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Top Chef - 4 Star All Stars Tonight

So, Lee Ann is now working behind the scenes for Top Chef.

Harold, Stephen, Ilan, Ilia, Tiffini, Marcel, Sam & Dave - it's Season 1 pitted against Season 2. for charities. Dave promises not to cry :-)

At the moment, they are doing a quick fire challenge - making eggs with one hand tied behind their backs. Pretty amusing! (or shall I say amuse?)

BTW - for those who don't know - Harold's restaurant in NYC finally opened and has been getting GREAT reviews.

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  1. Thank you! Totally forgot it was on, & I get an east coast feed via satellite.

    1. Moderators may not let this fly, but could you post a few updates...? Many thanks!!

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      1. re: enbell

        Let's just say that ALL of the characters are living up to their previous reputations. Marcel and Ilan are both still complete a**holes, Harold is quietly confident, Stephen smug but confident (and buying that wine!), Tiffany is cocky but also confident, Dave is scattered, and Sam was doing his flavor combination stuff. And Elia just seemed to fade into the background.

        It's been fun to watch - but as Harold said - Season 2 folks still need to grow up a LOT.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Marcel still an ass, but I think he's matured a bit more than Ilan. Seems to have at least learned something from his experience there.

          And who were all those Season 3 people doing the judging? Rejects we never saw?

          1. re: sivyaleah

            No - those are the cast of cheftestants who will be on Season 3 starting next week! They were showing their names/ages (I think)/hometowns in the corner of the screen as they were critiquing.

            ::::Edited to add:::::: Didn't respond to your first statement. Marcel still an ass, and I just don't think either he or Ilan has matured any from their stint on Season 2. Back at the Fountainbleu Marcel was as childish as he was during Season 2 and essentially it has to come to Harold to tell him to back off. His "sincere apology" was nothing of the kind.

            And he's cooking in Florida heat and humidity (shades of Hawaii), and he still does foams and gelees, which didn't work on his Elimination Challenge portion. As Ted said "He's pushing it in your face by doing tableside foam!"

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Duh! Right, I forgot Season 3 hasn't started. My bad!

          2. re: LindaWhit

            So are they competing head-to-head? How did the hand tied behind the back portion end up?

            1. re: enbell

              Actually - pretty darn good - all their eggs out pretty good, although Dave's was over cooked a bit, and Tiffini's undercooked somewhat ("egg soup" as Chef Tom said) but the winner was Stephens good ole' plain omlet :-) on Season 1 and Marcel from Season 2 with Ode to a Spanish Breakfast (scrambled eggs served in the shells with Saffron Foam, of course).

              1. re: sivyaleah

                Did they update as to who is where, and how they're doing after their respective seasons?

                1. re: enbell

                  No, they don't - other than asking Harold and Ilan about what they're doing. Harold says he's opening Perilla in Spring 2007 (which we know he has already done), and Ilan saying he's fielding "lots of offers", but also saying he doesn't want a big restaurant to start - in fact, he said he wants to have a tiny restaurant.

                2. re: sivyaleah

                  You gotta admit, the saffron foam that Marcel put on the eggs was a great dig on Ilan. My wife couldn't understand why I was howling at the saffron foam and called me a geek for just knowing what that meant after I explained it to her.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    It was classic. And Ilan's startled reaction when Marcel said what it was was also classic. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      And then at the end of the show, when former contestants were asked to give advise to Season 3 chefs, Marcel gave another dig; something like, "just use loads and loads of saffron in every dish..."

                      1. re: Bostonbob3

                        Both Illan and Marcel are a couple of babies. Neither of them demonstrated any professionalism. They should be ashamed of themselves and although they were the finalists, I can't imagine why anyone would want them and their shenanygans in a kitchen.

                        1. re: chicgail

                          come on. it's a show. i like how they made it fun. it's not like top chef has to be so serious all the time! the concept of the show is kind of silly in the first place, why not have fun with it?

                          1. re: batdown

                            They did not make the show fun. They might have made it entertaining but certainly not fun.

                          2. re: chicgail

                            i concur. btw, did anyone notice that elia made the exact same scallop dish she made for the hollywood party competition? so lame.

                          3. re: Bostonbob3

                            Actually I thought that particular line was kindof funny... use lots of saffron and don't do duos -- the judges definitely made a big deal about how duos annoyed them... and they commented at least once or twice that the saffron was overdone in a dish they then said was wonderful. I don't like Marcel, but I don't think every single joke is malicious.

              2. all I have to say is *^%& season 3. I want to see season 1&2 compete against each other for the rest of the top chef season...I loved it!!!!!!

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                1. re: bitsubeats

                  LOL! I have to say after watching this group of characters again, and knowing what they're like based on their individual seasons, I'd almost have to agree with you! This was very fun to watch! Except I just don't think I could take Stephen and Marcel for any more than this one hour on the same show. Add Ilan into the mix, and OY. :-)

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I agree with you...except 1 thing, marcel was more watchable than stephen - minus the foam of course.

                    ilan was horrible....ugh I still think sam should've watched (swooooon (; )

                    1. re: bitsubeats

                      Yeah, Sam...... I was feeling guilty for my thoughts until Ted chimed in with "Kinda cute!?" Yum.....

                    2. re: LindaWhit

                      Heh, I found Stephen charming and funny after the horrors of last season!

                      1. re: JasmineG

                        I thought that too. I don’t think he changed. But compared to what went on last season one realizes he really wasn’t all that bad.

                  2. Don't worry in a few seasons they'll do an 'all-star' Top Chef.

                    1. It was all just eh. I don't think any of them took it very seriously. I was watching the season 3 preview & when I saw bikinis in a pool I immediately thought " please do not turn this into The Real World Top Chef"

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                      1. re: sugarbuzz

                        Me too!! I relayed the same sentiment last night to my fiance, describing the pool scene! It looks like they didn't learn anything from Season 2's theatrics and that it might just get worse...