Bravotv.com: Were you surprised none of the chefs realized that they were sitting next to these people?
GS: I just don't think it would have ever occurred to them. It was so out of context. They walked into a random movie theater, the room was dark while the movie was playing, so it's not as if they were staring at them in the face. And they're 40 years older! Of course you can see the children in them when you know to look, but they're adults now, and 40 years is a lot of time.
Bravotv.com: For the challenge, the chefs had to create this world of “pure imagination,” and it was Chris' idea that they split into two teams -- the creative team and the production team. Do you think that was a good strategy?
GS: I don't think it was a bad strategy. They had so much to do. The amount of production that needed to happen was almost unfathomable. It wasn't just making little treats that go on plates; they were building and constructing the physical space. They were building fountains and displays and contraptions that allowed them to hang desserts on trees and on walls. It was such an enormous amount of work. They needed to divide and conquer in some way, and this was as good as any way I think. Also they all needed to make their own individual desserts and take responsibility for something in terms of the final products, which played into their strategy for the challenge as well.
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.