Hi, everybody! Hope you all are feeling fantastic and had a less dramatic week than tonight's episode. My goodness gracious -- that was a lot to process.
Before we dig into it, I have to thank you for all the great bake sale feedback and ideas. I really love hearing from you and hope you will continue to share so many smart, opinionated thoughts. It makes being part of such a fun show even more awesome, if that's even possible, and I want you to know how much I appreciate it.
Ok, where to begin? From my perspective, it might make most sense to begin at the end. Obviously, it was Hubert's turn at judge's table this week, so watching tonight's episode was the first time I saw with my own eyes all that had happened. When either of us is not on duty, we're not on the set. So imagine when I returned to the set a day or two after this whirlwind of events for the next episode and was quickly and matter-of-factly briefed on what I'd missed. I remember thinking, "What the what?!" How is it in any way possible that Seth left, Heather C. came back, and Malika volunteered to be eliminated? Oh, and swords and flames were swallowed, and Zac made a chocolate mold of his face.
A lot of you have commented that there has been too much drama among the contestants for your taste. The good news is, while tonight was certainly over the top in many ways, it was almost the upheaval that had to happen before we could move forward on our mission to determine which chef really is the top. Tonight's creations were the most elaborate so far, structurally and flavor-wise, and the chefs who remain are up to testing and pushing themselves even further. Gail warned the gang that this elimination challenge would test the limits of imagination, creativity and teamwork, and that will only continue.