t was during the shooting of this episode that we on the production team started asking each other, "Why do they all hate Marcel so much?" This question has been the subject of much speculation behind the cameras. Now don't get me wrong -- you have seen that he can be cocky and annoying, but it just doesn't seem to correlate with the level of hatred directed at him. Now even Sam is getting in on the act -- winding up Frank to have a go at Marcel, and Betty is accusing him of ruining her crappy creme brulees. What is this all about? My theory is that living communally under the strict control of the production team has reduced the chefs to a bunch of kids in camp egging each other on to bully the unpopular brainiac. Pretty soon they'll be flushing his head down the toilet ... mark my words.
Speaking of being unpopular -- I've been reading the comments left by readers of my blog and am really flattered by how many people have bothered to read it and by the nice encouraging things alot have said. It's the hate mail that comes as a shock, especially for a behind-the-scenes operator like me. It's a healthy reminder that when you do put your head above the parapet someone is gonna want to knock it off! After all, that's what our cast have to deal with. I've read some things on the message boards that contain such stunning personal attacks on their personality, skills, dress sense, sexuality, hair, etc. It takes your breath away. That's part of the deal with exposing yourself on this show, and boy do you have to be thick-skinned to take it! In its own tiny way it's part of the deal for writing a blog, I now realise. As for my own hate mail -- it's curiously hurtful to be called an incompetent producer by a viewer of the show I have never met -- so I guess I need to take a leaf out of the chef's book and toughen up some.