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Finale time. This worldly traveling circus has come down to the Strategist Nookie, the Relentless Avery, and Bubbly Liz. Obviously when looking at the map in a culinary voyage around the world we can’t overlook… Uruguay? In a coastal wedgie between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has never been on the cusp of culinary greatness, but their food has a fondness for beef, chicken cutlets, blood sausage, honeyed booze, and citrus fruits. This should be interesting, but before it all goes down, we have to go through the season's highs and lows. Though I vowed never to look at the Demon Chef ever again, there he is, dreamily hitting on Avery. Creepiest man on the planet.
They get on the ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento, across the Rio de la Plata. This is a geography lesson to you and me. I went to the handy Google maps. In the sleepy little town of Sacramento the chefs find their challenge. They must purvey at three shops and create a typical Uruguayan dish. They have two hours and a map. There is a produce store, a dry goods shop, and a butcher. No baker or candlestick maker, but you get the idea.
Avery has some funny things she says; funny like Yogi Berra. She says “conversate”, which is kind of yokel way of sounding all smart (it’s a backformation), and then later in the show she says “time restraint.” It’s constraint. Silly Avery. But she’s a good shopper and a fine chef.
The cheftestants shop through the sleepy little town that would be an awesome location for a modern western movie, and meet up with their regional experts on the local cuisine, Cat and Curtis. I think something must have fallen through at the last minute because I don’t think that Cat and Curtis know anything about Uruguayan food at all; I certainly didn’t until about 20 minutes ago. Evidently they love arugula down there, cause all three of the chefs make some sort of protein salad thing. And the main drag in town is named after FDR. Facts come in handy. You can use that in a trivia night sometime.
I had to wait several days til I could see the finale; and it was better than I expected. So glad Avery chose an actual chef to be her opponent, and so glad the Nookie show was over. This has been a tough show to love: so many good concepts and so many really ugly aspects. I truly love the international aspect of this series, and the contests to get the "exceptional ingredient" (as well as the actual ingredients) have been genius. Please work on the judging; and I love bringing in places like the little town in Uruguay. A country is more than just it's capital and signature dish. If crafted a bit more, this could be one of the most brilliant cooking competitions going. But, only if Chef Hugh continues to call the shots. Best blog on television.
I've been rooting for Avery all season, so I was pleased to see her win. I was surprised to see that she chose Liz for the final competition, but as I watched I thought it was the right move. Liz's food looked awesome, so good for her, too!
I'm thrilled that you will be blogging about TC Masters! I'll be sure to read your hilarious recaps.
I totally agree. After a season of conniving, some cheating and big talk by poor chefs, I'm also glad to see the proof was in the eating.
Yay! I'm glad to hear you'll be blogging for the Masters. I'll be sure to read it each week as usual.
You hit the nail on the head with "Uruguayan" cuisine - what the heck is it?? If you didn't know then nobody knew, ha ha. Clearly Cat and Curtis didn't, except to generalize about South American food.
Your blogs have been the best thing about this show! (Or any TC show for that matter.) Can't wait till you start on S4 of TCM.