Six years after his coronation, he analyzes the Celebrity edition of the Telefe cycle. Her actuality, between cooking and her job as an employee in the health sector.
Although the meteorological service reports an orange alert, soup is prepared at Elba Rodríguez’s house. There are no summers that slow down wheat, peanut, oatmeal, polenta, and egg soups. Nor are there winters that condition. The four seasons lemon tree in his house is like a poem that supplies lemonades even in sub-zero temperatures. Elba’s life is a sensory experience, a search for colors, flavors that imprint memories. Shovel, mud and a matter of faith. The sanctuary that grew thanks to the hands of his father, his mother and now his daughter is his garden.
Elba was a nursing student when in July 2014, in the first Argentine edition of Masterchef, she heard from Mariano Peluffo that he had imposed himself on the lawyer Pablo Fekete to be crowned queen of the kitchen. “My weak point is the lack of knowledge,” he said with visceral humility before Donato de Santis, Germán Martitegui and Christophe Krywonis and everything was then a great zoom. Walks through television channels, own book and a media curve that was flattening.
The days after the coup of fame are this: generation of content on social networks and a job as a receptionist in a prompt care unit in Avellaneda. Glass and fear of the coronavirus separate her from the public. “They even recognize me with my mask,” he laughs. “At first it was hard not to panic. It’s a lottery to be saved.”
At night, your remote control is smooth. The TV is anchored in Masterchef Celebrity. From the bed, Elba speaks to the participants, predicts, empathizes with the knot in the stomach during some returns. “I am extremely hooked on the program. They were super creative with the dishes. I love everyone’s effort considering that none of them are professional. My preference? Claudia”.
“LaClaudia”, thus, all together, “La Villafañe”, is for Elba, born in the same hospital as Diego Maradona, Evita de Lanúsperhaps a mirror. “I really like what he transmits as a person and what he says, ‘I think a lot like mom’ and his companionship, his way of thinking about the other”.
-Which are your candidates?
-Claudia made some Creole steaks that I loved. I would also like “El Polaco” to reach the final. Or the Turco García, who had a great evolution. Vicky was the big surprise, one hoped she didn’t make a fried egg … At first my candidate was Boy Olmi, but he’s having a negative streak. And something I didn’t expect was that Iliana Calabró would leave: I tried her dishes and I know she has a great hand in the kitchen.
– And your evaluation of the jury?
-All three are having constructive returns. At first he was afraid of Germán (Martitegui) because of his sharp returns, but he ends up teaching with great height. And the incorporation of Dolli Irigoyen seemed wonderful to me.
“Elbita” was born on July 29, 1990, 21 days after that Argentine general cry after the runner-up of the National Team against Germany, in Italy. He grew up with his pupils riveted on his mother’s home cooking. In his native home, the stew was the star. For years the rite was to be in charge of the daily errand. He would go out to find a butcher’s cut, the rump bone, with which his mother worked wonders.
Third daughter of the Bolivian couple Ceferino and MargaritaHe attended elementary school at 77 América Latina, in Lomas de Zamora, and high school at General Savio school, also in Lomas. When he was not cooking, he accompanied his father, a construction worker, to the works. From watching so much, he learned to “make mixtures, to use the grinder, the drill”, knowledge that serves him today to finish his house in the south of Buenos Aires.
Received a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Lanús, orn day he saw a television commercial for Masterchef and became obsessed with. “How many more things do you want to do, daughter?” Her mother caught her attention. Elba ignored that, she recorded herself making cannelloni stuffed with bolognese and white sauce and sent her video to Telefe. The rest, he released at the design of the universe. They chose her from among 5,000 applicants.
Author of the memorable Bolivian peanut soup that made viewers cry, Elba was the triumph of the autochthonous, of anti-marketing on a screen where cool and porteño seem to hegemonize and there is no room for the Altiplano.
-How did you go through the quarantine as a health worker?
-The protocols were accommodating the more they knew about the virus and I was scared, more than anything by my dad, who had a heart problem and had low defenses. But it was necessary to continue. Today I am also very dedicated to the networks, to show more my essence, what has to do with cooking with wood, fire, organic, the products of my garden. And even explore with other utensils such as fulling mill, a stone counter, similar to a mortar, which can have different sizes, and is used to grind food.
-Do you feel that television uses and discards its participants or is it a natural process to leave them aside?