Wickett (left) got off on the wrong foot by pushing back on the challenge to "deconstruct" a dish and reinterpret it to show individual cooking style.
What head judge Tom Colicchio said in his blog:
"For Laurine and others to say 'that’s not what I do' makes no sense to me. The point is to stretch yourself as a chef. You may not be a chef who does this often, but this doesn’t mean you can’t give the matter some thought, apply your knowledge of your craft, and come up with a thousand different ways to rework something so that the flavors are there along with the imagination."For the Eliminaton Challenge, Wickett's dish was a deconstructed fish and chips, malt sabyon, tartar sauce and tomato confit with ginger and garlic.
Colicchio said she was in the bottom three for " ... technical reasons: it was so poorly executed."
San Franciscans eliminated in past episodes are Preeti Mistry, executive chef for Bon Appetit Management Co. at Google headquarters in Mountain View, and Mattin Noblia, chef/owner of Iluna Basque in North Beach.
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