Video: 'Top Chef All-Stars' analysis

Dec 23, 2010

Food Editor Bonnie Benwick dissects this week's episode of Bravo's 'Top Chef All-Stars' with special guest and Top Chef All-Stars contestant Mike Isabella!

What did you think of the episode? Do you agree with who was sent home? Discuss that and more live.

Thanks for joining us for another review of the latest Top Chef episode.

Did last night's challenge strike you as incredibly stupid from both a competitive standpoint and from a reality show production perspective? I'm not sure I've ever seen an episode where multiple Chefs were simply allowed not to compete, and so not remotely at risk of elimination. Weird.

Does she not want to be on this show? She seems to find every opportunity possible to not participate!

Why didn't the judges call Fabio out for making gnocchi AGAIN? Even if his dish was delicious, I think it warrants a gentle reprimand that he's got to start making something else.

Did last night's challenge strike you as incredibly stupid from both a competitive standpoint and from a reality show production perspective? I'm not sure I've ever seen an episode where multiple Chefs were simply allowed not to compete, and so not remotely at risk of elimination. Weird.

Jamie was sort of annoying on her own season, but wow is she inching her way towards least favorite all time Top  Chef status.

Maybe I should have paid closer attention, but to be honest I really didn't get last night's elimination challenge at all, and what it had to to do with tennis (other than the appearance of Taylor Dent, who seemed nice but said very little) and the chefs' cooking ability. Please explain.

Do you think Angelo sabotaged his team mates?

What made you decide to leave Zaytinya? What's your new venture?

Mike, who do you think is the toughest competition on this season?

How many hours of sleep do you all get? Between the cooking and the judging and the commenting, it appears as if contestants might get anywhere between 2-3 hours of sleep per nite.

Over the past few seasons, the show has visited many cities that seem to have either "arrived" on the food scene or are "up and coming." Where do you think are the next big food cities and where do you think Top Chef should go next? p.s. I ate at Zaytinya a few times while you were there, Mike. Phenomenal. I'm really looking forward to your new restaurant.

I've loved the food at your former restaurant, what's your new one going to be like?

what are your favorite (non-andres) restaurants in DC?

There always seems to be a lot of drinking and crazy hi-jinks in the stew room! Tell us more!

See you soon.

In This Chat
Joe Yonan
Joe Yonan is the editor of the Food section, where he also writes occasional feature stories and the monthly Cooking for One column. He is the author of "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One," which will be published in spring 2011.
Bonnie Benwick
Bonnie Benwick is the deputy editor of the Food section
Mike Isabella
Local cheftestant Mike Isabella is competing on Top Chef All Stars.
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