Hubert Keller

Hubert Keller assesses the season premiere's disappointments and triumph.

on Aug 24, 2011

As a judge, entering the showroom was magical, like stepping into a fairytale! A breathtaking set-up, vibrant with color and the smell of chocolate. The guests and judges all dressed up in costume... very cool! 

Unfortunately, not all the chefs delivered and teamwork was definitely missing. When Vanarin was describing how he captured the essence of the woods (Hansel and Gretel) by using pineapple??? I was confused! Which fairytale was he referring to? Also, the gingerbread house looked like a witch house, with no gingerbread and a front entrance path that led to nowhere! Were the chefs lost in the forest?

Now about “Jack and the Beanstock," I felt sorry for Megan and Katzie because Craig was way off, and I felt like the wrong player on the right team.

On the other hand, I loved the almond bar, fruit of the forest with honey ice cream from the Goldilocks and the Three Bears team. Sally, Rebecca, Nelson, and Orlando really nailed it. And of course, the winning team, Chris, Amanda, Carlos, and Matthew hit it really hard with an exceptional show piece!

So stay tuned, it will be a terrific season filled with fun and excitement!