Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio on what marriage has tought him and where Stephen failed.

on Dec 15, 2008

I am happily married to one of my favorite people on earth. Here's two things marriage has taught me:

How to communicate.

When to shut up.

Here's something else I've learned: Get enough sleep.

I didn't learn that from marriage. I've learned that from experience. Our contestants really screwed this week's challenge up. Why? No sleep. This week's Quickfire and Elimination Challenge were part and parcel of the same task -- design and execute a wedding reception for 100 guests in a short span of time.

Now 100 guests sounds like a large crowd to a home cook, but to a professional, it's a manageable number. And sixteen hours in which to do it, in my opinion, should have been plenty of time.

Lee Anne won the Quickfire with her imaginative and visual presentation - the Scotts were charmed and excited and, given their choice of an Asian-themed meal, they seemed reassured by Lee Anne's Asian background.

But Lee Anne quickly turned nervous as she realized that her triumph could easily morph into a liability. Sure enough, the other chefs blasted Lee Anne for her ambitious menu. Hello? How about Stephen's convoluted mushimono, yakimono, mimono dish? Or Tiffani's 100 mini-cakes of love and luck? Let's be honest...the real issue was the curveball the chefs were thrown...the wedding was the next day.

So they freaked out. Bad idea.