Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio goes into detail on his participation in the Quickfire Challenge.

on Jan 5, 20110

Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s 2011 has gotten off to a good start. 
 
Before I write about what happened in the episode, let me write about what didn’t: I never said that the chefs were cooking against me in the Quickfire Challenge. No, I was just the pacesetter … which was a lot of fun, and gave me a fresh appreciation for our chefs. 
 
The backstory? The challenge was sprung on me two days before we shot it –- the producers approached me and asked whether I’d be game to do it, which, of course, I was. I did a walk-through in advance to familiarize myself with the kitchen. Our chefs know where the pots and pans and oil and vinegar are, but I’ve never needed to take note of any of that, so I did the walk-through to get the lay of the land … and that was pretty much it. I showed up for the Quickfire Challenge and we shot it in real time. Of course, they had to edit it down to fit the show’s format, which means that some funny moments didn’t make it into the episode. What had happened with the tub that fell off the table while I was cooking is as follows: In my haste to open the bottle of olive oil, it flipped over, coating everything with oil, which got under the tub and caused it to slide off the table with a clatter. Meanwhile, I’d run to the pantry area for another bottle of olive oil, which I was attempting to open with my teeth, so I wound up holding the bottle in my teeth while running back to the table. I’m sure it was a sight to see. The whole time I was cooking, I was thinking of the producers’ admonishments to me that I absolutely HAD to bring in the dish at under 10 minutes! I wanted to use elements that would cook quickly, and I also focused on not making more than I absolutely needed to make. I needed two dishes: one for the judges and one for the cameras, so I knew I could get by with only six clams. I grabbed them as soon as I saw them, because I knew I could shuck them as quickly as anyone, and they’d add a lot of flavor. Zucchini cooks quickly, and I cut only as much as I’d need. Tomatoes didn’t even really need to cook, and, again, lend a lot of bright flavor.  Herbs and olive oil were all I’d need to add. I brought everything to the stove with me so that I wouldn’t lose time moving back and forth. I only cooked the fish on one side, then flipped it and brought it in the pan to the table, knowing that the pan would still be hot enough to cook the fish on the other side in transit … and I brought the dish in at eight minutes and thirty seven seconds! It was important to me that the chefs tasted the dish when I was through. Since they are ultimately judged on the quality of the dish they prepare, I wanted them to know I hadn’t merely gone through the motions of cooking, but had actually cooked a really tasty dish in that time frame.

258 comments
bankmeister
bankmeister

I am pleased to discover this blog today, and wish I'd know about it years ago. I don't have the time to go through 253 comments to see if it was covered, but my thought regarding the QuickFire Challenge (which I loved) was this: You knew your ingredients ahead of time. The chefs never do, which skews your eight-minute time. Not by much, but worth mentioning.

foodie103
foodie103

this is by far the worst challenge ever! who the hell managed to come up with this brilliant failure? feeding dim sum to 200 people? i hated watching every minute of this episode, i was embarrassed for you. another point who thought that people who generally walk into a authentic dim sum spot with would appreciate being served two pieces of popcorn chicken (marcel's chicken wing) along with chicken feet by a chef has never cooked one ever! one of the diner said it best "caucasian dim sum"

please please please, do not even replay this tragic moment in any of your reruns or highlights it just makes me not to want to watch this show ever again.

Archana
Archana

By far the worst season (I have watched all of them) - and certainly not because of the chefs! The challenges are uber vague and so many decisions are questionable. If Jamie wasn't sent home for not cooking a dish, how come Casey was? Serving raw eggs to people is worth forgiving? And what about Dale cooking only for the judges? What a shame! I feel let down as an ardent follower of the show. Rest assured, I will not bother tuning in anymore!

Lynetteintokyo
Lynetteintokyo

Tom and whoever allowed this dim sum challenge should be shot. They showed disrespect towards the diners, portraying them imbeciles who wouldn't speak English (of course they can, they were just pissed off and not happy w the organization or camera), they show off great French restaurants but middle class Chinese ones, they didnt provide a translator, they gave absolutely NO guidance to these great chefs about the craziness of a dim sum kitchen, they gave them no help, they expect The Americans to understand the sensitivities of chicken feet for Chinese, they expect the chefs to expedite AND cook???? They allowed Susur Lee to run the judging. Tom and the team put up a poor show.

Sarahbelle
Sarahbelle

I cant believe that casey was eliminated This was unfair she didnt even get to cook her dish...

atira
atira

Jamie was one of the smartest contestants...she made it 2(?) challenges without making anything and this resulted in her "not" being judged. Justice served. Finally.

