Bravotv.com: Were you surprised to see, at least for the QF, that John and Joshua were getting along?
GS: I never knew from shooting that they weren’t getting along. I only knew when I watched the episode. I thought it was interesting how contentious that relationship was. And it’s too bad, because they’re strong personalities, and this happens when you are competing against each other as well. It makes for a good storyline, to see how they fare together, and we’ll get to that even more in the elimination.
Bravotv.com: On to the Elimination Challenge: the chefs have to use an artisanal ingredient that they pull randomly.
GS: And a couple of the ingredients were hard, for sure. And a lot of people had great ideas, but something happened in this challenge: this is the fourth or fifth official challenge in Seattle, and it fell apart somehow. Everyone fell apart somehow; I think they were all exhausted. They got up very, very early that morning; they were cooking at around 4 o’clock in the morning., 5 o’clock in the morning. So I think they were just starting to wear a little thin and didn’t have their wits about them completely. But there was not a SINGLE dish that was excellent. Which, I have to say, was not the case until this challenge; people were really impressing us. And this challenge let us down for two reasons: one, because the food wasn’t great, and I don’t think that they used the skills that we know they have, at the level that they’re able to cook at. And, at the same time we had a room full of people that made these products, so double stress. And we were really disappointed, and we feel responsible when our chefs don’t have a good showing. Here were these very generous purveyors who gave us their products and were excited to see people do something with them, and they really didn’t follow through.
Bravotv.com: Bart and Sheldon had immunity, and it seemed like their dish had the least flaws.
GS: If we had to pick a winner, it would have been them. We didn’t reward them, because it wasn’t AS amazing, but it certainly was my favorite of the day; I just wish they had incorporated the candy a little bit more. It was creative, and it looked very beautiful, so it was alright.
I think Gail hit the nail on the head. I think all the chefs were tired, and they also didn't work very well together. They had great ingredients, two hours, and none of them came up with something that could be called good. It happens. I, for one, am sorry to see CJ go, I like him, but he knows the format. His dish wasn't good and he paid.
don't worry, on Tom's page they were all pissed CJ went home and on this page they hate him!
Dear Gail, Eliza and Josie made a layered pancake concoction that fell OFF the stick. Stefan and Brooke made the Croque Monsieur. I can't understand how Josie and Eliza weren't given their ticket to the bottom 3 after serving you rocks and sand with their clams... I am glad the CJ and his large ego were sent off. Maybe, he'll learn to zip it, if he returns again.
You won't get a complaint from me. CJ deserved to go for lame execution and a questionable at best idea,and Tyler deserved to go for following.
I'm bummed every time I see the opening. They shouldn't have changed it, now it just looks rushed and cheap.
Also, Gail, why is it that chefs from most states aren't casted to be on Top Chef? The state that I'm from, Minnesota, has gotten no representation on Top Chef and it has a lot of great chefs.
CJ deserved to go, Gail. You made the right decision. He was so cocky and he had it coming.
I think they should've just put all their stupid artisanal ingredients in one big pile, run it through the food processor and served it on crackers. The sweet would've balanced w/ the sour, w/ the herby, w/ the fishy, etc. The judges would've thought it was so ingenious. This was some dumb episode and the chefs deserved to be treated better.
I am a long time Top Chef viewer. I have noticed that over the years the challenges have become harder - less time, harder ingrediants, harder situations. It's like each year you are trying to top the year before - at some point you hit the end. The challenges get less entertaining as it seems like the chefs are set up to fail and then get yelled at for doing so. In this episode, the chefs were up at an exceptionally early hour and did a pretty decent Quick Fire. Then you gave them 2 hours for the main challenge, with an ingrediant that they had to taste before they could even start to plan, in a team so they had to coordinate with another person and having to get their ingrediants from a market they are not familiar with - and you were surprised you had wide spread failure??? I work in a school district - if a teacher gives a test and everyone fails - it's the teacher who is looked at for the problem. Maybe you - the judges, the producers, the writers/planners - need to look at your game plan. I think it's time for a change.
Great comment. The judges even say its TOP CHEF but then dont give time for TOP MEAL.
I would like to see Tom make a great dish in 2 hrs with those ingredients! He is the biggest smug ever!