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Let's Dish: Top Chef 4.11 — The War Is On!

Let's Dish: Top Chef 4.11 — The War Is On!

I'd been waiting for last night's Top Chef all season long. Restaurant wars is definitely one of my favorite challenges, and the latest incarnation didn't disappoint. There was drama, cheesy decor, botched meals, and chefs all dressed up. Were you watching? What did you think of the outcome? To find out what I thought,

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  1. What did you think of the quickfire challenge? I liked having to see them do a kitchen staple.
  2. Bourdain quotes aside, my favorite quote of the night came from Dale. Did you laugh when he said, "Not to say that Nikki's personality was horrible, but it's one less to deal with."?
  3. I know Lisa comes across as a bit whiny, but seriously, did they really think they could find all their ethnic food needs at Whole Foods?
  4. When Chef Tom said he wouldn't be there, I was trying to figure out what they would do instead. I was surprised and then kicked myself for not guessing the Bourdain fill-in. How about you?
  5. Speaking of Bourdain, what was your favorite Bourdain quote of the night? I think mine was, "Silver and purple? I don't know, I feel like I'm in the back of Prince's van."
  6. Spike in a suit: Love it or Hate it? And don't tell me you missed the hat.
  7. Which of the former contestants would you have chosen as your sous chef?
  8. Were you glad Stephanie won?
  9. Discuss Dale and Lisa's fighting. Do you think their relationship ruined the challenge from the start?
  10. Do you think Dale should have gone home? Wasn't his teary-eyed goodbye sweet?

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kristin17 kristin17 8 years
(been looking @ the site for a while, first time posting -- hi everyone!) 1. I LOVED the quickfire. Fun to watch, but honestly, I think that the restaurant owner chose Antonia only because she's a woman. I think Dale seemed to do really well. 2. I laughed, not only because it was funny, but because he was right. 3. Sticky rice isn't hard to find, I've found it in quite a few places around here. 4. Very surprised at seeing Bourdain. I figured they might just bring in some Chicago-based chef. 5. The 'Prince's van' comment had me laughing for about 5-10 minutes straight. LOL! 6. Hate it. Not a fan of his. 7. Jen. I think she was one of the more talented female chefs of the group. 8. Yes, it was well-deserved. 9. I think that because Antonia got to pick her own team, Dale's team was doomed from the beginning. You could see that Dale was trying to help Lisa fix her laksa (sp?) and trying to at least cooperate with her, but she was being the same stubborn person she always is. 10. It was not Dale's time, at all (though I may be biased, because Dale's been my fav. all season). I know ultimately, as executive chef, he was responsible for the dishes that left the kitchen, but when he tried to help Lisa, she seemed to just disregard his opinions and advice. The judges seemed to dislike Lisa's dishes more than Dale's. I had never yelled at my television until Wednesday night. I was SO angry that Lisa is still there and they sent one of the most talented chefs home. And I did tear up a bit at his goodbye. The season definitely won't be the same (for me, at least) without him in it.
kpelli73 kpelli73 8 years
I thought for sure Dale would be around longer. I thought he would be the annoying, obnoxious chef that always seems to make it to the finals. Perhaps that is Lisa's role in this season. Early on I thought that was Richard's role but as the season has progressed I have gotten to like him more and more.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
I loved Spike's alligator cufflinks. You could tell from when they first started cooking that if the gastropub people got the grit out of their clams they were the clear winners.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
Spike survived because he played the game to win--he knew his team wouldn't win and through"guile"(as Bourdain said) he stayed out of the hot seat. Dale made the tactical error of competing for Exec Chef--if he had played the game intelligently he would have let Lisa be EC and then she would be gone.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I agree! Lisa should have gone--for the second week in a row--it made me think that if Tom had been there maybe things would have been different??? Are the producers insisting they keep Lisa around for some reason?? So disappointing! I'm still not over it! What a whiner--I mean she is on a high horse and needs to be kicked off!
a-geek a-geek 8 years
I think was one of the most skilled chefs, but I think he probably was not fit as an executive chef. As an individual he always did well but he fell down the few times he had to work with other chefs (or direct them) unless they managed him (like when Richard managed Dale). So, while Spike is a bad chef and Lisa has a horrible attitude, Dale definitely made the worst mistake in his role last night. I'm sad about it, but I think the decision is right.
