Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio has no doubt that Jen's dish was the worst, and she deserved to go home.

on Dec 9, 20100

Before moving forward, let me first say that yes, Richard may have won last week’s challenge had he not gone over the allotted time. He and I exchanged e-mails after the show aired last week. It was the first time he’d seen the footage of himself in the kitchen, and he acknowledged that he’d clearly gone overtime and that the decision of the judges not to consider him for the win was completely fair.
 
And now let me say this: We have a really great season ahead of us, but it’s going to be as tough for many of our viewers as it was for us judges, for reasons similar to those I laid out in last week’s blog. Every chef this season has a big fan base right from the get-go based on his or her performance in a past season, and it’s going to be very hard to be objective about what one’s fave does in this season. I have braced myself to hear from the fans of the chef that was sent home each week that we judges got it wrong. I’m resigned this season to “being wrong” all 17 weeks this season.  
 
I understand the impulse behind that. It’s why I wrote last week that the challenges were harder to judge this year than in years past, not only because we didn’t want to be judging people who, since their seasons ended, have become our colleagues, but also because we know the chefs going into the season in a way we never knew the contestants before. Jen is a terrific cook and she’s smart and knows how to play the game, so I would have imagined her going far … but I couldn’t let any of that color my judging. I had to judge the food in front of me, and that’s what I did. This is a game, and, just as in football, on any given Sunday one team can beat another. This wasn’t Jen’s week.

417 comments
eagcil
eagcil

Jamie cut herself. She did not participate in any real manner in the challenge. She was given a pass she did not earn. Jen, who was disadvantaged by her failure, as well as the team as a whole, were the ones who paid the price for her incompetence. Already down one player to the other team, they could not afford to help each other in the fashion we saw Carla helping the winners. I'm not sure why anyone would need to see gradations of responsibility for Jamie's failure. No one bumped her. The bacon did not come to life and try to move away. Jen had Jamie's back at the judges' table, but she didn't do thing one to back up Jen. Jamie couldn't even bring herself to offer an apology at the reunion. In return, Jen was given perhaps the worst edit I have ever seen on this show, including the season 2 Marcel incident. Jen's behavior was not good, but that of Bravo and the judges was worse. We've heard from Jen; I'll watch the show again when Tom Colicchio apologizes for himself and Bravo.

Lee from Aus
Lee from Aus

Love the show Tom, and love the blog.

This episode just aired in Australia on Monday and I can't believe the reaction of the viewers. I think it's a shame to see Jen go, but NO ONE ON THIS BLOG TASTED THE FOOD EXCEPT TOM!! How can you all state that the show is rigged and that she did not deserve to go when you didn't taste (or really see) the food? I agree with the comment that Jamie hurting herself could have been graded more harshly if it was deemed to be from a lack of skill, but you have to trust the decisions of the judges and producers. They say that Jen's food was the worst, they would know because they tasted it.

eagcil
eagcil

Disagreeing with Tom doesn't make a person raving, or even a fan of a particular chef. I don't think Tom does a very good job of being impartial, but I felt that way before the season began. I don't see why he should feel any pain because I and others disagree with him; it's part of the job. He should reserve his concern for the chefs: they are the ones who will benefit or suffer due to their appearances on the show. Tom profits either way.

eagcil
eagcil

Pardoned for what? Taking some verbal flak occasionally is a small price to pay to receive great sums of money for eating. And no, I have no sympathy for the hard, painful decisions our judges must face.

eagcil
eagcil

"Honest fair chef," you don't live inside Carroll's head and you don't know what she was thinking. The worst dish was the one that wasn't presented.

eagcil
eagcil

"Honest fair chef," I think you're still short on humility.

Also, the worst dish was the one that wasn't cooked--->by Jamie Lauren. It doesn't matter that she was injured; that she expected to stay because she injured herself is far more childish than anything Carroll did. That Tom Colicchio allowed that to happen is mind-boggling.

When Carroll was eliminated, she shook the judges hands and walked out. Other chefs have done less.

Nate James
Nate James

Well Tom, As someone who has read your blog since season 1 - I can assure you that I feel your pain and I commend you for trying your best to be impartial to both the contestants and their raving fans on your blog. It takes a lot to not get emotionally invested and take offense. I normally don't comment on your blog since your comment numbers have reached the triple digits as I assumed you don't read the comments but you clearly do.

