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on Dec 3, 2008

I was happy to see Rocco DiSpirito on this episode. He is a friend, a very talented chef, and quite easy on the eyes. I love breakfast so I was curious to see what the Quickfire would bring. It is definitely a recurring theme that Jeff takes on too much. It is definitely better to do one thing well than several things just OK. Daniel's zucchini flowers confused me, and even the cornflakes notwithstanding, I would have no interest in this dish first thing in the morning.

Stefan is quite the pro with that eggshell cutting technique. I have to admit that I was dead wrong about Ariane. She has caught her stride at least for the time being. She kept her dish simple, tried, and true (her kids love it) and the stuffed french toast were a Rocco favorite.

Jamie made a nicely layered breakfast sandwich despite her aversion to breakfast. To me, it seemed a bit like a lunch bite though especially with the drizzle of balsamic. Leah's bacon, egg, and cheese bite was the winner. Two weeks of immunity. I agreed that Fabio's amuse bouche was dessert-like but he's so cute and sweet, who even cares.

As for the TV segment, this was a creative task. There are so many aspects in the cooking field, and having a few moments to talk, prepare, and serve is an art in itself. Having done morning television segments several times, I was watching to see who would know to choose something simple yet somewhat impressive.