Graham Elliot: The coconut, the candy sprinkles and the individually-wrapped cheese slices. Regardless of how refined their palates are, they still gravitate toward bright colors and things they probably know are bad for them.
GE: The sprinkles and chocolate hazelnut spread. He spent the rest of the time throwing oranges around the pantry and swinging a cucumber at the other kids.
GE: It's our nightly routine to cook a late-night snack of scrambled eggs when I get home from the restaurant. He gets his stool, and he cracks his own eggs and stirs — the whole deal.
GE: Nope! What you see is what you get. All of the kids got along great — they hung out and played before and after filming the show.
GE: Well, there's a special technique to cleaning the crab that they would have needed to figure out and — similar to the calamari — the pan has to be exactly the right temp to evenly brown the outside and cook the center. They also would have had to make an aioli and make sure it was the right balance of richness and acidity to work with the naturally sweet crab.
GE: One-hundred percent! We always talk about how he is funny and nice to a fault. And I think it comes out in his cooking and personality
GE: We went behind the glass and chatted at least three times because it was that close. We are looking for the best amateur home chef, and we don't want feel pressured to eliminate someone who shouldn't be going home.
GE: Paula played an integral part in moving the competition forward to the MC final episodes, choosing — along with Gordon, Joe and myself — the two finalists who skip a competition round to advance to the top four.
GE: It's a tie between fried chicken, shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy.
GE: The alligator because its intimidating and exotic enough to scare the other cooks, but it's actually easy to tenderize, flavor and prepare. It would be a good psychological move against the other competitors.
GE: Yeah, it's always nice to see positive spirits rewarded. They are both great people and contestants.
GE: It's definitely technical and requires a lot of finesse for plating, but both Gordon's and Joe's were equally tough, so it was anyone's game.
GE: Aside from the beef being closer to medium, Krissi's dish was spot on — which I think surprised even her. James' obviously didn't set, making it the worst dish.
GE: Next week is as bad as it gets... that's all I'm going to say!
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