Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons doesn't understand why Edward Lee was so hard on Sarah Grueneberg.

on Jan 4, 2012

Bravotv.com: Next in the middle we have Sarah, Ty-lor, and Edward. The group dynamic was a little funky because Sarah went to the hospital. . .
GS: This was unfortunate. There were two things at play on their team. One was the fact that they weren’t communicating well to begin with, regardless of what happened with Sarah. I don’t really know what the issue was there, if Sarah and Ed just didn’t get along and Ty-lor was playing the peacemaker the whole time or what. And then, on top of it, Sarah got heat exhaustion which is very serious. I have to say I felt very terrible for our chefs in this challenge. What you don’t realize when you’re watching the show is that this episode was shot during the biggest drought in recent Texas history, which was sort of outrageous. I felt really guilty when I heard what we were making them do. It was over 100 degrees in the middle of the night and they cooked for like 20 hours straight! It could have been any of them, and it happened to be Sarah and that was really too bad. Obviously we take care of our chefs. There were medics on hand. There was lots of cold water. There was support if they needed it. We’re not leaving them out there to die in the desert. It was a very, very physically demanding challenge – and it still would have been if it was in the winter. But you put 100-degree heat on top of everything, with lack of sleep and possible dehydration... yikes! That said, I don’t know why Edward was so hard on her. I think that was unfair of him. As you can see, he’s a really competitive guy. I think he just wants to win. He puts a lot of pressure on himself, and he puts that on others too.

Bravotv.com: They all tried to represent where they were from with their different styles. Do you think that was an issue?
GS: I don’t think that was the problem. It’s not like that made it harder to work together. I think there was a lack of communication from the start and I don’t think that was because they were doing different styles. I think it was just because they weren’t talking things through and perhaps didn’t share the same vision of what the end result should be. The end result could still have been great regardless of if it was Kentucky, Texas, and Kansas City.