The chef’s teaching styles stayed the same as in the Quickfire, but the ultimate goal was different in this challenge. Chris seemed to want the kids to gain a deeper appreciation of food, where it comes from, how it tastes and how it contributes to a wider range of flavors. Lorena wanted her kids to understand what it feels like to love what you do, to have a passion and give it all you’ve got. Kerry, who interestingly also went to vocational school, had his sights set on success. He thought of his students as chefs, not kids, and consequently pushed them to perform to a level they didn’t even know they could achieve.
As for the dishes, they were all delicious, impressive, and reflected the spirit of our chefs. Chris’ Pork Loin with Hazelnut Brown Butter, Apples & Watercress was so elegant and simple; every element of the dish reflected the beauty of the other ingredients on the plate. That’s extremely difficult to achieve. While Ruth didn’t see Lorena’s Three Meat Lasagna and Arugula Salad as restaurant-worthy, I thought the family-style presentation showed how Lorena sees food as a way to connect people. But it was Kerry’s Florentine-Inspired Chicken with Orzo and Asparagus Ragout that blew us all away. Kerry’s exacting standards resulted in his students creating a dish so flavorful and professionally crafted that it could easily have been served in a fine restaurant.
At this stage, it’s ridiculously difficult to send anyone home. Saying goodbye to Lorena and her scrappy, never-say-die spirit was sad for all of us. All the best, Lorena! It was such a joy to have you on this season. Next up, the finale! With Chris and Kerry in the mix, it’s going to be quite a showdown.
wow! I am incredibly disapointed that Lorena was eliminated. She clearly was and is more of a top chef master than the other two finalists. Throughout the season she continued to impress the chefs and viewers in every challenge. I know that every challenge is rated on its own merit but honestly some credit should be given to a chef that is consistant and not just lucky. In my opinion, Kerry should have been eliminated fo:r 1. Making poor Patrcia's dish fail by his sheer disregard for his teamate and lack of communication. 2. In the team challenge with Lorena he again proved that he was not a team player and was only concerned with "his"dish.
A chef is not a master if he cannot communicate or work as a team. There is no "I" in team.
I disliked having this particular elimination challege as the last challenge prior to the finale. It seems too random to have a chef go home when the cooking is out of their own control. Lorena and Chris were obviosly the superior mentors to their student chefs. Additionally, Lorena's student chefs are left to feel badly for cooking the food that sent Lorena home. Some of the vote should have included the mentoring/instruction ability of the master chefs. Kerry was the least effective mentor. I actually did enjoy the challenge, just not at all for a challenge this late in the competition.
Was the criteria an elevated dish or a restaurant-quality dish? If that term, restaurant-quality, was stated in the challenge instructions, it was edited out. Clearly that was an important perspective in the judging, esp against the lasagne offering.
What an incredibly, incredibly, disappointing, UNFAIR, and IRRELEVANT challenge. I am certain that you must have lost many viewers on this one. This challenge- of TEACHING high school students- is in no way is an accurate challenge to determine the most competent chef, for the title Top Chef. This challenge should be called: Top Teacher of High School Students. I am very disappointed in Bravo for this- and it is a crime that Lorena was eliminated for such an ridiculous challenge, completely unrelated to what a chef does: creates a menu, and cooks- with their particular energy, style, and magic. You took the magic and justice away with this. You should invite Lorena back, and have a FAIR challenge amongst the 3 remaining chefs.