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There was something kind of perfect about kicking off Around the World in 80 Plates in London. Here were these 12 kids, who love food and cooking, chasing their dreams down cobblestone streets with the Thames in the background. I remember that.
I was 21 when I landed in London. I’d been traveling through Europe with my best mate when I decided I was going to work for legendary chef Marco Pierre White — no matter what it took. So I knocked on the door of the Grill Room at Café Royal and offered to work for free. Not exactly the same thing as downing a yard of beer as fast as humanly possible, but the spirit was the same. I didn’t know it then, but I’d spend the next 8 years getting my ass kicked in Marco’s kitchens.
I started out on the bottom rung of the culinary ladder, prepping mirepoix and washing lettuce (as well as my share of dishes and floor mats). I hustled for months before an opening came up for Sous Chef. And I didn’t get it. I was moaning on to the Executive Chef, who looked at me and said, “You wanker, you show up here when everyone else does. You leave when everyone else does. Why would Marco notice you? You’re just another prep cook.” From that day on, I showed up early and stayed late. I got my ass kicked even more. But in three months I was Sous Chef.
I love you and Cora, but this show will not hold me. I want to see what your producers consider "typical" in Germany, then I'm gone. I do not like the grp vote. I could see the group putting up two, and then the judges decide, but this is all about gameplay and bullying. No thanks! And never did we see HOW the dishes were prepared!
Music too loud!! Love the excitement of moving cities/cuisines. Do not like that the judges don't select the chef to go home. That scenario makes the atmosphere too cut throat. It becomes about the game instead of the food.
Agree about the group vote, I don't think that's the best way to send someone home. I think the judges should ultimately decide. Change that, and then I might stick with the show.
I wish cooking shows would get back to the cooking. Even one of the contestants acknowledged that this wasn't about who is the best chef and will use any tricks or manipulation to win. At least he's honest about how fraudulent this format is. This is now a show I want to watch.
I love food shows. I love travel. Thus I was fully on board to loving this show. And overall I do. HOWEVER, the elimination by the peers is a HUGE turn-off for me. Enough to really ruin the entire program for me. It just ensures that the go-to tactic will be to get rid of the strongest competitor. Besides, it leaves nothing for the judges to do other than eat. If the winners are determined by the locals dining in the restaurants, and the losers by their teammates, what exactly are Curtis and Cora doing?
I was not a fan of the cutthroat atmosphere. Should not be about "chess" but about food. I will watch once more than decide.
I like Curtis a great deal from previous shows, but had to stop watching this new show 15 minutes in. The non-stop music that played, even over the talking interviews, was too much. Too loud, too busy, and not relaxing to watch. Way overdone on the music. Disappointed but looking forward to the return of other cooking shows on Bravo.
watching the contestants gulp down the food is not good. this is the opposite of culinary. there is nothing about this format that celebrates the food or the chefs. and gorging like pig at a trough is not the way to "experience the food" of a new city or country. sorry Bravo. i am a big TC fan, but this is a swing and a miss.
I found Nookie's strategy appalling and even worst was Jenna (I believe). Is she that much of a sheep to be led into his web. That would not have happened if it were me. I would have spoken up re their dishes (not mine that was on the line). Jenna should know that bubble and squeak is pretty much overcooked (that is the way it is suppose to be). I don't like that the chefs can vote each other off, this does not seem that someone with talent may necessarily win (but someone like Nookie or Chaz) manipulating people (who seem to not have a mind of their own). Remember -- what goes around, comes around. I will watch another show, but I don't think I like this premise and it is like all the other reality shows that let the audience vote for who are popular, not talented and that is the reason I watch NONE of them. I am very disappointed. I was looking forward to this new season.
I have to agree with the others. I was prepared to really like this show but it was a miss for me. Eating food you couldn't really taste because you were in a hurry, drinking beer and not trying steak and kidney pie because of time... then not showing how anything was made.
I don't care for the voting either. Why have celebrity guests there at all? The voting is to political. They talked about voting someone off because they are a good chef??
What sort of a blog is this? All you do is talk about yourself, Curtis.
What sort of a show is this? I'm willing to wait and see. But I want to see cooking, not backbiting and scheming.