Bryan
Bryan

Tom,

When you eliminated Casey you said that her chicken feet were not cooked correctly. BUT she was serving customers and had to have another chef cook her food so WHY was she the one to leave?? Thats not right!

angieg
angieg

Ignore all the negativity, this season is amazing as always! I'll admit that Top Chef has it's frustrating moments for me: the contestant I think should win doesn't always, the judging is sometimes unfair, the challenges are sometimes ridiculous - but guess what, that's life! Sometimes people are biased, try as they might not to be. Also, we're not there eating the food, so as viewers we really will never know just how good the dishes are. And yeah, sometimes the challenges are silly, but whatever! They're all competing under the same ridiculous rules, and whoever performs the best in the given situation wins.

This continues to be a well-done show, albeit the better it gets the more advertising gets thrown into the mix, but I'll suffer through that because the meat of the show is fantastic. I'm loving all the All Stars and the dynamic between them. It's great to see how they've changed after their seasons and how they adapt to the challenges after having been through this once before. I've seen every season and will continue to watch. Keep it up!

TamithaR
TamithaR

I am a big fan of Top Chef, but this season is very unfortunate. It's not the chefs' fault, nor is the judges' fault. The production of the show is failing miserably. The challenges are so unfair, and vague. Casey's dish was not edible, fair enough. But why exactly are the chefs asked to forefit themselves by working FOH? I mean, it makes NO sense. Do not call it a "team challenge", when each chef must cook a dish (or 2). Three of the chefs had to step up and work FOH, so how can they be expected to cook a dish? One person cannot be in two places at once. So the ones who were kind enough to volunteer for FOH are ultimatly screwed, correct? The only way for his/her dish to be cooked is if another chef (who is already having to cook 1 or 2 dishes) cooks it for them? That is the most rediculous thing iv'e ever heard. You cannot hold someone responsible for something that they had no opportunity to execute. The chicken foot, edible or not, is irrelevent because Casey was doing a pointless job out of kindness and professionalism, therefore she cannot be eliminated for it. I just can't believe production would drop the ball so severely. The chefs were CLEARLY not given the info, tools, or opportunity to succeed at this challenge. It's just really unfair for the one person who's really a team player to become the sacraficial lamb by default. Jaimie has not cooked a dish until today, but Casey was sent home for a dish that she didn't cook. This show is a joke. Thank God (most of) the chef's are as humble as they are, because this competition is simply unfair in every way. Don't ask people to be e team, then punish the ones who take one for the team.

wingsabre
wingsabre

BarbiQ, Tiffany D was not a true runner. She was still in the kitchen, and the main task was to load the cart. She was still in the environment to cook her food, to check on it's progress and such. Casey on the other hand had no idea what the progress of her dish was.

Yummy Dim Sum
Yummy Dim Sum

I understand the disappointment of Casey fans, and I love her too, but you cannot prepare chicken feet in a wok properly in the amount of time she or Antonia had to prepare them. I grew up on dim sum and my sister made sure me and my mom watched this episode because of how funny it is to see the customer's reactions to the food.

My point is, if you have ever had chicken feet (either in dim sum, marinated in vinegar, or prepared differently), you would understand where Casey went wrong. Ballsy as it was to serve chinese people chicken feet (because they KNOW what good chicken feet tastes like), she made a mistake by choosing a protein she didn't know how to properly prepare.

SFU
SFU

OK no blog for the Montauk challenge but WHAT BS!!!! The boys stay and the girls go home????? Crapolaaaa Tom!!!!!

Abby                                        Viewer
Abby Viewer

I agree!!! Casey should still be there, while Jamie never registered because she won't, can't, etc. What a mistake!!!! And wasn't Antonia supposed to be getting Casey"s disgusting feet done while Casey was at the front of the House?? Lame Lame Lame I will miss Dale and Casey and Dale more than the next few to go. What's up with this??? Something is very wrong here.

lou11
lou11

Jamie is a little twit who has totally not cooked in two challenges. She is a baby, complains about everything, and avoids cooking at all costs. She sucks and needs to be voted off. I really think she is the least deserving of all those remaining. I hope she goes this week or I will not watch any more.

Walts Wife
Walts Wife

Cheryl M, If you don't watch anymore how do you know what happened? I think that you're one of many people who write to say you're not going to watch anymore when something happens that you don't approve of and you tune right in the next time. I'm sure the BRAVO staff is laughing at you while they continue to do whatever brings in ratings! It's entertainment people...don't take it so seriously!

