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TC Masters - Episode 3 [Spoiler Alert!]

ok, i had to start tonight's thread so i could rant. WHY do they feel the need to subtitle Lefebvre? it's like TVFN using a translator for Morimoto. seriously, he's no more difficult to understand than Fabio was last season, and they didn't subtitle him!

ok, rant over...back to watching the QF!

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  1. that said i do enjoy watching and listening to him. :) :) :) this should be a fun group.

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    1. re: AMFM

      i sort of wanted to slap Wilo Benet when he made the comment about using edible flowers because the judges were women. WTF was that?!

      1. re: AMFM

        okay i am now sick of watching and listening to him. how sad that his personality could ruin such a nice face and charming accent. :) still love rick. always have.

      2. I had to laugh at Ludo saying that he was sorry that he told Rick Bayless that he was making quesadillas and that Rick copied him by making tacos. Yeah, real unexpected for Rick Bayless to make tacos.

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          1. re: Boudleaux

            Not to mention that Rudevig had to ask Rick what cheese to use......LOL
            Best comment ever on this show?

            "What does a a French guy know about a quesadilla?"

            Did any one catch Rick offering to help Rudevig pack because he was behind and his response was "Don't tell me how to cook!" . Now that could have been some creative editing but I don't think the LudeDude plays well with others.
            I'm really looking forward to Bayless Vs Keller.

            1. re: Fritter

              his name is Ludovic, not Rudevig...though i have to wonder if the "Rude" part is a Freudian slip ;)

          2. rick is VERY nice. he's helped multiple people. i like cindy too (she's actually the only one so far whose restaurant i've eaten in). and i can't believe wilo's never even tasted beef heart. i mean i have actively avoided all these things as offal creeps me out but i'm not a chef!

            1. i'll be *really* surprised if Wilo doesn't come out the winner of this one...he's already ahead from the QF, and seems to have hit it out of the park with his EC dish.

              and Ludo needs to dial down the ego a bit. i get the feeling the judges are about to serve him a slice of humble pie..

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                i don't know... rick was only a half star behind and his was good too.

                1. re: AMFM

                  you may be right...the judges sound like they're leaning just *slightly* in Rick's favor.

                  ETA: wow! impressive showing by Rick Bayless!

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    yeah!!!! happy with the outcome. karma.

              2. Thanks for starting the thread ghg - I'm at a friend's babysitting, but at least I'm getting to watch TCM!

                Thought the same thing re: the subtitles - you can figure out what he's saying!

                LOVE the color quickfire; and also laughed at Ludo saying that Rick copied him via the quesadilla/taco street food....Ummm, I think not!

                I'm thinking Bayless takes this one. OK - off to watch - more comments tomorrow!

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  OK, after thinking about this show, some observations:

                  Ludo got WAY too much camera time. Way WAY too much camera time. And did way WAY too much bitching. Kinda figured he wasn't going to win.....but I'm surprised that Cindy Pawclyn came in lower than him - I liked the idea of her Yummy Tummy Menudo more than his Pig's Ear Quesadilla. I would definitely want to eat at her restaurant. Her "yellow" QF dish looked very, very good, whereas Ludo's "red" dish didn't look appetizing at all. I find it interesting that the pic of his red dish on Bravo's site doesn't seem to have the beet gazpacho he wanted poured all over the tartare! Here: http://www.bravotv.com/foodies/recipe...

                  Every time I've seen Rick Bayless in something, he always seems so happy! That must translate well into his food - his tongue tacos looked SO good! Wilo Benet's Tripleta Pitas also looked good. But Bayless's pure joy in doing what he does really seems to be a true reflection of his overall personality.

                  But overall - this episode wasn't as interesting to me as the previous two. Perhaps because I'm not an offal fan (I also noticed two different pronunciations of that word as well: "ahh-fill" and "orf-fill"...I think the latter by Bayless).