The fans have a lot of bravado when they're writing comments but it's always interesting to see how they would react in a similar situation.

Josh Lee
Josh Lee

After reading these comments it clear to me that none of you people have ever cooked on a professional level. No one eating a meal in a restaurant ever cared about the attitudes of the cooks making there meal; why is this even being talkd about the way it is? Jen could have gone to judges table pulled down her chefwears and pooped on the floor, its not gonna change the food.

Tom don't listen to these haters!, keep doing what your doing! you do our industry proud.

Erma
Erma

Whether Jen's dish was good or bad, her attitude made everything bad. She looked like an incorrigible teenager instead of the professional she's supposed to be.

Bryan
Bryan

I started watching the show to see talented top chefs compete, not to watch the judges. I do not see the point of getting all this great talent together to make happy meals and then grouping up to make the best 2 happy meals only to be followed by a museum sleepover. I realize of course there needs to be time constraints and other restrictions, but it should be all to bring out the best in the chefs, not the worse! I think Jenn was just fed up and so am I. What next? maybe put them through navy seal training and cook a 5 course meal in the jungle from tree bark and road kill? Then Tom will say " I think the road kill was a little flat!

Bryan
Bryan

I agree completely! I used to love the show. The whole show has just lost my interest. The judges have become, in their eyes more important than the chefs. I watched the show to see quality food in a reasonably effective competition. I do not see the point of having great quality chefs cooking happy meals and then teaming up to create the best 2 happy meals and then have a sleep over. Who the f*** thinks up this sh**.

Mliss30
Mliss30

I agree on the go Carla Go!! I just wanted to say though that when I watched this episode I really thought Jen was just not herself from not sleeping. I have pulled many double shifts and tried to stay up through the next day in order to make sure I was back to work on time. It's not easy pulling an all nighter and then having to undertake a task like the chefs had to. So just my two cents, but I am surprised no one has commented on it. Jen really wasn't like that in the other season or at any time this season until she got to the judges table which was after a day of an hour or so sleeping and then I am sure a whole day and night of shooting for the show. Some people really need their sleep, and I think she might be one of them. I also think it would have been nice if someone had given her a hand since she was down a chef (Jamie getting stitches) and Casey had been honest about how she thought the dish tasted, but all part of the competition I guess. Now Casey and Jamie are gone too.

Dons
Dons

Bring back Jenn, let Tom go!

honest fair chef
honest fair chef

Jennifer deserved to go home plain and simple. She thought she was so great because of her pedigree that she was above being cut. So yes, she didn't mind her loser partner went to get two stitches (ridiculous). What she didn't realize is that the playing field is flat, pedigree or no pedigree. The worst dish loses and the chef goes home. Her baby like attitude at judges table just showed how much she thought she was above everyone else. Maybe she'll learn a little humility but unfortunately I don't think so. Time will be the only thing that matures her and I know this from personal experience since I had the very same personality. She should watch top chef masters and study Rick Bayless who is a humble chef at the top of his game. Cockyness doesn't equal superstardom, love, and passion for what you cook does.

Kelly M.C
Kelly M.C

After watching Jen get voted out on Top Chef I have completely lost respect for the judges. Don't say, "I appreciate you standing by your dish" when really, you don't. Clearly, these "fair" judges allowed their ego to make their decision.

How can someone who didn't cook all the way through not go home and someone who cooked and stuck by their dish go home? Sounds completely stupid!

Poochleyboo
Poochleyboo

Thank you! It's about time somebody else other than me thinks that they judge stupidly when it comes to overcooked and undercooked. For instance, if you like your eggs runny, are they overcooked or undercooked. If you like your steak medium well, is it overcooked or undercooked. If you like you pork medium, is it wrong to cook it that way????? Again, thank you.

Poochleyboo
Poochleyboo

Jen did very well in her season. Where do you get that she didn't? Wow, she works and studies under one of the best chefs. She has the right to say how she feels. Do you work/cook under those circumstances?

Poochleyboo
Poochleyboo

If you actually paid attention, they complimented on how her pork belly was well seasoned. My point is, how can you have unseasoned eggs on a well seasoned pork belly? I think this decision came from the fact that the women on the judges' panel didn't like how she reacted. A real cat fight probably could have ensued here. Cudos to Jenn!

