In the next episode of “Here It All Begins”, Lisandro makes a deal with Teyssier. The Secret Santa is launched at the Institute. Zacharie surprises his students.
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Monday 12 December in Here it all begins…
Helena visits Lisandro at his place to discuss. The latter regrets the situation: according to him, there was a misunderstanding because Teyssier decided to keep him at the institute. However, Helena confides in him that she went back to see the headmasters in the morning and that they both seem to agree on replacing him. She adds that she is very interested in the position for several reasons. First of all, she wants to adopt a child and needs a steady job to build her case. Then this kind of position does not run on the street in the trade. Lisandro understands her motives, but warns her that he has no intention of letting himself be fired without reacting.
He goes straight to management to hold Myriel and Teyssier accountable. The latter declares that he has indeed changed his mind and that he prefers to keep Helena, not only to replace him, but to participate in the mixology championship since she was the champion in the past. Myriel therefore gives Lisandro her letter of dismissal with immediate effect.
Lisandro then goes to Double A where he informs Deva that he has been fired and that from now on she will have to fend for herself. He reassures the young girl about her abilities. Deva gathers his troops. David can’t help but celebrate Lisandro’s departure. Samia also thinks this is only fair, unlike Amber and Deva.
Later, David enters Teyssier’s office. He meets Helena there and openly flirts with her, bragging in particular about representing the institute at the mixology championship. The Director, who joins them late, provides the introductions. He thus informs David that Helena will replace him as a candidate during the competition, but that he will be given the right to be his assistant. The young man is disgusted.
Rose confronts Antoine with Lisandro, whom she continues to defend. She also insinuates that Antoine only wanted to fire him because they were having an affair, which his companion firmly denies. Rose then goes to Lisandro to hear from him. The latter recognizes the seriousness of his gesture towards David, but he believes that the consequences are disproportionate. He fears he will never find a job because Antoine has told everyone what happened. Lisandro understands that his only chance to reintegrate the institute is to give him some prestige. At the last minute, he decides to enter as a contender for the championship, confirming to Helena that he is determined to win it to rebuild his reputation…
The next day, in the amphitheater, the president of the jury explains the course of the mixology championship, which consists of three elimination rounds. The first is a demonstration of bartending flair to music. The second is the creation of a cocktail in harmony with a dish. Finally, the third is a surprise. Teyssier then calls each candidate, out of the number of eight that Helena and Lisandro are a part of. A little behind, Rose pretends not to notice Antoine’s question.
Lisandro then goes to Double A to check on Deva. He realizes that the young girl is doing very well on her own. Entitled to two assistants for the competition, Lisandro enlists the help of Amber and Deva. At the same time, Antoine arrives at the restaurant and reminds Lisandro that he no longer has the right to set foot there.
Lisandro therefore approaches Teyssier, to whom he offers a deal: if he wins the championship, he will regain his position. The director agrees on the condition that it remains a secret between them. Lisandro also asks him for another favor: to be able to train at Double A.
Meanwhile, in the locker room, David learns that Deva and Amber have agreed to help Lisandro for the competition. He doesn’t understand their attitude. The young girls go to Double A to train with Lisandro. When Amber misses a figure, she gets a slap from her teacher. The trio decide to take a break. Amber goes outside for some fresh air. Deva tries to calm Lisandro, who admits to being under pressure. He reveals to her his deal with Teyssier. Deva vows that they and her friend will give everything.
Deva then joins Souleymane at CDI, where she is challenged by Samia and Ethan, who blame her for her attitude towards Lisandro. Defended by her boyfriend, Deva feels she doesn’t have to justify herself. However, Souleymane admits that he does not understand why she would risk a bad reputation just to help Inesta. Deva then entrusts his friend with all the stakes behind the championship…
Returning home, Souleymane notices that there is tension between Rose and Antoine. The latter assures him that it will calm down. Both men complain about Lisandro’s influence on women. Souleymane tries to test the waters, but he realizes that his father has no idea of Lisandro’s plans. He finds David in the Institute’s park to tell him about his concerns about Deva. Souleymane goes so far as to inform him of the agreement between Teyssier and Lisandro. Convinced he has revenge on his hands, David warns his entire promo on their private message group…
Hortense wants to organize a secret Santa and convinces Mehdi. Vic and Billie, who overheard their conversation, express their desire to participate as well. If Hortense initially refuses to let Vic get involved because of their differences, she ends up accepting, out of respect for the spirit of Christmas. Hortense therefore gets the group members to draw a name. Coming across Vic’s first name, Hortense unsuccessfully tries to switch her Secret Santa with someone else.
In class, Vic admits to Billie that she came across her sister’s first name, whose reactions she is still afraid of. Billie sympathizes but thinks she’s encountered worse: Teyssier. Moreover, this precedes their work plan and seriously criticizes their realization.
At the Economat, Hortense tells Jasmine and Mehdi that she doesn’t know what to give Vic. Jasmine recommends a website that specializes in gift ideas.
The next day, Livio notices the complicity and alchemy that binds Gaetan and Salomé. When he urges his friend to try his luck with the young girl, he replies that he has already done so and that he caught wind. However, he still hopes that a rapprochement will be possible between them, as they have the same taste in everything.
Later, in sports class, Gaetan surprises Lionel and Mehdi in the middle of a conversation about Secret Santa. Lionel still hasn’t found a present for Salomé. Gaetan intends to give him an idea to help him.
Billie, for her part, takes up the challenge by offering a gift to Teyssier: a framed picture of him. The headmaster is extremely moved by his gesture. Lionel can’t get over it.
At the end of the day, the whole group gathers to open secret Santa gifts. Jasmine receives vegan make-up from Mehdi, Salomé receives Alexandre Dumas’ Grand Dictionnaire de cuisine from Lionel, while Vic receives a scented candle from Hortense. In return, the latter gets a children’s watch, which she openly laughs at.
Annoyed, Vic leaves. Billie takes Hortense aside to point out her misinterpretation of her sister’s gift. The watch symbolizes their childhood memories. Hortense goes back to see her sister to apologize for her behavior. They reconcile.
During this time, Salomé thanks Kelly and Laetitia for helping Lionel with his secret Santa gift. However, the mother and daughter declare that they have nothing to do with it. Salomé then guesses that Gaetan is behind her gift and thanks him. On the other hand, she wants to make things clear by specifying that they remain friends.
Chef Landiras brings together the third and second year to prepare, in pairs, a dish inspired by Christmas with no restrictions, except to be original.
When Greg asks Eliott to pair up with him and he accepts, the young man is over the moon. Knowing that Eliott doesn’t like Christmas, he takes the initiative to save him from thinking of a recipe by offering to make a trompe l’oeil in the form of a gift. Eliott finds the idea interesting. They combine engineering and creativity to make it happen. Highly motivated, Greg discreetly confides in Lionel that he has no intention of confronting his ex about his kiss with Jude, so happy is he to find their complicity and their fluency in the kitchen.
Kelly offers Jude to work together. The young man entrusts him with his idea inspired by snowflakes. On the same wavelength, they create a fresh and light dessert that melts in the mouth like a snowflake. They are based on a translucent Japanese dessert in which they insert a bourbon vanilla panna cotta snowflake with spruce extract.
At the time of the tasting, Chef Landiras is very pleased with Eliott and Greg’s dessert. He then moves on to Jude and Kelly’s. The chef is then deeply amazed. Seeing that Eliott is also very impressed, Greg issues a critique before changing his mind. But he is hurt to hear Eliott tell Jude that his dessert has reconciled him to Christmas…