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Aug 4, 2010 05:02 AM

Master Chef elimination round part 2

Seems like almost everyone made it last nite. Joe was more forgiving, Graham said no a few more times. Sending the woman home to cook was pretty hokey as was bringing the family out all the time. You gotta root for a guy with 6 fingers and 4 toes.

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  1. Saw about two minutes of this show. Heartily despise the begging. I don't think this one is for me.

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    1. re: coney with everything

      I did exactly the same thing.
      when they sent that one girl home to try again, I feel like it's a shtick with the longing looks and Ramsay asking Joe or the other guy for their needed opinions. I may get into this later but this round of fool elimination is boring

      1. re: iL Divo

        They ripped that off from this year's MasterChef Australia - exact same situation. It will be interesting how many more things get 'borrowed' from a show that had 25% of all Australians watching the finale. Even the MC UK is talking about adopting some of MC Aus's format.

        1. re: mramage

          Yes they did. 1st Season of MC Australia the judges sent Po , who ended being runner up, home to redo a more classsic ethnic dish. Glad someone else caught this too.

          I wish more people could be exposed to MC Australia it's such a better show.

          1. re: chris2269

            I'm watching the show after first seeing re-runs of the UK original MasterChef. This, right now, bears no resemblance to that show. The original UK show had three home cooks making two or three courses for the judges in something like two hours. Each course was judged and the winner got a prize (can't remember). I think a later version of the show had the individual winners moving to a semi-finals round held later to determine MasterChef. I stopped watching it early 2000s but I really liked the concept.

            So far, I don't like the show but I'm sticking it out because I think the show's really going to start now.....whitling down the contestants was kind of boring and whiny. Honestly, I could do without the whining. Not certain if I'm going to like this format but can appreciate the challenges put forth; test knife skills, test basic cooking skills and then maybe have them cook multiple course meal for judging? Don't know.

            I'm kind of annoyed at the contestants and us getting to see them beg for a position. Grovel, grovel, grovel....*poof* you have apron!!! Not cool IMHO. How many times were the contestants told to "cook the meal of your life"? How many of them, when critizied, stated "this is not my best. I can do better." Huh?? If you're told to cook the meal of your life, why would you no do your best? I could understand if it didn't turn out the way you like but heck, I'd be practicing my best dish to prepare it in one hour and knock it out of the park.

            We'll see.....

        2. re: iL Divo

          well I've still not bothered to tape it or care to find it or get upset if I missed it. guess that says a lot, I'm just not that into this show. don't much care who wins the other GR show either, H&LL$ Kitchen, don't think any of them have what it takes, where "do" they find these people?

          1. re: iL Divo

            They audition. I know of the two Boston-area chefs on HK, one pestered the producers/casting folk with tons of phone calls until they finally talked to him. Don't know how the other got onto the show, other than he's been saying he's been wanting on the show for awhile. So perhaps he just sent audition tapes through several seasons until they picked him.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              yep that's possible I suppose.
              which Boston one is the one that pestered?
              I think many go on these types of shows knowing they won't win but hoping for national exposure. Look at Adam Gurtler or that Kelsey girl. Both have been on tv many many times or had their own show as is with Adam. It seems it's who sees you and likes you for a potential other show. I mean where'd they come up with Sunny Anderson from ?

              1. re: iL Divo

                I'm going to give you two guesses as to who was the irritating pest from Boston. And the first guess doesn't count. ;-)

      2. Was impressed with the guy with 6 fingers and very happy he made it through. Didn't like the sending the woman home for ingredients (in L.A. traffic? LOL!) to make something again that was "her".

        Every time Joe takes a bite of someone's food, and then looks up with his super-serious "I'm potentially going to screw you over" look, I laugh.

        Now that the try-outs are over, I'll be interested to see what happens. Chopping onions and making a perfect egg seem to the first two tests. Anyone have any idea about other things they'll be required to learn/do?

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          Joe's stinkeye is one of the few redeeming features of this show. So far, I'd rather watch Bastianich stare down Ramsay every week. Now that's a show.

          1. re: piglet86

            I like it too. I'm not sure what I think about them all eating off the same plate. Not that I don't do it to my dining companions, and the people aren't plating for a bunch of people, but somehow I still find it odd.

            I agree with whomever that episode 1 seemed much better than 2. Hopefully it'll get better now that they focus more on a smaller group. But there's sure no reason to use the DVR at this point.

            1. re: Joanie

              I thought I was the only one who worried about them eating off of the same plate.They seem to do that on Top Chef often, too.

              I hope they at least get a fresh fork every time!


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                That I have noticed - they all have their own silverware if I'm seeing things correctly.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I think they do. Because the same thought goes through my mind.

                  1. re: Withnail42

                    i always found it so bizarre on MC australia when they show the judges portioning out the dish onto separate plates. it's the sort of delay not found in american television which is fast and to the point - but it adds to MC australia's charm

        2. I thought it was weird that they seemed to accept so many this time around, too. I was wondering if they realized they had a pile of aprons left and not that many contestants...

          And, yes, it seems like there were a lot of people who got aprons because of their touching/inspiring personal stories and not necessarily because their food showed more promise than others.

          And any time they called someone's family in, you knew that person was going to get an apron. They didn't seem intent on humiliating anyone in front of his/her family.


          1. Should I watch this? I just can't seem to get into another Ramsay show. The original BBC version of Kitchen Nightmares was his best show!