Marisa DiFalco
Marisa DiFalco

If you review this show again, Jenn asked one of the women chefs how the pork belly tasted (this is in addition to the bland egg that no one tasted,) and she said it tasted fine. When Jenn left the area after the other chef told her the pork was good/fine, and the chef who had tasted the port, said a negative comment on the pork, behind her back!! If this chef had been truthful to Jenn, perhaps she would have changed something, thus saving herself from elimination. I know it is a competition, and some people think others (Angelo) are using the strategy (saying the food is fine, when it wasn't) others' dishes but I haven't seen this with any of the chefs, even Angelo.

Marisa DiFalco
Marisa DiFalco

Someone in the last episode stated that Jamie will have to 'soon cook something' so that she can be judged. I kept thinking about this comment and agree. I don't think she has been judged on HER abilities. She did not produce anything on two occasions, from what I remember. She didn't work with Jenn because she was in the hospital getting TWO stitches. She did not produce a meal at the tennis game. She hides a bit when working in a group, and if the group wins, she goes through without being thoroughly judged because her team mates won for h er.

eagcil
eagcil

Jennifer Carroll's behavior wasn't nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. She apologized at the time for her comment about the plates, at least according to her. Production decided not to show that. The yelling after she left the stew room was uncomfortable to be sure. As for the rest, she didn't believe the eggs needed more seasoning; maybe she wanted to play the mild seasoning of the eggs against the saltier seasoning of the bacon. The judges may not have liked that, but that doesn't mean she didn't season the way she intended. The problem with the dish may not have been one of seasoning, but something else entirely that would have tied the dish together. I don't know, nor can I. I wasn't there. More actual discussion of the dish might have helped answer these questions, but the show usually is more interested in the yelling than in the actual matter in dispute.

As for the behavior, I am more disturbed by team mates who discuss the team's food after another has left rather than before, and by people who whisper about others in front of them, and by people who stand passively before the judges and complain later, and by people who show up for a cooking competition unprepared to work in a kitchen, and by any number of quiet but negative behaviors that have been on display throughout this season and others. I am more disturbed by decisions that heavily disadvantage some chefs or, as here, one chef in comparison to the others.

As for the other chefs on her team who disliked the bacon and eggs, I think that equals Casey. I'm not sure who else discussed the faults and merits of Jennifer's dish. Tre's comment was general, and seems to have been in answer to why he thought he got to stay.

And yes, it is easier to produce a tasty, creative-seeming meal from vegan ingredients than from meat only. Fats, carbs, proteins, acids, etc., are all available in vegan cooking. The difficulty with finding a vegan breakfast meal at an American restaurant arises from the fact that most people eat meat and non-meat together, not that they eat only meat. Personally, I like my eggs with green onions and rye bread.

I Heart Tom!
I Heart Tom!

Jen's whole attitude turned me off on this episode- however, the judges have always seemed very fair and really do break their backs to make the most objective decision possible. I know they judged her on her food...which, by the way, looked really bland but we have no way of knowing. Let's just hope they made the right decision- for me they did, her face was annoying in this episode, and she was so WHINY! Go Carla Go!!!!!!!!!

Michael Hill
Michael Hill

Many of you have taken the judges to task for sending Jen home because she dared to "stand up" to the judges. So let me ask, if a patron of Jen's restaurant (or the restaurant she works for) sends back a plate, or complains, does the chef have the right to berate the customer? Does the chef have the right to question that customer's palate? I work in the service industry and I've debated for years the idea that the customer is always right. For the record, I don't believe so. On the other hand I would never tell a customer (particularly a customer very familiar with my industry and someone with whom is very familiar with my competition, or may in fact be competition) that they are wrong in front of an audience of peers (and other customers).

It's a sure-fire way to forever lose a customer (and many of their friends and associates) and more important isn't a battle you can win. Jen's failure wasn't standing by her dish, it' standing behind a dish so vehemently that you don't believe it can be improved upon. Even Jen's peers thought it was underwhelming and clearly the judges thought so as well.

To get personal for a moment, there have been a dozen times in my personal and professional life that I've wished I had exhibited "grace under pressure" and have failed miserably, I've also been able to reflect upon those times and recognize that in fact, I could have acted more gracefully, diplomatically or more professionally. I hope that with distance and time Jen can too as she's clearly a very talented chef.

Michael Hill
Michael Hill

For those of you so concerned about "undercooked", might I point out that sushi is "undercooked", carpaccio (raw meat) is undercooked, ceviche (raw shrimp and seafood) is undercooked and many of the celebrity chefs on Top Chef, as well as the contestants have sent out plates with raw proteins and many have sent out a plate where an egg is broken over their entree' and thus creates a sauce.

