Chef Irvine visits a women's roller derby venue, but this will be no easy skate. He's tasked with feeding 300 players in eight hours, and the catch is that no one can use utensils to eat the food. Mix in a revolving kitchen crew who keep punching holes in the food meant to hold the dishes, and this may be a recipe for disaster.moreless
As I'm sure many of you are glad to see, Chef Robert is back in magnificent form, with a much more lighthearted and jovial demeanor about him in spite of the pressures of the show. The six shows of the sixth season were particularly white-knuckle intense, but the Roller Derby mission was refreshingly fun to watch all the while keeping audiences on the edge of their seat with tensions that develop with the flow of the episode. What will be captivating to see is if the newbie Shane will be able to measure up to the role of sous-chef. Chef David is absolutely genial with the way he mimics Chef Robert. Virtually like a married couple, Chef David shares the same mannerisms as Chef Robert (talking with hands during the menu planning, grocery shopping at break-neck speed, coming up with ideas that seemingly Chef Robert practically anticipated) and it's charming how Chef Robert will extoll his skills ("David is the King of Bread!") yet excoriate him for charred corn, all in the matter of a few hours. It goes to show the relationship between chef and sous-chef is an intimate rapport that neither perhaps share with their own spouse. It's a respect-well-earned kinship that's entertaining to see in each episode. Does anyone remember Barry, back in Santa Barbara and Quebec? Those shows were achingly clear that not everyone can stand the heat in Chef Robert's kitchen. It's wonderful to have a good mix of silly ineptitudes (though Chop Suey was "entertaining" with all those cucumbers and her smack about Rachael Ray) and fortitudinous motivation and initiative that are great to see in Chef George and Chef David. It was delightful to have Chef Robert giving new "tips" again; remember to cook out the curry to avoid the taste of sand, and to add yogurt if the curry is too hot. His homage to Guy Fieri (another Food Network alum) was in step with the kind of person Chef Robert is known to be and as such the seventh season is off to a rollicking good start!moreless
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