‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ review: An immunity challenge

It's as much about strategy.

Fans of “Top Chef” are already well aware of what happens when a contestant wins immunity — they often don’t feel the same sense of urgency that they would otherwise during later challenge, and this proves to be rather problematic when you are working together as a team.

This happened almost precisely on Wednesday night’s new episode of “Around the World in 80 Plates” — the remaining seven chefs took off to the city of Bologna, Italy, and Nicole’s immunity win ended up sinking her entire team. The problems started during the early race portion of the episode, when she mistakenly wrote down that her team had collected all of the ingredients when in reality they had not. Then, she completely butchered something that is always a bad start to a dinner service — the butchering. While there were some other problems with their meal (namely that Avery’s pasta was uneven), the main course served by Nicole was what really sunk the team.

Since Nookie and Avery are the show’s power alliance, the subsequent elimination of Nick was no surprise — we barely even saw him half of the season, even if he was a pretty strong chef. The final six contestants are all the most memorable, even if some of them (like Jenna) do not always come across as someone you particularly want to root for.

When you consider that chefs are being rewarded with immunity from earlier performances, do you think the structure of this show is at times fair? What if a contestant wins immunity, and then deliberately throws a challenge in order to get someone else sent home? Be sure to share your thoughts below!

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