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Chefs, you all failed to honor the fish. Dale, you buried it. Tiffany, you killed it with honey. Carla, you went overboard with the mustard and hot sauce.
Dale, pack 'em up.
Paula: "My mouth was wanting one thing, but it got another." That's what she said! Literally!
Watching Mike flirt with Paula Deen is not a pretty thing.
Winner: Blais! He gets a trip to Barbados and $5k.
Paula Deen makes quite a face when she tastes Carla's collards. And not in a good way. Here's hoping that someone messes up worse than she does. Like maybe Tiffany.
Hey, there's a fancy chef table off in the corner! Waxman, David Burke, Carmen Gonzalez. I want to hang out at that take.
One thing to be glad about: the general lack of Spike in the episode, despite his presence.
The last-minute scurry seems worse than usual. Blais is causing a chemical spill in the corner. Dale is still whining.
Dale is whining about the number of people in the kitchen. Didn't this season start out, with like, 18 people?
Antonia, channelling Tom, is determined to honor the seafood.
"Jersey Mike is in desperate need of a punch in the anus. Just sayin'." (via @JeffHouck)
Mike takes Tiffany, Richard takes my Fabio, Carla takes Tre, Tiffany CHOOSES Marcel, Antonia takes Spike and Dale takes Angelo.
Like a fool, I had assumed one would only be saddled with Marcel out of necessity, not choice.
ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: Cook gulf coast seafood for a charity fundraiser.
Sous chefs: the eliminated contestants.
A preview of tonight's action, from Bravo:
The remaining chef'testants must use a deep fryer to impress the queen of southern cooking: Paula Deen. Deen is then joined by former Top Chef Master John Besh to guest judge the Elimination Challenge where the chefs provide the seafood at a charity event benefiting the fisherman of the gulf region. But when some of the already-eliminated chef'testants make their way back to the kitchen to assist the remaining All-Stars, will they serve as an extra hand or a burden? Find out this Wednesday 2/23 @ 10/9c on Top Chef All-Stars.
Paula Deen Visits the Top Chef Kitchen: