So it has only been a few weeks since our last episode, but it feels like a month, at least. It's halftime during the competition. Maybe not literally, but we are down to a small enough group where every eliminated cheftestant will be somewhat of a surprise. Every week, someone talented will be asked to PYKAG. The proverbial fat has been trimmed and it's anyone's game now.
Of course, there should be favorites, those predestined to make it to the final four. But as I watched this episode it really struck me that maybe there aren't any? Who has consistently represented? Who has the spark to come out of nowhere and put one in back of the ol' onion bag at the 90th minute?
Stefan's strength has not been winning, but playing good enough. It's a smart, calculating strategy. And maybe it's enough to get him the prize, but is the prize the only thing that counts? Are you vying for the egg or the chicken? Is anyone going to reach out to Stefan after this show and seek him for braising red cabbage or making pot pie? (Well, maybe pot pie.) What's his style? Personally, I'd love to see some Scandinavian stuff. More creativity. A risk or two. He's heading to the finals, but does he have anything else up his sleeve?
Jamie is a bit more of a risk taker. I like that. She's confident in her skills. But she absolutely, at this point, needs to cook something besides scallops. I'm concerned that her driving force, her confidence, could also be her downfall. Again, who's going to invest in Jamie? It's another level of this game. It's the show after the show. How well do you play the part?