Were you surprised that Jamie was sent home?
No. She went home because she didn't like her dish as much as anything else. From the get-go she knew this was not a technique she liked. She didn't want to do the bass right off the bat. It was her least favorite dish, so I think a lot of it became attitude. I love Jamie, I loved her from the first day, and I actually think she's a great talent. I have a lot of friends in San Francisco who are obsessed with her restaurant. I know she had a shot at being Top Chef just as much as anyone, but I know she can be negative when she doesn't like what she's doing. That is a problem for chefs, because it's easy for them to forget that they're not cooking for themselves, they're cooking for customers. There are always going to be tasks, dishes, flavor profiles and combinations, and ingredients you might not like or might not be your favorite thing to do.
You can argue that as an executive chef of restaurant you'll never have to do something you don't want to, but even that's not true, especially now. If a customer comes into your restaurant and pays $100 a person or more, as they would be at Le Bernardin, and a customer says, "I want a side of Caesar Salad with my fish" or something like that, that's what you do for them. Cooking cannot be about your ego. Chefs often get into a lot of trouble when they stop cooking for other people, and they start cooking for themselves only. I think Jamie can fall into that trap. I think part of her demise on this episode was that her head wasn't in the game because she didn't love what she was doing. She saw the challenge as a hindrance to her success.