The Travelogue

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

May 9, 2012

I'm nauseated but still can't wait to get the fish and chips at the Harrod's food halls, which my sources claim are the best, so hopefully I'll get over watching the chefs eat so many before then! At this point the Black Team is only three minutes behind the Red Team. and if you wonder, my favorite chips in the city are at The Breslin. They accompany the lamb burger which is my favorite. Ms. April Bloomfield knows how to make a proper chip. The ones at Resto are also awesome and come with various dipping sauce options.

So, the Red Team finishes the Courses first, which means they'll get to use the Exceptional Ingredient in the Gastropub Takeover. which is... The Potato! So, the Red Team can use potatoes and the Black Team can't. Both teams have to take over pubs and cook menus featuring three of the dishes in the Courses -- steak and kidney pie, fish and chips, and black pudding hash and two other dishes of their choosing. Both teams are at a disadvantage in that neither tasted steak and kidney pie so they have no point of reference for that. Curtis also explains that the winning team will be safe and the losing team will have to vote a chef off.

The Black Team has to figure out what to replace potatoes with -- they go with polenta. Eh. I love a polenta fry (I had them yesterday), but that didn't seem very creative to me. 

On the Black Team, Keven pushes for a dessert and his team thinks they should stick to savory. Mmm you don't mess with someone named Cheven. That's like a fake name a blogger would give a contestant, and Kevin's taken all the fun out of doing it.

Over on the Red Team, Jenna is adamant about a dessert too and her team rejects that idea too. I love bread pudding. I love sticky toffee pudding. Not sure why so many of the chefs were so averse to the idea of doing a dessert.