Tom's blog was quite interesting - they trucked in a haul of veggies from the Santa Monica Farmers Market for the challenge.
While Kevin's recipe did use small amounts of butter and cream, I am still scratching my head as to why there were more obvious choices -- pasta seems like a no brainer and there was no restriction on cheese. Since I'm far from a top chef, I can only point out the obvious like cheese tarts, various savory cheese puddings and/or gourmet type of mac n cheese -- accompanied by the "veggie" stuff on the side.
He also took some time to discuss his take on Kevin's simpler style versus the V brothers more elaborate styles -- and bottom line is that it has to TASTE good.
I don't think they saved Jen because of her past -- at least per Tom. Jen's dish was tasty although it was too small and side dishy. Mike's plate consisted of two mediocres and one truly ghastly - and it didn't make sense on any kind of level.
Robin's dish (per Tom) was okay but just not a cohesive vision. I don't hate on Robin but she has had some incredibly lucky breaks at Judge's Table since she is still there ONLY because there always seemed to be someone who produced something really terrible.
And I did derive intense satisfaction from Mike departing prior to Robin. He certainly was totally without redeeming value -- I had saved the first episode on TIVO and was fast forwarding through it -- from his initial assumption that Jen was a pastry chef; to his dismissing Robin as a threat by calling her an old lady to his dismay that Jen -- a mere GIRL -- was shucking clams as quickly as he was -- what a DB.
Some days I pray for Silence, Some days I pray for Soul,
Some days I just pray to the God of Sex and Drums and Rock 'N' Roll.