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The three chefs took very different approaches to teaching their students. First, there was Chris, who, I think, has a future in DJing smooth radio. He really wanted his students to learn techniques, and you could tell that being a chef in his kitchen is truly a learning experience. He knows that being a chef is more than cooking or telling people what to do -- it's making sure that when you're out of the kitchen, your vision can be executed. This is an important lesson for all managers in fact. Unfortunately, his students were so efficient that they plated early and his dish suffered, and he didn't get the win.
Next, we'll discuss Lorena, who as you can imagine, was very supportive. And although her slightly revamped lasagna was apparently delicious, it just wasn't different enough from the original. Ruth also made it very clear at the Critics' Table that it wasn't restaurant caliber. While i don't know if I agree with that, I would say her dish did seem to be the least original of the three offered. Ruth was sort of hilarious at Judges' Table, as was James' reaction to Ruth. He might as well have said "Why, Ms. Reichl, I do declare!" Apparently the spirit of his Quickfire accent never left him.
I have been a teacher for 34 years and was appalled with Kerry's "teaching style". I know he is not a teacher, but all he cared about was the win. I do not buy into his comments about how wonderful an experience it was mentoring these students after the fact. I did not feel he cared one iota about these kids learning anything. He did not push these student in an effort to stretch their abilities. He just told them what to do step by step to achieve the win
Chris on the other hand, who I have not liked since the beginning of the show, totally won me over! He cared about his students, and did his best to strengthen their skills and understanding even if it cost him precious time and possibly the finale. He treated them with respect and encouragement. I cannot believe at this late date I have totally jumped on board with Chris but he has shown us side to him that I totally respect. GO ALL THE WAY, CHRIS!