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Amazing Race Recap: Hei Ho Heidi Ho

Teams leave Seville, Spain for Liverpool, England. There, they make their ways to Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC, to score two goals each against a goalie.

Leo and Jamal take a detour and make it to Anfield first.  Jamal’s knee is still messed up from the bullying bulls.  They finish up as Dave and Connor arrive.  “I hope Dave and Connor go home!” says one of the Afghanimals.  Me too, buddy.

Jen and Caroline are terrible at soccer, but the Brenchels are pretty good!  They finish up next, just as Dave and Connor take the field.  You’d think Connor has a bad knee too from his kicks.  Oof.  Jennifer and Caroline manage to make their goals before the father-son team.

The next clue takes them to one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, WALES!  The drive shakes up the order of the teams, but at the aqueduct the teams encounter the Road Block: Poetry in Motion.  On the 15 minute boat ride, a teammate must learn a Welsh gypsy poem and recite it for a language specialist on the other side of the aqueduct.  If you didn’t know before, Welsh is a crazy language!  I really loved this challenge and found myself trying to recite the poem along with them.

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Here’s the poem:

Y Sipsi!

Hei ho Heidi ho!

Fi yw sipsi fach y fro

Carafan mewn cwr o fynydd

Newid aelwyd bob yn eilddydd

Rhwng y llenni ger y lli

Haf neu aeaf waeth gen

Hei ho Heidi ho!

All the teams had to repeat the Road Block, but Brendan was the first to complete the challenge, followed closely by Caroline.  Jamal and Connor struggle a bit longer, but finish up in that order.

Now the teams are back to England for the Detour: Shoot It or Boot It.

In Shoot It, teams shoot at clay pigeons.  They must hit 16.  Caroline is surprisingly great at this!  The beat Dave and Connor through this side of the Detour.  In Boot It, the teams fill up a pair of Welly boots with water and throw them.  (I’m… not sure why…)  They must use size 9 or 11.  It actually looks pretty fun.  Brendan’s throws get the Brenchels through this pretty easily, until they realize that they’ve used size 10 Wellies instead of 9 or 11.  Jamal and Leo finally arrive as they are restarting.

The pit stop comes next, which determines the three teams racing for the million dollars.  The teams finish in this order:

  1. Dave and Connor
  2. Jennifer and Caroline
  3. Brendan and Rachel
  4. Leo and Jamal

So, arguably, the strongest team was eliminated!  The navigating ended up doing them in.  I’m going Brenchel all the way in the finale, but really, anyone but Dave and Connor would be great.  (Can he please. stop. mentioning his achilles?)

Who do you think will win it all?!

Hell’s Kitchen Recap: 17 Chefs Compete

Last week’s Hell’s Kitchen started with Chef Ramsay highlighting how much the chefs have wasted in their three terrible dinner services.  Under a silver dome, he reveals a Wellington equivalent in pennies.  Coins scatter everywhere to make a literal point about the cost of food waste.  To show just how much the chefs wasted in the previous dinner service, pennies literally rain from the sky.  200,000 pennies litter the dining room.  Point made?

Gordon Ramsay obscured by 200,000 pennies.

Gordon Ramsay obscured by 200,000 pennies.

Chef Ramsay then demonstrates how to make lobster ravioli.  For the challenge, the Red Team and Blue Team will pair off and compete to make 10 lobster ravioli dishes– perfect dishes, obviously.  Since there are more members of the Blue Team, they have a team of three: Demarco, Gabriel, and Mike… the three weak links.  The men organize faster and get 6 on the board quickly.  Then, they come to a bit of a stand still.  The women take longer to organize.  The team of Jessica and Melanie are the first to put up a plate, but they’ve used to wrong size plate and must re-plate.  Once dishes start coming out of the Red kitchen, they catch up easily!  Blue starts producing again and the teams come to 9 to 9.  Demarco, Gabriel, and Mike, finally put up their first dish… but they pasta is far too thick and not cooked properly.  Jessica and Melanie get their last plate up, and the Red Team wins!

As a reward, the Red Team heads to a Beverly Hills mansion for the day to relax poolside.  As punishment, the Blue Team must pick up all 200,000 pennies.  And prep both kitchens for dinner service.  Ouch!

Dinner service is steak night in Hell’s Kitchen!  Melanie, my early favorite, claims to be the master of the grill.  This immediately makes me nervous, but you hate to see someone over-promise and under-deliver.  However, her claims prove accurate!  She kills those steaks and the women have a super successful dinner service.  For the first time, they are able to complete dinner service!

The men do not have as much success.  Chef Ramsay sends the women into the Blue kitchen to finish their service too.  Instead of taking the help, the men scream at the women to get off their stations!  Rams sets them straight, and the Red brigade finishes service for both kitchens!

Clearly, the Red Team was the night’s winner.

Nominees for elimination from the Blue Team are: Mike & Demarco (yup, again)

Mike is eliminated.  Rams recites a little limerick upon his exit.  Though Mike is definitely dead weight off the backs of the Blue Team, I don’t think Demarco is long for this competition either.

Let’s hope the Red Team can keep up the momentum for tonight’s service!

Hey, did anyone notice Ramsay’s pronunciation of fillet has changed?  He used to say fill-lit, and now it’s fill-ay.  His emphasis is the same, and I suppose, still British, but he’s settled into a more American pronunciation of the word.  Weird!  I may be a little to in-tune to Gordon Ramsay…