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Again: why won't anyone vote Nookie off?!

on Jul 11, 20120

The next goal for both teams is to find Parque Rivadavia and sell 150 pesos worth of empanadas. Nookie and Avery actualy get off to a slow start, selling each empanada for $5. This is mostly due to the fact that Avery does her math wrong. Liz actually very astutely says that her team could sell two for $5 and still have enough. Althoguh I thought this actually might pay off for them, it doesn't. Nookie and Avery still win. Avery is thankful to have Nookie on her team and she should be. I think it woud have been a very different scenario had Liz made that mathematical error on Nookie's team -- he wouldn't have been as forgiving. Also, on a total sidenote, how awesome were the locals? When Nookie offered one gentleman kisses from Avery he replies, "My woman is enormous," implying she could fight Avery. I lost it over this. After selling their empanadas, the chefs have to find Cat and Curtis at Puerto Madero. Although John and Liz are the more athletic pair, Nookie and Avery still win -- rickety subway and all. Next time I complain about the NYC subway (I'm a bus girl), i will remember that thing they rode on. Yikes. 

For the Takeover, the chefs will be serving a family-style Argentinian meal at La Tranquera. I have actually never been to an authentic Argentinian restaurant, but I love meat, so I don't know what I'm waiting for. Since Nookie and Avery won the Exceptional Ingredient, they get time to see how to properly grill meat Argentinian-style. This includes goat, which Avery then takes on as her dish. Nooie goes with a skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, which sounds like Argentinian food for dummies to me. Liz tries to redeem herself from earlier by making empanadas, which is either really smart, or really, um, not smart. John makes a vegetable dish. 

4 comments
KijaP
KijaP

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. 

better
better

The titles to shows scenes were interesting and this ones for "EVITA", past political heroine about their revolutions on Argentina ! The last few moments sound like a sitcome comedian saga !