Black is black ... in the black box, a giant cube where complete darkness reigns, candidates and jurors, mixed up in two teams, must analyze a dish in order to reproduce it.
We do not see a drop, so we taste and stuff, we smell and we taste.
Black is black, but there is hope to discover what constitutes the plate concocted by Gilles Goujon, 3 stars with the tricolor collar of Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
Contrary to usual, in this ordeal, his identity remains secret.
One less clue for the players, one more interest for the viewer.
For the mystery chef, too, who imagined a monochrome plate, in tone, black on black.
But, even in the darkness, the lights of the taste buds shine.
"So, you broke ground?"
With a forbidden meaning, others - taste, smell, touch - redouble their efforts, but can deceive.
Thus, many detect fish.
And Goujon to laugh like a whale, who has declined squid and other dry jokes in various pranks and catches them well.
"So, are you broke?"
", He will launch them mockingly at the tasting.
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The teams have three accesses to the dish.
A first at the start, two candidates from each team.
A quarter of an hour later, the chefs who support them to confirm or deny the deductions of the first - "It's not at all a freeze, they told me bullshit!
», Loose Paul Pairet - and rectify the direction.
And finally, fifteen minutes before the end, spotlight on the plate a handful of seconds ...
"They are spying on each other, they're thugs"
It is then the final race for Matthias and his team who discover, devastated, that everything is black, despite small incursions by Paul Pairet and Michel Sarran among those opposite who had guessed it, them ... "They spying on each other, they're thugs, ”Goujon gargles.
But in this game, it is the flock of Philippe Etchebest and Hélène Darroze, Sarah, Mohamed and Bruno who are doing the best.
Matthias, Arnaud and Baptiste run off at the last chance.
Sacred black box!
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Previously, the only yellow still in play, Pierre, won in the individual test of the two sauces of Arnaud Donckele, 3 stars with whom he worked.
Not an asset, a priori.
But neither Baptiste's surprising Liège coffee with mussels, nor Mohamed's powerful rock sauce outperforms it.
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The last chance is played on the land of forgotten vegetables.
And blindly, the chefs unanimously welcome Arnaud's proposal.
And save Mathias who offered a citrus parsnip forcing on bitterness.
“It's hanging by a thread, it's Top Chef's roller coaster,” he breathes.
A roller coaster from which Baptiste is ejected, almost classic for once with his Jerusalem artichoke.
Paul Pairet loses his "Violet of the first hour" and salutes the "dazzling dishes" he has proposed.
Hélène Darroze's Red Brigade
Mohamed Cheikh and Arnaud Baptiste.
Blue Brigade by Philippe Etchebest
Matthias Marc and Bruno Aubin.
Paul Pairet's Violet Brigade
Michel Sarran's Yellow Brigade
: Baptiste Trudel.
Adrien Zedda and Yohei Hosaka (episode 1), Jarvis Scott (episode 2) and Mathieu van de Velde (episode 3), Pierre Chomet (episode 4 - back to episode 8), Bruno Aubin (episode 5 - back to episode 8), Pauline Sené (episode 6), Charline Stengel (episode 7), Chloé Charles (episode 8) and Thomas Chisholm (episode 9)