Oh, Orchid.

By: Grant Dudley
FNS7 Episode 2 Star Challenge Scarpetta

FNS7 Episode 2 Star Challenge Scarpetta

FNS7 Episode 2 Finalist Orchid Paulmeier reviewing her journal in Stew Room before cooking for Star Challenge at Scarpetta.

Photo by: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Edward Chen/Creel Films, 2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

She’s gone and I’m sad.

Was I surprised by her elimination? I wasn’t, but I still hated to see her go. She started off as a front-runner in this competition and a fan favorite. But something happened. She began to change in the last couple of episodes. Did she start to lose confidence? Was she homesick? Were the other finalists intimidating her? Whatever the case, I had been hopeful that she would pull it together and bring back the Orchid we all loved. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Sigh.

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