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We are off to Hong Kong, the bustling cosmopolitan port which has been under Chinese control since 1997 and under the ‘One Country, Two Systems' the city goes under the control of Nookie in late 2012. He will instigate the Third Opium War. If none of my mutterings make sense so far you should read up on the history of Hong Kong because it is very interesting.
Left standing in this world wide rat race is Avery, Nookie, John, Liz, and Nicole. They don’t really dress up nice when traveling, do they? Nookie is continuing his weasel ways and on arrival in Hong Kong he is plying his trade on John. John hasn’t had a BFF like this since grade school and is willing to trade Matchbox cars and homework for the chance to have a real friend. They collude to try and get Nicole on their team so they can vote her off if things go South. Being from the South I resent that saying.
Onto the gondola, and while Nookie may talk a big game, the man in the bedroom shorts and flip-flops is a withering weenie when it comes to heights. Glass bottomed gondolas make him wince. Avery has the best line here: “Nookie is big in size, he’s not big in balls.” Balls are talked about a lot on this show. At the Tian Tin Buddha they must climb many stairs but before this Avery chooses the girls to hang with. The girls are a lot faster than the Nookie, and this is making John a little resentful of his new best friend forever.
I am in total agreement with Tahoejunkie. From the beginning of the season, the best of the losers have been voted off. Getting mentioned as the cook the diners like when your team lost was the sure way to goodbye. Add to that the casual sexism that underlies the assumption by the men AND women that the men are better chefs - there are elements that infuriate me.
Take Nicole saying John was her biggest threat? From where did she get that dumb idea? He's been on the bottom throughout the season and failed spectacularly in Hong Kong. He just talks big, like Nookie - bravado does not make good food, but it does seem to keep them in the running.
Of course, with the voting system, the best cooks have been voted off. The only seemingly strong cook remaining is Avery. I expect her to be gone next week unless she wins. This is the race to the most mediocre, not the best. It's sad mediocrity and manipulation defeat talent so overwhelmingly.
Dude, you and I had exactly the same reaction to Chef Leung - what a slimeball! I love the cities the chefs are traveling to and the scenery, but I'm not sure how much we are learning about the cuisine in each country. Maybe it's too many miles in too few days, but the chefs are looking a little ragged. I think Avery was the only one to really get inspired on this episode. Nookie pulled off an ok dish, but he basically made a Boston appetizer with the asian flavors provided by the sous chef. I saw empanadas in the preview for Buenos Aires. Not sure how Argentinian that is, but we'll see.
Wow! I'm first to weigh in with my comments? Well, what I want to spend most of my time talking about is how frustrating I think some of the components of this show are to me as a viewer. While I think "80 Plates" has the ingredients to be a very entertaining show in future seasons, there are elements I would bag--and the sooner the better. First of all, I think the voting off process needs to go. I am proud to say I watch hardly any of those competition reality shows (survivor, etc.--my one exception being "Biggest Loser" and I'll admit I hate the voting process (and all the back-stabbing, throwing competetors under the bus, and looking out for #1 that's involved) on that show as well. But here, it has grown to be a disease. Who even know who is the best chef? I feel I know so little about each competetor and their cooking abilities that it makes me really care very little about who ultimately wins in the end. If back-stabbing and game-playing are the skills needed to win, then I guess it will be Nookie. But will he be proud of such a title? Well, from what I've witnessed of his character, yes, he probably will be. But will I ever darken the doorway of his restaurant, if he ever has what it takes to open and maintain one? Not on your life. My second concern is how little I really feel I know about the chefs and their styles and how they got where they are. Even though I dislike the sniping of the cheftestants on "Top Chef", at least I feel, by this time in the competition, I get a lot of who they are culinarily. S0 much time is spent chasing around these wonderful cities and doing outrageous activities, that I don't really see much of them in the kitchen as it were. Thirdly, and this may never change from season to season, but I cringe at some of the ways these chefs breeze into these countries and act out the typically "Ugly American" stereotype. As someone who lived overseas for 8 years (six in Hong Kong, BTW) I am ashamed. And Hugh Acheson brought up something I hadn't even thought of--the way they dress as they're plowing through the streets, shouting in English and not even trying a smidge of the native language!!! How hard is it, when I'm assuming they have at least 24 hours between cities, and probably much more, is it to get on the internet and learn a few basic nicities such as hello, can you tell me where, and thank you??? As annoying as Genna was, at least she didn't come off as the Ugly American, who expects the whole world to speak English. Anyway, I'm sorry I rambled on so much. I hope some of you address these topics, and don't just reduce it to personality differences, which is part of the show I don't like, any way.