Tom is tough. What would he prepare if asked to make a dish for 250 people totally alone in 3 hours? If you were in the catering business, you had years to perfect dishes that stand up well. These chefs are not caterers. I have never had fabulous food at a gathering that large, ever, and I have been to some very fancy affairs. Everything was tasty but I never wanted the recipe. I watch this show to see the precious, fancy dishes they make when not so restricted and wtih a reasonable number of diners.
I think we all predicted Tom's words on Ariane's deviled eggs. Ariane not being in the bottom gives a clue as to how bad Gene, Jamie and Melissa's dishes were!
Preview: God I love Fabio, "this is top chef, not top scallop." And Carla, "this is the new judge? Gail? Gail!" These are two of my favorite chefs.
I love the relationship between Ariane and Jamie, too. This is a good group and that was illustrated by them all helping Hosea and Radika. I do believe that this was instrumental in the decision not to boot anyone. It was not about the "holiday." How could they since the two all helped ended up at the top?
I am looking forward to the next episode. I assume it will not be shown on Christmas Eve. I love Tivo.