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Top Chef: Seven Deadly Chefs (Episode 9 Recap)

Finally, a new episode of Top Chef! Last night found our favorite fledgling chefs dealing with a seven course meal based on the seven deadly sins. First of all, let me say, I think this is a fantastic idea. Now, I might not have been as excited as Cliff was, but I did think it was clever. But first, let's back up and start at the Quickfire challenge. To check out my full Top Chef recap,


The Quickfire challenge was also based on the number seven. The seven remaining chefs each had to use one of the seven colors of the rainbow to create a monochromatic dish. Betty lost out with her limp looking plate of oddly arranged green vegetables and much to my surprise, the winner was Michael, with a tasty looking salmon and carrot chips. Now I had pretty much given up on Michael and was really thrilled for him, but I just kept wondering where this new found "game" of his came from. Another interesting anecdote from the Quickfire was that Cliff is actually colorblind. He drew the purple knife and managed to do a dish that included eggplant and beets.

After the Quickfire, the chefs learn that they'll be catering a seven course meal for actress Debi Mazar. Then each chef was assigned one of the seven deadly sins. From here on out, the show turned into some wild bizarre look at chefs acting like elementary school kids. Name calling, backstabbing, and jokes about virginity. Sadly, it made for some pretty good TV.


Here's what everyone ended up making:

In the end, Betty was let go for serving three unproperly strained soups in champagne flutes. There was a point during this season where I really liked Betty, but the last few episodes, I have just been waiting for her to leave. I'm not really sure, but something about her just rubs me the wrong way.

Now for the big shocker of the evening, the winner was Michael with envy. Yep that's right, even judge Tom Colicchio said, "Our Michael did this?" That means he won both the Quickfire AND Elimination challenge. And to be honest, I really disliked him and wished he was off the show, but now he seems like the biggest underdog, and I can't help it, I really love an underdog. Although I would be fully disapointed if he became the Top Chef.

Now for some things I want to comment on about the episode:

  • Bravo TV editing fooled me. They talked with Marcel so much, I surely thought he would be the one to get the boot.
  • Michael's mouth... seriously what kind of a dentist did he go to???
  • I am so glad people called Marcel out over the foam.
  • Sam and Ilan totally snap on Marcel. Sam, I half expected it, but Ilan, I thought he was the resident nice guy. Guess everyone has their boiling points.
  • What was with Marcel hand feeding one of the guests!? And, what is up with him in general?
  • Ted Allen should be a permanent fixture on the show. My opinion of Gail goes back and forth, but I know where I stand on Ted. I like him there, let's keep him.

So how about you guys, what did you think?

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BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 9 years
I love me some TopChef. I was really feeling Betty the first few episodes... but then I started to question her skills as a chef. I really think that Sam is the most talented but I am voting for Ilan bc I have a little crush on him! I, like so many people have already said, really like Michael and I guess its the whole underdog thing. But really, I think his true colors are starting to show though... Maybe he really is a kick-a** chef! And now for me to comment on Marcel. Since the first episode of the 2nd season, he has reminded me of Stephen from the 1st season. And I am sure that history will repeat itself and he will pack his knifes before the season finale just like Stephen. One trait that encompasses a top chef is a great personality. I grew up in resturants bc my father owned many when I was growing up. I can remember walking into the kitchen and his head chef was always the nicest. He would ask me what I wanted and make me WHATEVER. I believe the TopChef needs to have great people skills... Marcel is not only lacking that but also I think the remaining chefs could throwdown anytime and kick his a**! Can't wait 'til Wednesday night! I really love this show!
Food Food 9 years
It's on Bravo. with new episodes at 10pm on Wednesdays.
yayita yayita 9 years
what channel do they give this on?
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
^Well...maybe partly, but also because I think he lacks pastry experience. I already know when he was pre-frying his funnel cakes that he would try to reheat them before the dinner and they'd be hard. Both "gluttony" and "lust" should've been dead simple for dessert courses...I do love Marcel's presentation with the cherry tart and the cherry in the cherry gelee.
mangopassion mangopassion 9 years
Totally love this show. Like most of you I think Sam should be "the next top chef". I like Elia and Ilan for the top three. I do think though, like Nonny that Ilan needs to keep himself under control as far as the Marcell thing goes. I understand that he does not like Marcell, heck I haven't liked him from the first epi. I hope he noticed how his dishes this time around we bad mostly due to the time and energy he wasted on Marcell.
a-geek a-geek 9 years
I have to think that they're babying Michael a bit to make the show interesting- I'm not so sure he should have won both. That said, Betty needed to go. I think the only real competition here is Sam vs. Cliff- none of the others really come close. Those guys are true pros.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
I love this show! Ha, remember when that one chick went ballistic and left so the leader chick could stay? I'm glad she left, I wouldn't want such an angry chef preparing my food!!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
and i agree ted allen has to stay!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I LOVE THIS SHOW... i was so glad to see betty go, she is way weird and creepy with her stories... i thought michaels dish looked BEYOND amazing... i am secretly rooting for him although i think sam or elia or cliff SHOULD win... marcel? GET A HAIR CUT!
playsindirt playsindirt 9 years
They probably edit the worst of Marcel out ... it is only an hour show for pete's sake. He annoys me for the few minutes he's on and the other chefs have to live with him. I was sad that Betty left but I think she was a little phoney. I hope the last three are Sam (yum), Elan, and Elia. I think Cliff is becoming an arrogant pri*ck. The final two should be Elan and Sam with Sam taking it. He's the whole package and the best, most consistent, and most creative chef. I think he's the obvious choice just like Harold was last year.
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
Oh yeah, and I find Gail really annoying. I think she doesn't express herself very well...and she totally annoyed the hell out of me when she kept repeatinig how she doesn't like "brown, rubbery eggs"...I heard ya the first time! ;-)
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
I don't think Marcel's words/behaviour deserved all the flack he got this episode. Apparently he is not like that in real life (at least when he worked at Robouchon in Vegas.) And Betty DID strain her soup (at least, her red pepper/beet one)--I saw her put it through a chinois, although she called it a "china cap". I'm pretty sure those two terms are interchangable...shouldn't Tom C know that?
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Betty's crazy and creeps me out. Glad she's leaving. Don't ask me why, but I like Marcel. There's nothing wrong with knowing you're good, although he's catty when he talks about how others' food tastes. Since everyone else is catty and gives him a verbal smackdown every episode though, I'd call it about even.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
I *loved* the concept of this eppy. Awesome idea -- couldn't have been better. (Guess I share in Cliff's excitement.) I, too, warmed toward Michael in this episode. I had told my hubby (in the beginning of the show) that he was a good guy, but a total goof-up and I didn't know why he was still there. I keep the opinion that he is NOT topchef material, but I've warmed to him tremendously. (And, oh my gosh, did he have some unlicensed crackdaddy dentist wannabe pull that tooth? The way he described it, it seemed like he paid a discount price for a back-alley job. Crazy.) Marcel is over the top, but Ilan really lost his cool over this. I always liked him (Ilan), but I have no love for someone that makes catty, rude remarks about another person's work. (That bit about cherries suppressing libido -- that was totally unnecessary, and it only served to make the guests uncomfortable. Bad move, fella; poorly done.) Sam . . .((sighs)). . .what can I say? I like him, but he certainly likes to instigate, does he not? (But he's really cute, and has a nice voice, too.) I like Elia. I dunno why, but I really do. I was fine with Betty leaving.
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