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Unfortunately, Celina, Hugh, and Traci, all ended up on the bottom. They thought they best captured the challenge of creating meaningful dishes for Chris and Victoria. And you know what? They're probably right. In fact, when Victoria saw "Je t'aime" written on her dessert plate, still unsure of exactly what was happening, I started tearing up. And Traci was responsible for that. Too bad her gallette was too dry. It actually looked rustic and beautiful, but I didn't taste it. Not only were the judges not happy with the chewiness of Hugh's steak, but he then dropped somewhat of a bomb: When asked by Curtis if he cooked down to his diners. He admitted he had, and would again. Oof. There's a difference between creating audience-appropriate food and dumbing down your food. I was dispapointed in Hugh's response because I adore him so much. It'll be interesting to see if he's changed his view on this. Alas, though, Celina went home. Although her pretzels turned out great, they just made no sense with the salad alongside them.
Question: were you guys relieved to see Hugh/Traci stay, or were you more upset to see Celina go? I'm curious!
Until next week, let me know where you're eating, and Have a Nosh!