She had to braise the celery, which was a problem.
I have to say, that shouldn't really be such a difficult task. That's a pretty elementary technique, actually. She added too much salt and then reduced it too much and that's what happens. It seemed that it was inedible, and that's a big deal.
What did you think about Carla? She really whipped out traditional French cooking skills.
I thought she was amazing. I thought she was super strong in this episode and I'm proud of her. She has been one to watch this season because she's unassuming. She's not the fancy, highbrow, classically trained chef. Her food is more comfort, more soul food, heavy on the vegetables and on the love. And love goes along way. I think she was successful because this challenge was about the palate, and that's where she's really strong. She said before in the taste test Quickfire that she could taste something and the ingredients would pop into her head. I think that's an advantage, and she really nailed it because her dish was not easy. Granted, I wouldn't say that Stefan's dish was easy, but it was the most straightforward. It was asparagus, roast lobster, and hollandaise. It had the least components and it had a classic sauce, but he won the Quickfire so he had that advantage. Good for him and I'll be seeing him in Pebble Beach. I'm looking forward to hanging with him.