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This week brought our chefs to Barcelona, Spain, a city known for its rich and complex Catalan cuisine. Barcelona—and Spain, in general—is home to some of the best chefs in the world. But great food is not necessarily just the work of talented chefs. Some of the most talented people in the food industry are the fishermen and farmers who catch, cultivate, and prep the food with a craftsman’s respect and skill.
So it was great to start our chefs off at the Clock Tower at Port Vell. Seafood is such an important part of Catalan cuisine, and it’s always amazing to see ingredients in their raw form. Even better was watching our chefs experience the often thankless task of fabricating the daily catch.
Some chefs struggled while others like Nookie clearly knew how to work a knife and just got down to business. The Red Team won the exceptional ingredient, red prawns, but the Black Team had the upper hand. Nookie had lived in Barcelona and Jenna is fluent in Spanish. I know which team I would rather be on.
It's too bad the rules call for the chefs to vote off one of their own. They are not being objective, as they mostly are in Top Chef. In the final episode of 80 Plates, instead of crowning the best chef, they'll merely be crowning the best survivor. This show has nothing to do with cooking. That's only the vehicle. It's all about backstabbing and personalities. It should be called "80 Plates Survivor".
Too bad. It's a good concept.
I like this show and Im not normally a cooking show watcher. On the other hand I don't like that some talented chefs are going home. Unlike Top Chef these folks are going home for their behavior not their cooking ability. I keep hoping that in the end the remaining chefs will get judged for their cooking. So I can't wait to see if all those that left get to come back and choose who wins based upon the dish that is served.
Actually, I LIKE the fact that the other chefs vote one off, and that personality enters into it. This makes it very different from Top Chef format (which I love, btw) and addresses the issue that us viewers tend to whine about: what takes place in the kitchen. Eventually the dynamic will change and they'll start strategizing who to vote off, but for now, I've gotta agree with the first two "vote offs."
I don't like the chefs voting each other out either. If the winner turns out to be a terrible chef like Chaz, I'll skip the next seasons.
It is unfortunate that the chefs vote off another chef on each episode. This really has nothing to do with the food and all about scheming and manipulating and people generally being ugly to one another. Changing locales to such beautiful and interesting places and highlighting regional cuisines and specialties while incorporating a competition is a good concept. The execution needs some tweaking. Also, too much of the show has the chefs running around getting lost on highways, herding animals into pens. . . who cares. I had such high hopes for this show while Top Chef is between seasons.
I am really disappointed by this show. It's not about the food at all. I watched the barcelona episode because I'm planning a trip there but otherwise I give this show a thumbs down. Hugh's blog is the only savig grace and luckily I don't have to watch the show to read his blog!
I cannot stand this show!!!! Did you run out of Top Chef Masters to deal with ? I love you Curtis but this show is awful - again nothing to do with the hosts - the concept - not working. But Liz is sweet and Jenna is annoying.
Glad Chaz went home on the May 30th show!
What I think is really sad is that Avery almost got kicked off because of the strategy of the guys on Chaz's team. I'm seeing that this show isn't about talent but about conniving and ganging up on chefs that others feel are threatening to them. If Avery, who had one of the best dishes, got kicked off last night that would have been the end of me watching this show. It would have made no sense if one of the chef's who failed to make a decent dish stayed while the one who made a good one went home. I really hope Bravo changes the format if they run this show again. It is just a HUGE mistake to use the Survivor show strategy. It's not about who can stay the longest to win but who is the best chef who DESERVES to win.
I agree, the concept is flawed, its totally unfair to vote someone off because he or she consistently puts out good dishes, Avery almost got voted out last night , why? because she made one of the best plates? If someone who is a mediocre cook winds up with a new car and $150000.00 because they were able to backstab their way to the prize, that will be the end of my interest in the show, other than that, I love the show.