VintageJ May 22, 2021 Share May 22, 2021 (edited) Loved Gail at Kokoson. She was giddy over the menu and loved her going over it saying “I want that, can’t wait for that, and that is always my F*&#$ing favorite ...”. All of the judges had a great time. They were laughing, smiling and talking. Maria was a great FOH. She was engaging and attentive. It was like you were at her house in Tucson and the judges felt that. The fact that Padma chose to tell her in real time that she was killing it says a lot to me. It was clear to me after their service that Kokoson won. Penny would have to be flawless to beat them. And I was thrilled to see Maria win. If Shota had won, it would have been equally justified. He was great. I think the reason Maria won was because she ruled FOH and a big part of dining at the chef’s table is interaction with the chefs and she gave them a great experience on top of the wonderful meal. The food spoke for itself. And I love Maria so I’m glad she won. Team Penny. No one wanted to do anything, it seems, except cook. They didn’t want to interact with the judges, didn’t want to assign roles, didn’t want to take charge, nothing. Sara could see the problems but as someone upthread mentioned, she didn’t voice them. Dawn should have communicated more about her first dish, but someone should have pushed more to say we need more info to make this cohesive. But then again, they just settled on seafood as a theme and decided to let each chef just cook so they started out with no clear direction. They could have had general guidelines for the progression like the first course should be raw, second course a pasta, etc. but they just left it up to the individual so ... this happens. Edited May 22, 2021 by VintageJ 11 Link to comment
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.