I just chalked it up to French Onion soup being so incredibly basic in concept, any novice with almost zero cooking skills can make it:
Cook some onions, add stock, cook a while longer, cover with bread & cheese. Done.
I think at this point, more technique and finesse is what they expect, especially as they know she can rise above a simple soup.
And they have to screw with people's heads at this point and can't let anybody get comfortable! *LOL*
And I say the worst of the worst in ANY TV cooking show was Penny Davidi. And she made the rounds of ALL of them, un