Well here we are folks. It's the RESTAURANT WARS episode. For the Top Chef uninitiated, it's the most interesting episode because it gives you some idea what folks might be like if they won.
10:00 p.m. -- For the record, there was a misprint last week: Kevin did indeed win.
10:01 p.m. -- Laurine is trying to forget "pigs and pinot." And apparently the Voltaggios, like many siblings, bicker like crazy.
10:02 p.m. -- Rick Moonen is about sustainability. He was also on Top Chef Masters. Kevin is also about sustainability. The quickfire is about teamwork.
10:03 p.m. -- Teams are determined by knives. And the knives are blank. what does it mean?
10:04 p.m. -- They choose teams. Jennifer and Mike Voltaggio are choosing.
10:05 p.m. -- Robin, of course, gets chosen last. Each team makes one dish in 40 minutes. Each team member gets 10 minutes and you're going to be blindfolded. This is going to be crazy. If Mike's team is smart, they will make Robin go first.
10:06 p.m. -- Eli is being told first. Robin second is not a bad choice for second. The other team it's a little easier, because there is no weak link.
10:07 p.m. -- Jennifer picks out fish to start. Eli is taking some strip steak and mushrooms. Jennifer is looking to do a sauce immediately.
10:08 pm. -- The second leg of the relay comes in. Jennifer worries she's not followed. Laurine goes after the scallops.
10:09 p.m. -- Robin and Laurine pass without major incident. Mike Isabella looks confused trying to figure out what is going on. It's interesting becuase Jennifer's team is really having to guess what jennifer wants. Bryan is able to have a little more freedom, because there's more openness.
10:11 p.m. -- Kevin breaks away and butter roasts the fish instead of poaching it. Mike is a little dynamo. I love the way he just walks in and takes control. He really is magnificent.
10:14 p.m. -- I know the chefs thought this challenge was crazy. But it is very, very revealing as to who is really fast on their feet, and confident, and who is operating on muscle memory alone in the kitchen.
10:16 p.m. -- The dish the red team comes up with is not what Eli imagined, but it's interesting. Jennifer gets the fish wrong. It's sablefish Jenn.
10:17 p.m. -- Blue team had a great stock, which really made it click. The red team's dish had a great finish, but apparently not a good start. Blue team wins. The Voltaggios are not happy, Mike especially.
10:18 p.m. -- And here comes restaurant wars.....it may be an advantage to the team with the Voltaggios. This year they get to not have to worry about decor. What a cop out.
10:19 p.m. -- Apparently the front of house person does not get a chance to avoid cooking. Everything must be sustainable seafood. YAY.
10:20 p.m. -- I LOVE that they are doing sustainable seafood. This is a cause that has been close to my heart for years. And I SO glad to see it featured on Top Chef.
10:22 p.m. -- The teams are going to be interesting, and the new format for restaurant wars, where the chefs don't have to decorate, is going to be interesting.
10:24 p.m. - The first decision for the blue team is no dessert. And Laurine goes to the arctic char. But there is no talk of concept. The other team does spend time talking concept first. I think that is a good thing.
10:25 pm. -- And the clash of the Voltaggios begins. Eli and Robin, who have had their run ins, are off to the restaurant depot. I don't think anyone gave a thought to sustainability.
10:26 p.m. -- Robin starts pushing Laurine. And tonight's product plug is Sprint mobile.....
10:27 p.m. -- The decision to put Eli in the front of the house is a BAD idea. So is calling the place "Revolt." Robin's first instinct is "revolting" and she may be right. The other team is "Mission" -- I like that.
10:28 p.m. -- Mike spends some time to coach Robin on bringing some Frenchiness to her dessert.
10:29 p.m. -- The chefs take over their kitchens. Michael Voltaggio has REALLY taken over his kitchen. Robin, of course, doesn't like it.
10:30 p.m. -- Laurine is doing front of the house. I think they have done okay with the sustainability with the fish.
10:32 p.m. -- The cod may be a mistake, depending on its provenance.
10:32 p.m. -- REvolt is looking to be "playful" but so far I am not sure I see it.
10:33 p.m. -- I still think putting Eli front of the house is a big mistake for that team.
10:34 p.m. -- Michael Voltaggio is denying that there is a leader, but truth be told, he is.
10:34 p.m. -- Jennifer is in the weeds. And everyone is pressed for time.
10:35 p.m. -- Laurine is got a lounge full of customers. And she is not doing anything. And Jennifer is totally not ready. This could go very very badly.