Lisa@58
Lisa@58

Totally agree! I for one will not be watching tonight. I am done with the show.

Michele Reisch
Michele Reisch

Padma can regularly be seen, cooking in reruns, on the Cooking channel.

Tom S.
Tom S.

I doubt in real life Tom would allow a rival chef run his kitchen. How can he expect a rival chef to finish another chefs dish? This is a cooking competition not a hosting and serving competition. If you have a chef that is not trained to run the front, thrown into the fire. You should be embarassed for putting them in that situation. The chefs did an awesome job this week for what they had to work with. This challenge was not well planned and any negativity from the outcome should be towards the producers. Jamie is an awesome chef and people should stop being mean towards her. She has done nothing wrong, her still being there is from the producers being lame.

NikW
NikW

The problem with your logic here, however, is that Casey could only choose people competing against her. Tom Collichio and Eric Ripert can fire the cooks who fail to execute their dishes to the highest standard.

Meanwhile, what is the incentive for a chef to do a good job on a dish that would only help their competitor?

Sam T
Sam T

Dear Tom:

I have noticed that there was no price for the winner of the elimination challenge. Was it supposed to be in that way? or did you guys (judges/or the producer) take the price off because of the overall terriable service they had?

Tlmjohnson
Tlmjohnson

After the debacle that was last season, my husband decided that was his last for Top Chef. I decided to give it one more try, especially since this season was the All Stars. I am so disappointed. While I was encouraged the last few seasons that the ridiculous challenges had been done away with in favor of more real cooking, this season has retreated to the worst of these. I agree with the economist's remarks that playing for middle of the pack, never sticking your neck out and never, ever contributing to the overall success of a team challenge, especially if there is only one team, seems to be the way to be safe for a large part of each season, but ultimately spells disaster for the show. It provides the audience with mediocre chefs still competing, while more talented but less selfish and more daring chefs are eliminated - as evidenced by Casey's ouster. What would the producers have done if she and Carla had not capitulated and agreed to be FOH for Dim Sum - when none of the others would do so? And btw, in a real kitchen setting (this continues to be used by the judges in elimination discussions), the chef would not only have staff to do the serving, etc., but would also have some control over the service and kitchen operations, ie - loss of jobs. These chefs have no stick, no carrot and are likely to be sabataged, either intentionally or not, since they are in direct competition with each other.

Jen did an amazing job taking the lead in the Military challenge on her season and wasn't given any credit for what had to be the hardest of all of these types of events, but when things go wrong, it is always the FOH chefs that get the axe. Also, it is truly sad that the producers insist on setting up an obvious drama situation with Jamie this season. I harken back to Lisa and the drama of her making it to the finals to the Jamie situation this year. The only difference is that Jamie isn't even participating in challenges. Best way not to be eliminated, obviously. I have lost all respect for the judging and production of a show that had so much to offer those of us who can not abide most reality shows. Sorry this show felt the need to get down in the mud with the rest.

fraln
fraln

Just disappointed about last week's elimination. Casey shouldn't have been the one going home. She seems to be a GREAT team player since she voluntarily decided to spend her "cooking time" serving & being front of the house...she obviously played for the team. Why there were no servers whatsoever? I bet if Casey stayed in the kitchen & dedicated her time on her dish, she would have still been in the competition.

Tlmjohnson
Tlmjohnson

I have to agree with the bulk of the comments being made here. Last season, my husband opted out of Top Chef. I decided to go one more round, especially with the All Stars being up. I am so disappointed. While I was encouraged during the last few seasons that fewer ridiculous challenges were put up in favor of real cooking episodes, this season, unfortunately, they have returned and with the best chefs there to compete.

In addition, the judging has been consistantly inconsistant, contradictatory and what appears to be biased toward trying to set up drama, not fairness. Also, viewers appear tired of the middle of the road contestants, or even poor ones, skating through in the middle while more talented chefs are eliminated. There is absolutely no reason to ever be FOH - Jen was magnificent during the military challenge and wasn't even considered for the win, while Casey was on the bottom and eliminated because other than Carla, no one would volunteer to be FOH. What happens when future contestants realize there is no upside - only downside for this?

Very, very disappointed Tom. Too bad, it was good while there was some honest integrity used. PS: Challenges are really poorly thought out this season. Also I agree with the economist's post - diminishing returns for unsupportable strategy by producers.

