I think that the service actually went quite well. With a small team they served the entire restaurant and got all the way through dessert (considering the fact that they started with more than twice as many people and couldn’t get through appetizers). The only complaint that made the cut was the underdone risotto. Bonnie got complemented on her Wellingtons.
I don’t think Bonnie is that devious, as was suggested earlier. Inasmuch as the contestants are thinking strategically, the producers are catching and showing that stuff on the live cams and the confessionals. She comes off as kind of a ditz but is showing a higher level of competence in the kitchen. It was interesting that no further mention was made of her throwing out a whole pan of fish.
Jen is obviously a bit moody. Again she’s not been kicked off because she’s getting the product out to GR’s standards. I remain curious if the pulling the food out of the trash incident will still bite her in the ass – she may have learned her lesson, but what about the producers and the PR people at Green Valley Ranch? “Yes, our new Head Chef tried to serve garbage to people on national TV, but she did win a reality show! Can I interest you in a $30 appetizer?”
Rock can cook, he knows his stuff, and he can handle pressure. But he is so full of himself! A couple of weeks ago my impression was that if he’s not likable that’s ok, because a head chef, like Ramsay, should be willing to ride his staff. But Ramsay rides his staff to get high quality food to the customers. Rock is all about what’s good for Rock.
It’ll be interesting to see how they do next week when they have a shot at running the kitchen; and how the finalists do in a couple of weeks when they have to get the season’s previous losers to work for them.
On a final note, I want to second Auntbeast’s call for a “Julia at the Culinary Institute” show.