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Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #6 - 01/12/11 (Spoilers)

OK, I'll power through this summary, although my bed's siren song is playing rather loudly after the shovel-heavy snow day I've had! ;-)

The title for this episode is Jaws-like: "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat". :-) That obviously has to do with the Elimination Challenge, where they all go fishing in Long Island Sound and they have to catch and cook a fish for a summer's end beach party.

But....we still have the QuickFire to get through, don't we? BUT....before that, they show the Stew Room after Casey was told to PYKAG....Jamie says she was expecting to hear her own name, but then says "it sucks for her [Casey], and at the same time....whatever!" Ugh. Beeyotch.

Back at the house after Casey's elimination, Marcel goes all white ghetto boy on Dale. (When is he going to realize he looks completely STOOPID doing that?) Drinking straight from the Bombay bottle, he goes off on Dale, saying his dishes were better. Well, ya didn't WIN, Marcel, so no, they weren't! Dale T. said in the confessional "Marcel's lucky I've taken anger management classes, otherwise...!" and he walks away from angry Marcel. And Tre said in an aside that as the days go on, he's noticed that Marcel is a real asshole. :-D A lot of us could have told you THAT, Tre!

OK, off to the Top Chef kitchen...but no Padma! Just a note saying they're going fishing off of Montauk. And Blais does the first promo ad, saying "we'll jump in the Toyota Sienas and head out!" ;-)

Padma and Tom meet them, and there's NO QuickFire this time around! It's a double-elimination Elimination Challenge! Perfect - my choice would be to let Jamie and Marcel take the fall, pleaseandthankyouverymuch! ;-)

Four teams of 3 have 5 hours to catch fish and cook for 200 people at a summer beach party.

#1 - Dale T, Carla, & Tre
#2 - Angelo, Mike I., and Tiffany D.
#3 - Jamie, Tiffani F., and Antonia
#4 - Marcel, Blais, and Fabio

On the boat, it's Teams 1 and 3 on one boat, Teams 2 and 4 on another. Carla says "I've been on a fish boat, but I haven't held the rod!" Tre just looks at her and laughs.

Dale T. catches the first fish, and Antonia finally gets one and screams like a 4th grader. :-) After 3 hours, Teams 2 & 4 haven't caught anything, but they finally begin to pick up momentum - Marcel catches 2 nice-sized striped bass.

Blais says their technique for catching fish is weird: "We're sitting in Marcel's lap.......holding his rod....that's really not good!" LOL Dale T. catches a MONSTER striped bass...and as they head back to shore, they start planning their dishes.

Team 4 decides to have all three of them make ONE dish...Hmmm, that could be interesting if they're on the bottom - who to send home? They then have 30 minutes to head to a Farmer's Market...and Blais and Fabio are joined at the hip. Antonia says they're boyfriends, and calls them the Professor.....and the strange Italian immigrant. :-D Back at the house, Tre's family is shown - just a beautiful wife and daughters!

The next day, they're at the beach for prep. Team 3 is taking responsiblity for their OWN dishes - meaning they're making separate dishes.

Blais ends up being the "boss" of his team, constantly asking Fabio to do this, do that. Blais is concerned that they agreed to just do one dish; Fabio's getting ticked at Blais for telling him what to do. Rut-roh! ONE dish - and conflict in the team? Is this a foretelling? Or is the frequent mention of Jamie the foretelling? Magical Elves...what ARE you trying to tell us?

We'll find out, I'm sure.

We're back - and Tom comes to see the chefs during prep - and seems surprised that Team #4 is only doing 1 dish....Blais said "If Tom asks you a question, he's loading up!" Tom notes that Team 1 / Dale T. didn't make fresh tortillas for his fish tacos. Hmmm.....and Tom says to Team 3 that bluefish can be a meh fish, whereas Tiffani F. likes bluefish - she's going to smoke it.

The diners arrive, and the guests seem impressed that the chefs caught all of the fish! (And I *totally missed who the guest judge is? Anyone?)

