Bravotv.com: How excited were you to hear about the Willy Wonka challenge?
Gail Simmons: It was sort of extraordinary. Willy Wonka is a seminal childhood movie. I don't think there's anyone who can watch it and not get swept up in the beauty, the music, the story, the Oompa-Loompas, and those hilariously adorable kids! And don’t forget the genius of Gene Wilder, and of course all that chocolate. It was this amazing world based on Roald Dahl's classic book, and it's one of the few examples when a movie really captures the spirit and the beauty of the story in the book. It was done so well all those years ago that it still holds up watching it again today. Having the chance to meet the original cast 40 years later was pretty amazing. Obviously the movie meant a lot to me growing up, but it meant it even more to our pastry chefs. For many of them it had a big impact on why they became pastry chefs in the first place.
It looked all wonderful but what a wasting of all the chocolate!!! This is what I really don´t like this year - all the decoration pieces which are just there to been looked at and and afterwards they are going to be thrown away...
I just have to say that I ADORE Craig and was so sad to see him go, but he was so unqualified to be there. And Melissa...she seems to be a really good person, but she did not look like she was prepared for the atmosphere of the competition. She just did not act like she wanted to be there. I really wished that Carlos had won. He made the wall paper real. But I'm proud of Katzie teaching future contestants that sticking to your guns can be highly rewarding.
I have to comment to Orlando...it is a death sentence in the competition to be arrogant and stuck up. You have not won a competition yet...and you keep talking. Take a note from your peers and be humble...in some fashion.
Gail, Great blog. Thanks for explaining the criteria of the castoffs. Craig really overstayed his time. He was so immature that he was ridiculous. Melissa's whoopie pies seemed to be great. At least she got half of her products right.
I have been wondering since the beginning of Season 2 why Craig Poirier was chosen as one of the contestant pastry chefs. It has been obvious since the first episode that he does not possess the skill level of the other contestants and it seems cruel that he was put in such a position on national TV. This comment is not meant to be hurtful toward Craig, just an observation.
It feels as though Craig was set up for failure. Production should have noticed he wasn't as skilled as the others when he was cast to be on the show. It was evident from the beginning that he wasn't as skillful as the others but his saving grace is that he has a great personality.
What an inspired challenge. I cried when I saw the Willie Wonka stars. Brought me back. Thank you for this.