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Bravotv.com: Do you think that part of the problem was lack of leadership?
I don't think that was the problem here. I think they probably could have communicated with Laurine better though. The issue wasn't really about leadership, it was an issue that stemmed from other things. Their cooking issues had nothing to do with that. I'm sure Jennifer and Laurine could have communicated more, but I don't think it would not have changed the results. It was Laurine that ultimately went home.
Bravotv.com: Judging purely as a viewer, do you think it was her time?
I'm just a viewer in this. I don't really know how long they waited for their food and all that. We didn't see all of service, but it sounded like she was pretty frazzled. She placed the food on the table and walked away, barely checked on them. Eli was so present and eager, and he took the time to explain things. She should have been on her game and she was overwhelmed. Again, it was an even playing field here. Eli's team had the same amount of diners, same circumstances, and the same amount of time. All things considered, when they're laid out side by side, Laurine just did not do a good job. It’s too bad because she is a good cook. She will missed.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!