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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top Chef: All-Stars, Week 6: Hooked and Gutted

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

click to enlarge The sharks are circling for bait-bro Marcel. - BRAVO TV
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  • The sharks are circling for bait-bro Marcel.

Last night's Top Chef: All-Stars began with a continuation of douchey Marcel showing his poor sportsmanship. He was drinking gin from the bottle and all up in Dale T.'s face about last week's competition. Ugh, did they forget that this was the start of a "new" episode?

A new day did eventually dawn, though. The chefs were awakened at the hour after midnight snack but before breakfast and brought into the kitchen, where there was no Padma, only a "gone fishin'" sign. That's right, the cheftestants were headed for Montauk, Long Island, to stick their poles in the water.

The "catch" was that there was no Quickfire Challenge, only an elimination, and a double one at that. The chefs were to work in teams of three and catch and cook for a beach party of a couple hundred guests.

After 2 1/2 hours, the teams on one vessel caught a boatload of fish, while teams on the other boat came up empty. But fish eventually made their appearance, causing Marcel's team to come up with a system: They sat in his lap, helping to hold his rod.

Dale T. not only caught the first fish of the day, he landed one of the biggest. The ordeal was so intense, Tre offered encouragement: "You got it, baby! Breathe, there you go!"

"Dale looks like he is going into labor," Tiffani remarked. "Head down, red face, like the baby is crowning." The expressions were almost as good as the ones on our favorite website, Shaker Faces.

Once they got cooking, the teams deployed different strategies. Boy team Marcel, Richard, and Fabio decided to make only one dish ― they thought it would be more difficult to be eliminated that way. Other teams chose to do a dish per chef. The winner: Carla, who paid tribute to the New York bagel, only in a beachy way. Her smoked blue fish lettuce wrap with pickled watermelon rind, radishes, and pumpernickel bagel croutons completely wowed the judges.

Hootin' and hollerin' and jumping up and down, Carla ran back to her competitors: "I won! I won! I am going to Amsterdam!" Wet towel and sore loser Marcel responded with no congratulatory word, only, "Sorry if I am not super ecstatic right now, 'cause that means that we're on the bottom." The all-boys team and the all-girls team (Jamie, Tiffani, and Antonia) were the ones sent to the judges' table. The boys' strategy must have worked ― two girls were sent packing.

After weeks of skating by, ex-Absinthe chef Jamie Lauren was finally dumped, this time for watery and flavorless striped bass atop watermelon salad. Tiffani was the other home-bound chef. Her smoked blue fish was too fishy, since she'd failed to remove the blood line.

Okay, so we lost two cheftestants, but there are still plenty more fish in the Top Chef sea ― though we're hoping for next episode to be shark week on Marcel's ass.

Read more from Carina Ost at Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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