Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio explains why Heather and Grayson's dishes failed from the moment they selected their cuts of meat.

on Dec 21, 2011

Contrast these with the three dishes at the top this week: Sarah’s grandfather used to make sausage and her grandmother used to make stuffed cabbage… so she combined those two in a balanced and nuanced way that elegantly featured both. I doubt that Ed’s grandmother presented Kid Ed with that beautiful sunny-side egg atop her bibimbap. He honored the essence of her meal while creating a wholly current -- not to mention delicious -- version of it. And Beverly, too, understood exactly how to take inspiration from the dish of her childhood without just copying her mother’s dish. The resultant dish was beautiful and the flavors were there. These three dishes fulfilled the Elimination Challenge perfectly and were as memorable as the bottom three were regrettable.

Not that many of you will regret seeing Heather depart -- I know from viewer comments that she was not universally liked. The only thing sweeter for Beverly than being in the top three the week Heather was eliminated would probably have been had Beverly actually taken the win. But she was in the top three for good reason, and she should be very proud of her dish, win or no win.

Happy Holidays, all, and a Happy and Healthy New Year.