Gail Simmons

Gail extols the virtues of fried chicken skin and shares just how giddy everyone was to work with Ad-Rock.

on Sep 29, 20110

Bravotv.com: Well let’s start with the people who didn’t. . .
GS: In a cruel but needed twist, we brought out our least favorites first. We didn't want them to get too comfortable, too used to the routine of always calling the winner out first. I really think we threw them all off a little bit, which is part of the game. But they were all thrown off equally so it was completely fair.

Rebecca again had problems and a few excuses about her falafel panna cotta. Johnny may have been the most vocal about how much garlic was in it but I completely agreed with him. I understand that Rebecca tried to recreate the flavors of falafel in her panna cotta but the dish didn’t work. That’s the risk you take. We want them to reach a little bit and to use ingredients and flavor combinations that they would never otherwise think of in their lives, nor should they. Sometimes they are able to do it very well and other times, their risk taking fails. Some of it’s luck, but some of it’s also experience and skill at understanding textures and flavors together and using them in a way that’s appropriate. Rebecca couldn’t make falafel. She claims she can't cook, so she decided to take a different approach. And the panna cotta just didn’t work out, the flavors were way too strong and not balanced at all.

6 comments
Chocolate girl
Chocolate girl

What are store bought cookies doing in a dessert kitchen? Marcel's 15 minutes were up a long time ago.

GiaM
GiaM

The fact that you took Rebecca's word and turned it around on her, that's truly pathetic. We all say things about ourselves that simply aren't true! As you know, most pastry chefs don't necessarily go through the savory side of culinary school and that's probably what she meant. You know the difference between cooking savory and sweet dishes, so why harp on that? The whole challenge was pathetic. You all chose to let Katzie go through with french fries and a few sauces that most people were asked to make in a high school cooking class, and you kicked Rebecca off for trying something out of the ordinary. I have a challenge for you, like I posted elsewhere. If you can come up with a dessert out of anchovies, hummus and Stilton, you let me know, lady. Guaranteed, if you were all put through some of those stupid challenges that the contestants have to go through, you wouldn't pass, either.

bj
bj

HELP HELP CAN I AM NEW TO THIS BLOG AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU CAN EVER WATCH FULL EPISODES OF TOP CHEF OR IS IT ONLY CLIPS

FanFare57
FanFare57

Why-oh-why was the eternal nudge present? Marcel was obnoxious to everyone. His presence was a meritless distraction. Poor Rebecca. She actually stated on national tv that she can't cook. How weird is that? All chefs should know the basic principles of cooking since they need to eat. For sustenance, does Rebecca simply open jars and cans of prepared foods?

Janice S.
Janice S.

No mention of Orlando and the store bought cookies? Despite Rebecca's garlic issues, at least she made her dessert.