By Ezra Klein
Put aside Eli’s dickish patter. Robin won the quickfire with the plainest looking plate of food to ever grace the show. An apple and fennel salad. And an apple crisp. If you’d given me a menu of everything cooked in Wednesday’s quickfire, this would literally be the last item I’d order. But it won.
The recipe gives some indication of why: it’s a lot more complex than the show let on. It is, for instance, a Cardamom Ginger Crisp. The raw apple and fennel salad was dressed with a ginger vinaigrette. The amaratto caramel and the cardamom whipped cream both look pretty good. And there’s a case to be made that the spartan crunch of the raw salad and the obvious decadence of the crisp provided the sharpest angel/devil contrast of any of the entries. But still: salad and a crisp? Shouldn’t imagination count for a bit more?