No dish is quite as stale and boring as white rice, but Alec Merlino finds a way to make it exciting and fun in CBS’s deleted scene from “Survivor: David vs. Goliath.” “We have white rice, nice and fluffy, cooked in a cast-iron skillet over that wood-burning fire,” jokes “Chef” Alec to his fellow Goliath tribe members as the girls all giggle excitedly. “A little bit of coconut broth, some coconut chunks, low-medium heat to let it really absorb all that coconut juice.” Watch the deleted scene from “Survivor” Season 37, Episode 2 above.
“When I presented the rice to my tribe, the past waiter skills definitely came into play,” Alec later explains in his confessional. “I just do it as a joke, but they’re like, ‘Explain the dish,’ and we’re all surrounded by this disgusting cast-iron pot.”
The 24-year-old from San Clemente, California adds, “You gotta really paint that picture. Everyone’s all stoked. I think it gets their taste buds flowing. Even though we’re just eating rice with coconut water they’re like, ‘Dude, this is actually really good.’ And it makes people laugh.”
Since Alec’s Goliath tribe has won the first two immunity challenges, viewers haven’t seen much of his game play yet. During the second episode Alec revealed that he thought Kara Kay was playing up her showmance with Dan Rengering, but in reality she really likes him. Later at the immunity challenge, Alec proved his worth when he climbed his ladder and retrieved his key much faster than David tribe member Bi Nguyen.
The first two eliminations on “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” were Pat Cusack (medically evacuated) and Jessica Peet (blindsided). Who will be the next castaway to have their torch snuffed by Jeff Probst? While Gold Derby’s current racetrack odds predict it’ll be either Natalie Cole or Lyrsa Torres, anything can happen.
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