BarbiQ
BarbiQ

Tiffany D was a runner and still made a top 4 dish which makes the whole poor Casey had to be a runner argument moot. Casey and Casey alone chose chicken feet. I will miss her.

Topchefer
Topchefer

Eric wasn't there to taste the dishes. He based his judgement on what we see on tv. That is why we aren't the judges.

Snore
Snore

This the first season I have watched Top Chef based on recommendations from others and am also a fan of No Reservations. I must say I am thoroughly disappointed. The show is as cliche as all other reality-based "next this" or "next that" shows. It is there to advertise product and put on a compelling show by creating drama...and based on the number of comments against why Jamie should still be on the show they are succeeding. Judging a chef on food they did not cook (Casey and to a point Spike) or setting up scenarios where other chefs competing for a large prizes are responsible for cooking another chefs plate is absurd and the judges/producers know that. Tom can attempt to defend himself and say the food was inedible but it sounds as hollow as a bank defending itself on why they used the bail out money for employee bonuses. He knows she did not cook it...they can go back and watch the tapes as they had done in earlier episodes....but again it apparent that this show is not about finding the best chef, its about creating drama and mindless fodder for bloggers and posters and any other attention the show may draw. Although I won't tune into watch anymore episodes I wouldn't be surprised to see Jamie make it to the final. A little disappointed to see Anthony Bourdain associated with a show that is to compelling television what TGI Fridays is to cooking.

Kevin Fan in ATL
Kevin Fan in ATL

Ditto. Inedible, dangerous, raw eggs kept two contestants and sent Jenn home. Here inedible was the reason to send Casey home. Get your judging criteria in order. Two great reasons for watching this show have sadly been eliminated.

PurdueMatt
PurdueMatt

WORST DECISION EVER!

Casey told Antonia how to prepare her dish and Antonia didn't follow her directions. You can't hold Casey responsible for Antonio sabotaging her like that. Jaime should have gone home. She has been horrible.

Kara M
Kara M

I have always been a Top Chef fan, especially because the judges appear to be non-biased when they are judging, but the favoritism shown this season for Jamie is appalling and quite insulting to the other chefs. I'm not sure what dirt she has on the judges or producers but to slide through two separate challenges without cooking anything is obviously questionable. Her dishes shouldn't even be discussed this week because she shouldn't even be there.

ARE YOU LISTENING TOM 2
ARE YOU LISTENING TOM 2

I've followed every show, every season and was eagerly awaiting the All Star Show, expecting it would be the best one yet. I couldn't be more disappointed. The challenges are just getting ridiculous, but worse, they are uneven and unfair, producing results which you try to defend but fail to do so. Chefs Ripert and Bourdain are at least honest about what a mess this season has turned out to be. I've always been impressed with your reviews, so I almost feel sorry for you trying to defend the challenges themselves. However, the judging has been inconsistent and contradictory, which has led to the best chefs being sent home, and we viewers turned off. For that you judges need to be accountable. What a waste of a great concept.

bravo fan
bravo fan

NoobChef said it perfectly. I abhor that chef's in cooking challenge show have to run the front of the house. They are being judged solely on their food. How can you judge Casey on her food, when she did not execute it ? It demeans the viewer and we lose patience / faith in the judges who are the backbone of the show. Please once tell me you regret you decision after viewing the show in it's entirety.

sanssoapbox
sanssoapbox

This is a brilliant analysis! I wish anyone influential would read it. How can the show creators not see the big picture potential for failure? Are they so excited by the short term rewards the manufactured drama brings, that they cannot see that ultimately it will destroy their own livelyhood? Greedy and short-sighted! I can ignore the annoyance of Jamie and still enjoy the show, but it's disheartening to see her there because it's a signal that the shows days are numbered.

NoobChef
NoobChef

The judging and criteria for judging this show is ridiculous. At some point the judges, producers, and story editors need to read our feedback and seriously stop insulting our intelligence and commitment to the show.

It's highly insulting to see such a subpar, evasive chef (Jamie) still snaking her way into the next episode. I will totally agree with the other comments about the "Front of the House" episodes just being something we are learning to dread.

The idea that one bad dish will send you home regardless of how great your previous track record is just does not make sense to me. In the real world this doesn't fly. A person who consistently underperforms but has one good day is not going to look good to the boss compared to the star employee who has one bad day. It seems like the key to winning is to just fly under the radar until you get to the last 4 chefs? Going safe is definitely better than sacrificing yourself as leader, front of the house, etc. Pathetic.

