Jamie Lauren

Jamie Lauren is loving Kevin's style, but is so over the Voltaggio brothers.

on Nov 19, 2009

Moving on... Jen, well done on the Quickfire. Nice to see you back in the game, and I'm happy that you were given the extra 30 minutes because apparently you needed it (these are your words not mine). Onto the elimination...

I have to say out of all the platters and all the commentary, Kevin really did present the most consistent looking plate. I am so surprised that almost all the chefs undercooked their proteins. It seemed that after all the time that was allotted for the challenge that none of them should have undercooked their meat. That being said, I was very impressed with the fact that they all put together beautiful platters under all the pressure they had on their shoulders: $30,000, cooking at the Bocuse d'Or, Thomas Keller.... Again, did I mention throwing up? I just can't believe none of them turned green. For me when it's all said and done, Bryan seemed to be the one chef who had the most technically impressive platter. However because of the lack of doneness on the lamb he shot himself in the foot. Same with Eli, who apparently had great flavors going on but also couldn't pull out a well-cooked piece of meat. Then you look at Kevin, who didn't even know how to sous vide, and ends up with perfect meat and the most complementary remarks and probably the win. Go figure, the guy who cooks "homestyle, day-off" food ends up killing it. My thoughts remain the same for the final four as they have for weeks: Kevin, the brothers V and Jen. Which means no more Eli. If that's how the dice roll at Judges' Table then I think Napa Valley is going to treat us to a very interesting finale. Will there be a resurgence of the great Keller himself? Perhaps a French Laundry Quickfire? Guess we just have to wait and see....

PS: Keep the comments coming. I'll try and answer them as the season wraps up. And follow me on Twitter (@chefjamielauren), and if you are ever in SF, come visit me at Absinthe. I may even come out and say hello, but don't talk about scallops, or Stefan, please.