Tom Colicchio

Tom on restaurant wars, and why Tre's exit could be controversial.

on Aug 22, 2007

YOU ACTUALLY READ A LOT OF THE COMMENTS ON YOUR BLOG AND RESPOND TO THEM, RIGHT?

I read ALL the comments under my blog, and I try to read Padma's, Gail's and Ted's. In some of my blogs, I answer stuff that people have posted. The viewer does need to understand that this season was shot in April, and no matter what the suggestions are we can't change anything at this point. I read them because if there's a theme I need to address them. Since I wasn't blogging a few weeks ago, let me just tell you and everybody who wrote in saying how unfair it was that the women were working in high heels that they were given shoes, as were the men! Someone also wrote that they saw Casey in sneakers -- you saw right...

LET'S TALK ABOUT TONIGHT'S EPISODE.

Starting with the Quickfire, I thought it was great. Casey took so long to cut the onions because her knives were really dull. At the end of the night they would have been sharpened. She got caught with her pants down there.

SO WAS THAT HER KNIFE? WAS THAT HER RESPONSIBILITY?

Of course -- a chef should always have a sharp knife, and hers was not up to the task.

SO YOU LIKED THE QUICKFIRE?

I thought it was great. Part of being a chef is being quick. Whoever was fastest with the knife got their props. You try to outwork someone and see how fast you can do jobs. This is stuff that happens in the kitchen all the time. It was really appropriate for the challenge. Brian was definitely faster and had a real method for shucking the oysters. You saw how quickly Hung could break down chicken. He's fast at everything he does. Sara did a great job with the onions -- she's fast. Howie put them behind, but they came roaring right back. Sara just plowed through it and it showed something for that team. I'm glad they got the benefit of some rewards, though I don't know if Stephen was a positive or a hindrance for that team.