BlackKitty BlackKitty 8 years
They should bring back DALE!! He was very entertaining to watch, and he's an excellent chef! Lisa should just go away!! I hate her so much, because she can't cook and just blame people. Take full responsibilities of your own actions! This episode really made me mad!
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
I'm totally rooting for Stephanie to win. It's time for a girl to take the title and she's got the talent to do that. But I certainly wouldn't mind seeing Antonia or Richard winning either. And I'm not sure why but Dale nor Lisa really bother me. Spike is the only one that slightly irritates me. Not like previous seasons where I despised people. haha
RoGo1 RoGo1 8 years
PS Doogirl, Bourdain quit smoking! Hard to believe.
RoGo1 RoGo1 8 years
1. I liked that it wasn't catering, but my favorite quickfires will always be ingredient IDs and challenges in which cheftestants 2. Yes, laughed hard -- made me a) know Dale was going home and b). suddendly not want him to. 3. The real question is why did they continue with the dish, without the proper ingredients? Lack of sticky rice with mango isn't exactly a deal killer. 4. I thought Ted Allen, was hoping for Chicago big deals like Achatz, Cantu or Trotter. Didn't think of Bourdain. 5. "Wood chips and vomit" 6. Love it. Spike in anything other than he usually wears, I likely would love. 7. The Biesty. She's solid (and I really like her food in real life). 8. Yes - a clear win. This whole episode was too predictable. 9. If their relationship caused them to decide on crap food, then yes it ruined the restaurant. Spike was part of the bad decision making too, though. I would never eat at their place, from restaurant name to decor to menu. 10. Lisa, Lisa, Lisa. Dale may be a douche, but he can cook.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I thought Dale was such a pompous *ss, and I'm so glad he's gone!!! I don't care if he's talented. Richard is extremely talented and also seems like a nice guy. I didn't want another winner like Hung from the last one. Yay!!
Leolina Leolina 8 years
I am just so upset that Dale was sent home! He was one of the best chefs there....I think Lisa should have gone home for obvious reasons. :( Poor Dale! He was top chef material!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
1. The quickfire challenge was awesome! I wished they would have shown more of it. 2. Dale was a jerk, but his quote was funny. He made the show entertaining, but I'm glad he's gone. 3. Lisa is whiny! C'mon, use your brain a little! Although I can get sticky rice at my local grocery store, but it's run by Asians, and the Asian section is amazing! 4. I thought Bourdain was a good choice for a fill-in. He scares me a little bit, but I don't understand how a skinny chain-smoker can have an opinion on food. He obviously doesn't eat much of it, and how can he taste it? 5. I liked Bordain's quote about the sticky rice dessert looking like whatever it was he said. I don't remember it, but it was gross! ha ha 6. SPIKE NEEDS TO GO HOME! And you can't polish a turd. 7. Andrew would have been my sous chef, but I dig him! 8. Stephanie is my favorite, I want her to win! But she needs to wear a better bra with that dress! 9. Lisa and Dale's fighting was annoying. I would have rather her go home than him! 10. I wanted Lisa to go home, her whining is getting annoying, at least Dale was entertaining to watch!
MindayH MindayH 8 years
Personally I thought Spike should have left. He didn't do anything for the menu, which was bad - but he contributed nothing to the team. Especially when you look at what Stephanie contributed to her team. Also, I felt it should be mentioned that he kept going into the kitchen saying everything is great and perfect, but the customers didn't like the food. If he is the type of mgr that the customers feel like they need to say, it's great, just to get him off their back - that is a terrible FOH manager. Again, Spike was lazy, and got lucky. Then my vote would have been for Lisa, she is dreadful. Loved the quickfire, too bad Dale didn't win, then it would have been interesting, and Spike or Lisa would have gone home.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
WHY OH JESUS WHY MUST LISA STILL BE ON SHOW SHE SUCKS SO HARD!!!!! yeah can u tell I'm a bit pissed that whiney lisa still on the show. I knew from the moment Antonia picker her team that dales team was going to be on the chopping bloch BUT I also thought yeah Lisa or Spike finally leave. Hopefully next episode one of them goes cuz I dont know if I can take more of her bad vibes does that girl have any friends because with that tude I wouldnt think any one would want to ahng around her.
