Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons might not have been there, but she loved watching this week's episode from the comfort of a couch.

on Oct 22, 20090

Bravotv.com: Michael got a little testy with Bryan in the kitchen over the cod dish.
When you're working in a stressful situation in a team with a competitor who is also your ally it's really difficult. If one of them happens to be your brother you can sort of take licenses with each other, but you can also get angrier because the little things they do might bother you more than other people. You also love them unconditionally so you might treat them differently than other people, and that's a really interesting dynamic. They're both really strong personalities and there's a lot of ego in the history there.

Bravotv.com: Then we get to the dessert.
That's where Robin and Michael had their little face-off. They're both to blame. Michael was being especially harsh on Robin because he was annoyed with her and he couldn't help himself. She had her back up against the wall, was probably already feeling like people were coming down on her, and wanted to prove herself. Her mistake was that she picked the wrong time to prove herself. The moment a dish needs to go out to a customer is not the time to stamp your foot and say me, me, me.

Bravotv.com: Did you think it was risky that Bryan made that Ganache?
I think it wasn't very creative that he chose to do the same thing he had done in a Quickfire, but he knew he could execute it well. 

Bravotv.com: Tom said it was the best restaurant in all six seasons of Restaurant Wars. What do you think about that?
It was the most exciting Restaurant Wars to watch. They're always exciting, but the most exciting part is that you saw two really balanced teams and it was very fair. You really had no idea how it was going to turn out. You saw them do so well, and you just felt so great about it, or at least I did! It's hard because I wasn't a judge in this episode, but it seemed they put out solid food and a restaurant they could be proud of. That is a huge feat because they did it in an enormously stressful and limited period of time. It's an incredibly difficult challenge.

Bravotv.com: Let's talk about Mission. Jen was responsible for both fish dishes.
That's her specialty and I don't think she did herself justice. She made some errors because she ran out of time. Her first dish, in theory, could have been a great dish. But she steamed the mussels and clams to order and that wasted an enormous amount of time. That took time away from everything else she had to do and it was a mistake. Her seared trout just seemed to totally fall apart. It didn't look appealing, so I can't imagine it tasted appealing either.

Bravotv.com: Tom made a comment that Chef Ripert wouldn't have been pleased.
You know, she has set that bar really high, and that's one of the reasons why we were disappointed in her and this team. At the end of the day we have expectations and we want them to succeed. After all, this was a team of four solid cooks. When they all make mistakes like that and the judges know they are capable of better it's an even greater disappointment and I think that really showed on this challenge. Jennifer's a tough cookie and she admitted she was broken. They knew before Judges' Table that they had a lot to explain.

12 comments
jraven
jraven

Thanks for an "expert viewer" reaction Gail. It's nice to see that the judges who know the process so well have some of the same reactions we "normal viewers" have to the edited version of the decision making.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same thought I have - that Jen really seems to have lost focus the past 2 shows. First she overcooks her protein in the quickfire challenge last week, and then she misidentifies the protein during the tag team challenge this week. I wonder if there's more going on than we see?

Hurry back Gail. We miss your perkiness!

mmc
mmc

To the blogger who said Gail should stop ending her sentences with infinitives...what does it matter?That's just Gail and why should she change to please someone. She's a classy Lady with a lot of knowledge and we like her as is.It's the Chefs we're here to critique, not the Judges.

Hate the name, love the team
Hate the name, love the team

Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how they came about their team name. Even if "revolt" had ten different positive meanings, the only important connotation is the negative one people associate with food...that it's disgusting. Regardless, Revolt was my favorite team and they deserved the win. Definitely the best Restaurant Wars ever!!! Gail, can't wait for you to come back!!

Joe2485
Joe2485

Delphi, my guess is that none of the chefs explained that to the judges or if they did explain it at judges' table, that bit was left on the cutting room floor.

Lynda S
Lynda S

People for better punctuation: this is not a grammar lesson here. Gail is probably answering the questions on the phone. It's her conversational style. So, please get off your soapbox.

Gail, Your opinions on this dynamic RW are greatly appreciated. I was so surprised by Jen's lack of usual cool in kitchen. I thought she would repeat her leadership qualities from the military challenge. Laurine was a lost lamb (no pun intended). Tom warned her during his walk through, that the FOH could be sent home for a poor performance. She should have paid attention. As for REVolt staff. The name is based on the team members names and could also mean being against the grain... I didn't find the name ugly. Their menu did seem more appealing than their competitors. Good for them to win the 10K that was forfeited by Jen's group!

Another Viewer
Another Viewer

Infinitives are verb phrases starting with the word "to", e.g. to sing, to dance, to cook, etc. The previous viewer is correct that words like with, in, on, at,... are all prepositions.

I also miss you every time you aren't on the show Gail. I love the show and always have, but I think I'd be happy just watching you smile for the entire hour. Your husband is a very fortunate man.

delphi
delphi

Gail, we miss you and come back. My only comment is, why has no one noticed that REVolt is a combo of the teams names? Robin, Eli, the Voltagio Brothers? It's been driving me nuts.

Bzycoll
Bzycoll

Hi Gail,

I'm kind of wondering why everyone is missing the point of REVolt's name. It's pretty obvious it's an amalgam of all the team members' names: Robin, Eli and Voltaggio. When you put them together, you get "REVolt".

a Viewer
a Viewer

Those are prepositions, not infinitives boke1. And I miss you every time you aren't on the show Gail. The judge's table needs you. Toby? not so much.

Whoa
Whoa

I completely disagree with you in regards to Robin establishing herself. After several times of watching Top Chef, one of the most common comments is that a Chef needs to take charge of their dish and do something if it isn't going out to their satisfaction. So Robin puts her foot down and insists on replating her dish and she is the one in the wrong? I wonder if people would have the same perception if she was a man - say for instance, Bryan, telling Michael to back off his dish - and if that move would have garnered respect instead of degradation? I'm surprised and really disappointed to see that none of the judges have commented on these harsh comments against Robin - as if it is okay to bash on someone because she is an "old lady" as Eli, Michael I and other contestants have said. If you are over a certain age and a woman, you are not to be respected in the kitchen?

I just wonder what Robin was supposed to do? The show has highlighted how adamant she has been about putting her stamp on her work - if something is getting taken away from you in the heat of the competition, do you wait until the end to have your say? Or are there just different rules for women in the kitchen?

mmc
mmc

Loved Restaurant Wars last night.It's true that the name Revolt was horrible.I think sometimes the name sets the tone of a restaurant.There were some great dishes and some not so good...Jen and Kevin were off a little last night. It just proves that even really good chefs have off days too.I was glad to see that Robin got recognition for her pear dish.I still like the fab four( Michael V., Bryan, Jen, and Kevin. the others have some good dishes too so I'm not betting money just yet.

boke1
boke1

Gail, you are great and are also an extremely fair and non-condescending judge. (Hi, Tom.) However, on you blog I respectfully request that you stop ending your sentences with infinitives! With...in...on...at....MUST stop. That said, I would like to know of your personal restaurant employment experience. You seem very knowledgeable and I would like know from whence that came.