Let's just say this wasn't my favorite challenge. I wouldn't repeat it if there's a Season 4 because they're trying to reinterpret something and change its whole dynamic. I mean the satisfying thing about a piece of fried chicken is that it's heavy, greasy, and crunchy. You kind of want that.
The thing about Micah is that she said that she's not familiar with meatloaf, but she still gave a pretty literal execution of the dish. She stuck it in a ring mold, but it was more or less a meatloaf with ketchup. To her credit I don't think she's ever seen the show so I won't really judge her on this, but she could've learned a thing from the reaction to Elia's comments condemning American cheese in our first episode. I thought Dale's chicken and dumplings was really cool. I think it was really smart that he used instant mashed potatoes for the dough. People will probably take issue with his use of instant mashed potatoes, but he wasn't making mashed potatoes; he was using them for a dough to make the shell for the dumplings. So I think in that instance, it was a really smart approach to it. Having an hour to cook is nothing. For some reason when you're in that kitchen, time flies like none other.
Looking beyond this episode to the rest of the season, I do have a few favorites already. I like Tre -- he is very credited and I hope he does well. I also like CJ a lot -- he's not confrontational, but he says what needs to be said. Hung, on the other hand, needs to chill a little with the Marcel imitation because it might get him into some trouble. But he's extremely talented and I wish him luck.
I think Joey may be a dark horse. They don't highlight him enough, but he is very skillful, and I also like his New York demeanor. I've worked with so many people like him, and I think he'd be a great person to work with in a kitchen. He's very talented, and I feel comfortable talking to him.
Anyway, that's it for now, but I'm excited to be blogging. This is an open forum, so feel free to say anything about the episode or even about me, and I'll do my best to respond to everything.