Bravotv.com: We start with a fun little ketchup Quickfire where Doug really tried to screw Sang over.
Gail Simmons: That’s Doug and Sang’s playfully competitive relationship, and Doug just wanted Sang to have a sense of humor about it. So, I think that it was really funny.
Bravotv.com: Any thoughts on ketchup in general and the dishes offered?
GS: I’m sort of indifferent to ketchup. I can understand why Sang hates it so much, but it’s so good on French fries. And sometimes mixed into meatloaf.
I love the idea that the winner of Battle of the Sous Chefs got to create their own Quickfire—that’s what the game is all about. I know all these chefs are really competitive -- Sang is probably the most competitive -- but it was all in good fun and all for charity. I think Doug totally embraced the challenge as something completely silly. He didn’t even win himself, so it just shows that he wasn’t in it for himself. Jen won, which was totally cool. Jen is on a serious roll.
Bravotv.com: Which takes us to the Elimination Challenge?
GS: I don’t know much about Mexican wrestling, but it was bizarre and amazing and spectacular and ludicrous all at the same time. Even with the burlesque unicorn dancers and wrestlers in chicken costumes, it was just a really good Mexican food challenge. And all about creating food for a larger audience. Overall, the food was actually excellent that day. They had very little time, and the chefs were very creative. I think it really showed what our Masters are made of.
I can't believe that Gail articulated that she can't believe "Sang was eliminated." Are judges objective each week? I think not. The judges don't see what goes on behind the scenes, and Sang Yoon was an arrogant bully who was well past his sell by date, and you couldn't pay me to eat his food. I've worked in many restaurants, and the way that Sang treated servers, and was rude to his fellow chefs, is and was inexcusable. His biggest sin was banning ketchup, which means that guests who dine in his restaurant will be held hostage by his over-sized ego. If a paying guest wants ketchup, they should have ketchup. Period. I love Gail Simmons, and think she's a great judge on Top Chef. The judges on Top Chef Masters should be objective, and this blog post is proof that the judges allow their personal bias to inform their decision. I've written about this extensively, and you can find it at jiveinthe415 dot com. Roy Steele
Sang should have been eliminated earlier when they sent the other guy home.........he constantly did his own thing not complying with what was asked........even though he appears to be a great chef, his attitude sucked
I love how playful and fun Doug is. On top of it all, he makes great dishes. I hope he wins! Sang seemed to take everything waaaay too seriously.
Great breakdown of the details on the various dishes. I love all Mexican food; and bringing those flavors to life in elevated party food was an awesome challenge. I feel like you broke down the successes and failures of each dish in a way that I could really understand. Thank you!
Totally unfair season. If one chef was allowed to change his sou chef in the middle all of them should have. Obviously the chef that came in late to the competition was of a higher caliber than the other sous! I think Sang was robbed.
Maybe you have forgotten, or didn't see that specific episode, but it wasn't exactly Doug's choice to change his sous chef, Drew had a family emergency, for which neither participant can be blamed. If anything, coming in as a last minute should have put an undue burden on the replacement Sous & consequently Doug. Sang went home because he chose to make his usual Thai food instead of listening to the challenge & making something closer to Mexican cuisine.