Personally, I really enjoyed it. Of course I am a Richard Blais fan through and through and not a Marcel fan at all. So I'm sure that colored my perception of the show. I will have to agree that Richard's facial expressions were a bit bizarre. But I truly enjoyed the format of the show and also the cooking. And I like the idea that they are going to have a face-off of all the winners for the finale. I like the concept. One thing that I did not like and seemed to be a bit set up was the fact that each won the other's specialty. I call a bit of BS on that. Overall, an interesting premiere episode.