I was disappointed
I was disappointed
"To err is human, to arr is a pirate"
I only kind of like this show. I FFed to the end to see the judging. I hope Fashion Star begins a new trend in faster paced reality tv.
If I only knew the main courses were steak and squab, I would have thought Bobby's team had done the steak. On the appetizers, I probably would have guessed that Ann's team did the sweet potato crab canelloni because, if I'm remember right, Ann did something like that on the Next Iron Chef (but using eggplant). Marcus might have remembered Ann's dish from the NIC, but even if he guessed that was Ann's dish, I don't know whether that would help or hurt Ann. The desserts would have been a toss up.
Edited to add: I love it when the contestants get along and support each other. I much prefer seeing that to drama caused by idiots.
I think the judging was clean and above board. There really isn't much at stake to try and swing it one way or the other. Just another venue for chefs to keep their name in the media. Flays mistake was choosing Vinnie over the woman. Vinnies time management did him in with the risotto and brule. Flay knew this to be his big problem. Bad call, nothing more.
Really all the contestants did was make a meal chosen by the chefs AND did a dry run. It was not creative on their part. Just another fluffy reality offering.
And I will add that it is impossible to make a porterhouse steak consistantly medium rare because of the difference in thickness and proximity to the bone. Yes her steak was too done but the comment that it was not consistant was just silly.
I didn't think the judging was right given what we were shown. Kelly's dishes got more hits, Vinny's got more praises. However, we all know how editing goes so I wish they would have shown us what the judges really said about the dishes to make them choose Kelly. I suspect if we were shown it all, then it would be pretty obvious who won and why.
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When Bobby was teaching Vinnie how to make the creme brulee', I was yelling at the TV...I was taught to put the water into the bigger pan *after* the pan was already in the oven. And to only bring the water up 2/3 of the way to the top, not almost all the way.
I wasn't rooting specifically for either one, so I'm OK with the outcome. (Although I would have liked Bobby to win, but I just wasn't that vested in the whole thing.) The meals looked great, though.
With the editing showing more hits on Kelly's dishes, I told my husband she was the winner. I agree with you - I wish we could see a true representation of the judge's comments. I think watching some of the actual deliberation would be fascinating. With all of this stupid fake-out editing, we're left not really knowing what gave Kelly the edge over Vinnie.
I was rooting a bit more for Vinnie, but I liked both Vinnie and Kelly, so I was happy with the outcome as well.
I thought that was dumb, too, having the pan so far away from the oven. Couldn't you put water in the pan first, while it's on the oven rack, and then add the ramekins?? Plus, I remember a chef on tv making cheesecake and instead of putting the pan in a water bath, he put a second pan filled with water on a rack under the cheesecake. He said that you only need the water in the oven to create steam. The water doesn't have to be actually touching the pan the cheesecake is in.
I wonder if Bobby has ever made that recipe himself. I have a hard time believing water got in the second time. It looked to me like the ramekins had foil over them and it was probably condensation from it that made the dessert too runny.