I'm actually writing this blog in a four-wheel drive off-road in Hawaii as we are preparing for the finale shoot. (This finale show is going to kick ass!) I have to admit my main note from the shoot for our third show is that firemen really are very sexy. I appreciate, however, that that is not an insight exclusive to executive producers of reality shows. So what unique behind-the-scenes insights can I offer? Well, the shoot went on a lot longer than anyone was quite prepared for -- with 13 chefs all serving their dishes one at a time at 15 minutes intervals, it was a very long meal. During which time quite a few of our handsome heroes actually left on calls and came back!
So in between commenting on the merits of soggy steak versus toasted cheese sandwiches and flirting shamelessly with Padma and Gail, they were nonchalantly nipping out to save lives. "Top Fireman," anyone? A note about Emily -- a really nice girl and genuinely talented, she just got thrown off balance by being so far out of her "fine-dining" comfort zone. A great shame to lose her from the competition so early. She has just undergone major spinal surgery and is going to have to spend a few months recovering and learning to walk again. It's very shocking news -- real life puts "reality" in perspective yet again. We all wish her a really speedy recovery and lots of luck I have to stop now because we're on a road with a 45% incline and I feel extremely nauseous.