What did you think about Leah giving up on that Arctic Char?
I thought that was lame. I'm not saying that anyone can do it with eyes closed, but that was the one fish that was the least complicated. It's like any other fish. If you've filleted any other kind of fish, it's textbook. She's very easy to give up if she can't do something. If she had just focused and paid attention she could have done it. She said she did fish at her restaurant, but her experience with fish on the show has been pretty poor. Restaurant Wars set off some kind of chain reaction and I think it depleted her confidence.
Can you give us a little teaser about the Finale?
What I can tell you is that I had the most amazing time in New Orleans. I can't believe how dynamic the city is, and how good and diverse the food is. You will get to see a lot of that on the show. New Orleans will really show the true colors of the remaining chefs. Nothing is as it seems. Nothing.
Editor's Note: Follow Gail as she travels to her favorite foodie hotspots in New York City HERE.