On day 5 of “The Perfect Dinner” (VOX), the mood changes. While the dinner guests in the Allgäu celebrated the good food on the previous evenings, Steffi received a full load of criticism on day 5. The 31-year-old receptionist cooks with all her physical effort.

Friday, June 3rd: In Oberstdorf with a view of the ski jump, the finale of “The Perfect Dinner” will take place in the Allgäu, it could hardly be more idyllic. Steffi only discovered her passion for baking on her 30th birthday when she baked a cake herself: “Now I actually bake a real cake once a month.” She publishes the results in her own cake blog, which is why the guests are there especially looking forward to the dessert. There is:

“Full physical effort” is required from Steffi when she purees the trout mousse – including a mess. “I’m actually a bit clumsy,” which annoys the perfectionist the most. Nevertheless, the preparation is going according to plan.

“You make strudel dough yourself,” says Antje (53) and is not disappointed. However, the white wine causes displeasure at the table. Imke (26): “It smells better than it tastes.” Shad (54): “I rarely have such wines that I didn’t like at all.” Alessandro (44) finally dares to ask Steffi: “You do Any other white wine?” – “Don’t you like it?” the hostess jumps up and fetches another one from the cellar. Away from the wine, Alessandro expected more trout in the strudel. Shad is also unconvinced: “You could eat. It wasn’t a highlight but it was okay.”

The roulades bring back childhood memories for Alessandro: “I remember them from my grandmother’s kitchen, wrapped in carrots, with gherkins, slathered with nice hot mustard and finely chopped onions.” With this he describes Steffi’s method of preparation exactly. Antje recognizes the risk of roulade roulette: “Although the roulade quickly becomes very dry.”

It gets stressful at the stove. Steffi eyed the steaming roulade pots suspiciously: “They might get dry if they cook too hard. But I can’t make it any smaller.” Shad gets a roulade without bacon, unfortunately it’s really too dry. He is plagued by a completely different problem: “I’m not into truffle oil. That repels me.” Alessandro isn’t a fan either, and neither is Imke: “I didn’t need truffles at all.”

The mood is slowly changing. Even the dessert cannot ignite any fireworks of enthusiasm. Alessandro: “I expected more for dessert.” His biggest point of criticism: “What I thought was a pity that Steffi didn’t take much time for us guests.”

“You were very grumbling today, which I didn’t know from the previous evenings,” Steffi states after the work is done. “I would have wished that the mood tonight had been just as fair and fun as the evenings before. ” She takes last place with 29 points. The winner of the Allgäu week is Antje with her Kässpatzen dinner.

Thursday, June 2nd: “I came to Germany in 1992,” says caretaker and hobby snooker player Shad, host on day 4 of “The Perfect Dinner” in the Allgäu. At that time he came all alone as an asylum seeker because of political problems in Pakistan. He is now firmly rooted in the Allgäu: “I feel really, really comfortable here.” Nevertheless, he serves his guests Pakistani specialties:

Alessandro (44) can’t imagine anything: “It doesn’t matter what he cooks, it’s going to be a roaring evening. Today everyone lets go.” Steffi is looking forward to the host: “I think he gets a lot out of his sympathy points.” Antje (53) nods: “Sociability is more important to him.”

In fact, Shad has prepared his dishes exactly once beforehand: “I hope that today will be better than when we tried it out.” Too much salt ends up in the pakora dough. Doesn’t matter. “I’ll just say, I was in love 20 years ago and I remembered it today.” He will certainly not top the plate presentation of the others: “I’ll try it, but it won’t look anywhere near like theirs.” Shad estimates accordingly realistically his chances of winning: “What I can do will be the perfect dinner for me, but I don’t think so for the others.”

“Hey, what’s up?” Shad greets his guests. Ciabatta and spreads go with the pomegranate rosé. The host has announced relaxation for today, so the guests lounge comfortably on the sofa.

The appetizer goes according to plan. That’s worth Shad a little dance at the stove. He serves mango chutney and mint yoghurt with lentil soup and fried vegetables in batter: “These are completely normal things. No sorcery.” Steffi feasts: “Tasty.” Alessandro enjoys: “Whoa, that’s awesome!” Shad is happy about the praise: “Then my effort really made sense, yes!”

While the others enjoy themselves in the snooker room, he relaxes with a glass of wine and prepares the rice from his own fields in Pakistan. The lamb curry just needs to be reheated: “No rocket science.” Shad anticipates the concerns about the lamb: “It grew up six kilometers from here. A happy animal.” Imke (26) admits: “I was very scared of lamb. But it tastes really good.” Steffi and Antje praise the taste, but complain: “In terms of craftsmanship, not so much has happened in terms of serving.”

