「龍は臥し、空へ昇る」 (Ryuu wa Fushi, Sora e Noboru)
“The Dragon Lies Down and Ascends the Skies”
I’ve been getting a lot of questions on ask.fm lately about food… and let me tell you first off – I’m actually not a good chef (*runs to hide in a corner). If I were to cook for myself every day, I’d probably be vegetarian and just bake a lot. My forte is definitely not on the stove so anything that goes in an oven is my go-to. That being said, I do go out to eat a lot and although I don’t have as a refined palette as Erina, I’ve probably dined out enough to tell you what’s worth trying or not. I also watch a lot of Food Network and cooking shows so that’s why I know what I know. I’m not pretentious enough to say that I don’t like fast food… I actually love fast food! I love fries, fried chicken, burgers, McDonald’s! (I love trying McDonald’s across the globe because it’s always different) and ice cream. I’d like to think that I know what’s worth your money and what you get value for so fast food is sometimes a good go-to meal for me. I say all this because curry is one of those things that I eat a lot of but never actually cook myself. My best friend used to prepare Malay curry for me and I only cook Japanese curry (out of roux blocks) at home so my knowledge of spices and homemade curry is limited. Since it’s a relatively affordable meal though, I go out to eat curry often and I’ve tried my fair share. There is a huge differentiation between the different Asian countries that produce their own variations and I think that probably originated from what spices they had available plus the taste palette of that country. It’ll be interesting to see how these contestants spice up curry (*hehe get it?) because I don’t think they’re making a specific type of curry but rather a fusion-style that enhances what each of the students are best at. Fish head curry? Bring it on! As someone that grew up eating the entire fish (head and all), I’m actually a huge fan of eating the head of a fish. There’s surprisingly a lot of meat on it and a lot of flavor comes from it if its fresh.
I can’t predict what the students are going to cook, but I can make a few predictions as to who advances onwards. Given that the audience (and myself) probably don’t even know all the characters contending, it’d be wrong to assume that only characters we recognize will advance. That said, I’ll go ahead and put down 4 names from each group who I think is most deserving (or likely) to make it past the preliminaries and why.
It’s definitely harder for me to pick group B because I think there’s a lot of tough contenders there and they all have great secondary character potential. Megumi and Alice have had a lot of focus recently and I think it’d be a waste not to have them advance. Megumi might lose later on due to the pressure, but at least she’s trying. Group A was easier for me to pick because there aren’t too many highly qualified individuals there that I see being standouts in the future. This will be a tough one and narrowing down to just 8 people in total will be devastating to see. Let’s see if they announce next week who is going to be moving on…and whether or not your guesses are right.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: The beginning was rather fluffy, but then we see everyone broken into their groups and cooking! Group B has a lot of great second tier contenders. I think it’s harder to predict who will move on. Group A is a bit easier to guess… but I can always be proven wrong.