I’m going to be extra spoiler-phobic in the main body of the entry just in case people are still catching up on last week. Spoilers in the comments as always!
1. Enough with the whining over last week’s winner, everyone.
Yes, the dish was simple. Perhaps the dish wasn’t quite Italian. But that table of Italians f*cking loved it. So stop hating on the winner, especially if you were in the bottom 3. Hint: if your dish was in the bottom 3, you were not going to win this challenge.
Oh, I’ve been meaning to say this for a couple of weeks now: I really like the way All-Stars has been showing new footage of the chefs themselves re-hashing the previous elimination instead of recycling clips from the previous week’s episode. It catches people up if they missed last week’s episode but it doesn’t bore those who already saw it.
2. Fondue! Yay!
Econo Man and I love cheese fondue. It’s our go-to anniversary and romantic occasions dish. We make ours with gruyere, raclette, white wine, and just a teeny bit of bourbon and nutmeg. Pour yourself some sparkling wine and it’s a wonderfully decadent and festive meal. So I loved this Quickfire — brought back good memories. Everyone who thinks fondue died in the 70s clearly hasn’t figured out how delicious it is when made with good cheese and served with great bread and veggies.
I also really enjoyed seeing the chefs tasting each others’ food and getting to relax a little bit. And I was less concerned about fairness in the voting than the chefs seemed to be. These are all people who take food seriously and I trusted them to vote with their palates.
3. Jimmy Fallon was more fun than I expected
I can give or take Fallon as an SNL performer and an actor, but he was a great guest judge in this episode — charming, enthusiastic, and clearly a huge fan of the show. Definitely one of my favorite celebrity guests at a Top Chef lunch. (Neil Patrick Harris and the magic-themed Masters challenge still takes the prize.) It was also sweet to see how much it pained him to hate on the bottom 3’s food.