The Elimination Challenge was funny because it seemed that it was based off of the fact that there were many instances were us Season 2 chefs made and were criticized for doing trios on our tasting menus. And it happened a few times, including the challenge at Social, where the chefs had a problem with the fact that in a tasting menu there were three separate things on the plate. But it's great when you showcase how people interact in a group dynamic. When you're doing your own dish and sharing it on a plate with somebody else, it takes a lot of skill. So I thought it was a good challenge and it tested the chefs on many different levels.
The shrimp trio looked great. The olive oil poached shrimp? F---ing awesome. Lia's food looks incredible. I love the stuff that she makes. She seems like a really sweet person and really dedicated. I'm not sure where Hung got the recipe, but braising corn is one of the best ways to serve corn because it's so beautiful and enhances the flavor of the product with itself. Brian has been consistent and really good. He's also a really cool guy (and has a beautiful wife). I like what he's about. All in all, the three made a winning team from the get-go.
Team challenges will always be the hardest unless you're in perfect sync with your members. You have to be lenient but not lenient to the point where you let things slide and you let quality suffer. Everybody should taste everything. I felt it was unfair that everybody was putting a lot of blame for Casey's misfortune onto Howie and Joey. This challenge was a bit of a double-edged sword because you got to make your own dish, but then it was judged all-together as well. But, I like Joey and Howie together -- they seem like a cool duo. They're both really strong personalities. That's the thing: It's not the problem of having strong personalities, it's just if you have the same general vision. If you're supportive and share ideas in a constructive way, don't shut ideas out, and you're not a pushover with your final decision, I think it can work.
Colicchio said one thing in that episode that I thought was incredible. He said, "If you're not comfortable enough cooking something, then don't do it." It's as simple as that -- if you're uncomfortable cooking a cake, and you just wing a cake, it's not going to come out well. It's just not. There are reasons there are precise measurements in baking pastry. If you're not comfortable making it, then how can you expand on that and try to make it your own? Camille could have used a basic genoise recipe that can be used in a Pineapple Upside Down Cake or a general sponge cake.
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Ilan your attitude along with the Hispanic girls' attitude sucked. You did not deserve to win based on your attitude alone, and the only reason you won is because the other guy made a mistake that costs him the title of Top Chef! Also I'm Hispanic myself so my feelings are based not just on your food but also on people's behavior. Sorry but thats the truth.
my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.