Updated May 12, 2020, 10:52 a.m.
“Salmon, spinach, carrot” instead of “game, set, victory”. During the comeback of “Grill den Henssler” (VOX), celebrity chef Boris Becker showed himself in top form and beat host Steffen Henssler in the main course. Juror Mirja Boes didn’t notice that – she was slowed down by the corona virus.
Entertainment is good, especially in these tense times. So it is nice that “Grill den Henssler” was allowed to start its eleventh season after a corona-related delay. The corona virus was invisible on the stove. Because the jury, usually triple, was reduced to two test eaters – the space between Reiner “Calli” Calmund and Christian Rach remained free. Mirja Boes waited for the test result at home after a suspected Corona case in the family.
Corona virus restrictions: Not for “Grill den Henssler”
The corona virus and the restrictions and rules are pervasive. With “Grill den Henssler”, however, rather not. If you looked at it from a distance, you found that there was hardly enough space. And nowhere: The celebrities (alongside Boris Becker model moderator Rebecca Mir and comedian Özcan Corsa) gave themselves high fives, clapped and patted their shoulders, and the moderator looked over the shoulder of the cook Henssler – with physical contact. And when Mirja Boes turned out to be surprisingly positive, Calli admitted that he had taken “his love” for the first time. In the group picture, everyone stood together in group cuddle mode.
That doesn’t sound very exemplary. Keep your distance – overestimated at VOX? Well, easing has just been decided – but definitely long after the show was recorded. Or did everyone involved (including the 30-strong production team in the otherwise empty hall) have their coronate test results in their hands?
“Stupid tactics” against the “fish pope”?
Moderator Laura Wontorra was also new. The football commentator and “Ninja Warrior” presenter succeeded Annie Hoffmann. She babbled, annoyed occasionally (“I like to get in the way!”) – and slipped for a while. In Henssler’s kitchen area, she slid over the tiles. It was damp, her humor stayed dry: “Yes, it gets slippery when you come on entertainment television.”
Steffen Henssler won the impro-gait (quail breast, roasted corn, raspberries) wafer-thin (13:12) against Rebecca Mir, Boris Bocker and comedian Özcan Cosar. The latter came to the starter with “Lahmacun with Cacik”, in German: “Turkish Pizza with Tsatsiki”. Star chef Christian Lohse, who has lost seven times so far for the eleventh time, saw his skins swim away again: Özcans Lahmacun had no chance against the Henssler version. The celebrities fell back to 24:28.
But then: Becker surcharge! For the main course “Salmon parcels with spinach and carrots”, the Wimbledon hero cooked as focused as he once did. In between, he confessed: “I’m single.” Laura Wontorra was flabbergasted. “I haven’t even asked.” Becker: “But I know what you want to know.”
First Calli laughed at Boris. “Stupid tactic to choose a fish dish against the ‘fish pope’ Steffen.” Then he apologized – because Boris cooked the master to the ground! 19:15 won Bobbele. And while Rach and Calli argued for Becker’s Callis 10, Steffen Henssler remained calm: “Boris is my hero. I like to lose against him.”
“Now Christian is bringing back the old disgust package!”
Then there was a special surprise! Mirja Boes suddenly appeared in the studio. She had experienced the redeeming corona test result and had rushed to the studio. “I don’t have a corona, but now I don’t have a driver’s license either,” she joked. It wasn’t even in the mask. “I should have needed it, but: nobody sees”. Top woman!
It sparked a late battle on a hot stove: the chocolate sauce, which Rebecca Mir plentifully and Steffen Henssler incorporated discreetly in the dessert. Rach became the “frenzied Rach”! “It’s all covered with chocolate! It’s all dead!” – “Who has something against chocolate?” Asked me. “Everyone who knows something about desserts!”, Snapped Rach and let Calli burst the slimmer hat line: “Isch net!” He sneered: “Now Christian is bringing back the old disgust package! Because you can do it all, you magician!”
When the waves on the jury table were painstakingly smooth, the jury’s points were added up. Rebecca Mir defeated Steffen Henssler with 19:18. But that was not enough. Two dishes out of four lost, but two out of three interludes won – that was the recipe for success for Steffen Henssler’s overall victory! In the end it was 67:62 and Henssler could cheer – won for the sixth time in a row. Laura Wontorra was also happy: “He won, I think I can come back!” Next week!
Teaser picture: © TVNOW / Frank W. Hempel