Restaurant Wars - With eight chefs remaining, it's time for Restaurant Wars. The chefs are split into teams and must create a Chef’s Table restaurant concept, serving a seven course high-end tasting menu to the judges and All-Star panel.
I loved the way they altered Restaurant Wars to fit this season. It may not be a bad idea for them to adopt some form of this as the norm for restaurant wars. It allowed the chefs to focus on the things that a chef can truly control for the challenge, while not leaving them stuck with the things a chef would have a voice in when opening a restaurant, but not be totally focused on. It was also cool that it flipped the script on the contestants to not rely entirely on "well in past seasons, this role is really important so lets do it this way. One team clearly adapted to the changes much better than the others, and got the win they earned.
Totally agree - they need to keep this challenge around in some way. I remember they did something similar in a finale one year, but with a live audience, and it bombed. If they don't want to do Restaurant Wars this way every year, they should consider this as the finale format from now on -- but without an audience.
I have to agree, I really liked this format for RW! The first team crushed it in every way that someone COULD crush something! I was also happy to see Maria get the win, she is one of my faves, along with Shota and Gabe. The menu was perfect for this format too, Shota was on point with it.
I felt bad for the other team, I think that Dawn should have taken some of the blame, at least from the edit, for this loss regardless of how good her food was. Her lack of communication about her dishes early on was a factor in the missing menu continuity, if she had a vision earlier on they could have adjusted for the dishes and had better flow. Once I heard how much the judges liked her food I almost felt she was selfish in her actions because she benefited herself the most in this challenge. Gabe never should have done the amuse, he did not need to and as we all know you will be judged on ALL the food you put out even if it is not required.
I hear what you are saying Firewoman and think you have a point. That said, the biggest problem, which falls on all four of them, is that no one had the courage to step up and take a leadership role. Not uncommon for restaurant wars - the leader of a losing team is vulnerable. But not having a leader left them without a cohesive menu more than Dawn’s indecisiveness. I also think if she did it intentionally that the producers would have gotten her to admit that in an interview.
I really liked this format of RW, and was really happy for Shota's team, as they rose to the occasion a lot better than the other team. I'm not going to blame it all on Dawn because no one on that team wanted the leadership role, and it showed. I can't say that I blame them since that's who usually gets the ax, but they definitely would have benefitted from having one. I was really glad that Dawn and Chris was safe--that ice cream thingy looked really good. And I was very sad over who went home; hopefully LCK works their magic.