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When I saw the "no-sugar"dessert challenge, I thought it was an amazing choice. With skinny fetishes, cosmetic surgery on demand, and everyone raging on the next danger of something they discover, it was going to be in for a fun ride. Jeff and Radhika gave some really good dishes, and, although I thought Jeff's was better, my stomach might have said Radhika too if I tasted it. Jamie really messed up. Making a sweet dessert like that and using cheese? Lastly, I appreciated Eugene and Melissa's playfulness with the food. It gives a chuckle and the dishes weren't bad. The only thing I didn't like was that they could still use natural sugars like honey. That's still like an added sweetener.
As for the Elimination Challenge, I was behind it. The rules were so simple: Cook what defines you. That's it. Freeform challenges can be difficult without stringent requirements and it does push the chefs creatively, as well as show this new judge what they can do.
Jamie did well, but honestly, I agree with Fabio. This is not Top Scallop, and I'm sick of seeing her do them. Okay, she redeemed herself, but honestly, she should have been chewed out for doing scallops...how many times? 4? I liked Ariane's dish because it was different but still pretty cool. Stefan though, I do take issues with denseness of food. Maybe it tasted better when eaten all together, but if that's the case, why separate it?
As for the bottom, Eugene deserved to go. He consistently has shown he's out there, but there is "innovative", "wild", and "weird", and weird isn't that great. I do like how he was called out for doing something he liked before then calling it taking a chance. I was more inclined to forgive Melissa then him, but neither of them deserved to stay over Carla. Her dish was salvagable, I just wish she salvaged it. I won't say Melissa's dish was uncreative, but it wasn't tasty. That's enough for me.
Next week, we see the return of the berserk Hung. Maybe the next challenge is to see who can make a better unhygenic mess and blame it on your competitor.
Toby's "nastiness" was definitely overhyped. He's certainly not as mean as several other guest judges, like Rocco. Maybe it's just because we had the delay and saw more commercials about his meanness, but that guy seems fairly tame, just some more direct metaphors (I still say any judge saying "It just didn't taste good" is worse then "cat food")
I think Carla should have gone vegetarian too, although I can appreciate her wanting to do something difficult for the new judge. I'm not sure if he would have said "she can't cook protein" but he might have said "this seems like there was less put into it"
Spot on about Stefan and Restaurant Wars, although I think Jamie might go first. Lack of imagination with her, and again, scallops. There's nine left, so we might get the one right after next as wars. Leah's been fading fast, and Fabio is right behind her. It's odd that Ariane, blasted twice in a row, is now a high contender.
I've got the Top 4 as:
Ariane's my dark horse candidate.
I was glad to see Melissa go. She has been on the bottom a lot. As for Eugene & Carla, I didn't care who left & who stayed. I was glad to see Jamie finally win a challenge after being so close to winning them.
As for the top 4, these are my choices: