I imagine producers telling Krissi "you're the villain now and an important part of the story. If you can just bring it up a notch I can assure you it would be in our mutual interest to keep you in this competition as long as possible, capishe?" In that respect I don't imagine the show to be entirely scripted, in the technical sense, but it's certainly contrived.
In this setting I'm still going to respect the folks who consciously avoid drama and just perform solidly. In season 2 my favorite was Tracy Kontos. Anyone remember her?
She didn't get as much screen time because she avoided the drama. Tracy was my favorite. When she was eliminated she was offered free training at Le Cordon Bleu and employment at any one of the judge's restaurants. Her genuine reaction to their offer made me feel some heartfelt joy ... which, I suppose is the whole purpose of reality TV.
This season I really liked Jesse who didn't really let herself get baited into conflict onscreen even when Krissi was looking for a fight.
Krissi is probably not the evil persona that comes across on screen, but at the very least she can be faulted for confabulating drama and provoking other contestants for the sake of television. It was also her choice to go "over the top" by flipping off other contestants, cursing openly, throwing food at Luca and almost laying hands on Brie. And she's "doing this all for her son"? That line was wearing thin by the third time she said it.
I think that calling Krissi a "cow" has less to do with her weight than with her attitude. And I can't say she doesn't deserve it. And she's used even harsher terms about others. I don't know Krissi as a person, but I do struggle to find redeeming qualities about her on screen.
Come to think of it there is one moment where I liked Krissi. It was during her audition when her son was with her. I'm now baffled how she'd let her son see her on television like this, unless she's like that as home as well. But I digress. In a nutshell it's better that she's gone.
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I'm not at all sure Krissi was playing a scripted role. But even if she was, the fact that she would agree to portray herself like that for a tv spot or for money, especially with a child at home, is just as despicable as the things she has said and done. Additionally, unless you are an actor or actress, language like that and threats of violence do not come easily unless you are accustomed to doing that. I'm just glad to see the last of her.
Natasha did not play nice, but she was nowhere near as bad as Krissi to me, and she has demonstrated good cooking skills. Some of her recipes would interest me as would some of Luca's, Jesse's and James'.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Forgot to add that I did get a great recipe from this last show from Luca. Being 100% Italian, I thought I knew most Italian dishes but I'd never heard of Frico Caldo.....the dish he made w/the potatoes and cheese. So I hunted around the internet until I found one that seemed just right.....this one adds Prosciutto to it.....can't go wrong w/that ingredient! Can't wait to try it so thank you, Luca!
I finally watched, nobody really wows me like last season. As much as I love Luca, I think Natasha should win. If its cooking and personality, then Luca will
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Soon after joining his parents' restaurant business, he convinced his parents to put up the capital and partner with him in 1993 to open Becco (Italian for "peck, nibble, savor") in the Theater District in Manhattan. Like Felidia, Becco was successful. The family opened additional restaurants outside New York City, starting with Lidia's Kansas City in 1993. In 1997 Felice and Lidia Bastianich divorced after 31 years of marriage. His father resigned from the business and transferred his share in the partnership to their two children, Joseph and Tanya.
The following year, Joe teamed up with chef Mario Batali to open Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. The restaurant earned three stars from The New York Times. Continuing the partnership, the pair opened seven more restaurants in New York City: Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamón, Otto, Del Posto (in 2005), and most recently (2010), Eataly. In Los Angeles, Bastianich and Batali opened Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza (which were later copied at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore), and in Las Vegas, B&B Ristorante, Enoteca San Marco, and Carnevino. Closer to home, the duo revived the old Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, New York. In 2010, Del Posto became "the first Italian restaurant to receive a four-star ranking in [The New York Times] since Parioli Romanissimo, reviewed by John Canaday in 1974," 36 years earlier.