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I thought the Quickfire was fairly cool. Make an amuse out of breakfast things? Yeah, that's complicated enough to show your a pro, but simple enough to change. I thought Ariane's was pretty cool, but Leah's was pretty nifty. I was pissed off that Rocco spoke about how "he liked his breakfast savory." It's about making good food, not about genuflecting.
As for the Quickfire, although I do believe this is not becoming a TV host, that's not what this challenge was about. As been said from Season 1, this is not Top Cook, this is Top Chef. That type of thing, as Padma says, lets other people know about you, and flock to you. They get your name out there, and, as a chef, that's important. I thought the challenge was an interesting curveball. It's precise, but it allows the chefs to bring their own tastes out there. Unlike other challenges, like catering the Latin food, picking random neighborhoods, or that god-awful recreation challenge, the chefs were using their styles and their tastes. That's what they'll be known for.
The top three deserved it. Ariane did not complicate things, the most important thing is to get the challenge done. Fabio's dish was awesome and he had charisma about him, while Jeff took something complicated, but made it simple for everyone else. As for the bottom, it should have been Jamie. Easily. Alex made a very dumb move in chosing a creme brulee, yeah, I get it. But Jamie served raw egg. That's unforgivable. It's just like when the chefs elected to keep Casey over Brian despite her undercooked food.
I understand that, although I still hold that breakfast isn't all savory. Fruit and yogurt tends to be as popular as bacon and eggs.
I also prefer seeing the winners and losers separate. They separate them anyway when they discuss it with everyone there. Why not just do it then. Sure, when you're down to 7 or so, calling everyone at the same time (since it's everyone) makes sense. Before that, though, not really.
Many of these chefs are unknowns to me. Melissa seems to be fairly weak, as is Ariane. Eugene also blundered into his delicious meal the first time around, so I can't give him much credit. By contrast, Fabio and Leah are pretty strong, Radhika tends to be like Betty when it's hit or miss, same with Stefan. Carla could be in the top if she'd just plan things out more.
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The right person went home for sure. I'm not sure that his heart was in it at all with the wedding coming up and all. Also, who in the world does a creme brulee in such a short time? what an idiot!
So far there arent any chefs that really stand out, however I am really loving the Italian guy. He is a cutie.