Marcel foams Team 4's fish dish? Hmmm....Carla's fish wrap gets favorable reviews, as does Dale's fish taco, and Tre's gazpacho.

Antonia's Po-Boy looks GREAT in the camera shot! And it gets excellent reviews. Jamie's dish - not so much. Tiffani's dish doesn't do great, but I don't think it'll be the bottom.

Meanwhile, Mike Isabella is trying to pimp out Angelo to several female guests. And Angelo is hiding like Jamie did a few eps ago - he's embarrassed? LOL

And Jamie thinks it's a "cop-out" that one team did just ONE dish as the team....oh, right. Like not cooking in TWO episodes isn't a cop-out, Jamie? Gah. Just go home already!

In the "in-betweener", they ask the cheftestants "what type of fish would X chefestant be?"

Angelo says Mike I. has a lot of gas - he'd be a blowfish. LOVE that!
Dale T. says Angelo would be a mermaid - the siren of the sea. And then giggles uncontrollably. :-)
And Carla says Tre would be one of those fish that "bury themselves under the sand."

We're back - they're in the Stew Room, and Padma walks in...she calls in Team 1 (Dale T., Carla, and Tre) and Team 2 (Angelo, Mike, and Tiffany D) - they are the favorite dishes of the night! The winner will get a trip to Amsterdam! Gail praises Dale's dish, and Tom said Carla's dish was brilliant.

Guest Judge Kerry Hefferman, executive chef at South Gate, chooses - CARLA for the win! Yay, Carla!

The other two teams are sent back - in goes Team 3 - Jamie, Tiffani, and Antonia, and Team 4 - Marcel, Blais, and Fabio.

Tom gets VERY detailed as to who did what on Team 4...especially since they only did one dish. Marcel COOKED the succotash - could that be the bye-bye to him? And Jamie's dish doesn't get good remarks - everything was "washed out" according to Gail. Tiffani left the skin on her bluefish, which has the heavy bloodline. That doesn't bode well for her either!

And we're back for the Elimination....I think it's definitely going to be Jamie...and either Fabio or Marcel. Who is it going to be, Padma? Oh CRAP! It's Tiffani Nooooooo!! But at LEAST Jamie's out of there. (NOW Jamie says she's bummed there were two challenges she didn't cook on? Oh sheesh!)

DAMMIT. Tiffani? I was so hoping she'd hang in there longer! That means Tre and Blais are my final two to take it!

And NEXT week? It's RESTAURANT WARS! And Bourdain's back - as is Ludo Lefebvre!

And now it's time for dreamland for me. Shoveling takes a LOT out of this old girl! LOL

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  1. Great recap so far Linda! I loved seeing Dale walk away from Marcel. Also loved how excited Dale was about catching that big fish. The one dish decision was very, very odd.

    At this point (they're prepping their dishes now), I'm guessing it's Marcel and Jamie going home.

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    1. re: debbiel

      Ah, in hindsight - if only you were right on both of them.

      1. re: chicgail

        the elves do know how to toy with our emotions, don't they? i was holding out hope until the very end that it would be Jamie & Marcel...that would have easily been the best elimination in TC history.

            1. re: phee

              That was my hope too. I'm so tired of that overgrown 13-year-old Marcel. What a douche!

        1. re: debbiel

          Catching a really big fish is better than sex. I might hear it, but I've caught a lot of fish, and had a lot of great....... The big fish are something special, and I remember all of them.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            "a really big fish is better than sex."

            What is considered "big", and what is considered "sex"?. Nevernind about the latter.....

            1. re: Shrinkrap

              It is all about the species and the location. I fish on the Texas Gulf coast, and have a seven pound flounder on my wall, a once in a lifetime fish for most here. The Atlantic fish grow bigger than the one's here, bigger is not always so in Texas. Specked trout are considered a trophy here over twenty five inches, I have two twenty fives and three twenty sixes, I could go on about other species and lures, but I won't. I have to see the episode again, but it seemed someone, maybe the captain, remarked about the size of Dale's striper. It was definitely a big one.

