Harold Dieterle

Harold Dieterle gives his take on Season 3's Restaurant Wars.

on Aug 22, 2007

Tre screwed up. He really did. He was laid back. He was really relaxed. And you know it's just one of those things. Yeah, you can sit back and relax when you're the chef and you've cooked with some of these people and they've cooked your food numerous times, but not the first time out of the gate. CJ disappointed me -- I really just didn't' see him bring anything to the table. I think they all just seemed to have a super laid-back demeanor. Just specifically, I've been saying it from the get-go -- stay away from the salmon. I was just looking at the elements that Tre put there,and there was just nothing that I want to be eating in the summertime. I don't want to eat beets. I hate beets in the summertime. It was frustrating for me to watch because I think the guy is the most talented chef there. I think Tre and Hung were the front-runners to go all the way, and I just thought, "They can't be sending this guy home this early." He had a bad day. Thinking back, I don't' think there should have been a draw in the first round. I wasn't there, but this is what I'm saying.

Now that Tre's out, I'd like to see what Dale has up his sleeve. I think he brought a lot to the table. They weren't crazy about how he was dressed. Whatever. I don't care about that. For me it's about sitting down and enjoying the food. For me, that's what this competition is based around -- making the best food and the tastiest food. The guy goes out there and gives them a good dish and give good service, and put it all together. They had a lot of adjustments, and it was really really impressive. All of them together, I thought they worked well together. The momentum in the Quickfire Challenge just swung, and it was pretty impressive.

And as for Geoffrey Zakarian, I'm a big fan. I like Geoffrey a lot. I think he's a great chef. He has two three-star restaurants in New York City. The decor of his restaurants is fantastic. I'm not positive but I think that Geoffrey has an architectural background as well, so the architecture of his restaurants is really pristine. I think Geoffrey knows what he's doing. He's someone you hope to come in for a restaurant challenge. He's a chef and an amazing operator -- you can't do better than him. Restaurant Wars i's a hellish 24 hours. It's so entertaining to watch though. It always is. I have to say though that I would put Tiffani, Dave, and I against any of these guys any day of the week. Any day of the week.