In the name of all that is Southern and fried, what in the hell did they do to poor Cat Cora? No, girl. Just no.
So – The Amazing Race meets Top Chef on ‘roids? Wow, there was A LOT going on in the first half on this show. Between the rules and the introductions of the contestants, I didn’t know what the hell was going on. Thank God they they found a sneaky way to get them wasted so the game could chill out a bit. I’m all for wasted Bravolebrities (ew, did I just say that?) anytime, anywhere.
So the noobie recruits were shipped off to London. Immediately one doomed ugly American couldn’t identify Big Ben. Ugh. Let’s hope the scenes of bumbling, ignorant tourists are kept to a minimum this season. They meet Aussie bear Curtis Stone and cutie Ouzo drinkin’ Cat Cora. They were split into two teams and sent to three pubs to sample the local bar food – i.e. fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, and black pudding; as well as some booze. The first team to complete the “course” is awarded the “exceptional ingredient” (HAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, but that makes me laugh for some reason), which in this case is a potato. HAHAHAHAHA! To repeat – the exceptional ingredient is a potato. OK…
The losing team does not have the gift of the exceptional potato in recreating the pub food the next day. So the teams have to take over a pub and serve up the three dishes and create another two of their own. Whoever is voted higher by the pub diners win, with the losing team having to vote off a player. Make sense? Just nod – that’s what I did.
Because of all the technicalities, we didn’t really get a chance to know the contestants too well, BUT of course the we have the typical reality characters types representin’. The funny gay guy! The quiet Asian girl! The evil big ass dude named Nookie! (HAHAHAHAHA! – what???)
They’re zany! They’re really small! That food will never make it through customs!
OK Gasmii, you ready to go Around the World with me? Let’s do it! Full recap in the next couple days. I’m off to get me a yard of ale and some bubble and squeak! Yeah, it’s only 8 am – shut up, it’s research!
BTW – Am I the only one who thought of this when I first heard of this show? Enjoy!
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Jonathan Mallen grew up in San Francisco, went to college at Santa Clara, and has spent the bulk of his youth living and dying in LA. Don't worry, mostly living. He has worked as an actor, teacher, limo driver, waiter, personal assistant, office assistant, script reader, retail associate, etc etc AND etc... Very glamorous, he knows. He is very happy to add blogger to his illustrious resume.