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.