You know, dahlings, Sandee made a good point in her exit interview on the Bravo TV site. If you are going to judge on the quality of food or a technicality, shouldn’t you be consistent or announce the rules ahead of time?
Let’s take good old Howie. I like him. I like his brashness, the fact that he is Tom’s mini-me, and his outrageous chutzpah in creating something so ordinary (Jamaican Jerk Pork) for a high end party that Ms. Place feels confident she could make the same dish and do better!
So what are the inconsistencies?
Technicality: Howie did not finish plating. He presented half his dish.
Quality of food: Clay’s food fell short of perfection and he was asked to pack up his knives and go.
Technicality: Sandee poached rather than barbecued her lobster. She did not meet the criteria of the challenge.
Quality of food: Neither Joey or Howie prepared high end dishes. They created comfort food for an ordinary July 4th party instead. And they whined and complained and bickered like little girls in front of the judges. Ick.
So, judges, what are the true criteria? Inquiring minds want to know.
BTW, the judging criteria was so inconsistent, no one was more surprised than the other chefs when they learned Sandee was cut. Before she left they all gave this popular chef a group hug.