I have said before that it is hard for me to watch episodes I was not part of and write about them, since I often feel like I am missing key information. But after watching this episode, I now realize that even when I am there, I rarely know most of what goes on backstage anyway. Thankfully, our judgments are based mostly on the food and not the maturity of the chefs (or in this case the lack thereof). We can judge only on what we actually see, taste and know to be true for ourselves, which I strongly believe is the fairest approach.
After seeing this past week's challenges, however, and the way Marcel was treated by his fellow contestants, I cannot help wishing their behavior in the kitchen played a bigger role in certain decisions. I understand Marcel can come across as affected and arrogant; granted, I have never had to work alongside him in a confined space. But there are few things less appropriate or acceptable in my books than picking on someone's private life and insulting their work in order to make yours look better, let alone ganging up on someone when they ask for your help. I was truly disappointed by many of our contestants this week and almost embarrassed for them too.