Oh, that wasn’t the final of Chiefs! what fans expected. The favorites fell, the underdogs triumphed and the judges winced.
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Yes, culinary classics peppered this final episode, including Anthony’s obsession with the salamander, the pairing of black gloves and the dough sheeter (hello fresh pasta challenge), as well as the strong comeback of the pigeon, whose daring cooking has angered Jean-Luc Boulay and Normand Laprise many times since 2010.
But the winner of the Radio-Canada reality show was not the big favorite, the intense and friendly Amine Laabi, but the calm and efficient Jean-Christophe Beaudin, 30, who came up with a cordon bleu menu despite a deep cut on the little finger. Damn devil’s mandolin!
And while he hasn’t shone like his peers in the past ten weeks, Jean-Christophe has always been consistent, attentive and meticulous.
On Monday night, this discreet technician weighed in the milligram of each of his ingredients and mitigated the stress, which earned him a climb to the top of the charts. Like what one must be wary of the water (Montellier) that sleeps.
Sous-chef of the Foxy restaurant in Montreal, Jean-Christophe has gone unnoticed since the opening of the kitchen-laboratory managed by Colombe St-Pierre. Of the four finalists, he was clearly the underdog. I wrote in my last column that Jean-Christophe’s chances of victory were “as thin as a parmesan tile,” an observation that stuck in his throat, let’s say.
“My goal was to stay as low as possible. I am not a very excessive person, I am not flamboyant and expressive like Amine. I’m more in my bubble. My goal was not to flash on TV and I have remained true to myself. I preferred to talk less about the cameras and focus on my dishes, “explains Montrealer Jean-Christophe Beaudin.
Halfway through the shooting of the Chiefs!, the four judges served a mini warning to the participants: stop developing complicated tricks and bet on simplicity. Education destabilized Jean-Christophe Beaudin.
I struggled in the following weeks. I opened the car in the semifinal for the triathlon and it paid off. When I’m in control, that’s when I’m fine.
Jean-Christophe Beaudin, winner of the Chiefs!
It was the third time that Jean-Christophe had signed up to audition for the Radio-Canada reality show. The injection was given to him by Jérôme Rouault, champion of the fourth edition of Chiefs!with whom he worked briefly in the kitchens of the restaurant Chambre à part, rue Saint-Denis, on the Plateau Mont-Royal.
Trained at Mousso and Maison Boulud, Jean-Christophe was less keen on team events, including the famous headphone blind challenge, aka the Tim Horton challenge, which sent him to a duel twice.
Unfortunately for Amine Laabi, who had won the most challenges during this 11And strong season, he was cut first after the entry stage. What a disappointment for him and for us, who imagined him with the gold hat screwed on his head. The most important evening for Amine, 29, was the most disastrous. Did the Northern cuisine cause him to lose his way?
Amine was missing her almond cake and her squid ink pasta was too dry. The judges were not kind to the sous-chef of the Gentile café in Westmount: obvious technical errors, no harmony in the flavors, poor cooking and lack of sauce (unforgivable at this stage, let’s see!), Amine was thanked. A defeat that the Lavallois took with elegance and humility.
A second favorite candidate of the competition, Anthony Vien, 25, also struggled with his loaded recipes. Anthony fell hard on his golden pear, the core of which did not thaw, causing grimaces in the jury.
Elliot Beaudoin, 27, the specialist in plating with pliers, served up a succulent black fish, but his dessert, which contained chunks of butter, sank it. The Beauceron, also seen in Wooden heads 2 on Videotron’s Vrai platform, he still finished in second place.
Without wishing to digress, this chapter of Chiefs! it contained anthology moments, including the sacrifice of Adrian’s assist, which propelled Anthony to the final, as well as the heartbreaking elimination of Andersen, which made more than one spectator cry.
According to Numeris, the 11And season of Chiefs! gathered 761,000 salon cooks in front of their stations, a score slightly higher than In the eye of the dragon (757,000).
With such mouthwatering results, you can rest assured that Radio-Canada won’t go under the table for a 12And lot.