The key is serving the very best, freshest ingredients available which is why chefs can serve raw eggs, beef, lamb, seafood and other raw ingredients. With that said there's always a risk to serving raw ingredients. Not a month goes by without some recall of vegetables. Remember the e. coli and salmonella outbreaks of sprouts and other vegetables over the last couple of years.

Now, none of this excuses serving a dish that is supposed to be cooked through as expected versus one that's over cooked, but its over-stating the health concerns about undercooked dishes.

Ask any Chef whether they serve their pork for example at the FDA suggested temperature and I bet even Tom, Eric, Anthony and all the other chefs admit to serving rare, raw and so called "undercooked" dishes and I suspect all will admit to doing so.

Complain that a Frittata is undercooked and thus a poor meal compared to a well prepared Frittata, but don't exaggerate the health concerns of raw or rare ingredients, less you never step foot in a find dining establishment.

Amber N.
Amber N.

I'm glad Jen left, she did poorly in her season, and I was surprised to see her back. I would also be embarrased to have anyone know that she worked for me. Stand up for your dish, don't act like a child.

Viewer Little House Chef
Viewer Little House Chef

On Jen's going home: I haven't seen a temper tantrum like that since my daughter was 3 years old. So disappointed to see such a crummy, unprofessional attitude toward the judges. She has embarrassed herself on national television and in front of her peers. Her arrogance on TC Allstars was such a turn off and I was happy to see her go. She obviously thinks way too highly of herself and she took the bad a** act too far. Tom is an honest and fair judge: good job!

penny prince
penny prince

This challenge was in the American History Musem and the Children were Having an American Historical experience. Appropreate food would be American Breakfast food...Opps!!!!! Children and Gazpacho? Since when have Children wanted soup for breakast? Just asking.

penny prince
penny prince

Boy, do I agree!!!!!! undercooked food unsafe.

Egghead
Egghead

What annoys me is that the American Museum of Natural History allowed the m to use the name Brontosaurus. There is no such thing as a Brontosaurus. It is actually called Apatosaurus.

tara fara
tara fara

It seems screwy to me that the Tiffany was given two options, she voluntarily/accidentally (because she wasn't paying attention) chose team T-Rex, but somehow the show and/or the judges are at fault for coming up with a challenge that is 'too challenging'.

What's amusing to me is that people are saying that T-Rex got an unfair shake b/c it's too hard to make a dish with just meat and meat by-products. As a Vegan I would agree, but only b/c I couldn't/wouldn't eat a single thing that team T-Rex made. However, meat and meat by-products constitute the standard American breakfast...bacon, eggs, sausage etc. I can't go to many food establishments and order breakfast b/c the majority of the country eats meat and meat by-products for breakfast... but the challenge was too hard because they had to use meat and meat by-products exclusively? That's ridiculous. Go to a restaurant and order breakfast with no meat or meat by-products...now that's challenging.

In my opinion the challenge was smart and challenging. It made for good tv and interesting judging.

tara fara
tara fara

Wow Aaron, your miss-placed passion and vehemence can only be described as "jen-like" or well... ridiculous. Tom addressed everyone on of your issues in his blog and they all make complete sense. Your nonsensical response is just that, nonsensical. Tom explained that the contestants were given more detail about the "challenge" after he was done explaining. Just because you didn't see it on the show doesn't mean it didn't happen. I assume you have a hard time understanding the concept of editing and t.v. programs vs. real life so I'll let you off easy on that subject. However, Tom hardly mumbled the rules. They were quite clear and I for one thought Tiffany was mistaken in choosing T-Rex and I wasn't privy to the more detailed explanation. It was a challenge and Tiffany was given the option of choosing T-Rex or not. They are both difficult options, but that's why it's called a challenge. Spare the rest of us readers/watchers your absurd defense of Jen's bland eggs and bacon.

I suppose that Tom's acceptance of gnocchi and gazpacho as breakfast foods is a valid reason for attacking Tom and the "until now respected" program...if your a loony. Good luck in life, and hopefully your impassioned support of Jen and her status as a Chef will get you far in life.

