Didn't they have to cook in dorm rooms during the first season? On hot plates, in microwaves and in one case, the shower? (Or, what biakbiak said.)
Yes there have been awkward places to cook that impose limitations. My problem is that the limitations were not equally spread out. The first round got in and got to cook with the space and equipment they wanted. They others? Not so much. To me that's a big difference than everyone has to cook in a dorm room.
I'm not sure if it is poor planning or the theme of throwing as much shit at them and hoping for DRAMA! Instead we get chefs scurrying frantically in the kitchen like rats when the health inspector throws the lights on. Or Marcel in a regular season.
Overall the season seems flat. The judges are charm free. I'm guessing to match vanilla scented air gel boi Curtis Stone. And since I wasn't a fan of the product of Muppet on Barbie rape even before the season started, it drives me nuts that he can't seem to keep his yap shut. Padma sometimes is annoying, but she never came off as leading the critique as much as stone did tonight in the quickfire.
At first I thought it was, as already mentioned, a bit too much like watching a regular season. But after tonight I felt like I was watching something on food network with Guy Fieri sweating-hosting. Or maybe some kind of scrapped Christopher Guest sly parody that failed in the comic area. I'm hoping when it gets down to a few they just let them cook their asses off and not have so many silly hoops and hurdles (for the time why not have the right number of meat grinders already set up and tested to function -- I don't watch TC Masters to see a bunch of people try and get the their meat ground in time-- I'm not sitting on the edge of my seat at the clock runs down; I'm enjoying the time granted to go to the fridge and find something to snack on). Hopefully the Food Networkization will bite the producers in the ass and they will stick with Stone, the judges and the format for just one season.
My luck? I'm betting it sticks and I can only hope Stone's over-product laden hair goes up in flames some challenge. Then he'll actually match my nickname for him of Bloomin' Onion.