Brian Malarkey

Brian Malarkey ranks the remaining contestants.

on May 9, 20080

Oh my how time passes us by...

got back from the Kentucky Derby: We have a Triple Crown threat, go Big Brown and what a great horse we lost in the amazing filly Eight Belles.

Catching up after missing a couple weeks of blogging, lets see, what have I missed?

Jennifer went home to visit Zoi.

Mark, our boy from down under, (what a fun, life loving guy), gets sent home with muddled kiddy budget curry and a feeling that Chef Tom doesn't like him (I know what you feel like, Mark, i.e., all of last season). I'd love to get together for a beer if you ever make it to San Diego.

And finally Nikki gets to go home and tend to her restaurant. I love Dale's quote, "What is she still doing here?" What a great opportunity to take control and run the crew, they were begging you to give them some direction. What's bad? You didn't display your chef skills that have made you a success in your own place and the fact that Lisa and Spike are proving to be the followers time and time again. Reserve a table for two for them because they will be joining you very, very soon. You left with such class and you played a good game -- congratulations!

No Restaurant Wars is a huge disappointment but this proved to be a marathon of endurance and entertainment.

Let's rank the remaining contestants:

Tie for 1st & 2nd: Stephanie and Richard. To take on the wedding cake and to pick the bride, you are both showing so much class as team players and amazing chefs. As much as all the cussing and drama of the other contestants has made our industry look slightly better than a bunch of insecure, untalented, prima donnas, you two make us proud to be chefs and cooks. To share the win or pass on the win was one of the coolest things I've ever seen on TC.

3rd: Antonia. You too are giving us a lot to cheer for; you are finding a nice groove and doing a great job of working with your team. If I can point out one thing: You could have tried to get Andrew to try something other than the crispy chicken (although you probably did, we didn't see it in the editing). Stay strong and have a good time.

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