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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.