Psilakis was my draw, and still is, but Kayne in my new TV boyfriend.
I like Madison, but as the designated 'competition chef', he's had a rough go. I like Kayne, was surprised with the first win, happily, but felt the Maori win was almost a no brainer. It also so obviously meant so, so much to him. I would like to see if Kayne just can zero in on cultural basics and do 'em up just so ( a food whisperer?) no matter which culture the guys visit.
As much as it's nice to give back to the folks you are filming, do we need the tacked-on feeling segment of the books (in Dominica) and the carving institute(New Zealand)? Maybe set up a foundation for donations so folks inclined towards wanting to help can actually help? Just spitballin'.
I did love Madison's self-rising flour and his possum hunt in Dominica. I am not big on rats, much less possums(outside of zoos, say in my neighborhood), but Madison getting over that phobia/strong dislike was a strong moment for me.
I'm loving the guides! All of them have been wonderfully low-key, but impressive in their ability to lead and teach out chefs. (Michael's 'I have someone do this for
me' was funny.)
I liked Omega, from New Zealand, because she was so quietly patient with Michael's fretting over the crayfish trap. While I understood his point, were the tv folks going to actually let a chef end up without a named protein? Also, it was a bit insulting, imo, to Omega. She does this, maybe not for a living, but she does it enough that she was one of the two females given responsibility in that episode. I think that all of the guides feel enough professional pride to do their best without outside help. I didn't really get the same vibe with Kayne and Dan(?) while hunting the boar. It wasn't the same "You sure this works? Because I'm not sure and I can't wrap my head around how a branch is gonna trap fish. You sure?" And I love Michael Psilakis, so it was annoying.
Madison's head bump: overreaction by Psilakis or overplayed because the guys seem to genuinely like one another, so drama had to be "manufactured"?
Hey, producers? Yeah, I read the title of your show, but the native cultures have, in the 21st century, figured out how to cook under cover. Even if you can't shoot around crap weather, the sitch in Domenica, followed by New Zealand? Really? With Thailand coming up this week, I almost expect them to cook in a freakin' monsoon! Being bald won't help with that.
I sound down on it, but I love this, love the places and people (including the insanely lovely Shimi!), and just nitpicking. Little things that have struck me as I watch the episodes at least twice. Bring on the world!eta: Thanks, Fukui San, for starting the thread; I was searching and too timid to start it myself. Thank you!
Edited by Actionmage, Apr 16, 2012 @ 2:59 PM.