Bravotv.com: What did it mean for you that the episode was based around one of your colleague's, Gail's, bridal shower?
It was really thrilling to be there for Gail. First, she's such a fantastic person -- I loved being there and being able to toast to the future happiness that I know she'll have. Also, it was great to be with all of her amazing, inspiring, kind friends. Second, I knew the chefs would try extra hard to please her since it was an important event in her life. So I thought the food would be good.
Bravotv.com: What do you think the most important things to being successful in this challenge were? How do you think catering for an event with food editors would differ from a normal bridal shower?
At a normal bridal shower, I imagine the guests don't really eat; they pick. At Gail's shower, the women don't pick, but they've got picky palates.
Bravotv.com: Which dishes left the biggest impressions on you (both good and bad)?
The deconstructed sushi was memorably bad: The flavors were discordant (Daniel's peach BBQ sauce? I still shake my head at that one) and the dish wasn't well prepared (ruined sushi rice). The "new" theme wasn't well-realized (Sushi's new? Who knew?). The lamb dish, on the other hand, was delicious and the whole dish was a pleasure to eat.
Bravotv.com: The losing team's "sushi" was supposed to be put together by the guests. If this had been explained correctly, do you think this would have been fun or a failed concept?
The sushi concept would have failed even if we'd known to "make-our-own." DIY isn't exactly a winning idea, either.