Gracy G
Gracy G

OMG... Have you all every heard of being adaptable. If you don't adapt then you will go out like the dinosaurs. You can have anything for breakfast, who says it has to be American breakfast. My mother has fish and rice for breakfast. I've even had breakfast type foods for dinner. It doesn't really matter what type of food you have for any give time of day. What matters is that whatever you make it must taste good. And anyway the veggie team was way more creative then the meat time.

Stugar
Stugar

Posts like this amuse me to no end. Opinionated zealots make strong statements on how the food tasted when they really have no idea (unless they have a TV way better than me that allows them to taste the food they are watching).

Stugar
Stugar

lol - You need to listen better (just like Team Rex). Meat and meat-by products seems pretty self-explanatory. The only failures here were Team Rex (inferior to Team Bronto), Jen (in the category of being a good sportsperson rather than a petulant loser) and others who try to explain away anything that doesn't meet their own expectations - yourself?).

lou11
lou11

Jen seems to feel that she should be excused from her mistakes based on who she is and who she works for. She acted like a spoiled child. When asked if she tasted the other team's food she said she had and it wasn't as good, but then she wouldn't elaborate. She was rude and disrespectful and not someone I would want working for me. Her whole reaction to the fact that she was not perfect shows a total lack of class. Hey Jen, your food sucked, get over it. Grow up!

As for Jamie, why she keeps getting breaks on this show, who knows. She didn't participate in the challenge and she should have left.

Jon Unruh
Jon Unruh

I can see Jen's side of it, you have to stand up for yourself and your food, but I also think she was way cockier then last season, any how I've only missed half of one season and this is better then the last season. I can pick the top three right now, but I won't.

eagerviewer
eagerviewer

I too noticed the poor dining skills used by the chefs. I concur that , at the very least, the chefs should show better etiquette. Padma, please help them! And to the producers of this show, When will you ever have a studio audience? I would love to attend a showing. Keep on raising the bar with this show as there's not much else to watch on TV.

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller

First of all Tom, Jen is a chef, not a "cook" as you so casually describe her. Secondly you stacked the deck against the winning quick fire challenge chef by not affording her team ANY component ingredients to prepare more balanced dishes in the elimination challenge.

This is why so many of the T-Rex dishes struggled, because they had to over-rely on seasoning to make up for the lack of base ingredients which you NEVER, not once, indicated from the outset of the selection by the WINNER of the QF challenge would be the case. Don't even pretend that you did by coyly mumbling something about "meat and meat-based products" - that's a cop out. It was a poorly designed challenge and you as host of the show utterly failed to own up to your responsibility to keep the challenge reasonably level.

Let's not even discuss what should properly be called "breakfast" - gnocchi, banana parfait, gazpacho, seriously? I don't know, where I come from we typically think of those dishes as, you know, dinner.

So, no, you failed as a judge and worse still utterly failed as host of this very popular and (formerly) respected program.

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller

First of all Tom, Jen is a chef, not a "cook" as you so casually describe her. Secondly you stacked the deck against the winning quick fire challenge chef by not affording her team ANY component ingredients to prepare more balanced dishes in the elimination challenge.

This is why so many of the T-Rex dishes struggled, because they had to over-rely on seasoning to make up for the lack of base ingredients which you NEVER, not once, indicated from the outset of the selection by the WINNER of the QF challenge would be the case. Don't even pretend that you did by coyly mumbling something about "meat and meat-based products" - that's a cop out. It was a poorly designed challenge and you as host of the show utterly failed to own up to your responsibility to keep the challenge reasonably level.

Let's not even discuss what should properly be called "breakfast" - gnocchi, banana parfait, gazpacho, seriously? I don't know, where I come from we typically think of those dishes as, you know, dinner.

So, no, you failed as a judge and worse still utterly failed as host of this very popular and (formerly) respected program.

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller

First of all Tom, Jen is a chef, not a "cook" as you so casually describe her. Secondly you stacked the deck against the winning quick fire challenge chef by not affording her team ANY component ingredients to prepare more balanced dishes in the elimination challenge.

This is why so many of the T-Rex dishes struggled, because they had to over-rely on seasoning to make up for the lack of base ingredients which you NEVER, not once, indicated from the outset of the selection by the WINNER of the QF challenge would be the case. Don't even pretend that you did by coyly mumbling something about "meat and meat-based products" - that's a cop out. It was a poorly designed challenge and you as host of the show utterly failed to own up to your responsibility to keep the challenge reasonably level.

