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Top Chef: Casey Thompson Dishes on Her Dim Sum Dilemma

January 08, 2011 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry


When Casey Thompson was asked to pack her knives and go on this week’s episode of Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars, no one was as shocked as she was–especially since it was her first time ever being eliminated from the show. But in an interview with Marc Malkin of E! Online, Casey dishes on the disastrous dim sum challenge, her thoughts on Jaime Lauren being able to stay in the competition for so long, and why she’s not losing any sleep over her elimination.

“Looking back at it now, it was set up for disaster,” the Texas-based chef told Marc Malkin of E! Online. “Let’s just look at the highlights from the very get-go: a team challenge has disaster written all over it. Then they stack the cards against us, because we’re in a dim sum restaurant in the middle of Chinatown preparing food for people from…China! It was hardcore. And then we’re in the kitchen and half of the stuff works and the other half doesn’t. It’s like woks and minimal equipment that we’re not used to.”

So why did Casey decide to make chicken feet, of all things?

“Well, because I’m not scared,” Thompson told E! Online. “The group also agreed we needed variety, not just a bunch of dim sum. But like they said, chicken feet is not dim sum. That’s like street food. Whoops, but you also don’t find cabbage rolls with oxtail wrapped around it. It’s like, where do you want to stop your creativity? Do I just want to do minced shrimp in a wrap?”

As for Casey’s opinion on Jamie Lauren managing to outlast her in the All-Star competition, she’s not holding any grudges.

“She sure is getting a bad rap this go-around…But in the end the comments that I got from the judges were that the chicken feet were inedible, which really is like being punched in the gut and slapped in the face all at the same time,” said Casey. “At least they didn’t say it about something like broccolini. I got it on chicken feet. You know what? If I’m going home over chicken feet, I’m just not going to lose sleep over it.”

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