Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler blogs about the Chef Table challenge.

on Mar 21, 2007

Now all the contestants fit into one car. Andrea, Carisa, Goil, Matt, and Michael's tasty task this week was to create a Chef's Table adjacent to the kitchen of a fine restaurant.

Our celebrity client and guest judge was hoping for more than a fantastic gastronomic experience for his future guests; he wants to engage all five senses.

Did anyone notice how Andrea was glowing when Todd visited her during the design phase? It was certainly a harbinger of things to come. When you love what you do, it shines through, and not only in Andrea's rich textural room that you simultaneously felt impressed by and yet comfortable with.

Carisa's knowledge of arts and crafts allowed her to hit the sketchpad running. Having a well-rounded base of knowledge will always help you. You never know what situation you might stumble upon and a good designer is an informed designer, and not just in your "style."

Carisa's differing color palette did not exactly work in her favor this week. While her table was gorgeous, it seemed dwarfed next to her oversized banquette. A room of straight lines and a graphic feel requires sumptuous materials to transform it into a lap of luxury.