But, the 20 minute folks, like Andrew, I think were hamped by having such a short time, even if their main items could be cooked faster.
I'm co-signing this, ImNotLeesa - 20 minutes isn't a lot of time to do anything of substance, really. If it was just one item, then okay, but no one cooks just corn, or a scallop, or shrimp. If you're all set up with your mis en place, dishes, pots, etc, then sure, but to start empty-handed ?
A big "thank you" to Top Chef (along with 10 other shows) for making it official - I will now NEVER attempt risotto, and I'm a fair-to-good home cook. What is it about risotto ?!? It's an absolute killer on this show. Is it really that hard to make properly ?
That poor guy - sorry, cannot remember his name - but the really good looking guy who tried to make the 40 minute risotto. Good Lord, was I pulling for him, but when the clock was ticking down I kept thinking "Just get it plated. Take the damn metal tray over if you have to !"
Oh, and "yes" to Hugh Acheson being creepy, avecsans (clever name, BTW.)
Even if he did get his Andy Rooney eyebrows weed-whacked recently. That guy puts my creepdar on eleven.