Harold Dieterle

Harold Dieterle on Malarkey, Howie's exit, and guest judge Dana Cowin.

on Sep 5, 2007

Howie's decision not to present anything -- well, it's a double-edged sword. You want to talk about integrity and the fact that you're not going to serve something because it's not up to par -- that has to be your bread and butter move throughout the competition. We've heard him say in the past that he serves stuff that he wasn't crazy about. I don't really know what to think about that.

I think that Brian's decision to make himself leader was the right move, especially after the way we saw things go down with CJ picking Tre and how that all worked out. I think if you're going to be the go-to guy, you're going to be the No. 1 guy, then put yourself in the position to run with it. As far as Tom's comment about Brian "splitting hairs", it's one of those things where it doesn't really matter how it goes down. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't -- you don't' really know how it's going go down. They get beat up a lot for trying to do too much of an assortment of canapes when they all should have focused on doing one thing. If each person does one canape, that's seven canapes for 60 people, which would have seemed a little light to me. I'm not so sure I completely agree with the judges on that fact. If I went to a canape party and there are 60-70 guests on a boat, I'm looking for a little bit more than just seven canapes. I'm probably going to be a little disappointed. So I think that they had the right idea with that.

But I though Casey did overall a really great job between the two challenges. From an elegance standpoint, her canape really had the most refinement. I can't taste it, but the flavors sounded great. Sara M's tomato bread pudding definitely sounded good. I wasn't impressed with the seafood sausage on a baguette. Seafood sausage? Brian has already done it twice. I was looking for something a little creative.

I was especially looking for Hung to bring it because I know that kid can bring it. He was all "Everybody's doing some really classical stuff, so I'm just going to fall in line." I don't really think it was a cop-out. I think it's one of those things where Hung looked at it and he just wanted continuity among what everyone else was doing. If you're going do something his style and off-the-wall and a little different, and then everybody else is making crustinis and whatever other old-school stuff people are doing, it doesn't really fit in. But, they were on a boat, so you're looking for some trend-setting stuff.