They got the water to rice ratio wrong and with too much water, it’s turned to mush. Unless the coconut is making it look worse than it is, it cannot be saved. Only a fresh batch would work now. I used to make mush-rice until at University one of the Chinese students took pity on me and taught me better – most people drown it, the water ratio needs to be cut back to 1.5 cups or less depending on the rice – not the 2 cups on most rice packs. Hetal ought to know better, and I’m sure she does, but she failed to tell her team how to do it. There is no excuse. Tosi suggests making a rice porridge out of it, as that’s pretty much the only option. In other words, rice pudding!
Hetal instead makes a denial play, she wants to strain the mush and use what they can. That might work for feeding the family or friends – especially if you hate them – because they aren’t going to complain about some sub-par rice. For a start, they arent paying for it. Where people are expecting decent food it won’t work very well -the integrity of the rice has gone at this point. I don’t mean its betting on fixed football matches, I mean its turned to gloop, and even straining it so it looks ok will still mean the texture of the rice is wrong.
Hetal notes with satisfaction her Iceberg attractor is working well
All Tommy has to do to survive is actually live to the end of service, and Team Blue will be working to cover up any mistakes his Red team is making. If it tastes passable, that’ll be a bonus.
The guests start filing in, and Rickey Smith (founder of Urban Green LA, apparently) is looking forward to seeing some creative veggie food.
A man about to enjoy the bitter taste of disappointment
Katrina has the sheer nerve just as plating starts to tell Tommy it’s down to him. This, after an hour of refusing to do a damn thing he said, ruining his goats cheese by not doing it as told and then taking it off the dish against his wishes. Sure, all Tommy’s fault. She’s just jealous Tommy has better dress sense than her.
He’s taking it well though
After Tommy loses it a bit and yells at them, Red team finally settles down into working together. He should have yelled at them at the start, but its too late now.
Blues dish ends up looking a lot better than I thought it would, but I still don’t think it’s anything special. Unless the guests don’t see much Indian food, in which case it might.
Red’s dish – Missing the goat’s cheese