Gail Simmons

Gail explains the challenges with Roy Choi and Jon Favreau were pure serendipity and discusses finding your voice.

on Jan 160

Bravotv.com: Let's talk about the Quickfire challenge. It was really interesting to see Roy Choi going so hard on the chefs.

Gail Simmons: This whole episode came together in an incredible way. So many things about this episode were serendipity. We had Jon Favreau making a movie about being a chef -- and that he went to Roy Choi to be his mentor for that, and that Roy Choi is a friend of ours (he was with us in Alaska for the finale last year and has such a huge connection to Emeril). Not only that, but in the movie that Jon's making, a big part is going to take place in New Orleans, which was just another reason that Jon being on the episode made so much sense. It was so great to have him there because returning to New Orleans is such a pivotal part of the film. It all was just a perfect collaboration. I thought it was really special.

Having Roy Choi in the Quickfire was really special because the challenge was so personal to him. The whole idea overall of the movie Chef and of our episode was finding your voice and showing us who you are. Using the taco to find his voice through his food truck and then allowing our chefs to be able to do the same thing with the po’boy, I thought was really fun and really smart. I think that Roy took their work really personally, which is why he was really hard on the chefs. None of them made amazing po’boys and that sort of seemed like an easy thing to do, considering where we were and that we gave them all the ingredients to do so.

I think it was a wakeup call for our chefs, as well, because there are only five left. They were all feeling pretty good about themselves right now. But the stakes are high. You want to remember that every challenge counts and this was a good reminder.

Bravotv.com: Did you enjoy the classic NOLA po’boys while you were in Louisiana?

GS: I love po’boys, I ate a lot of them when we were in New Orleans. I was generally a fried shrimp, fried oyster po’boy person. New Orleans has so many great places -- Parkway, Domilise's, there are also some modern po’boy places popping up.

9 comments
msmith76
msmith76

Roy was not a respectable judge.  He was insulting and behaved with no grace.

jenny43
jenny43

Your friend Roy came across as a jerk.  I have eaten at his brick and mortar restaurant in the LA area.  It was just okay. If he is your friend, tell him to take it down a couple of notches. 

ElaineM
ElaineM

Roy Choi was a buttwipe and I hope I never have to seem him on TC ever again.......  Not a fan of Carlos, but he could cook ole choi boy under the table with mexican cooking 99 times out of 100

Georgi
Georgi

@ElaineM You are a class act!  Roy Choi is excellent, but the cooks did not give him what he was looking for, they gave him what they thought he wanted.  this was an great show, better than watching someone go home who did not deserve it like last week.

ElaineM
ElaineM

@Mary99 @ElaineM Yep - that's my point - Carlos would is the better mexican cook compared to choi

jenny43
jenny43

@Georgi @ElaineM  Nicholas had immunity.  The point of having immunity is that if you make something the judges don't like you can be sent home.   The point of immunity should not be dying on your sword if you mess up. 

msmith76
msmith76

Except to when your food sucks so bad you should demonstarte leadership qualities and not take a pass if it means someone who doe snot deserve to go home goes home.  Nick demonstrted his lack of leadership qualities and integrity.  He is a Jerk, as Shirley so eloquently stated.  She likes him.