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Jan 11, 2007 02:59 AM

Top Chef-restaurant concept episode (spoilers inside)

Not surprised. But I wish it would have been Ilan.

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  1. Oh, and for the first time I also noticed the disclaimer at the end that they discuss some of the elimination/winning decisions with Bravo. Not that I'm surprised, but I guess it's good that they at least admit that it's not really "all about the food."

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    1. re: IndyGirl

      That disclaimer has run on every episode starting with the first show in the first season. It's identical to the disclaimer stated on Project Runway, ManHunt, and every other "reality" show on Bravo.

      Speaking of, I miss ManHunt. Now that was some good cheese.

      1. re: themis

        Maybe because this is literally the only reality show I've ever really watched, I just never paid attention before, I guess. Again, not that I'm surprised...

      2. re: IndyGirl

        I think both Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons said in their blogs that they judge only on the food and that the producers never interfered.

        In this case, obviously it was about the whole restaurant experience, including service and cleanliness.

        I think Michael lost because he had $100 left over out of his $500 budget, money he could have spent well if he'd used his brain.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          What really surprised me, was that Mikey didn't take that extra C note and bring back a bunch of brewskis to the loft.

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            Well said and that is what I love about that guy. He should have.

      3. Care to briefly recap the episode? I'm in Beijing, with no Bravo. :(

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        1. re: Petitpois

          Quickfire: Make a snack. Find a way to incorporate BBQ sauce, mayonnaise or Italian dressing. Lowlight: Mike's brie quesadilla with mayo on top. Two winners: Sam and Marcel. Sam for his little sandwich that I think involved tempura or something but it was like an amuse of a poboy. Marcel for his lamb curry kabobs.

          Marcel and Sam are each allowed to choose which of the remaining players they are teamed with for the elimination event. Marcel works with Cliff and Elia; Sam works with Ilan and Mike.

          The Elimination challenge is to create a restaurant in a partially built space. Come up with a concept and a 3-course meal. Marcel's team does an upscale diner. They serve BBQ chicken amuse (raw), veggie tempura (great), burgers (good, not "the best ever" as they are named) and oreo lemon pie. They also serve beer and rootbeer. The Sam team does an Italian concept - olives on the table (pit winds up in front of Padma, bad for them), meatball app (their best thing), pasta pesto, pork with polenta and "watermelon gnocchi" which was bits of watermelon covered in bruleed gorgonzola that made Gail feel "naseous" (I think she meant nauseated).

          They decided no one could win becaues there were so many problems and they were unimpressed in general with Sam's watermelon dish, Cliff's coverage of the front room (like getting food out and being welcoming), and Mike's general leaning on others' work. They ultimately sent Mike home but I think it was a really close call for cliff.

          1. re: Adrienne

            I agree with Gail. She is nauseous. Makes me want to throw up, just listening to her.

              1. re: glutton

                ha! totally with you on that. makes us embarrassed that she's Canadian!

            1. re: Petitpois

              Adrienne did a great job, but in the future, check out

              In a day or so they have a great (and hilarious) in-depth recounting on their site.

              1. re: IndyGirl

                Thank you Adrienne! I was starting to go through TC withdrawal. You are very kind.

                IndyGirl - thanks for the link. I will indeed check it out. But how could I wait a whole day or so to know what happened?

              2. re: Petitpois

                Go to in a couple of days and you'll get the full story.

                Whoops, didn't see IndyGirl's response first... but really, they do great, great work.

                1. re: bryan

                  Yeah, televisionwithoutpity is hilarious. And addictive; I don't even watch reality shows and I'm completely caught up on at least four of them, including this one.

              3. I think it should have been a double elimination.

                1. Yeah, I think I'll miss Mikey from here on out but I guess it was time....

                  1. I'm not in love with Mike or his food, but I was hoping, dreaming, praying that either Ilan or Cliff would go. I can't stand Sam (and his watermelon with sauce looked and sounded awful) or his over-inflated ego, but it's surprising to me that Cliff got away with what he did, simply because Elia and Marcel were too classy to tell how pushy and inept he was. I'm hoping that rude, arrogant and mediocre chef Ilan will be next, but I don't think we'll be so lucky.

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                    1. re: Clarissa

                      They judges mentioned that Ilans' balls (meat) were the best dish they had....!