The Travelogue

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

May 9, 2012

In this first Course, the chefs had to first head to a pub -- in doing so, one chef already falls on her arse. Whoops! The Red Team decides to take a cab and the Black Team decides to run -- what would you have done? I would've taken a cab -- I hate running. Another benefit of taking a cab is that you're traveling with someone who knows where they're going, which wasted a lot of time for the Red Team.

The Red Team arrives at the Draper's Arms, their first destination. And I just get so excited! The Course challenge is to "finish 3 plates of black pudding hash and drink 1 Pimm's cocktail." G-d where's the adorable Adam Richman when you need him?! I love a Pimm's Cup, and it's something you can pretty easily order at a real cocktail place or British-style gastropub here in America. I don't know how thrilled I'd be about the black pudding, but we'll see if that ends up on a plate of mine when I go to London. Jenna asks the server what's in the Pimm's cup. Smart -- you never know when that knowledge will come in handy.

The Red Team goes to town on the food. When they're almost done, the Black Team finally arrives to complete their Course. 

The Black Team heads to the next pub. There they have to eat 3 steak and kidney pies or drink 3 yards of ale. They opt to drink. The chunks are already rising in my throat. Is it better to maybe throw up from too much food or be drunk for later challenges? At this point, Nookie is shvitzing, and the Red Team opts for the alcohol too. Oh, chefs. Eventually, the two teams are neck and neck. Off to the third pub they go. The teams end up at the Camden Head where Curtis and Cat are waiting for them to reveal their third challenge. Their final course is to finish 6 plates of fish and chips and 1 pint of scrumpy, which is hard cider. I might pass out.