Gail Simmons

Gail reports on the perils of sky-high Broccolini.

on Sep 12, 2007

The dishes that worked best on the plane were those that were more thought through. Hung knew his Chilean Sea Bass with Basque Sauce would hold up to extra heating time due to its high natural oil content. Casey used a very classic flavor combination with meat she knew she could under-cook slightly to retain its juiciness, and created picture-perfect Veal Medallions with a Cremini Mushroom, Apple and Brandy Sauce. On the other hand, those that failed clearly showed lack of connective reasoning. It could not have been a coincidence that the bottom three choices in this week's episode all included poorly executed side dishes that appeared to the diners as complete afterthoughts. While Brian's Prime New York Strip Steak may have been overwhelming in size, it was his Butter Poached Peruvian Lobster and Purple Potato Hash that brought him to the Judges' Table. Same goes for Sarah's Fig Couscous and, of course, CJ's dreaded Broccolini.