It's easy to let Penny off the hook by saying that she's only playing a character for the sake of her "TV career," but my bet is that she really is an evil, deluded, bitch who seriously believed that she intimidated two chefs with more experience and talent in their pinkies than she in her whole gross body. And how ridiculous to say that she got bragging rights over Michael Symon, when he got chopped for leaving off an ingredient. (I believe she should have been chopped anyway, but the producers went for the surprise element of having one of the two famous chefs go out in the first round.)
I think that the FN execs are making a serious miscalculation if they believe that because Penny stirs things up with her offensive personality that the public finds her entertaining, or would ever want to see her on a regular basis.
As happy as I was that Penny didn't make the final two, I was even happier that Jeffrey Saad did. It was a reminder of how he got screwed when he lost Next Food Network Store to Melissa d'Arabian. He was always the better cook, and far more knowledgeable about food. And to my mind, the far more appealing personality. I loved how he asserted himself on Chopped All-Stars, while still being very respectful of Michael and Marcus and complimentary of their skills
He's a class act, and probably my all-time NFNS contestant. Just compare how he lost tonight to Penny's bitchy exit. (And it wasn't just the saffron that got her booted. She didn't even know she was supposed to remove the fish skin.)
"I own Jeffrey Saad." Yeah, right.
Good riddance Penny, congratulations Jeffrey and Marcus.
Edited by Northwester, May 7, 2012 @ 1:05 AM.