The poke is balanced on a crispy taro chip. Great, now I'm craving Terra Chips. Marcel then explains his salmon lomi lomi, which he keeps calling "lumi lumi." The salmon lomi lomi has a tomato foam, scallion oil, chili water, and a lotus root chip. Marcel refers to the chili water as something they had the day before; I guess we missed that, but it would explain why Colicchio referenced it. Elia turns to the camera, curls her lip in disgust (FISH HOOK!), and shakes her head. The show proceeds to give us some dramatic cuts melting into one another -- they did this with Stephen in the first season when he went on and on about the wine -- to make it appear as though Marcel has been talking about his dishes for a long time. Elia again makes little bitter eyes at the camera. "He was explaining his dish like he was reading a book to his little daughter, you know, 'And then the wolf comes and it's the little grandma --' Who do you think you're talking to, you know?" Elia snarks to us. Is she calling Marcel's dish Little Red Riding Hood? Marcel says, "I don't think that I was necessarily trying to charm people, it just comes naturally to me to convey what I've created in kind of a charismatic matter." Shades of Stephen "educating" his guests, but not as condescending. ["Kind of stretching 'charismatic' to its limit, but yes." -- Joe R] By the way, we get shots of the guests smiling happily and encouragingly at Marcel as he's dishing and talking. It really doesn't seem as if Marcel talked any more than the time it took him to plate for the guests, but I could be wrong. The judges really like what they're eating. Chef Wong decides, "He was listening yesterday when I said that poi was the end result of a preparation, so that you could make it out of the taro, the breadfruit, sweet potato -- I guess he did that on pineapple." Gail thinks the poi is very light and airy and asks, "So are you going to stick your fingers in it or what, Chef?" Everyone laughs. Padmadala decides she's going to stick her fingers in it. "It's a little runny -- could be thicker," she decides. All the other guests love it. Ted Ilan sneers to us, "I'm sure Marcel's food was delicious, but it was a really deconstructed, extremely deconstructed, maybe destructively deconstructed." Whatever, douche -- the challenge was to put your own spin on Hawaiian cuisine and Marcel did exactly that. Gail says, "It was very Marcel. I mean, he was definitely melding his style with Hawaiian style."
Episode Report CardKeckler: B | 937 USERS: C+
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