10:37 p.m. -- It is unclear to me which team is in worse trouble here. I think Jennifer's team, if service is slow, will suffer deeply. But if Robin can't make it work back there on team Voltaggio, this might get ugly.
10:40 p.m. -- One thing is certain. Real Housewives of Atlanta cannot be over fast enough.
10:40 p.m. -- Jennifer is really on the line here...if her team goes down, she'll likely take the fall.
10:41 p.m. -- the guests are confused by the name. And Eli thinks he's a better salesman than he is.
10:42 p.m. -- The Voltaggios do the first course dishes ...the chicken goes over especially well.
10:42 p.m. -- Love Padma's sapphire necklace. It's lovely. The second course gets backed up. A duo of beef, and a cod dish.
10:44 p.m. -- How do I get a seat at a table at Restaurant wars? The beef course is cold. Robin is very upset that she's not doing her dish solo. And Mike gets pissed off. Mike is of course a little emotional.
10:45 p.m. -- Robin's dish goes over very well. Anyone who had fantasies that Robin would finally go home are dashed.
10:46 p.m. -- And service is underway at Mission. And Laurine is not forgetting that. Good on her.
10:47 p.m. -- And what does Laurine forget? She doesn't introduce the dishes or cater to the judges.
10:48 p.m. -- Second course is going slow. Jennifer has too much on her plate with her fishe dishes.
10:49 p.m. -- The waiting is killing everyone. I think this team is going down.
10:49 p.m. -- And Laurine has to be reminded to explain the dishes. I think Laurine is ripe to go down. I think it will come down to her and Jennifer. The trout is apparently a disaster. This is especially bad because she's usually so good.
10:50 p.m. -- Even Kevin is getting messed up with the confusion. Laurine's lamb dish is not going well, and Kevin is having trouble getting temperature right.
10:51 p.m. -- And the judges are missing the fact there is no dessert.
10:52 p.m. -- I love the sunflowers. I think team Mission is in trouble.
10:53 p.m. -- I think at this point it's pretty clear that REvolt won the Restaurant Wars episode. I think that the people who are on the chopping block are likely to be Laurine and Jennifer. And it's actually kind of a toss up who goes home right now. I think it's Laurine by a nose.
10:54 p.m. -- What this means is that Robin lives to cook for another episode. And the other cheftestants are going to be very upset. Hell, with that pear thingie she did, she might even win this challenge, which would chap everyone's hide immeasurably. But it was one of the best dishes of the night.
10:57 p.m. -- I don't think that there was a clear winner or loser in the Mike Voltaggio - Robin conflict over the dessert. They were both oversensitive and out of line. Sometimes it just happens. But apparently it happens a lot with Robin.
10:59 p.m. -- The room has gotta be interesting, because I think the folks in Mission have got to know they lost, and the REvolt guys have to know they won from the beginning.
11:00 p.m. -- Eli really does look like a schlubb in that suit. Really, he looks like shit.
11:01 p.m. -- Mike Voltaggio is trying to take credit for Robin's dish. I am kind of pissed by that.
11:02 p.m. -- Mike Voltaggio wins and gets the money from the quickfire. He's going to split it with the others. Good man.
11:02 p.m. -- I think Laurine is going home.
11:03 p.m. -- Bryan Voltaggio is not taking the win well....he's kind of upset at being upstaged, and about Mike being so dominating. It's interesting, the sibling thing is really coming to the fore.
11:04 p.m. -- Mike Isabella dissects what went wrong with his course well. He'll be safe. Jennifer's fish courses get slammed. And she has no excuse or defense. The lamb dish is really in a bad way. Kevin may suddenly be in the line. Laurine may be saving his ass....she pretty much admits she didn't take her own dish in hand and that she was overwhelmed.
11:07 p.m. -- Jennifer's decision to steam to order was crazy. And the trout sucked ass.
11:08 p.m. -- I think Laurine is the one who needs to go home. Jennifer maybe, but it would be a tragedy, because she's one of the best. I think morale in the competition would be irretrievably damaged if Jennifer is sent home right now.
11:10 p.m. -- I can't wait to see the previews for next week. I feel that Robin's continued presence in the game, the fact that she is rather outclassed and everyone but her seems to know it, is going to produce some serious drama soon.
11:11 p.m. -- apparently Bravo viewers like Bryan Voltaggio more than Michael.
11:12 p.m. -- Tom sets up the end of this well.
11:13 p.m. -- Laurine is going home.....I knew it.
11:14 p.m. -- Next week.....Natalie Portman is on. And This is going to be weird.
Thanks everyone for coming!