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Master Chef 8/18/10 (Spoilers)

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lizzy Aug 19, 2010 09:15 AM

Last night they eliminated 3 contestants, I have a feeling this show will be wrapping up soon. Let me start out by saying, I have no idea what the format of the Australian version was like I've never seen or read about the original. However, after watching MC last night I couldn't help but think the producers made a conscious decision to change things so as it wouldn't be a direct copy of Top Chef. Am I wrong? What I did not like was another challenge to decide who goes home. To me that says you can screw up all you want as long as you jump another hurdle. I wonder if it will be the same for individual challenges.

I thought it was really unfair to drop all of these contestants into an off site catering challenge when a lot of these people would have trouble cooking for more than 15-20 people. I wish the judges would have given them some guidance on portion sizes before they started planning. However, I don't know how the red team felt they could get away with feeding 200 people with only 3 pans of each of their sides. I also don't know how the judges could say it was close when the red team failed to provide enough food. On a side note it also bothered me that the judges didn't taste each contestants food in the QF(?) during the first hour.

Despite all of my misgivings, I did like seeing the contestants cook. I just wish there was more focus on what the prepared and the flavors from the judges.

  1. epabella Aug 19, 2010 09:39 AM

    sheena and whitney for the win!!! they're already winners in my book.

    1. dmckean Aug 19, 2010 09:55 AM

      The lack of focus on food will keep me from watching the rest of the way through. We didn't even get to see what the other 7 ingredients of the chili were.

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        lizzy Aug 19, 2010 11:10 AM

        Yeah, not revealing what the rest of the chili ingredients were bothered me too.

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        mramage Aug 19, 2010 10:19 AM

        Interesting that they actually improved something from MC Australia. MCA had the Taste Test elimination as well, but each person would take one turn in guessing until somebody got one wrong, even though that person may have had to take an extra turn. Last night's version was much more fair which each person having to guess ingredients independently of the other contestants. And they also copied the 'safe' contestants being on a 2nd floor balcony looking on.

        1. LindaWhit Aug 19, 2010 10:23 AM

          "However, I don't know how the red team felt they could get away with feeding 200 people with only 3 pans of each of their sides. I also don't know how the judges could say it was close when the red team failed to provide enough food. On a side note it also bothered me that the judges didn't taste each contestants food in the QF(?) during the first hour."

          What you said, lizzy. Both of those issues really bothered me. They judged how a dish looked first, chose the top 3 "best looking" and then tasted? Not fair.

          And the Red Team only having 3 pans of each of their sides? Come on, guys. HOWEVER...I really thought the Red Team was going to win, because even when the Marines were told they had run out of sides, very few of them defected to the Blue Team's line - most stayed on for the beef and the apple cobbler thingie. The stack of red trays vs. the blue trays was a clear sign that the Red Team's dishes were better. So they got dinged for not preparing enough food. Yeah, it's a pretty big ding, but I don't think the Blue Team deserved to win. JMO.

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            lizzy Aug 19, 2010 11:15 AM

            I thought the red team might win too, despite not making enough food. I also agree that the blue team didn't deserve to win, it seemed like a default win. I really wish they would have shown the judges actually tasting the food or giving some kind of critique as to why the soldiers were staying in the red team line after they ran out of food instead of just narrating.

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            shallots Aug 19, 2010 10:35 AM

            Stupid elimination:
            tell me the ingredients in authentic Texas Chili.

            Well, dude, it shouldn't have beans. It should have chili powder, even if the powder is a mixture of dried peppers.

            I can see there's a green herb in it- and if I mix up the broth really well nobody else will see it.

            The format is almost Hell's Kitchen Lite.

            Ah, yes, summer TV, when the mosquitoes are too large to work outside as dusk approaches and TV is a choice of what is least bad.

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              dave_c Aug 19, 2010 10:54 AM

              I agree!
              Texas chili with beans, tomatoes and chunks of celery?
              No ground chile?
              20 ingredients sounds like 10 ingredients too many ingredients for "authentic Texas chii".

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                dmckean Aug 19, 2010 11:01 AM

                The whole reason I want to know the other ingredients is because I'm sure theres some sort of dried chilis in there even if it isn't "chili powder."

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                  lizzy Aug 19, 2010 11:17 AM

                  I was also surprised there wasn't some sort of chili powder in there, but maybe GE made his own and they were looking for the variety of chili pepper.

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