Lee Anne Wong

Lee Anne Wong reveals what Top Chef's culinary production team thought of chefs' dishes.

on Dec 3, 2008

Melissa's dish was 300% offensive to me. This is where one of the $3 bets came in with Peder. My man had a real difficult time finishing it and Peder eats ANYTHING. Besides being off the charts hot (as in the Scoville scale), loaded with habaneros, there was none of the much needed acid or salt in the dish, just spice and HEAT (I can still remember my mouth on fire). This offense, lack of palate, because just like Rocco I am positive she didn't sample a mouthful of her creation before serving it, is the worst of its kind. It tells me you either have no idea what edible food is or you're just not tasting what you're serving. Unfortunately for Alex, she completed the challenge and then did what I recommend to every contestant by actually defending herself at the table (if not delusively so). Harsh? Yes, I am afraid so. But it's been a long time since I've had such a violent reaction to tasting someone's ... anyone's food. It's not that I don't like Melissa, but I can't remember the last time I had eaten something that I had to spit out (as did Tom), which seems to be the theme of the episode. Inedible vs. Incomplete vs. Inflexible. Eventually these will all get you in the end but hopefully we'll see a little more inspiration from our chefs the next time around. This was a really tough challenge and I commend them all for their actual live demos, which is much harder than it looks. Til next time.