Bravotv.com: Well, the vote did come down to you!
GS: I am going to get so much s--- for this episode. It was interesting that we did all have really different points of view, and this was an example of a challenge where we did not agree, the four of us. We did not come to a unanimous decision, but, you know, we agreed—it wasn’t as if Tom or Padma were really rooting for the burger. We all disliked all the dishes. It was unanimous that those dishes were on the bottom, that’s for sure. It was just the nuances of who you sent home, and in the end, I just thought that if you look at the three dishes we put on the bottom, the duck dish with the rose pepper jelly, the pork tenderloin, the burger… out of the three, that burger, not only wasn’t a delicious burger, but it used almost no creativity, and also incorporated its ingredient the least. And so on all counts to me, it failed.
And CJ kept saying, “I just heard Tom in my head saying, ‘If you make a great burger, perfectly executed, what’s wrong with that?’ “ Yes! He’s totally right! IF the burger was perfectly executed. But this burger was so far from perfectly executed. The burger itself was dry, the crumpet was completely soggy, and the pickles weren’t mixed in—they were just a fry to put inside, which actually made it more dry. Why didn’t you put the fry pickles on the side? And then make a relish? Fold them into the actual burger? If you were going to make a burger, you wanted to taste that burger, you needed to taste that burger, and you just didn’t.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of CJ kind of turning around and saying that the girls’ torte was worse?
GS: I’m sure he was frustrated. It’s interesting because you have to have perspective; you look at other people and you see their flaws, and he was right! That was NOT a good torte. Interestingly, here’s another weird thing that happened that day: I really disliked the tart as well -- I thought it was way too sweet. It already had this coconut curry BASE, so they put in the orange zest, and the extra milk chocolate, and it was just sort of overkill in every way. But at least they used the chocolate in a really interesting way, and a lot of people really liked it, including – if I can remember correctly -- Tom, and Padma. I think it was Padma’s favorite dish, which is why it wasn’t on the bottom. We can’t put it on the bottom if someone else REALLY likes it. I didn’t like that torte, but it wasn’t as bad as the burger.