On the Hansel and Gretel team, it was between Lina and Melissa, but we could have made an argument for all three of them to go home because they just didn’t work together well at all. We also thought Van did the least amount of team work. But when we looked at what Lina did, we saw she made choices that just did not make sense at all for that showpiece. She couldn’t accept and understand the input of her teammates, she didn’t really contribute much to anything else and the things she did contribute, the drink that went along with Melissa’s dessert, it was sweet and so off-balance, it didn’t work with the dish. It felt like an afterthought, as if they threw it on the plate without tasting it. So, I’m sorry, Lina’s a sweetheart, and I know she cooks at a great restaurant -- Stephan Pyles in Dallas, Texas, and I know she’s very capable, but we all agreed that she just didn’t complete the challenge the way we asked her to.
And btw, I just want to note that I wore a cape for this episode.
Bravotv.com: I was going to say, did you and Danielle fight over the red cape?
GS: She was Snow White. She was in a blue cape. We had no idea that they were going to ask us to dress in costume. Literally only the night before we were told by our production team, that they wanted us to be in costume. Hilariously, the boys were all for it, they couldn’t wait to get all dressed up. Of course, Dannielle and I went kicking and screaming, wearing those capes. But it was fun -- I’ve never been asked to rock a red riding hood cape before!
Check out all of Gail's looks -- with a serious focus on her shoes -- this season in our "Gail Simmons: Fashion Plate" photo gallery.
Yes! Called that one. Just because one wins a cupcake competition in Austin does not make you a chef and then to think you can boss everyone around because you won a cupcake competition is pure foolishness.
Great episode and the season looks to be fun and challenging. The only comment I'd have is the two best teams both fielded 4 players (because the Quickfire challengers got to choose their teams) and the worst teams fielded 3 players.
Wasn't that a bit of a competitive disadvantage?
Does anyone else think it was unfair for two teams to get an extra team member? Not surprisingly, those two teams were the top two teams. I think team challenges should be kept to a minimum, and then used only when each team competes on equal terms with the other teams. Giving two teams an extra chef was patently unfair to the other teams and represented a HUGE advantage to the two winning teams.
C'mon, people! At least make the challenges fair and balanced!!
In a way, I think that the two with immunity should have been allowed to either observe during this challenge, or help any team that needed it any time during execution. It was not at all surprising that the two higher teams had FOUR chefs each. That essentially gave them more man hours to put into their showpieces. This really wasn't fair. The two lower teams could have had completely changed their ideas or had more ability to complete their showpieces with an extra person.
There was an inherent unfairness in the fact that with 14 individuals at this stage in the competition there would be 2 teams of 4 and 2 teams of 3. The teams of 3 had the opportunity to create/cook over a maximum of 30 hours while the teams of 4 could create/cook over a maximum of 40 hours, or 44% more. How did this affect results? The 2 four-person teams did the best and the 2 three-person teams the worst. Why didn't you wait until you had 12 chefs left to do this challenge? I blame the producers, which according to the listings includes you, Gail.
I wonder why team Hansel & Gretel didn't compromise and make a gingerbread/candy facade on the front and the evil chocolate cake on the back. Loving the challenges and look forward to stunning and inspiring desserts. Good luck!
Don't you think it was unfair that two teams has three chefs, and two teams had four chefs? The teams that won the elimination challenge had four chefs. It seems the other two teams should have had more time, or something to account for their lack of manpower.
The two teams that won had four members each. The two teams that lost had only three members each. The two losing teams "ran out of time." So the fairness balance was completely out the window right from the start. The judges, however, got it right! They eliminated the least creative lump of the bunch. Not to put even one candy cane or lolipop on the gingerbreadh house was truly astonishing!
I find the show piece interesting to a challenge. However, it takes tons of time, thought and energy away from what the judges actually care about: flavor. Therefore, it's more of a hindrance than a help in judging ability.
The two losing teams had less people and it really affected the outcome of the challenge. I think the two that won the quickfire should have been excused from the elimination challenge and the other twelve should have been split into 3 teams of four. I'm just glad Lina left she was annoying, lacked creativity, and had a weird facial expression.
I'm so glad to see Gail allowed to be her own attractive and charming self. For the first season, especially in the advertising, it felt like they were trying to force her into the mold of Padma, who is an entirely different person. Go, Gail!