Marie Portolano "cried" for the new season of "Best Pastry Chef"

Marie Portolano “cried” for the new season of “Best Pastry Chef”

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And three for Marie Portolano. If the hostess wears neither a hat nor an apron, she returns to the animation of the best pastry chef for a second “amateur” season after piloting the “professional” edition, the broadcast of which ended at the end of July 2022. Once again, she will be surrounded by judges Cyril Lignac and Mercotte. For the occasion, the culinary contest resumes on Wednesdays at 9:10 p.m.

Landed on M6 in 2021, the journalist moved from sports journalism to entertainment. He now revels in this new arrow on his bow but hasn’t abandoned the compromised side of him as he prepares a new documentary on violence against women.

How did you approach this new season during filming?

I was very happy to find the teams. It was my third experience on set, but the best pastry chef, there are 11 seasons of technicians, editors, sound engineers, cameramen, assistant directors who meet each year. I was also pleasantly surprised by the cast. The pastry chefs really do form a beautiful band and have created an amazing symbiosis. Everyone is super happy, even though I cried a lot because they loved each other very much.

Are there no tears to declare on your side?

Well, I admit it… (Laughter). Sometimes I also shed a few tears, although I thought I would cry even more given my condition. [Marie Portolano était enceinte lors du tournage].

Does your past as a sports journalist help you approach this competition?

It’s really the same, it just changes the settings, but for me, it’s a real joy to animate. The big difference is live. In sport, you have to react live while the best pastry chef It is a recorded program. But there are real parallels. There are rules to respect, when you don’t respect them they eliminate you as if they could draw a card from you… There is also a lot of pressure because they are amateurs but they get very involved and are very demanding with them- the same. And then, in the end, there is a winner.

Last season we saw you share dinner with the contestants during the broadcast. Have you maintained ties with those of this season?

This season’s candidates were coming to the house for dinner this Friday. Since I’m about to give birth, we postponed. They are people that I have really bonded with, and not just professionals. We talk a lot about our personal lives, what you feel like doing after the show airs, etc. So it’s quite nice. I also had very good contacts with pastry chefs since my first season. It’s a two-month shoot, so obviously we have time to bond. Just because we’re on a TV show doesn’t mean the links aren’t real.

After the broadcast of your first season, Michel Drucker praised your “sacred naturalness”, how did you receive this compliment?

I was shocked, it’s like I’ve been validated in the world of rap! (Laughter) Michel Drucker is a bit like the godfather of the PAF and I had the impression that he had bent me. I said to myself: “If he says it, it’s because he means it, since we don’t know each other personally. He gives me the impression that I haven’t made a mistake and above all that I have to do things right for that personality to find me right.

You came to M6 almost a year ago and we have seen you in front of many shows. Are you a bit like the Swiss army knife of the chain?

It is true that when I arrived I chained myself between the European Football Cup, the best pastry chef, music shows, so I didn’t really have time to think. When someone offers me something that seems like a good idea, I accept it. Suffice it to say that I have not refused anything at the moment.

What could stop you?

I could have said comedy because I’m not an actress. But M6 even gave me that opportunity in domestic scenes. I feel that it is a channel that offers so many possibilities that I take advantage of it. It’s very nice because you tell yourself that nothing is set in stone. I don’t really feel confined to one show and it’s a real joy to be able to play everything. I really loved this first season in the group.

You’ll still have to slow down soon, just before the World Cup…

Although I am a sports fanatic, I will not be watching the World Cup in Qatar for various reasons… And in particular because I will not have much time with what is going to happen in my personal life.

What are your plans for 2023?

I am preparing a new documentary with M6 on the subject of violence against women in the world of work. This project started from the beginning of my collaboration with the group but first I wanted to think about the theme and them to settle in the channel. This will be my big project for the year 2023 with the shooting of the next season of best pastry chefscheduled for May.

Hasn’t your facet as a show host erased, therefore, your committed side, which viewers discovered during the broadcast of your documentary “I’m not a bitch” on Canal+ in March 2021?

Animating lighter programs does not mean that I give up all my convictions. M6 does not limit me to my role as a host, they even accept and encourage my committed side and other things will happen soon in this regard. Perhaps we are slipping with M6 into a new form of engaged animation. I think it’s great.

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