The groom's side wanted Italian food, and the way Nikki dodged responsibility was kind of weird. There was that connection between the groom and her, and then she passed the ball, and didn't want to get involved. I don't have a problem with her making pasta again; she's an Italian chef, I get it. That's what she likes to do. But, you have to kill it. You have to do it right. I mean grilled vegetables? I don't know. And that fight between Spike and Dale? It was bound to happen. Once you get on the chopping block, you see who can keep their integrity, and who can't, and I think it was pretty obvious who could. Granted, it seemed like Dale was running around, but at some point you have to speak up. If you're the executive chef at a restaurant, you have to speak up and say, "I need this sorted out. I'm busy, and I want what I'm making to be good." It just seemed like he was pissed off. And you're not going to make good food when you're pissed off. I know I don't.
I thought it was Nikki's time to go. I think at the end, Dale will look back and see that his temper may have gotten the best of him. I still think he's one of the stronger chefs there, from a cooking standpoint, I was happy to see him stay on. I don't think I've ever seen anyone give their win away in the history of Top Chef. Richard and Stephanie, those two are favorites of mine. Hopefully, it'll all work out, and two will face off at the end. I like Spike, too. I don't know what it is. I just like him. He's kind of New York. Punk in a charming way. And a goofball. Andrew is entertaining as well, but in a completely different way.