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So dinner will be served with Paul Bartolotta as judge. Paul is pretty badass. Great fish cookery. I have only been to his namesake restaurant in the Wynn Casino, but it was stellar. Good vittles. Very Italiano.
Two hours to make food for 60 people is not much time. I would be freaking out as well and probably order a bunch of frozen tortellini to save time. The results would have been not so great, but would be much better than Avery and Nooie’s fateful tortellini catastrophe. The smart moves on the Black Team were two-fold: getting all the waiters and dishwashers to make their food and leaving Nick to do his magic with the appetizer. Let me tell you how you should be acting if someone on your team is going to be an immune Achilles heel: do your food well, help the heel in question do the best job they can by really advising them, and then make sure they know when choices are being made for people to be sent home that you are their BFF forever and just tried to help them. Alas, Nick is kicking it with his plate, but his trying to help Nicole is more whiney than helpful.
Nick Lacasse - Warm Mushroom Salad, Arugula Puree and Parmesan Cheese
Steve "Nookie" Postal and Avery Pursell - Squash and Prosciutto Tortellini in Chicken Broth
Nicole Lou - Ribeye Medallions with Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Puree
Time flies and we are eating at Al Cumbio, the Black Team's restaurant. Starter is great. Mushrooms are beauty. Arugula puree is well-loved. The tortellini sucks. Dough is, contrary to what Curtis says, not too wet but way too thick and dry. Wonton pasta is mentioned. Broth is good, but that is not going to make up for this misstep. The beef is pretty sad too. Brussels and cauliflower puree don’t save the leather.
Back to Pappagallo, which in my off-kilter translation comes to Papa Rooster but probably is a colloquial for Rooster Soup. Weigh in people and tell me where we stand. I am sure Jenna will chime in with a long Italian lecture about the name.
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.