The Travelogue

12 chefs arrive in London to start their international culinary competition.

May 9, 20120

(Editor's Note: This recap's title is appropos of nothing, but it's just one of my favorite British expressions, so thank you for humoring me.)

It's finally here! I know many of you have been in culinary competition withdrawal, and so I'm happy to say that 80 Plates is finally here! I'm Monica Reyhani -- I'm Senior Editor here at Bravotv.com and I'll be recapping the season for you. I have to say i was especially excited for the first episode to be in London because I'll be going there first the first time at the end of May, so I can't wait for all the places i saw in the episode to become familiar to me.

Let's get right into it then, shall we? First, we get a little taste of some of the cast in their elements -- their kitchens, their homes -- before they head to the airport and land in our first destination. They all meet at Borough Market, a place near and dear to Curtis' heart. From all accounts, this is a must-stop designation for any foodie traveler. 

The chefs get to meet the glorious Curtis Stone and Cat Cora. Seriously, if you're obsessed with either one, don't be ashamed. They're as nice as they are good-looking. And, they're kinda bawdy, which is always the way to my heart. Cat and Curtis greet the chefs and then have them split up into two teams -- Red and Black. Since they don't really know each other, this is kind of asking a lot, but they figure it out or sort it out as one might say in England, and then Cat and Curtis explain the way the challenges will work. The chefs will first tackle "The Course." Whichever team wins get to use an "Exceptional Ingredient" in "The Takeover," where they will take over a kitchen in their host city and cook for the locals. Get it?!

2 comments
June LA
June LA

I was livid with Nookie's play. I guess I was more disgusted that no one recognized what he was doing, so they just followed like sheep. I wish I had been there, he would not have gotten away with it. Why didn't he throw the chef who made the blood sauage under the bus. I felt bad for Clara and Jen needs to go next. Dah! How dumb can you be.

Annie in New England
Annie in New England

For the record, that clever term for "people from Massachusetts" is typically resereserved for the bad drivers in our state - and it's well deserved! That being said, Nookie is probably not a very good driver, either!