This episode featured another “monkey” comment by Hung, this time dismissing his competitor’s efforts with the shot “any monkey can do berries and cream”. As expected, Hung – and his Cauliflower Foam ice cream – then finished in the bottom two. Apparently any monkey could beat Hung in a quickfire. (Actually I’ve noted before that Hung is clearly skilled and if he could just get out of his own way, he’d be a favorite for the finals.)
But while Hung jumped out to an early lead this season for the Can’t Work With Others award, he’s gradually been reduced to an amusing sidenote as Howie has bulled his way to the bottom of every team challenge, deftly alienating the rest of the cast (Joey excepted).
Like many others, I had complained about season two’s descent from cooking contest into a childish Flava of Love shouting match. So why am I blogging about the personality conflicts? Because those conflicts are so clearly showing up on the plates. It’s like a reality version of Like Water for Chocolate, except that hopefully they don’t all die at the end. The team that cooks best together cooks best. When Howie cooks alone, he generally nails it; when he has to interact on an equal basis with other humans, he flails. Interesting to watch.