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Bravotv.com: Katzie also made those carrot cakes in the carrot patch.
GS: That was genius! Hers were really two of the most imaginative elements in the room, they really contributed a lot. I love that neither of them were from the original movie, but that she took that same spirit and made her desserts completely interactive. There was a little garden made of chocolate wafer cookies where you pulled up your carrot cakes. Each was dipped in chocolate so it didn't get soggy and was protected in the “soil”. Inside the chocolate was that classic carrot cake that everyone loves and is such a childhood favorite. It was executed so wonderfully, was super fun to eat, and just worked well. It really looked just like a garden!
Bravotv.com: We already talked about Melissa a little bit, but where did she fall short?
GS: Melissa made wonderful whoopie pies that day, but those doughnuts… I mean she just wasn't thinking. First of all, she chose to make a cake-based doughnut which is heavier and often more dense than a yeast-based doughnut. She knew they were going to be sitting out during the entire time of service. With this type of doughnut you really want to eat them hot and fresh, so you're taking a risk when you let them sit out for three or four hours. But forgetting all that, the look of those doughnuts was terrible! Why did she paint them green? It was just food coloring, it had no flavor, and it wasn't even glazed well. They were so messy. If you're going to glaze me a doughnut, fully glaze me a doughnut. It was upsetting because I know that she can do better, and she knew it too. She made a really poor decision. Her doughnuts felt like an afterthought. Again a lot of this could have been forgiven if they had tasted good OR if they had looked beautiful, but they didn’t.
What an inspired challenge. I cried when I saw the Willie Wonka stars. Brought me back. Thank you for this.
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.
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.
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 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.
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...