I DON'T KNOW WHY I'M GOING HOME: And on Top Chef All Stars tonight, I can't explain it either. I don't even know that an elimination by Gail Simmons and Katie Lee should even count on a show that's bringing back Anthony Bourdain and Wylie Dufresne next week.
Seriously. This isn't just Somerton pride speaking here. No way a strong chef like Jenn Carroll should be going home ahead of someone who didn't contribute a damn thing to the meal. And Tre's "I knew it was a shitty, overly salty sauce but didn't do anything about it" is a worse offense than Jen's "the dish I cooked tasted better than the one you claim you ate."
These were fair challenges, to be sure, and I do wonder if the lack of sleep got to Jenn temperamentally just as much as the length of the competition did her first time around. Clearly, by Judges Table she was at the end of her reserves -- but it's food, not attitude, which is supposed to decide things. This very good show got slightly less good tonight.
(That I'm sick of Angelo and especially Fabio is a side point.)