Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio gives his take on the spicy reunion.

on Dec 15, 2008

Tonight's blog is going to be a short one as I opened a new restaurant this week (Craftsteak NYC) and I'm tired down to the bones. It's been a hard week, with plenty of opening glitches, but my regulars have all shown up and it's reminded me yet again why I got into this business. Great food makes people happy. It's really not more complicated than that. My amazing staff has been working around the clock and we're all running on empty. On Sunday I got a quick break when I played paintball with my son Dante and ten of his friends. Tired or not, I wouldn't have missed that for the world.

The good news is this week's episode speaks for itself - little needed in the way of insight from yours truly. I will say this though - now I get why people drink heavily at family reunions. I also now get why that's not such a great idea.

It seemed to me as I watched the chefs light into each other, that some of them had been storing up months of animosity and resentment, and finally felt this was their moment to vent. It seemed clear to me, for example, that Tiffani was looking to put the negativity that she had aroused over the course of the show behind her. She wanted a chance to convey that she was a nice person - far nicer than the show made her seem. Dave, on the other hand, saw this as his chance to be heard, to finally gain the upper hand against the woman he had come to see as his nemesis.

In a flash I remembered why Ken was voted off the show so quickly. His dish had been bad but his attitude had been worse. He is a provocateur who craves attention and if he didn't get it through talent, he was going to get it through confrontation. I actually had to step in at one point and keep him and Stephen from going at it.