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Top Chef: The Chefs All Fall for Jimmy Fallon!

February 09, 2011 09:10 PM by Shayla Perry

On tonight’s all new episode of Top Chef: All-Stars, the remaining cheftestants head to The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon for a little Cell Phone Shootout. But it’s not all fun and games; someone still has to be eliminated! Keep reading for all the details on Jimmy Fallon’s challenge to the All-Star chefs and everything else you missed on tonight’s episode!

Tonight, on an all new episode of Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars,with Tre Wilcox having been sent home after last week’s challenge, there are 8 cheftestants left, and a few of them are still steaming about the fact that Antonia won the Italian food challenge with a simple dish that they feel was more French than anything else. (We’ll give you two guesses as to who they are!)

But, on with the show…

For the Quickfire Challenge, Padma Lakshmi informs the chefs that they’ll be responsible for making fondue, but with a twist–the chefs must do something original, and they will each be serving as the guest judges! Of course, the chefs won’t be able to vote for their own dishes, and the winner of the Quickfire will NOT get immunity, but a 3-day trip to Napa Valley.

Before tasting one another’s fondue dishes, the chefs toast to making it this far in the competition, and then dig in! Afterward, Padma hands them all ballots to vote for the top and bottom three fondue dishes.

Fabio, Tiffany, and Mike Isabella’s fondues are at the bottom, and Padma Lakshmi calls out Dale to explain why. (So much for secret ballots!)

Antonia, Dale, and Angelo (surprisingly), created the top three, with Dale winning the Quickfire Challenge–and the trip to Napa Valley.

After announcing the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Padma Lakshmi directs the cheftestants to Rockefeller Center, and they’re all shocked to find themselves at The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon!

To kick off their Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants are going to play a little Cell Phone Shootout. With a large split screen of food ingredients and dishes flashing before them, each chef has to take a picture of a dish. Whatever ingredient or dish they get a picture of, they have to prepare it for Jimmy Fallon’s birthday lunch!

Oh, but one thing… Jimmy hates mushrooms, mayonnaise, and eggplant–and not to add any pressure, but they’ll also be cooking for his entire family at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, Colicchio & Sons.

Antonia shoots…beef tongue, of all things. Fabio, luckily (or so he thinks!) gets a hamburger and fries. Angelo, ends up with pulled pork, and Carla is absolutely stoked to get chicken pot pie. Dale, shoots a Philly Cheese Steak. Mike Isabella is making sausage & peppers. Tiffany is doing chicken & dumplings, and Richard gets Ramen noodles.

At the Colicchio & Sons kitchen, Antonia is happy that Richard Blais is able to give her some pointers on cooking beef tongue, and Carla’s starting to worry about the fact that she acted a little too enthused about making chicken pot pie when she’s never really done it before.

As Jimmy Fallon & family gather in the Colicchio & Sons dining room with Top Chef judges Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, and Tom Colicchio, the chefs rush to finish their dishes.

First up, it’s Fabio and Antonia. Fabio’s meatloaf like burger is okay, but everyone is more impressed with Antonia’s beef tongue.

A big fan of Richard Blais, Jimmy’s a little let down by his Ramen noodles with pork, and everyone is surprised by Tiffany’s take on chicken and dumplings with lime.

Dale’s Philly Cheese Steak on a pretzel roll looks delicious–like, seriously delicious, but it’s waaay too salty. And Carla’s chicken pot pie is so good that Tom Colicchio can’t even stop eating it to give his opinion!

Angelo’s pulled pork sandwich is a “homerun,” and Mike Isabella’s sausage and peppers is also a winner.

At the end of the challenge, the chefs all surprise Jimmy with a birthday cake–his favorite, ice cream cake. Then, Jimmy has a little surprise of his own. He announces that the winner of tonight’s Elimination Challenge will also get a cooking segment on his show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!

In the Stew Room, Padma Lakshmi calls for Carla, Angelo, and Antonia.

Jimmy Fallon and the rest of the judges inform them that they had the three best dishes in the challenge. The judges all loved Angelo’s daring combination of coffee and dill in his pulled pork. Jimmy was NUTS about Carla’s decision to put crust on the bottom of her chicken pot pie. And everyone was impressed by Antonia’s ability to successfully cook her beef tongue in such a short amount of time. The three chefs then busted out with a special Beef Tongue Song that they wrote the night before. (Stick to your day jobs chefs!)

And the winner of the challenge?

Carla once again wins another trip AND a segment on Jimmy’s show.

Now, for the hard part.

Tiffany, Dale, and Fabio have the least favorite dishes and face elimination. Fallon, a fan of all three chefs, admittedly has a hard time having to let any of them go, but in the end, it’s Fabio’s poor interpretation of a burger and lumpy cheese sauce that leads to his elimination.

What do you think? Did the judges get it right, or should someone else have gone home instead of Fabio? Sound off in the comments!

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7 Responses to “Top Chef: The Chefs All Fall for Jimmy Fallon!”

  1. Stanley Says:
    February 10th, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Dale’s Philly Cheese Steak on a pretzel roll was salty and therefore he should have been eliminated. Dale made several poor dishes in a row.

    Since they sent Fabio home, I will no longer watch the show.

    I am very dissappointed.

  2. Shayla Perry Says:
    February 10th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    LOVE Fabio, but I’m almost certain that the judges will say the concept of Dale’s cheese steak was what kept him in the competition, and that Fabio just destroyed something that should have been simple. Top Chef without Fabio will definitely not be the same. :(

  3. Ron Says:
    February 10th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    @Stanley. “Dale made several poor dishes in a row.” Did you actually watch last nite’s episode? He WON the Quickfire Challenge. That makes a total of 5 challenges this season! How many did Fabio win?

  4. Jennifer Says:
    February 10th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    The moment Fabio was assigned a “hamboorger”, I knew he was finished. American comfort food seemed to always be his Achilles’ heel. And then melting the Cheddar … hasn’t he ever seen a Velvetta commercial?! Melted Cheddar can be naaaaasty!

    I will miss him, thought. Such a fun energy. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve added eating at his restaurant to my bucket list :)

    And, bring back Bourdain, please.

  5. Janice Owens Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I’ll miss Fabio the sexy has just left Top Chef..Carla is going to win.

  6. Christine McDow Says:
    February 24th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I agree! LOVED Fabio!

  7. JULIE Says:
    May 8th, 2011 at 9:49 pm



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