Let's not even discuss what should properly be called "breakfast" - gnocchi, banana parfait, gazpacho, seriously? I don't know, where I come from we typically think of those dishes as, you know, dinner.

So, no, you failed as a judge and worse still utterly failed as host of this very popular and (formerly) respected program.

Indi
Indi

well in some parts of the world, people have breakfast with steamed rice and fried chicken with chili condiments, so why not gnocchi.. It's a great season and can't wait for the next episode

Hector S.
Hector S.

Although I could not taste Jens dish, it is clear that her dish was not the worst. She did not deserve to go home based on the opinions you aired...again, her dish was not the worst dish. before the show where Jen went home I said to myself..."If Jen gets disqualified, I will no longe4r watch top chef... I don't know what it is but it reminds me of when I worked in the corporate world and , and when the corporation was seeking to aquire new business and let the old customers go. This is what Top chef is doing. it seems you want to loose your old audience. The last season of Top Chef was horrible and this season is starting off the same way. I am so disapointed. Top Chef was my favorite tv program, but I will not watch it anymore. Based on what you aired "JEN DID NOT DESERVE TO GO HOME"!

Hector S.
Hector S.

I totally agree with you and you said it perfectly. They lost a viewer, ME. The Washington DC and this one seems to be lacking so much in integrity and professionalism, i don't know where top chef is heading but its not for me anymore.

Dan Johnston
Dan Johnston

I have seen every season of Top Chef and laugh at a Tom's talking about fairness etc. when Bravo does not seem to mind a bit showing Jen's legs in every promo but threw her off the show to up ratings. The whole thing cracks me up. If they wanted to keep her, uh here partner wasn't there, there are at least 6 crappier chefs, etc. That said Jen did herself no favors by being a two year old. I believe she did not believe she could win and just said "see ya" .

There are few people as easy to watch as her. Girls who are prettier but lack her determination are boring and the others might as well be men. Please send Richard home soon!

love top chef
love top chef

the truth is this show walks a fine line. you can't jude based on previous experience or the challenges would b pointless but it is sad to see jen go. striking to me in both seasons is how down on herself she seems. i hope someday she will realize that what she does: cooking excellent, running her own kitchen, being strong beautiful and passionate is all she needs and something to celebrate in her attitude. it seems like every time she got stressed she would turn it inward and mess up her own game and the truth is at the end of the day: she is better than that. everyone including all the judges knew that, and it is too bad that they could not take that into account.

ps i hope carla gets more chances to shine. she is my fav.

Roberta L.
Roberta L.

I do not like it at all when you have "judges" that are just questionable OR even real celebrities in their own fields and have nothing whatsoever to do with culinary arts. I would be very unhappy to have them judge me if I were a chef, that's for sure. I'm also a fan of Anthony Bourdain but he is overly and needlessly disrespectful to these chefs. Constructive criticism is one thing but verbal abuse is another.

Brittany C
Brittany C

I'm done! I have watched Top Chef since the beginning and every season im upset by the out come. Blaise, Stephan, Marcel (who i personally think is a dbag but a great chef) and Kenny all should have won there season! How can someone who won almost every challenge and was never in the bottom lose to someone who cant even cook fish properly! Jen is a great chef and at least her food was cooked! Two chefs sent out food that was raw and they both get to stay! Im seriously rethinking my Wednesday programming!

Molix
Molix

I don't have a problem with Jen going home based on the food actually served, but this episode highlights that the producers haven't thought out how to handle injuries fairly. If someone was injured due to their own lack of skill in food preparation, and therefore contributed nothing to the challenge, they should be graded as if they did nothing. (If it's not their own fault, that's another matter).

Someone drove their racecar into the wall, and you gave them a pass under the rationale that they didn't cross the finish line last. Makes no sense to me, especially when the chefs are often berated for not being able to "adapt" to things outside of their control like bad equipment -- time and thermodynamics be damned.

Mr_Tooty
Mr_Tooty

The thought that crossed my mind about Jen's attitude was that she seemed to think she could just phone it in and make the finals.

whoever
whoever

Jen deserved to go home just for her disrespect alone. She is too arrogant and she knew what she was getting into.. This was not the first dish that Jen prepared that was bad...even Tiffany said that she thought she would be schooled by Jen and was disapointed. You don't get to enter a contest worth 200,000 and speak to the people who judge you that way..I was sooooo glad she went home...way too cocky