Sam Talbot

Sam Talbot wonders about Hung's confidence, Joey's emotions, and Rocco DiSpirito.

on Aug 9, 2007

Here's a quick list of "Maybes" I'd like to share, pertaining to the now infamous Rocco episode: sam_307_01_320x240.jpg

Maybe they should have started the "Bee" with easy items then make them progressively harder (like every other contest in the history of contests)? Anyway, this was a fun Quickfire and the Chefs impressed me. I mean, grounded up roasted red bell peppers as a spice? Wow.

Maybe Hung learned something in the Quickfire. He seemed a bit more humble in this Elimination. The typical Hung bravado and swagger were missing. I hope it sticks, because I really want to see what he can do in the kitchen.

Maybe I'm over reacting to Joey's comment about Rocco, but it really pissed me off. Before I rant about it, let me state this disclaimer: Maybe, just maybe, Rocco did or said something that warranted Joey's insults, but the audience at home didn't get to see it. For instance, I know from talking to Harold that we both had similar reactions to Guest Judge Mike Yakura. He walked into the TC kitchen, swearing at chefs and displaying an attitude that was unwarranted. We weren't his staff and the show isn't called "Hell's Kitchen". So maybe Rocco acted that way and it didn't make the edit? If so, then I can understand Joey's anger. But I'm going to assume he didn't. Rocco appeared to be friendly, respectful, almost to the point of being helpful. I was so fired up I went online to watch the rest of his exit interview. It appears that his disdain for Rocco stems from Joey thinking Rocco is a sell out. Let me repeat that: In Joey's Reality TV exit interview, he calls Rocco a sell out for doing a Reality TV show. Hello? Pot? Yeah, it's me. Kettle. I'm packing my knives right now because Rocco once had a TV show, not because I ignored my partner when he said to IQF the ingredients.