Bravotv.com: How close was Sally to going home?
GS: It's interesting, Sally was pretty close to going home, I have to say. Her dessert didn't taste very good. Her financier was fine enough, but the execution wasn't great. However, the skill was there to do it. And we know that she did so much else that day to contribute in the production of everything, so certainly her flaws were not as grave as the others.
Bravotv.com: Megan did a lot to help also, and Carlos spoke up for her. Were you guys surprised he did that?
GS: I wasn't. I think it's just a testament to Megan and Carlos, and I was proud that they stuck up for each other, because we wouldn't have known all she did otherwise, and that's the point of Judges' Table. Most of the time we don't care what goes on behind the scenes, but sometimes there is so much work being done that really does play into the end result. Although the end result is what we care most about, if Megan's contribution was so integral to some of the most successful desserts, then that has a lot to do with what she did that day as well and how we judge her. I liked what Megan made. The bourbon pops were great, if a bit inappropriate for children. Although to be fair, I'm not sure if we told them there'd be children there originally so it wasn’t her fault. Her creamsicle curd was great, and the idea was lovely, but there wasn't enough lavender in her shortbread unfortunately. Her work had flaws, but again, nothing as grave as Craig and Melissa’s. The discrepancy was clear between what the two of them did wrong that day and everyone else.
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.