Hubert Keller

Hubert Keller makes a case for Katzie's Quickfire Challenge gum.

on Sep 7, 2011

The Elimination Challenge - to create a showpiece and dessert table for Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump

Team 1 - Craig, Sally, Matt, Orlando, Nelson, and Rebecca

Team 1 seemed to have much more of a whimsical approach than you would expect, understanding that they needed to produce for clientele that seemed sophisticated and well-traveled. And although Lisa loved the crumble(her favorite dessert) that Rebecca made(good for you, Rebecca), the overall presentation would have been stunning to a 16-year-old girl maybe, but not for the transformation of Villa Blanca to Villa Rosa. 

It’s a shame that Orlando’s beautiful sculpture wasn’t more of a focal point. There was too much distraction from all the extra flowers on the table, and I think overall the team lacked vision and maybe a real leader in the kitchen.

Team 2- Amanda, Chris, Carlos, Megan, Katzie, and Melissa

Amanda impressed me. As the leader of her team, she was intuitive enough to make Chris in charge of presenting their concept when she wasn’t feeling well. She also was able get Melissa moving in the right direction and become a factor for her team instead of a hindrance. It only takes one spoiled apple… well, you know where I’m going with that…. Chris said it best when he said that they were able “create beauty out of chaos." All of Amanda’s ideas seemed to pay off! This team from design to dessert execution seemed to find a good rhythm and come together just in time.

It’s starting to heat up…. Wntil next week!