              1. re: James Cristinian

                Tom said in his blog that Dale's fish was 37 pounds, and that people all around Montauk heard about it.

        2. Ok, so I have been waiting for the post. Observations:

          1. Marcel is drinking out of the effing BOTTLE of Bombay Sapphire? I am a heavy drinker and can put away a lot of liquor or a lot of beer. But a couple of Sapphire martinis will do me in.

          2. Isn't Tony Bourdain the usual judge on here? Irony? A challenge to catch a fish. Especially since Bourdain can't seem to ever catch a fish on his show. Always the stunt fish. Bourdain doesn't seem to be present on this one, but the thought crossed my mind.

          That's it for now...

          -Kevin

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          1. re: UptownKevin

            Bourdain and Gail Simmons are switching out as the 3rd main judge. So it's Gail's turn. :-)

            1. re: UptownKevin

              In my one and only defense of Marcel, I ampretty sure he was drinking from a bottle of Fiji Water

              1. re: C. Hamster

                It looked like a square, blue glass bottle to me.

                1. re: lisavf

                  As it did to me. And the label that was blurred out was white, like on the picture of the Bombay bottle below.

                   
                   
                2. re: C. Hamster

                  I turned off the 11pm repeat...would love to know if that's what it was. It was a blue glass bottle, as lisavf said.

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        You are absolutely correct. I just saw it again and it's unmistakable. the first time I saw it I did find myself wondering why in the heck they would bother to blur out a Fiji bottle label.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            If Glad or GE Monogram had bottled Marcel's drink it would not have been blurred out.

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              lol.

                              If I were doing the marketing for Bombay and a nasty, out of control drunk was guzzling my product while acting out, I wouldn't want the world to see the label either.

                      2. re: C. Hamster

                        it was most definitely Bombay, and he sounded pretty hammered. "liquid courage" - i don't think Marcel would have had the cojones to get so up in Dale's face if he had been sober.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          I missed him drinking out of a bottle, but it sure did look to me like he was hammered!
                          Yikes!!

                        2. re: C. Hamster

                          I know that bottle anywhere ;-) It was Sapphire

                          1. re: UptownKevin

                            Plus they haven't blurred out Fiji labels in previous episodes (must be a sponsor) so must be Sapphire.

                            1. re: UptownKevin

                              I actually had a bottle of Sapph on my counter as I watched it!!\

                              But after so much Fiji product placement on this epi I assumed that was what it was.

                              Swigging from a bottle of Sapphire? Yikes!

                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                If you look at one of the online extras, you can clearly see that it's Sapphire.

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  According to Dale Talde's blog, where he has plenty more interesting things to talk about, Marcel had in fact had quite a bit to drink that night.

                                  http://www.daletalde.com/blog/2011/1/...

                            2. re: C. Hamster

                              Hmm I may need to try this Fiji water. Drunk or not Marcel has now been exposed. I've been cutting him a lot of slack this saeson. I've found most of his comments a bit tongue in cheek and he seemed to be getting along with everyone. Getting all hip hop on Dale and going off on who is a badder ass in the kitchen? How long before this is autotuned and on Youtube. Marcel is doomed.

                              jb

                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                I dunno. I think it was gin. He seemed pretty tanked during that rant after all.

                            3. The Jamie "cop-out" line made me spew water. Amazing she would say that.

                              I don't like fish, so none of the dishes were particularly appealing to me, but it seems the most interesting (ones I'd like to try if I ate fish) were Carla's, Antonia's, and Dale's.

                              1. I couldn't wait. Jaimie just said she thought some of the other chefs were 'copping out'. It doesn't matter if her assessment is correct or not. After her performance thus far, she doesn't get to say that about any of the others.

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                                1. re: John E.

                                  That's EXACTLY what I added to my original post! She just keeps digging her hole deeper and deeper, doesn't she?

                                  1. re: John E.

                                    I just figured that it takes one to know one when she said they were copping out.

                                  2. where is bourdain? he hasnt been in the past 3 episodes
                                    http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/