The second episode of “Around the World in 80 Plates” aired on Bravo in Chicago on May 16, and it was just as intense as the first. Granted, Nookie didn’t get a chance to backstab anyone this time, but he did have one of the best lines of the night as usual. Of Keven “Cheven,” he said, he’s “as useful as a fart in a space suit.” It doesn’t get much better than that.
Learning about French cuisine
This time the 80 Plates chefs fortunately didn’t run around France stuffing their gullets, because, really, that’s not the French way. Rather, after a slight detour, they landed at Le Berger des Dombes where two from each team were tasked with identifying six sheep cheeses, no easy feat.
Neither Jenna Johansen on the red team, nor Keven were as good as they said they were, but the most humorous part of the whole thing was what came after: corralling four sheep into their pens. Of course, it was Keven who accidentally let two of their sheep out of the pen, and his foibles weren’t over there.
The next part of the race took the teams to a barge where they had to identify what ingredients went into which wines. Cheven, for some reason, took the reins again and failed miserably, prompting Nookie’s harsh but apt critique of his fellow competitor. Amazingly, it was Nookie who saved the day, proving that yes, even after last week, he’s a competitor.
Who will impress Chef Josef Viola?
Once again on “Around the World in 80 Plates” it came down to the cooking. While the black team clearly had the leg up by winning the race and getting a lesson in Lyonnaise cuisine from Chef Josef Viola of Daniel et Denise, the red team put up a good fight after looking at local menus. But the big dish of the night was a quenelle, and only one chef really pulled that off.
Over at Le Bistrot du Palais, Jenna Johansen was getting under her team’s skin, but they needed her to keep that kitchen running. Plus, she spoke a little French. But really everyone struggled. Sai Pituk didn’t know how to poach an egg and took forever plating her salad. Nicole ran out of haddock. And their quenelle ended up very, very dense.
The black team fared much better, what with Gary speaking beautifully in French at the front of the house, and Avery making a stunning pike quenelle with nantua sauce that impressed everyone from Josef Viola to guest judges Jacotte Brazier and Gregory Cuilleron. Nookie too stunned with his foie gras with onion ham, even earning the compliment that it was 1-star Michelin quality.
Not surprisingly, the black team won this challenge, again, and Avery won immunity. As for the red team, discussion was all about whether Sai or Nicole Lou should go home, because they both failed the team in the kitchen. Understandably, Sai went home
What did you think of the second elimination on “Around the World in 80 Plates”? The culinary competition airs Wednesday nights in Chicago on Bravo, RCN channels 106 and 621(HD).
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