. Seriously, he needs to learn how to enunciate his words in a manner in which I can understand the story he's trying to tell. However, it kinda sucks for him that he finally wins the quickfire but doesn't get immunity. Finding that out probably hurt worse than getting his wisdom tooth pulled. The Marcel bashing: OK, count me as someone who thinks Marcel has some very weasel-like tendencies. If I were in the same room as him, I don't know if I'd be able to not verbally attack him. I'm not present in this pressure-cooker of a situation, so I just have to call it like I see it. There was too much bashing going on. At one point, I wanted to turn down the volume just to get a little break. I'm not saying that none of it was justifiable; I'm just saying that too much attacking and not enough cooking was getting on my last nerve. And at times, I actually felt bad for the guy. It wasn't just Sam and Betty. Ilan went all hardcore anti-Marcel and it was just too much. What's the worst thing that can happen after all this bashing? Having people feel the necessity to defend the cranky chef annoys me to no end. Padma and Elia did it, plus it always seems like Tom wants Marcel around. It's like the 26-year-old amuses him. Or it amuses him that this kid is able to set everyone off, who knows. But there had to be a defense in order to balance all that bashing. Marcel is self-serving. He thinks the way to win this competition is to basically make a nuisance of himself. He hasn't impressed me all that much during this competition. But when you have me wanting Betty, Sam and Ilan to lay off the guy, there's a problem. - Sam vs. Marcel: I have to say that when everyone was coming up with a game plan for the seven-course dinner, I didn't mind Marcel taking his time to make sure he chose the right thing. Yes, they're on a time crunch, but everyone just jumped in so quickly and sometimes you have to just think about things for a second. And then at the store, Marcel was causing trouble again, trying to make it seem like accepting a discount was not proper behavior for a Top Chef wannabe. Sam started talking about him, knowing Marcel could hear him; a passive-aggressive move that's pretty lame. Just go straight to the confrontation, that's a lot more honorable. Loved Marcel pointing out how ironic it was that Sam chose "wrath" as his deadly sin inspiration. - Betty vs. Marcel: This has been going on all season long, and I'm tired of it. Those Betty confessionals are grating. Stop giving Marcel the power; just worry about yourself. She needed to, after what she served up as "sloth" in the seven deadly sins portion of the competition. You can't gussy up soups in flutes if the weird combos don't taste good. I was not sorry Betty was eliminated. It was time for her to go. During the quickfire, she messed up "green" for heaven's sake. - Ilan vs. Marcel: Where did Ilan get such anger? Part of me wonders if there's some major stuff going on that producers don't have the time to show. Ilan got really personal, especially when he attacked Marcel's love life, or lack thereof. Making sure to mention the little tidbit about cherries not helping someone's libido was low, bro. Keep the dirty laundry - or dishes, in this case - in the kitchen, please. I know it probably sounds like I'm defending Marcel, but I'm not. I still think he was his weaselly self, and I don't think he's shown enough to actually win the show. But it was all far too much Marcel for me. If he wasn't on, everyone was talking about him. However, all the dysfunctional drama made for good television, and the hour-plus episode zipped by so quickly. Some other quick mentions: - So funny when Betty talked about Marcel always using a foam on every dish he created; then Padma said the same thing, too. - It was even better when Mike noticed Betty's fascination with soup: "Get off the soup, Betty!" - I'm still wondering why Cliff's bouillabaisse had such little broth. - Marcel uttered one of those tried-and-true reality-TV cliches that I can't stand: "I'm not here to make friends." Ugh. - I wonder if Marcel channeled our favorite sommelier Stephen (from Season 1) when he served the wine at dinner? - Even though I knew he was going to be on the show, I still loved seeing Ted. - Do you think producers knew Cliff was color-blind when they came up with the quickfire task? - Don't know why, but I laughed when they mentioned that Extreme's guitarist was present and accounted for at Debi Mazar's party. Topics of Discussion: - What did you think of all the Marcel-bashing? - Were you happy to see Betty go? - Bravo wants you to vote for your favorite chef, and the winner will receive $10,000. Who would you vote for? Who do you think will win? (My choice is Cliff; Sam will probably win.) - What did you think of Entourage's Debi Mazar and her party? I thought she was raunchy and fun. She didn't hold back. - Who wants Ted to permanently join the show? I do. - Right now, I'm thinking Sam and Elia are going to be the top two, with Cliff coming in third. What do you think? - Congrats to Top Chef on getting a third season! show less
This show had a two-week break, but it felt like more of a six-week break. Am I wrong? It really felt like the last new episode was ages ago. So, needless to say, I'm beyond happy we can get back to the business of finding out who's going to be the next Top Chef, and I am very grateful that this was a supersize edition. Everyone seems to despise Marcel, and Betty got the boot. There's so much to talk about:Elia: At the beginning of the episode she brings up the fact that she was almost eliminated and had no idea why Mia did what she did. Did they actually let her know that it was her name that was going to be called? Tom Colicchio's recent blog let us all know it definitely would have been Elia that got the boot. But at the time of the actual elimination, did Padma reveal everything to the chef wannabes after Mia exited stage left? And, I guess once you "pack your knives and go," you really hightail it out of there. Because, apparently, there was no time for Elia to talk to Mia abou... read more

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Premiered: March 08, 2006, on Bravo
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Premise: A reality competition in which aspiring chefs compete for culinary stardom. Each episode features two challenges---a short test of basic cooking skills and an elimination challenge, in which one failing contestant is sent packing.

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