Can’t say I’m surprised re Howie. He was already on his way to crash-and-burn. But I do have to give him props for sticking to his guns because 1) the adage “don’t put it out there if you’re not proud of it” is true, and 2) abiding by the “just put it out there and move on” mentality endangers you to turn into a Mikey from Season 2. Howie was trying to avoid #2. In his estimation, the best thing for him to do was to take himself out.
The elimination challenge? OK, so most of these folks don’t cater. But if they’ve been in the biz for awhile, they all must’ve done some sort of big-soiree-with-the-trappings thing at some point. Granted the amount of $ was a drawback, but as Sara, Casey, and CJ proved, all it takes is a bit of imagination to make a dish special. I can understand why the judges gave Hung a hard time – c’mon, what he did wasn’t difficult and it was safe. Not something you would’ve expected judging from his Quickfire.
I was disappointed that the Sara/Casey dessert collaboration didn’t come together. One thing that’s always struck me about TC is just how little pastry/baking experience (with the exception of Elia) any of these cheftestants have. Given the time sequences any sort of major baking is an automatic no-no, but there are some relatively simple and quick things you could do…???
Who’ll be in the top 3 is still anyone’s guess. Sara’s beginning to grow on me. I hope she makes it.