I just hope that they will make some serious changes to judging for whatever next Top Chef show they are cooking up since this one is all filmed and finished.

Stephanie Salgado
Stephanie Salgado

Great quick fire Tom! It was beautiful to watch you cook in under 10 minutes! I'm a Flavor Profile Analysis in Southern California. There is about 15-20 of us that profile water and different food products. We hope that someday we can be on your show and be one of the groups that can try all of the great cuisines the chef's cook up for the challenges! It's great to watch this show and wish we can reach out into our TV sets and taste the food that all of the chef's prepare out every week! Thanks for the great food and entertainment!

MM NYC
MM NYC

SEND JAMIE HOME NOW!!!!!!! I can't believe how much Jamie has changed. I used to like her but this season she seems like a bitter, calculating drama queen. For three straight weeks she has played you like a fiddle.#1 "O'h I cut my wittle finger. I have to go (Carla cut herself much worse and manned up and stayed to compete~ Yes Tom did you and the producers forget this is a COMPETITION. ) #2 Jamie makes a really poor dish and refuses to send it in and be judged. Her butt should have been in front of judges table for that stunt. #3 She makes disgusting beans and dumplings. And Casey who didn't even cook her dish because she was out front goes. I think in an instance like this week were you are making a decision on two dishes (Casey's and Jamies) You should take into account the previous weeks of competition. Casy had to go home when she didn't even cook her dish but Jamie doesn't cook for 2 elimination challenges and stays??? UNFAIR. And Jamie is surly about it. Richard Blaise has her number and you can see he has no respect for her either. Come on fair is fair. GET RID OF JAMIE!!!!!!!!!!

Katlin
Katlin

I have a question for Fabio. I was wondering if you could ask him this, what makes him so charming, funny and fun to be around? He is my favorite chef in all of the seasons of top chef that you have done. So if you could get this question to him that would be great. I love your show. I have been watching it since season 5 and still loving it. Please let me know what Fabio's answer is, if you can. This could be a question that he could answer on the reunion for season 8, thanks .

candymix956
candymix956

DUDE..... Seriously!!!!! How is Jamie still there. I ve been a Top Chef fan since season 1 and Ive never, ever been as disappointed in the judges' decision as I am this season.

Game Theorist
Game Theorist

Tom - I love the show, I like your panache and love how sexy and intelligent Padma makes the whole affair.

I have a few (hopefully) objective observations and would love to hear from you / Padma or someone from Top Chef:

1. Your intent in producing this show, much like other competitive reality shows is to a) Entertain your audiences to meet your commercial objective b) Build a brand as a fair selection / elimination process to identify the highest quality cooking in the country each year

2. Judging by the shows commercial success and barring a few errors in judgements in previous seasons, you have achieved that objective for the most part

3. The show has made a fatal flaw in the All Stars Challenge. Unlike 1-off judgement errors, its created a flawed competitive system creating a series of flawed judgement errors. I say this because: a. Your elimination challenges are team challenges but your judging / elimination continues to focus on individuals without any incremental compensation for "team activities" which entail higher risk. b. Thus you have ended up with an asymmetric reward system with a definite downside / risk for taking on additional "team activities" but no upside. This has created perverse incentives as team challenges c. Some sub-par contestants have exploited this obvious flaw in the system (notably Jamie) and are riding what we economists call the "mean phenomena" that exist in such systems. Basically Pareto optimality breaks down and competitors will deliberately target "average" returns so as to avoid the downside risk (since there is no compensating reward for it). In simple English - So what if Casey's dish was inedible - if she / Carla wouldn't have voluntarily signed up to be servers your format would've failed and you wouldn't have had a show in the first place.

Net effect of all this: 1. You perpetuate a flawed market 2. The average return (in this quality of the food across the group) remains deliberately sub-par - since your competitors are not rewarded for any additional risk they take on 3. You lose viewers because underperforming players remain in the system while the high performers (also naturally high risk takers) get excessively penalized. This is factually true - you've had more previous season finalist exits while you continue to retain 5th, 7th and 8th ranked (mediocre chefs) like Tre, Antonia or Jamie in the system 4. The very drama / entertainment that you were looking to create goes against you since the audience is largely disappointed with your judging choices 5. Eventually you fail to meet your commercial objective

There is a much bigger risk which I hope you realize - that your market breaks down altogether and there is a "run on the show". My sense is that the world of high quality chefs who constitute your market participants is a fairly limited world and they will soon realize that your market is a flawed market and thus choose to opt out. What this will do is that your pool will increasingly become more mediocre across the following seasons.

