So I know Sportsbet has been saying for several weeks now that Reynold wasn't in the top two but until I saw it with my own eyes I wasn't prepared to believe it. But yet again, they were right, and as a member of Team ABR I can't say I'm displeased about it.
And if that seems heartless, particularly considering Reynold cried a couple of times during his one-hour tasting/elimination (it seriously felt like it took up half the episode), it's not because as far as I am concerned he shouldn't have even been in the final thre since he took Callum's spot. And the judges could not have done more to get him into the final two so no wonder he seemed so shocked. He probably figured they'd find a way to save him but I don't think that the guest chef would have had a bar of it if they'd tried.
I also find it very schadenfreudelicious that Reynold's arrogance is what brought him unstuck. You wouldn't believe the amount of crap Emilia has been getting from Reynold fans on the MC AU Facebook page about how she lacks humility because she said at one stage recently, "I'm an exceptional cook." And yes, I suppose that could be seen as big-headed but, let's face it, she IS. Jeez, look at how brilliantly she did tonight. But at least she's humble enough to know that when a chef with all that experience sets you a difficult pressure test, you bloody better make sure you follow his recipe to the absolute letter. Reynold had the guest chef offside within the first half hour when he came over and made a comment about Reynold's caramel, and Reynold was all, "I've made caramel thousands of times before. I've got this." That's a far worse kind of arrogance in my view because he thought he knew better than that highly lauded chef.
I'm about to head over to the Facebook page and watch it melting down!
Edit: The main thing they're outraged about is the fact that Laura beat Reynold. They say she should have given him her spot because without his help she wouldn't be in the final. Actually, no, it was mainly Emilia who helped Laura, and Laura would have done the same for either of them. Not to mention, did she force Reynold to sweeten his caramel or stuff up those leaves in the oven?