“I absolutely cannot make desserts. My dessert is always espresso”, but Shad still tries to arrange Kulfi ice cream and mascarpone cream nicely. Instead of sugar, he sweetens with erythritol: “We have very slim people with us, and we want them to stay that way.” He serves the dessert to Steffi : “You won’t gain a gram from it.” Well then…

Everyone leans back and is satisfied. Shad has achieved his personal goal: “I really liked that you felt so comfortable.” Steffi’s conclusion: “The highlight of the evening was the Shad.” Alessandro agrees: “Absolutely brilliant host.” The reward: 32 points and second place for the time being.

Wednesday, June 1st: “I’m always the bird of paradise. Here in the Allgäu anyway”, the former model likes it colourful. Antje lives out her creativity when cooking: “Everything on my menu is regional. Then dressed up a little differently than perhaps the regional Allgäuer would do here.” Her motto on day 3 of “The Perfect Dinner” (VOX) is “Globetrotter mixes up Allgäu cuisine”:

“I think it will be fireworks today,” Alessandro (44) expects great things. Steffi (31) also: “If I read it like that, it definitely has potential to win.” But nobody comes up with the most obvious. “Kässpatzen are never served with a starter,” says Alessandro. “Because then we would actually already be done with dinner.”

Even the reception on the terrace with a fire bowl and homemade eggnog with freshly squeezed orange juice is a hit. Shad (54): “Wow! Mega!” Imke (26): “It was warm, it was heartfelt. We were all so welcome.”

Stress? rush? none. Antje glides through her kitchen with routine and elegance. “I’m most afraid of the Allgäu cheese spaetzle.” As a non-Allgäu native, she first had to learn: “There are differences between Swabian spaetzle and Allgäu spaetzle. The Swabians scrape them, the Allgäu grate them.” Imke asks in surprise: “Is there a cheese spaetzle? I’m freaking out!” Steffi: “Not seriously!” Alessandro cheers: “Kässpatzen were a great surprise for me, which made me very happy.” There’s also a cheese praline, cheese soup and salad with chocolate vinaigrette. Imke’s verdict on the starter: “I thought it was outstanding.”

At 8.30 p.m. sharp, Antje serves brook trout on pea-coconut puree and potato gratin. Time management: perfect. Steffi: “The fish was absolutely top class.” Imke: “I had a taste explosion on the plate.” The potato gratin divides tempers: For Alessandro it was the “highlight”, for Imke “unnecessary”.

“Since I’m not the dessert type, that’s my toughest story,” Antje has respect for the desserts. While the guests are nailing it on the terrace (Allgäu people know what I mean), she serves chocolate cakes with ice cream and avocado-oranges cream, a recipe from her Brazilian friend. The guests applaud the sparklers: “Fireworks!” Shad: “It tastes fantastic!” Alessandro is pleasantly surprised by the avocado cream: “I’ve never eaten like this before.”

Steffi’s overall impression: “Mastered with confidence.” Applause for the hostess. She takes the lead with 34 points.

Thursday, May 19: You have to give the Rostock “The Perfect Dinner” group one thing: they are greedy for surprises. Because if the group is already so international, please also “exotic” on the table! Her need for “fragrant worlds of spices” (Bärbel) didn’t just mean stress for the Syrian Mouaz (“I don’t want to overwhelm her with spices”) on day 2.

Bärbel also expects “all kinds of delicacies from Vietnam” from Dao (38), while Bianca (48) goes straight ahead: “It’s not really my kitchen.” Maybe that’s why Dao struggles with her menu plan to the end. In the morning of her dinner, she proudly announces: “I threw everything down”. The menu is correspondingly worthy of interpretation.

Motto: “My little journey for you”

So the enthusiastic sportswoman and volunteer junior soccer coach of SV Warnemünde has an exciting home game ahead of her: “I have no idea what my plan is.” The solution for the appetizer is: Let them “fiddle it a bit” themselves! Under the motto “Freestyle” there are “Do it yourself” variants of summer rolls and sushi, along with a cold mango soup.

After that, it’s 1-0 for the mother of three boys who are also football fans: “Everything is possible, nothing has to be – that got me,” states Paul (29). It gets more precarious with the main course: Dao, who came to Germany with her mother from Vietnam as a child shortly after reunification and grew up in Dresden, decided on roast venison with serviette dumplings of all things: “My neighbor Uwe is a hobby hunter, and the deer happened to be running behind his house.”

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