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This week’s episode gave new meaning to the quickie Vegas wedding. In our case it wasn’t the happy couple who was rushing to the altar, but our chefs, who had just 24 hours to cater a wedding—complete with a multiple-tiered wedding cake!
I’ve catered a wedding before and, let me tell you, it takes months—not hours—to pull it off. And even with that kind of cushion, it’s a mad dash to get the food done. Our chefs didn’t have that kind of time. Jay and Christine were getting married the next day and they wanted the traditional spread, from cocktail reception with passed apps to a sit-down meal, dessert and cake. If there was ever a couple that deserved a dream wedding it was Jay and Christine. The tragic death of Christine’s maid of honor and the loss of their deposit had left them seriously rattled.
We’ve all been to those weddings where the food is pretty terrible. With our 10 talented chefs, it wasn’t going to be that kind of wedding. The only question I had was whether their creative visions could come to life in the short time they had to prepare.
Curtis, speaking of Kansas City... When are you going to put Chef Michael Smith on TCM? You've eaten at his restaurants, featured him on Best Thing.... He would be a solid player..
I'm not sure why Debby and Art were invited back to compete. In their previous seasons, they each were uninspiring. Art failed at making a harmonious dessert for Zoey and his cake was laughable. I can't believe how much he blows his own horn (continually). Debby made a too sweet dish her last failure. This time, she went in the opposite direction: too bitter. Maybe, it's best to give second chances to the losers. IMO.
As Debbie said, she may not be good at the split-second decision type of challenge, they didn't have the ingredients she wanted and she's a more deliberative chef. They invite her because she's an amazing chef. We ate at American Restaurant for our 20th anniversary and were blown away by the flavors and variety. I can still taste the fried blue crab. Everything was fantastic and it's super cheap compared to most great restaurants. I was sad she had to go so early but she's a chef who does everything in her kitchen according to our waiter, so she's a real pro too.