In “Top Chef”, the sudden departure of Lilian Douchet disturbs viewers

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TELEVISION – Sacred confusion in the kitchens of season 13. One of the outstanding candidates of this season of “Top Chef” has disappeared from the program broadcast this Wednesday, April 13 on M6.

What was the surprise of the viewers in front of this ninth episode of the culinary competition when Stéphane Rotenberg announced that the candidate Lilian Douchet “had to stop the competition for personal reasons”. A setback, the details of which were not given during the broadcast, but which allowed the last eliminated, Wilfried Romain, to reintegrate the adventure into Paul Pairet’s team.

“As provided by the regulations, he is replaced by the last outgoing, Wilfried”, explained the host at the start of the program. An unexpected departure without any real explanation which did not leave the viewers unmoved, attached to the atypical career of this cook.

Indeed, Lilian was one of the collateral victims of the Covid-19. When he had just bought his first restaurant, the coronavirus prevented the young cook from opening his establishment, forcing him to give up cooking – for almost two years – in favor of a job as a manager in a hypermarket.

What cause misunderstanding among fans of the M6 ​​competition. On Twitter, they did not hide their disappointment at not having more explanations for this departure.

On Instagram, the cook also announced without departure without further explanation, but wanted to reassure his fans in a short video: “Thank you all for all your messages, I had to leave the competition, but nothing serious reassure you, I kiss you hard and I say see you very quickly”.

Lilian’s return?

Turnaround at the very end of the show. In the few images offered by M6 to announce the episode of the following week – exceptionally broadcast on Thursday April 21 due to the debate between two rounds of the presidential election – a return of Lilian is still possible.

During a special test, Lilian, as well as the candidate just eliminated this Wednesday, will have to face the other candidates of “Top Chef” to hope to rejoin the show. It is therefore not impossible that Lilian can find a brigade after his abandonment.

A zest of luck that would not hurt for this candidate as his journey on the show has been frustrating. During the “restaurant war” test, Lilian’s team had not had the chance to open theirs, which had caused the return of their old demons, following the aborted launch of their restaurant in cause of Covid-19.

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