Alex’s apparent failure to follow the rules on Top Chef 7 didn’t get him sent home for one reason, according to Tom Colicchio: “Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.”
Tom copied and pasted that sentence 10 times into his post-episode commentary, and that they didn’t have time to check to see if Alex broke the rules, especially because the only rule was that each chef take credit for one dish: “We don’t have time in the shooting schedule to halt production and go watch the dailies to see how much of the dish Alex claimed as his heâ€™d actually cooked. He claimed responsibility for that dish.”
Besides being plagued by cheating allegations, Alex was a dolt in the front of the house, but Tom adds, “I’ve always thought it odd that the show puts two chefs out in the front of the house and have long begged the producers to change that aspect of Restaurant Wars.” He wants everyone to cook and someone else to actually manage the restaurant. On a show called Top Chef?