'Top Chef All-Stars' analysis (video)

Mar 10, 2011

Food editor Joe Yonan and deputy editor Bonnie Benwick dissect this week's episode of Bravo's 'Top Chef All-Stars'.

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

Sad to see you go. That's all. No question. Just a moment of silence.

What was the point of the elimination challenge? I didn't get it. Was it supposed to be refined sports bar food, or what? Help me out here.

Mike Isabella is gonna win this thing, isn't he....

As you think about the season as a whole, what were some of the stronger episodes for you? (because last night was so weak) I loved the one where they got to cook at Marea, WD-50, and Ma Peche. That was solid.

How sad are you two to see Carla go? Thought it would be my favorite Antonia. What did you think of the challenge? Was it too contrived? Didn't even use local fish. This is a great season and the last few episodes sure have surprises.

A part of me thinks this sounds awesome, and yet, I'm not sure what all goes into it. Do you guys know?

He mentioned having trained for the finale by cooking all the fish from that region, and that he was prepared to go find a goat, kill it, and cook it. Now THAT is the kind of cooking challenge this show needs. Team Blais!

He sure like to talk smack about Tiffany, but last night was the first challenge he's won all season. And, Tiffany has been in the Top 3 more times than Mike. Not that I think Tiffany is all that great, but still. Dude.

Your recapper just stole my heart. Please promote her and give her a million-dollar bonus for telling it like it is about that guy. Ha!

What's with all the feelings and the crying and the talking? I want food. I want personality. I want drive. I want degrees of difficulty that make me say "whoa." Do you think this season is falling down at the end?

You guys are smart and funny. What kinds of challenges would you have liked to see last night (or next week). In the Bahamas, maybe even incorporating the winning chefs from their seasons (which I thought was underutilized). What would YOU have had them do?

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
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