Badabing! Badabing! 8 years
The only reason DALE was sent home is because the judges didn't want another ASIAN top chef (remember HUNG?). Dale could easily have won the whole thing. He won plenty of challenges and is a great chef. He was unable to save LISA'S horrible Laksa and Rice Pudding, even though he really tried. Common, there is only so much the guy could have done. And what did Spike do? Not much, while Dale was struggling in the kitchen. Lisa, with her horrible cooking and nasty attitude, should definitely have been sent home before Dale.
DMBloyola6 DMBloyola6 8 years
1. I thought the QF was a great idea! They had to show a lot of different talents -- basic cooking, jumping on a line, being quick and clean. I thought Antonia did a truly outstanding job, and I loved Dale's face when he didn't win. 2. I was just in awe of Dale's rudeness. He almost made Lisa appear sunny by comparison! 3. You'd think with Lisa, Dale, and Spike's experience with Asian cuisine, coupled with how many times they've been to that Whole Foods, they'd realize what would and would not be available. 4. I thought Chef Tom was being a little sneaky, and that he'd pop up unexpectedly. Bourdain was a nice surprise, though. 5. The Prince quote killed me! 6. I love Spike in anything (I can't help it!!). 7. JEN JEN JEN!!!! I was soooo glad she came back, but sad that we didn't see more of her. 8. I think Antonia should have won, but their entire team was truly outstanding in their performance, but I wasn't totally feeling their menu. 9. Dale and Lisa just both have bad attitudes, and they've had past issues. At first, it seemed that they would work through it, but then the whole thing collapsed. Spike was smart -- he got out of the kitchen, got to shmooze the whole night, AND contributed a great recipe. 10. Dale should have gone home. His crying goodbye was scary. The man was embracing some really varied emotions that night!! Other thoughts -- Lisa has got to go. I felt bad for Nikki that they only chose her so she could make pasta. And what's up with Richard? For the first half of the season, he was DOMINATING, and now it's like the Stephanie and Antonia show. Think they're setting us for a lady-filled finale...
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
dmtroyer - its true. You could tell. And good question re: if he'd won the quick fire. Interesting to think about that! Before we figured out he had been crying, we thought he was drunk. My fiance was like "wow, Dale really gets wasted on this show huh?" LOL! :)
vinnie vinnie 8 years
I love that Anthony B. pointed out Lisa's body language. I only wish he had said it while she was standing there. And why can't she wash up every now and then? Her greasy hair grosses me out!
itsa-bitsa itsa-bitsa 8 years
I LOVED this episode! My boyfriend and I just laughed then entire time watching Dale flip out. Spike looked like a different person in that suit, he wore it well. Poor Jennifer I felt so bad that she was stuck with their group and had to deal with Lisa and Dale bantering. I can't stand Lisa, I know that it's usually the Executive Chef that gets the axe during Restaurant Wars but come on! She can't even make rice, I think she's horrible and has really negative energy. Plus the guest judge even pointed out her bad body language. The other team's menue looked really good, I would have eaten everything they served. I'm happy for Stephanie she works hard and sometimes it pays of and other times, well not so much. But what a great prize, a trip to Barcelona!!!
itsa-bitsa itsa-bitsa 8 years
I LOVED this episode! My boyfriend and I just laughed then entire time watching Dale flip out. Spike looked like a different person in that suit, he wore it well. Poor Jennifer I felt so bad that she was stuck with their group and had to deal with Lisa and Dale bantering. I can't stand Lisa, I know that it's usually the Executive Chef that gets the axe during Restaurant Wars but come on! She can't even make rice, I think she's horrible and has really negative energy. Plus the guest judge even pointed out her bad body language. The other team's menue looked really good, I would have eaten everything they served. I'm happy for Stephanie she works hard and sometimes it pays of and other times, well not so much. But what a great prize, a trip to Barcelona!!!
nancita nancita 8 years
I'm too busy to say much, but I will make one important point. Spike in a suit: Strangely hot.
ad2121 ad2121 8 years
I HATE LISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ad2121 ad2121 8 years
I HATE LISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dmtroyer dmtroyer 8 years
I knew pretty early on that dale was the one going home, it was obvious he had been crying when they would do their commentary splices.He was obviously the strongest chef of the three, but I think he fell the most in this challenge with a poor dish and failing at EC.One can only wonder what would have happened had Dale won the quickfire.
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