                  So - now we have to wait two weeks until Ep. 4 - with the write-up saying "Chief chefs Anita Lo, Douglas Rodriguez, John Besh and Mark Peel are all tied up. That is, they must cook an egg with one hand tied behind their back. Later, they conjure up culinary magic to impress notable guests, including actor Neil Patrick Harris."

                  That ought to be interesting. :-)

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I seem to remeber Doogie, I mean Neal Patrick Harris is a big magic fan, so there could be a magical theme involved.

                    1. re: Phaedrus

                      Doogie....Barney (current show) - yes, he's a magic fan, IIRC. I think I'm looking forward to this episode - a nice mixture of chefs from all areas of the country!

                      1. re: Phaedrus

                        i think he's actually a registered magician. I don't really know if that means he's got a file or what, but I think he's more than just a big fan.

                        1. re: Icantread

                          I'm thinking that they may be doing the show here:
                          http://www.magiccastle.com/

                          I didn't know he was a working professional, I did hear he is really good.

                        2. re: Phaedrus

                          From the snippets previewed, I can tell you it appears part of the episode was filmed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. (Great magic, mediocre food.)

                        3. re: LindaWhit

                          i'm with you on all points, Linda. i just wasn't as "into" this episode, it was a bit of a yawn.

                          and as far as offal goes, a couple of their pronunciations sounded a lot like "awful" to me - i kept thinking that if someone who didn't know much about food tuned in, they'd be wondering why the chefs had been challenged to prepare "awful" food!

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Ludo struck me as a whiny little brat. Even though he was clearly struggling more than the others with the challenges, he was still being arrogant.

                            Shut up and get your food on the plate!

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              Amen.

                              his behavior had me thinking he belonged among the regular-season TC contestants, not the Masters.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Yup. And pig ear quesadillas? Ick! I've only eaten pig ears as a cold appetizer in Chinese restaurants, where they're served firm, almost crunchy. But that texture wouldn't work at all in a quesadilla, so I'm assuming he stewed it so that it was soft. Looking at the recipe, it appears he cooked it in water until soft, removed the skin, and then used only the skin in the tacos. Which is sort of cheating, imho. But even then, unseasoned boiled pig skin doesn't sound too appetizing -- no wonder he hid it under all that other stuff!

                                http://www.bravotv.com/foodies/recipe...

                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                  ick is right...if he only used the skin, at the very least he could have made cracklings out of it!

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    Yes, I think that would have been the much better choice.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Erm, if you listened to Jay Rayner, you'd have heard that Ludo Lebfebvre did an impressive job with a really s*** ingredient.

                                      It seems so tiresome that hounds are ready to judge the food they cannot taste based entirely on a perceived, television personality of the chef.

                                      True, he could have been hiding it, and the quesadilla doesn't sound like the best choice for dealing with it, but to be fair, only the menudo dish truly put the ingredient on display. (And tongue tacos-- jeez, did Bayliss luck out with that ingredient, common to a number of dishes. But of course I'd say that, I grew up with tongue)

                                      1. re: Lizard

                                        Bayless did luck out -- no question. "Lengua" tacos are pretty standard Mexican fare that Bayless would be very familiar with.

                                        I did listen to Rayner but I don't have to have tasted it to know that he copped out by basically not using the ingredient. I would have been impressed if Ludo had actually used the difficult part of the pig ear, which is the cartilege. But instead he just used a little bit of pig skin and buried it under cheese and other very flavorful ingredients so it might was well not even have been there. So the dish tasted good -- could you actually discern the pig ear under the pinto bean puree, chorizo, two cheeses, green onions, parsley, lime-mint aioili and amaranth?

                                        To correct what I said above, though, he did simmer the pig ears with some seasonings and aromatics, so it wasn't unseasoned.

                              2. re: LindaWhit

                                I agree on Rick Bayless. Everytime he was on camera, he had such a little-boy-excitement look on his face. I just wanted to hug him, it was so cute!

                                1. re: pinkprimp

                                  He's kind of like that in real life, especially when talking or teaching about Mexican cuisine. This is someone who "followed his bliss" , as the phrase goes, that's why it's so obvious to the rest of us :-)