I don’t mean that as an insult, think about it, consistency is key when you go to a restaurant. You’re not going to go somewhere that has the best food in the world and great service one week and the next week seats you outside by the dumpster and gives you a bowl of Puppy Chow. Sure, you had a great meal there, but the bad experience is going to stop you from coming back. No, you’re going to repeatedly visit the place where the food is pretty good, the people are nice, and you have a basic idea of what to expect. You may try the Puppy Chow place every now and then, but you won’t be frequenting it.
And now we discuss the results…
So, Alasdair & James got by on flashes of brilliance and Michele & Russell on consistently doing their job pretty well. To me, the choice then became the team that could create a spectacular restaurant or a huge dud or the team that you knew would deliver something respectable. Alasdair and James squeaked through for weeks on end with the promise that they could be great, but consistency won out, it had to. Unless Raymond was going to be with Alasdair & James every night to watch every step, there was no way he could open a restaurant with them. He let them continue in the competition hoping that they would learn consistency, but they didn’t, which made Raymond’s final choice that much easier.
I might be more interested in Alasdair & James’ menu, but Michele & Russell’s restaurant is the one I’d rather go to. For my money, Raymond made the right choice.
But, go ahead, tell me I’m wrong and that Michele and Russell were just as mercurial. If you saw something I didn’t, speak up. If you don't I can only assume that I'm right.