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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 03/10/2011

'Top Chef All-Stars' chat: Blais's put-on

By Tim Carman

Richard Blais was more like Richard Lewis last night on "Top Chef All-Stars," whining about anything and everything he prepared. At one point, Blais was so despondent over his efforts, I believe he said, "I even hate my mother's cooking. Come to think of it, I hate my mom, too."

But maybe I misheard.

Well, The Post's crack "Top Chef" analytical team isn't quite buying Blais's crying game. Says Food Editor Joe Yonan: "People find it endearing, and I don't believe it for a second. I don't believe it. I think it's a put-on."

Deputy Food Editor Bonnie Benwick seemed to agree. So what do you think about the Blais Self-Deprecation Game? Is it a game?

While you're chewing that over, watch the rest of this week's "Top Chef All-Stars" chat.

By Tim Carman  | March 10, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Media, Television  | Tags:  Tim Carman, Top Chef  
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Carla going home was rediculous! It wasn't a fair challenge. It would be great to actually see the contestants compete when they're all at their best, but it seems Bravo is determined to add unnecessary drama so we can watch talented people make bad food. http://foodiegossip.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-chef-all-stars-fire-breaks-out-and.html
Was the fire even an accident?

Posted by: Kenna2 | March 10, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I am so over Mike's ego. I wish he had been eliminated, rather than Carla.

I find it interesting that Richard is so insecure over his food. I don't think it is an act -- I think he is a person that just requires a lot of positive reinforcement and when he doesn't get the love, he falls apart.

And I wonder why Antonia keeps getting a pass? She seems to have a nice personality, but a number of times she has made huge mistakes with her food and yet the judges keep giving her a pass.

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Posted by: chicgoods | March 11, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Mike seems to be a much better cook than in his first go around, but he is still a doosh, and I hope he loses.

Richard has always come across as a bit high strung and totally choked in his first final so I believe his I hate everything I do bit is not totally an act.

Antonia has come out of nowhere -- based on her performance last time, I can't believe she has gotten as far as she has. But she has been very smart and hasn't let herself get overwhelmed by the challenges so good on her and I hope she can keep it up.

Tiffani (sp?) has always been my favorite and I am really pulling for her, though she also has a problem with blowing it when the chips are down.

Posted by: greenmountainboy | March 11, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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