It barely seems like a week since last time, but it’s time for some more scowly Gordy action. Personally I could use the relief as I overheard a phone call that blamed me at work for losing a contract worth half a million (pounds too, not dollars, although I don’t think if it was dollars I’d be any better off). That has led to a stressy week, and then some joker told me to watch Hemlock Grove 2 because it was better than series 1. If anyone does that to you, punch them in the face straightaway, it’ll save time later. Oh and because of the hot weather the flea traps I put down picked up about 40 fleas in three days, despite using Vet grade poison on the whole house, although that will apparently take 3 months to work properly.
Still, in the less flea bitten or hostile world of Masterchef, the mini’s are thrust into a team challenge! Running a diner, which will be fun to watch. Hopefully there will be enough of them to get under each others feet .
Elizabeth does a quick run of the top cooking skills competitors – which you might think in what is ostensibly a cooking competition makes them the top competitors, but we’ll skate over that – and it’s Courtney, Christine, Big Willy, Jaimee and herself. After her recent troubles I’m a little surprised Jaimee is there, but maybe for her its a confidence issue not skills.
Malibu says he doesn’t want to get too excited or too depressed going into the team challenge.
So I’m taking Lithium.
Sound advice, (the being on an even keel bit, not the lithium part) he does seem to know the sensible thing to do even if he occasionally lets himself do something else.
So its two teams of 7 covering the diner, and the judges are picking the team captains. First up for the reds is Christine. She seems up for it, but she is an
evil vampire investment director so is used to all that ‘go get ’em’ corporate hooey. Probably has peasants chained ‘There is no I in team’ motivational posters on her wall. Up for the blues is Big Willy.
So that’s two of the stronger cooks chosen, things might actually go well today! The teams are being assigned as boys versus girls. Immediately I think the girls have an edge in that Christine is probably more bossy and willing to dictate, but that is a pure guess. Oh but then there is a twist.
Hmm, how can we fuck this up for them?
Gordy introduces a change. Each team gets to choose one team member on the opposing team that they want. Who will Reds take…Christian.
As surprised as I am.
Really? Over Magic the uber-organised? A guy who they say as they pick him ‘when he’s motivated he’s good’ Oh well. Christian is genuinely surprised to be picked, but he loves it, so props to the guy for being likeable. Ok it wouldn’t have been either Dan for me, or Malibu (because of the fight risk with Ahran and Elizabeth), so maybe its not such a wild choice.
Blue takes Victoria. Apparently she’s worked a diner before, or similar, so that would make her a strong choice.
The leaders are expediting. Team that picks up the least votes get sent into a pressure test. They’re making some straightforward stuff.
I’d want that pancake stack a little higher please.
No technical bear traps today, it’s all about high standards, efficiency, speed and consistency. If any of the team has someone who can bang out consistent eggs and pancakes time after time my money is on them. I have to start earning that half a mill back somehow.
Blood type A? You can be first
So the leaders dole out the jobs and they get to it. Christine is very clear that she wants to see everything before it goes out and no chatting in the kitchen unless its to her. That could come back to bite her on the ass, encouraging her team to not speak. I suppose she means no irrelevant chat, but has she never seen Gordy yelling at the Hells Kitchens chefs to communicate more?
OK you can speak if you’re fire, I concede that.
It rapidly transpires though that she’s right. She raps out orders loud and clear, and Evil-Courtney says she’s organizing it well, with an ‘Iron Fist’
Evil-Courtney loves Christine’s Iron fist.
It sounds like Christine is keeping standards up too, as she gives instructions like ‘less grease on that’. On team Blue its not going so well. Big Willy is drowning in the welter of orders, and increasingly vocal complaints from his brew. The camera swings to a classic Gordy pose.
‘I stopped Kitchen Nightmares for this’
Apparently the last episodes of those are ‘Costa Del Nightmares’ which I assume will focus on UK expats running restaurants in Spain, as that’s where most Brits go to live the dream of working somewhere that doesn’t drizzle half the year. But I digress.