In effect you will not meet either of your originally planned objectives. Its ironically, I think what one of the comments said about Jamie above applies to Top Chef - the longer the show continues with its currently flawed approach the more it will be exposed to audiences at large.

A Top Chef Fan

JohnnieV
JohnnieV

Really??? Your favorite contestant gets voted off and suddenly the show has been going downhill, it can't be saved, etc...

Come on, get real dude. The same comments come up every season.

reggae
reggae

I totaley agree. Jamie has been on the bottom from the the get go. JEN, Dale SPIKE, AND CASEY SHOULD NOT HAVE GONE BEFORE HER. hAVING SAID THAT . I am not there to taste her food.!!

bitesize
bitesize

Psst, Tom: I thought Dale's dish was EASY. I can do that, I at once thought. But then I watched Rick Moonen's demo of it -- and, well, I don't even have a steamer. And Casey? Such folly. I can't stand the sight of chicken feet, and want to pass out each time my husband sucks on one -- and I'm Asian. (But while I love fish and shrimp with their heads on and don't mind dead eyes staring back at me, I feel nauseous at the sight of whole crawfish.) Chopping those nails -- freaked me out.

What's w/ Angelo? Spring rolls? So ordinary, so "in-the-box." And does he have his ex-in-laws (Asian) in his head dictating authenticity? When judges say a dish tastes "authentic" -- is that the kiss of death? Tiffany's siopao shaped like pita -- that at least was different. (Well, they were in the Top 4 . . .)

Nkoutz
Nkoutz

Like many of you Casey was one of my favorite chefs. I was so bummed when she was sent home. I think the thing that irritated me most was Jaime complaining about not wanting to do front of the house b/c she had to trust other people to cook her dish. She has managed to weasle her way out of the difficult situations. I think it's time the whole team makes her step it up or put her out! Good luck Casey in all you do in life!!!

lanakm
lanakm

I thought the Quick Fire was an interesting one. The only thing I can say about it is that, yes, you were able to cook in under 10 minutes - without having to fight through the crowd of people trying to get the same stuff. That alone would add 2 to 3 minutes to the contestants' times. I was pleasantly surprised with their offerings.

The Elimination Challenge was a clusterf**k from the beginning. When I heard "Two will have to be FOH" I groaned. I really dislike taking people out of the kitchen and then forcing them to be accountable for their dish. Let the chefs actually cook their own food! I don't care how much of a team player any contestant is, they are not going to be as attentive to someone else's dish. It is an innate part of our humanity that we look out for ourselves first, everybody else second. Was Antonia supposed to lay herself down on the sacrificial pyre by fussing over Casey's dish rather than make hers to her standards? Please!

It is much more enjoyable when we get to see all the chefs cook, period. Please remember that for the future. To whoever came up with this challenge: pack your pencil and go!

tbone
tbone

first off... sorry tom but the quickfire is not really a quickfire when you know the ingredients beforehand and have the time to practice technique. i realise you just set the "time" but it's a whole different experience then going into it blind.it would have been a much better challenge had you yourself not known the ingredients beforehand. secondly i see marcel grab your fish. was that not the same fish spilled on the floor after you tossed it at padma? thirdly when will these chefs learn not to EVER EVER let another contestant touch their dish. sorry but all these cooks apparently had the time to serve up their own dishes on the floor at the end. offering to front the house instead of cook your dish is a death wish.much like offering to work with jaime.

newViewer
newViewer

Fabio's from Italy. ALL their ovens are metric.

Carla Rocks!!!!!!!!
Carla Rocks!!!!!!!!

So... I believe since Casey was up front and could not cook; she shouldn't have been sent home. Just like when Jamie cut herself. She did not cook so she couldn't be sent home. Besides getting hurt, why isn't it the same concept for Casey? So, she shouldn't have left her dish to do the front. Well, then who should? The judges? Two people had to do the front. It seemed like no one wanted to do it b/c of this very reason. Therefore, Carla and Casey volunteer. I think that should give them some type of advantage. I can see if she was sent home for the flavors, but the execution of her dish should not have been a factor for the reason to send her home. She DID NOT cook the dish and therefore, should have not been sent home. What a disappointing season this has been!!!!!!!!!!

drg
drg

Tom, are you listening!?

ViewerTX
ViewerTX

So is anyone else wondering why Angelo has no mention of the fiance he couldn't stop talking about not too long ago. The viewers ahd to see the phone calls, hear all the gushing etc... what's up now?