Tom Colicchio

If Tom Colicchio knew then what he knows now...

on Jan 16, 2013

On a nice note, Restaurant Wars was the perfect challenge for Danny Meyer to join us for, and I’m so glad he came out to Seattle for it. I was partners with Danny for nearly 10 years, and it was great to have him there and to get to take a little stroll down memory lane with him.

However you might feel about Josie and/or Kristen and/or the outcome of this challenge, I have two more things to say.  First of all, I’ve had tweets for weeks now asking why Josie’s still here. Some even cite that she served raw turkey in one episode and demand to know why she wasn’t sent home. She had IMMUNITY. That’s the point of immunity. When you win it, you can’t be sent home in that Elimination Challenge, even if your dish is the worst dish of the challenge. This is a competition. The results are not cumulative; each challenge is judged based on what we are presented (both at the meal and at Judges’ Table) in that challenge alone. The week that Josie served raw turkey, she had immunity.  This week, Kristen refused to fill us in on Josie’s insubordination… as, of course, did Josie herself. It’s frustrating to know that Kristen fell on her sword, but she did… which leads to my second point. Kristen’s assumption of responsibility and refusal to set the record straight when she could have shows a lot of character. It shows, further, that she truly understands what it means to run a restaurant kitchen and be responsible for every plate that leaves it. I commend her for that.

And, well, there’s always Last Chance Kitchen…