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I am always amazed at the amount of pomposity and puffed-up bravado displayed by the contestants.
Then a simple error in the kitchen takes them down. "Uhm, your potato chip was burnt."
And there's their personal takes on fusion cuisines..."No one else is cooking this way!" ("Well, perhaps there's a reason why...")...it's all becoming irritating.
Can they even do any of the classics? Give me a simple pot roast and save the spin on it for the next customer.
I enjoyed the movie "Canela" 2012 on one of our Spanish language locally broadcast channels tonight. There are many scenes with lovely ingredients, food prep and meals being served, so you may enjoy it, if you can find it. I did, and my Spanish isn't good enough to keep up with all the dialogue. I tried to find it with subtitles, but failed. If anyone runs across it with English translation, please share it with us.