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Master Chef Goes Large!

EvanWilliams Jul 6, 2007 05:06 PM

I know we are in the middle of the Summer of Cooking Reality Shows but is anyone else watching Master Chef Goes Large on BBCAmerica. I am hooked hardcore on this show. No drama, no fanfare, almost no emotion at all...just a cool elimination tournment of home chefs trying to go big time.

BBC has been pulling out some good cooking shows in the afternoons. They are a nice change of pace from the regular FN shows and PBS shows. If you are tired of the drama of Top Chef, the stupidity of Hell's Kitchen, and overall lameness of Next Food Network Star, check out Master Chef Goes Large. However, they are getting ready to name the winner so I am not sure how much longer it will be on. Honestly, I was waiting for someone else on this board to post something about it but no did so I am taking the ball and running with it.

Side Note/Prediction: He may be the long shot...but Mark should take it.

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    ealasaidh Jul 23, 2007 09:27 AM

    This show is great, and I must admit to being addicted. Withdrawal has now set in since it's not on now. Does anyone know if it will be back on soon with a new set
    of people competing for Master Chef?

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    1. re: ealasaidh
      Gio Jul 25, 2007 08:43 AM

      Ah - I wish the show would be continued with others competing. I'd also like to know whatever became of Tomasina.

    2. zuriga1 Jul 8, 2007 07:04 AM

      I'm lucky and now live in England and get to see a lot of cooking shows. Masterchef is one of our favorites. We just had a 3 or 4 week run of Celebrity Masterchef. Those are really fun to watch although I don't know who a lot of the celebrities are, but my British husband does. Some are surprisingly good cooks and make some great dishes. I think I've seen two of the Masterchef series and the winners are always well deserving. Another good series is the one where great British chefs compete (by region) to either make a meal for the Queen or a banquet at the Embassy in France. I am so jealous of their great talent.

      1. MMRuth Jul 8, 2007 06:56 AM

        I've been enjoying it as well - though I've not seen all the aired episodes yet.

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          Herm Jul 8, 2007 06:50 AM

          Masterchef is a great show, this series though IS a repeat, so be careful reading- someone may throw you a spoiler! I also love Rick Stiens food, though he does love to bash the occasional American now and then......

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            delk Jul 7, 2007 05:32 AM

            The show ran a few years ago. I watched it then and enjoy it now. I'm happy BBCAmerica is doing the food thing, but, that said, they are sort of known for craptastic decisions... (countless Benny Hill re-runs! )

            Real glad they are re-running Jaime Oliver.... I like how carefree he is.

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            1. re: delk
              kimberlya Jul 7, 2007 06:38 AM

              Hahahah....I thought I was the only one that said things like "craptastic"


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              kimberlya Jul 6, 2007 07:35 PM

              how much more realistic are the scenarios?

              i don't think much of any of these shows. stick these people in a 130 degree kitchen in chef's whites for 70 hour weeks for a few months and see what happens.

              also, "master chef" (or a variation of CMC) is a specific title that certainly isn't applicable to any TV contestants i've seen lately

              i think i'm jaded. hah. =P

              1. Withnail42 Jul 6, 2007 06:14 PM

                I saw Mater Chef a few years ago when it was on PBS. It was an American version Gary Rhodes was hosting. I thought it was a great show. Haven't seen it since but glad to hear it is still being made.


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                1. re: Withnail42
                  Gio Jul 6, 2007 06:27 PM

                  Today's show at 1:30PM eastern was Episode 10, so I'm guessing this is an old series. But, since I didn't see the original on PBS (strange but true) I look forward to every program. However this is a thouroughly British show, with well known British food critics, master chefs, etc.

                2. Gio Jul 6, 2007 05:19 PM

                  I absolutely LOVE this program! Actually I love all the programs on BBC America.
                  But this program seems to be so real, in every way.

                  When you say they are ready to name the winner, I think we here in New England may be a few weeks behind. Today's show eliminated Christopher and left Caroline, Tomasina and Mark to compete next week. So I don't really know what to expect.

                  Do you watch Rick Stein's program too? It's called Food Heroes. Makes me cry at the beauty of the photography. I remember seeing his seafood program several years ago and was so excited to find this series.

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                  1. re: Gio
                    EvanWilliams Jul 6, 2007 07:12 PM

                    I am also in New England and just gone done watching Christopher (who deserved it) be eliminated when I posted. My DVR tapes it for me and I watch when I get home from work while I wait for my wife to get off.

                    Is Food Heros the show where the guy travels England to discover truly English food? I have watched that show and found it really eye opening to British food. It makes me feel like I wasted my time when I backpacked across Europe in my early 20's.

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                      Gio Jul 6, 2007 07:28 PM

                      Yes, Food Heroes is the Rick Stein show. Eye-opening it surely is, and then to watch him cook the fish, the quail, the risotto is inspirational. Simple food cooked simply. I love the passion he has for the foods grown by the small farmers in the United Kingdom. I love to see him go out on the day boats and bring back a few fish to cook and eat that day. It is a beautiful show to watch.

                      BTW: I agree about the Christopher elimination. So arrogant!

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                        hummingbird Jul 8, 2007 08:26 PM

                        What station are you watching in New England.? I get PBS out of Boston and one out of NH. Is it on a PBS station?

                        1. re: hummingbird
                          chicgail Jul 9, 2007 05:26 AM

                          Masterchef Goes Large is on BBC America.

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