Gail Simmons

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons dishes on her 'Masters' experience.

on Jul 8, 2009

Well, Anita won with her soft scramble and John kind of stumbled. Did that shock you?

It totally shocked me. I’m a huge fan of John Besh and I know he can cook better than that. He just, I think, froze and wasn’t really thinking. He didn’t put the eggs in long enough to bake, and probably I don’t even know what the temperature was on. Clearly he had some problems. Also, there was a strange taste to the one egg he did bring to the table. I think we remember having tasted fat burnt grease. I’m not quite sure what he did, or how he did it, but he really just didn’t give himself enough time and that was it or it would have otherwise, I’m sure, been a delicious dish. So he really lost out there and I was sad to see it. But, Anita’s was beautiful! It was not necessarily the most inventive thing. It’s a beautiful presentation. We’ve seen it before but it never loses its appeal; soft scrambled eggs with mushrooms and fresh herbs that she re-stuffed into an egg shell and set this egg shell in this beautiful dish with rice on the menu. It looked great; it tasted great. I would’ve never even known that she had one hand behind her back. That was an impressive feat I believe.