I love how these dishes of Isami, Takumi, Alice and Megumi were presented and the emotion and meaning those dishes embodied. The Aldini brother rivalry was a charming quality Isami and Takumi share between each other, they go hard at each other inside the kitchen and outside trying to out do the other, but the emotion driving them is the love they have for each other and the hopes that they will continually keep challenging the other and consequently keep moving forward when it comes to cooking. Alice’s dish was a spectacle to look at and the innovative design, presentation and preparation of the dish was completely phenomenal. I can’t wait for Akira and Souma’s dishes to be judged next issue =D.
So we did get some coverage on Yuuki and Miyoko’s dishes which did appear to have been judged off-screen in the previous chapter. I’m glad the story took some time to turn the story back and highlight what made the dishes Yuuki and Miyoko presented so delicious, interesting, and notable.
It is always fascinating to see how two cuisine styles can be merged to create one complete dish, just like how the Aldini brother’s merged Italian cuisine and curry. I enjoyed how the ingredients highlighted the most in those dishes were ingredients representing their style of cooking, tomatoes for Isami and pasta for Takumi, taken further by the way they incorporated the use of spices and curry in their dishes. Takumi surprised me in how he layered “Parmesan Cheese” in between the outer pasta layers which he kneaded with turmeric. The way all the ingredients came together in both their dishes was enjoyable to read, it really did make me hungry =P.
I also love the flashback of the Aldini brothers past and how they relied on each other to move forward in cooking, it deepens and supports the rivalry they have with each other very nicely. Isami scored an 87 in end and Takumi a 90, Isami may have lost but it is cool how he comments on his lose in a prideful and respectful manner – how he is proud of his brother Takumi.
Alice, I was looking forward to her dish and wow, she didn’t disappoint, the way she presented her curry dish, how spectacular. It literally did look like a piece of art, something to be appreciated with the eyes rather than the mouth, but the fact that it was also able to be appreciated with the mouth is the reason for why her dish was such a successful one.
Alice totally changed up the competition and incorporated elements through her cooking that not many of the other contestants thought of incorporating, the texture and temperature of her dish. What a fascinating move to push forward a dish that is both delicious and intriguing to the mind.
The way the mind interprets the dish when it gazes at it and the way the mind interprets the dish as its form changes once it begins to be eaten, the sensations created by the mind must be quite something. And Alice took that further by differing the temperature and textures between the elements in her dish which ends up complimenting each other as the dish is eaten. It really is hard to describe how complex and complete her dish is. Just as the judges were lost for words, I too feel the same, it is the type of dish which can only be explained through the reactions your tongue has when it taste it. Still it is obvious why Alice currently has the highest score (95 points) between the two blocks, her dish really was an innovation.
Sad that everyone forgot about Megumi and were ready to call it day for the block B. I’m glad Megumi was able to showcase just how talented she is, especially now that she has gained a lot of confidence in herself and her abilities. The fear and doubt she felt in her cooking was what was holding her back, once she accepted those fears and doubts and let it flow, she was able to freely cook the food she is capable of cooking. Even the judges noticed this, the warmth in her food, how her dish is filled with human kindness.
The flashback of Megumi in her town before she left for Tootsuki Academy was a nice touch, her character just became even more lovable. We find out where Megumi learned to cut hanging fish and why she learned it, she was determined to help her mother out with the Ryokan Inn and keep the specialty show of cutting hanging Goosefish an addition to the Inn. When Megumi is surrounded by love, like she was in her hometown, she isn’t inhibited by anything while cooking. Once Megumi entered Tootsuki Academy and got to experience the world, the strangeness and uncertainty of everything crept into her mind and made her doubt her abilities. I am glad Megumi met Souma, he was able to get her to feel more comfortable within the uneasy environment she is in now. Megumi and the way she handles herself really can inspire a person, which is what is happening with Miyoko. Hopefully Megumi and Miyoko get the opportunity to engage in a casual conversation and realise they are quite similar in the situations they are in and through this it would be nice to see Miyoko develop through her time with Megumi.
Megumi’s intention was to communicate the smell of the land she was born in through her dish and from the reactions of the judges, it does appear that she was successful in doing so. Isshiki said it perfectly, ‘the day Megumi takes flight is finally here’. It was great Megumi made to through the preliminaries (with the score of 88), I look forward to see what she has in store for us in the next round of the Autumn Election.
I am also looking forward to the final dishes of Akira and Souma being judged next chapter. Where will each of them place and who is going to end up on top, will it be Akira, the favourite, or Souma, the dark horse? The best really has been saved for last! Come quickly next week!