Bethenny's Top Chef Blog

Real Housewife of NYC Bethenny Frankel explains what Andrew D'Ambrosi did to finally endear himself to her.

on May 1, 2008

I give Dale credit for going outside of his comfort zone. I didn't love the sound of his dish, but he skated by.

Richard is the man. He got children to eat beets!!!! I can't get adults to do that. Antonia expanded upon the pasta concept, and made it interesting by making it Asian and healthy by using whole wheat pasta and vegetables. The kids loved it, and I give her more credit than simply doing well because she has a daughter. She was on her game, motivated, and hit it out of the park.

Andrew surprised me this week. I loved how he said to his little one: "Honor to work with you Chef" and he warmed me up to his personality by how great with kids he is. Andrew came up with the Chicken Paillard with Fennel, Apple & Orange salad -- it was a big hit with not only the judges but the kids as well.

Last and unfortunately least in this case was Stephanie. She looked tired, she was frazzled at Whole Foods, and she didn't have her act together. Maybe another Quickfire defeat threw her off, but Stephanie was a disaster this week and I love her. I'm the queen of putting odd combinations together, but peanut butter, tomatoes, lemon juice, and couscous? Huh? First of all, peanuts are a huge allergy for children, so using it in this dish (and Lisa using it as a dessert) wasn't the wisest choice. I really love Steph, so I'm going to let her slide.

All in all, another phenomenal show and it really should be Dale, Richard or Andrew at the finish line with one girl -- maybe Stephanie or Antonia?