Gail Simmons

Gail reminds us that it's the food that matters, not the drama.

on Jan 24, 2007

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Before heading to Hawaii I had serious reservations about the capability of our four finalists. Based on how we left things in LA, I was confident our remaining contestants could cook well when they wanted to, but was not convinced any one of them had what it takes to be Top Chef.

Rest assured, I was just as shocked and disappointed in their behavior in the last episode as you were. I NEVER condoned Cliff's behavior, but as over five months have passed since the incident was filmed, we have all come to know each other a little better and many issues have been reconciled between the contestants, the producers and the judges.