Bravotv.com: And then Craig also went home this week.
GS: Oh poor, sweet Craig! He finally fell on his own sword. He had been in over his head from the start. I mean he is a talented young pastry chef, he has great ideas, and he has a great spirit, but he needs practice. He was never in the same realm as everyone else, which is unfortunate. Craig would never ever have gotten those gummy bears accomplished at all if it weren't for Sally. And even when he did, they didn't come out well. I don't think watching the show you could really tell just how difficult they were to eat. They were so soft and grainy and mushy. They just fell apart when you picked them up, because of the ratio of too much sugar to stabilizer. You want the form firm and you want it to have a chewiness to it. I know he was making pate de fruits, which should be slightly softer, but he needed to get out of his own head and just make it work. It was still going to be elevated from the original gummy bears because he was using passion fruit and mango and all these great flavors. But it was texturally totally off, and it seemed like the only thing he did all day was make 18 gummy bears, which didn't work out, while everyone else worked on so much more. He couldn't take on the same amount of work as everyone else, so it was his time to go.
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.