I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, having heard and read about how different it was. However, I even enjoyed the
At the moment I don't think there is anyone who is head and shoulders above the others. In fact I can't even call the final three or four. I know who I'd like to be there, but that's not the same thing.
My wild card is James (the carpenter). I admit I was very guilty of 'judging the book by the cover' when it came to seeing him initially - and that's something I rarely do. However, his food is excellent and he comes across as a really lovely young man. I'm not quite sure he has the experience or flair to go all the way, but I'd put him in the running, definitely my wild card.
Tim (the American) is another one who intrigues me and who, as with James, I've taken a shine to. 'From out of space' is what I believe Greg said about him - and it's true. Some of the dishes he's come up with have had the judges really dubious until they taste them - he could go all the way or crash next week.
Alice (mother and part-time model) I think will go far and I think having to face the cook off this week will actually make her stronger. She was so surprised, shocked and stunned by her dish not being liked and disappointing the judges so much so she did end up in the cook off. I'm sure that will do her good.
I really like Sara (ICU sister), but I fear her nerves will get the better of her. It just goes to show how you can be successful and confident in your own environment - you're not an ICU sister if you aren't calm and confident - and yet not so much in other things. I really like her though, she's gentle.
I was surprised to see Polly (stay at home mum and pudding whiz) go out this week rather than Kennedy (classical cellist whose career could have come to an abrupt end when he cut the top of his finger off last week). When it came to the cook off dish, she made one 'mistake' under cooking her 'veg' (I can't remember what it was) but so did Alice. Yet Kennedy had three things mentioned as not being right, but he went through. I know we don't see as much as they do and maybe it's also based on other things, but I was very surprised. I don't think Kennedy will go much further.
The person I have, I must confess, taken a dislike to is Jackie (the vegetarian). There are a couple of reasons, but the main one was when in the first real round John and Greg asked about her dish saying that another contestant was also cooking that and which did she think would be better and Jackie very cockily, IMHO, said hers, because she'd been to the country, whereas the other lady was only doing it from what she thought it was like. It was her tone and her attitude, she came over as very arrogant. Although I did have to take my hat off to her after dropping her dish on the floor, she had to start again from scratch with scant minutes to spare, but still managed to do a good job. I just don't really like her - sorry.
The other three, Annie, Peter and Tom, haven't really made a huge impact on me at the moment. They haven't stood out either as being excellent or mediocre they are just 'there'. Of the three Annie has made the biggest impact, but not in the lines of others. So it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.
All in all I'm really enjoying it and am looking forward to next week all ready.
Note to self: Find a food icon.