They’re down to 12 chefs. As usual, I’m on pins and needles. Carla doesn’t share a thing with me, so I’m just as much in the dark about each episode as all of you. That just means that I root that much harder for Carla, hoping she will pull away from the pack like she did in Season 5.
If you’re on Facebook, please cast a vote for Carla in the Top Chef Challenge. I don’t know if Carla gets anything from it, but it was fun to see her on top a couple of weeks ago. She is currently trailing Mike Isabella for the second week, though.
And then there were 17. Though it looked like Fabio was on his way to a shocking early exit, Elia took the hit for undercooked fish. Angelo pulled out an Elimination Challenge victory for reconfiguring his Ramen noodles with glazed pork belly and watermelon that was a miss in the finale of Season 7 in Singapore. The team of Spike, Richard, Antonia and Dale T. for Top Chef: Chicago won the Quickfire Challenge with a handmade pork sausage with mustard ice cream.
Carla had a decent week. She was, unfortunately, in the bottom for the Quickfire Challenge. I didn’t understand why the team agreed to Jamie’s suggestion to do a trio, featuring apples.If you’ve ever watched Top Chef, one of the quickest ways to get knocked down is to offer multiple items on a plate that don’t make sense together. It appeared that Jamie was hell bent on making a soup, so that would explain why she suggested Carla and Fabio make their own components. I was quick put off by Jamie’s statement that she’s a stronger chef than Carla and Fabio. I’ve spent time around Jamie, and was quite surprised that she would say such a thing. (Or maybe I’m not that surprised…just disappointed.) Carla did better in the Elimination Challenge with a grilled strip steak , smashed potatoes , compound butter with tarragon and a red wine sauce. It appears that Carla may have sliced the meat in a way that left a tendon for some people to notice. Angelo commented that he got a nerve ending with Carla’s steak. Even with that comment, Carla was in the middle of the pack and is safe for another week.
Now that I’ve spoiled it for you, here’s the entire episode in case you missed it.
Episode two of Top Chef: All Stars airs tonight. Here’s a sneak peek at the Quickfire challenge.