It was great to see everyone, including my friends from Season 1, and old judges and new during the 4 Star All Star challenge. Ironically, during the show I told the new contestants not to read the blogs, and here I am writing one. It's hard to read what people say about you after they've only seen 60 minutes of an edited show, especially without being able to defend it and to tell the whole story. So I'm going to try to look at the episodes with what I know: 1. There's a lot I'm not seeing due to editing; 2. I can't actually know what people's dishes taste like, and 3. All of the contestants are brave for going out there and taking risks in front of a national audience. That said, let's jump right in.
Bourdain. Bourdain. Bourdain. You are the man. I wish I could say something profound, witty, and clever about you, but that's your department. "Badass" is the best I can do. I was a little surprised to see how much bravado was being thrown around so early on. I thought at least for the first few challenges, the new chefs would have put their heads down and let their cooking do the talking. I felt bad when they found out they had to do a Quickfire. We had a night to get settled in, get to know everyone, get some nerves out. Probably the minute they started to relax and get comfortable it was game on. That had to suck.