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: I think some people might wonder why Katzie didn’t go home.
GS: Everything that Katzie made was perfectly edible. Nothing that she made tasted bad, in terms of her individual components. Her French fries were perfectly fine, but they were just French fries. Where Katzie failed is that she made these three sauces so that she could highlight the other ingredients that she was given -- the provolone and the gorgonzola and the hot butter -- and her idea was a good one. But the flavors weren't strong enough. And then as another layer, she added three seasoning powders that we also put on the French fries, but that had nothing to do with the flavors that she was given. So they really muddled the whole dish completely. And because she left it up to the guest to do themselves, you kind of put everything on and all the combinations together didn’t work so there ended up being too many different flavor combinations in one dish. It became sort of a mess with no distinct direction. Even she said it in the episode: sometimes we actually want be told how to eat a dish, so that it tastes as the chef envisions it. But because she didn’t know how she wanted it to taste herself, it just appeared as if she had no clue what she was doing. That said, individually nothing was off. Nothing was bad. Nothing was unappealing or tasted terrible when we ate it. I think she just got this idea in her and didn’t adapt it appropriately. She went too far and she couldn’t back out by that point.

Then there was Megan. Her cake was dry. It didn’t taste enough like whiskey, and she had these caramelized onions that she was given by Katzie that looked and tasted like an afterthought. Nothing on her plate tasted bad either, not at all like the way Rebecca's garlic actually made us stop in our tracks and not want to eat another bite.

And by the way, I have to say Megan’s Brass Monkey sorbet was amazing to eat and a fantastic idea. I didn’t even know what Brass Monkey was before the challenge! I only knew the Beastie Boys song about it. It’s an orange-flavored malt liquor. It was so smart of Megan to make it into a sorbet. It worked really well. It was one of the smartest things we ate all day. It was just that the rest of her dish didn’t come together.

5 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.