So Amy gets sent home for blubbering in front of the camera exactly like she did five weeks ago....and four weeks ago, and three weeks ago, and... What did they expect? She has a couple of halfway decent camera presentations and she's going to turn into Ina Garten? She was way past her shelf life. I'm sorry they led her on for so long.
I absolutely disagree with the notion that potatoes and hot dogs was "the most difficult paring." Yes, cooking the potatoes in limited time is a challenge, but as for the pairing: every Jewish deli-restaurant from Ben's to Katz on 2nd Avenue makes a mashed potato-stuffed roll (like a knish) with a hot dog. While I'm sure there are no gourmet Jewish delis in the far reaches of Louisiana, Bobby certainly should have known better. Any five-year-old will tell you that hot dogs and potatoes (french fries, tater tots, etc.) are a natural taste combination.
Sorry to go after Flay again, but I'm also going to nab him for the assertion that Matthew should have used blue cheese instead of mozzarella in his buffalo pizza pocket. Had he done that, what exactly would have made it pizza at all? I can hear Bobby: "I like this, but it's just dough stuffed with buffalo chicken. Nothing about it reminds me of pizza." Crumbling some blue cheese in addition to the mozzarella, maybe; instead of...no.
Let's don't get into Giada's obnoxious pronunciation of "mozzarella" (that "fragile" cheese). If Matthew hadn't used buffalo sauce, had used tomato sauce instead...here we go again: "This is just a chicken parmesan pocket, it has nothing to do with buffalo wings." They made up the stupid challenge, and then critiqued the cook for fulfilling it. I dunno, maybe he used too much buffalo sauce. Anyway, I do thank Giada for once again for bringing the girls to the show. Always a pleasure to see them. And we're seeing more of them this season than if this were Cinemax After Dark.
Jason's chili/deviled eggs looked good to me! I'm impressed that he got the flavor of full-on chili into the beans without meat.
Rusty's corn-dog was worth it just for the look of obvious repulsion on Giada's face at having to bite into it. Someone needs to loop that expression and her failed attempt to bite into it as an animated gif. Dank meme waiting to happen.
Yes, we all hate to say it, but Matthew was excellent this week. He didn't try to usurp the group presentation (I was sure he would) and in fact, he came off as a team player--which, as we all know, he's not. In fairness, if I'd never seen Matthew before and had tuned into FNS for the first time tonight, I'd have said he was a charming, personable young chef and would win this competition by a mile.
He absolutely did. Re-watch the episode (if you dare...it was pretty lousy overall): he called at least one of the guys "honey" (I think it was Matthew) at least once. I distinctly remember, because I thought it was kind of odd.