Harold Dieterle

Season 1 winner Harold Dieterle gives his take on Season 3.

on Jun 22, 2007

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I have to say, watching it all, and checking out the set-up, I have to give a shout out to my girl Lee Anne, because the citrus table was pretty darn impressive. They had some really nice stuff. They were all cut open, to accentuate how beautiful the citrus was. She's a good producer, it was cool. I think watching Hung cook, there are two things: One -- he's going to bust his ass one of these days falling while running. He looks like he's pretty much on the edge of being out of control all the time. Two -- it's clear that his knife skills, and his technical cooking ability are probably the best amongst the group. I thoroughly appreciate the fluidness of watching him cook and cut.
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Norman Van Aken likes to hear himself talk. You put him inside an atmosphere like "Top Chef," and he'd probably get eaten alive. Possibly. I don't know how Norman rolls anymore. But he certainly knows what he's talking about, and he's certainly articulate, and he's certainly knowledgeable, but some of the stuff he talks about... he's a little aggressive. It all depends on the type of chef you want to be. You want to be a teacher and a nurturer, or do you want to be someone who's aggressive? Sara N. was clearly nervous, and he was a little aggressive with her. On the elimination round, I was kind of surprised by Sandee. I mean, she's from Florida, I'm looking to see some Florida chow here. Poached lobster? I mean, if that's your go-to dish, I'm sure there's a chance you're going to get to use eventually, but I was a little surprised. And I think, it's my opinion, that Tre needs to stay away from the salmon.