Around the World in 80 Plates: Demon Chef

Many things happened on last night’s episode of 80 Plates but I need to start by discussing the Demon Chef. WTF was that all about!?

First of all, I get that we’re in Hong Kong this week and people dress a little more avant garde there…but does that excuse the dangly cross earrings and mom-ish haircut?

And he was wearing a sleeveless shirt. That’s not just weird. It’s simply not sanitary. I don’t want someone cooking for me with his armpits exposed to the food he’s about to serve me. Like “here’s your lovely steak cooked rare accompanied with a sauce made with balsamic vinegar and B.O.” No. Never.

But we’ll get back to this character later, even though all I really want to do is forget this man exists. Nightmares.

Like I said, this week the cheftestants head to Hong Kong. Nookie and John become one team and Liz and Nicole become the other team. Avery, who has no remaining team members from last week chooses to be on Liz and Nicole’s team. I don’t know why either, guys.

Nookie may be a big guy and ultra-slow but he’s smarter than the girls and keeps winning these “courses” so I would have chosen him. But she picks the girl’s team. The worst team. Nicole completely blows it. For some reason, she thinks she is suddenly good at doing ev-ery-thing. But she’s not. She single handily loses the challenge for her team because she SUCKS at working with crabs, making dumplings and breathing and walking…

Avery is about to bust. Watching Nicole massacre everything she touches makes her one step way from throwing a full-on hissy fit. She knows she did herself in on this on by not choosing to team with Nookie and John, who are breezing through every part of the challenge. So the men win the exceptional ingredient–some time to pow-wow with a real live sous chef from Hong Kong. Bravo couldn’t think of something a littttleee better?

This is the first “Takeover” that the chefs are cooking as individuals and not as teams. The weaker chefs seem to be freaking out. Liz  and Nicole look to each other in sadness and fear and sigh. They all will also go to the Demon Chef’s restaurant to learn how to cook with innovation. Liz and Nicole give each other the puppy dog eyes again. “WHAT are they doing to us!?”

The chefs sit at the counter of the Demon Chef’s kitchen while he barks orders at his sous chef. He creepily hits on Avery and makes weird jokes at the rest of them. I think I have mentally blocked out most of this scene except for one of the dishes the D.C. made called “sex on the beach” which featured some food that looked like a used condom filled with cream atop pile of something that looked like sand. And Avery ate it. You can stop reading now if you like. I won’t be offended.

So it’s finally time to cook and Nookie makes an oyster with a tapioca pearl. Kinda elementary and simple but the judges seem to like it.

John makes a pile of crazy. His “snow” melts, scallops are overcooked and the plate looks a mess. He is also attempting to work the front of the house. Attempting. Poor John!

Liz doesn’t have enough time in the allotted four freakin’ hours to make her pork dish. But somehow four hours was enough time to cook it extra dried out. Huh.

Nicole whips up some duck thing. Who knows.

Finally, Avery makes a dessert which looks delicious! It’s a mango coulis with a ginger cookie and it looks super pretty so she rightfully gets the win!

The rest of chefs vote off Nicole. John goes on this whole tirade of why Nicole should be voted off–she has no passion! True, she’s boring as dirt but I don’t know anyone on this show besides my beloved CHEVEN who’s exuding passion.

Next week 80 plates goes South American. Ole!

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