We are still in a Florentine frenzy after the casting off of Gary. Jenna and Liz are trying to make amends in transit as they have been placed on the same team, but like bleach and ammonia, some things are not a healthy mix. Jenna wants Liz to find her inner chef, one full of ego and evil. John, the chauffeur for this leg of the Infiniti Jest, remarks that all chefs are egotistically unstable. Going to agree with John on this one: his Midwestern logic is hard to argue with sometimes. Jenna meanwhile feels like she has been “kicked in the nuts,” the second time I can remember her uttering this this season. If I said the gender reverse of this I would be properly admonished. I am again at a loss for words.
Off to the Modena. This should be cheesy. In all seriousness, the earthquake in May near Modena really took its toll, with a devastating death toll and a real impact on industry in the region. Our hearts go out to the multitudes affected. Parmagiano Reggiano, one of the most important regional exports, lost upwards of 10% of their production. Sadly this is not a cheese that you can just make overnight, so this hit will have long term impact.
What is tattooed on Avery’s back? I am hoping it says Original Gangsta. When I was growing up I had an acquaintance who was a little too much into the rockabilly scene and had “Rock ‘n’ Roll” tattooed on his arm, quite large, but the problem was it came out as “Rok ‘n’ Roll.” Solution? A “c” and an arrow was added, just like an edited version of a manuscript. No joke.
Outstanding blog, Hugh, and right on the money. The team dynamics are getting really tiresome and a little predictable now. Would someone please karate chop Jenna in her nuts (her call, not mine)? I am so sick of that woman. Liz might be a little too self-effacing a personality, but apparently she can really cook. Stick up for yourself girl! John can go now - he had a lot to say about everyone else, but doesn't appear to be too much of a team player. Thailand will be a major change in the playing field, I imagine. Can't wait.
Hugh, you are so spot on with your observations! Jenna is very annoying. Nick did not play the game.
This show has a lot to offer, but I don't like the Voting Off System you have. Too much drama and not enough cooking. I would like to see the worst two Chefs have a "cook off". Let them cook the best dish of their life from that Region and the loser goes home and at the end of the day, everyone acts like a Chef and not dysfunctional angry Chefs.
Hugh, I love your comments, but I think you made an error in this statement: "the exceptional ingredient is dinner at the Pappagallo." The exceptional ingredient was time, an extra hour to cook the 3-course challenge meal. That gave the Red team 3 hours versus 2 hours for Black team.
LMAO!!! You're so funny but so right at the same time.
I agree that Nick didn't make a good strategic decision. It was obvious Nookie and Avery would never vote for each other and they couldn't vote for Nicole but at least the vote could've come to a tie w/ John making the final decision. Nick would've had a chance to stay since it's usually bros before...well, you know.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in a country where none of the chefs speak the language. I can't wait to see what you have to say about it.