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Welome back, my little empanadas! I hope you all had a restful and delicious July 4th. We're almost at the end -- this week in Buenos Aires represents the penultimate episode. We're down to four.
Avery had to pick her partner for this episode and obviously selects Nookie, leaving John with LIz to team up. Let's get right on Course. First, the chefs have to take a taxi to the Rincon Norteno Empanada Shop. There, they have to make and sell 80 empanadas to the locals. While none of the chefs claim to have any empanada experience, John makes a comment that he used to make calzones at a pizza shop, and they're the same thing. Honestly, he's not too far off. Avery says that since she and Nookie are used to cooking for the masses, they have an advantage. And apparently she was right. They plow through their empanadas much faster than John and Liz, partially due to the fact that Liz burned an entire batch. Has anyone else noticed that Liz has a sense of urgency in her interviews, but she doesn't seem to have it in the kitchen? She knows what she should be doing, but just doesn't do it! Poor, John.
Best competitor does not mean best cook. He won by watering down punch, by wholesaling the empanadas. His work smarter, not harder does not win him the votes of the customers. His bullying and strategies won't win their votes either. If the finale is based solely on cooking, he hardly stands a chance.
As to Liz' cooking, she's actually done fairly with locals while undervalued by the competitors. I think Liz and Avery are the best cooks of the second half of the show. John was a poor cook most of the way through and only the vagaries of reality TV and playground strategy kept him on. Generally unimaginative, when he tries to shoot for something good, he fails. He seems the embodiment of the poor design of this competition.