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MasterChef America Season 2 starts tonight

Yes, I'll be watching.

Found out last week that Jarvis Green, a former Patriots player, makes the Top 100. He prepares okra gumbo for Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliott. Not sure if he makes it through to the Top 38, however.

http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-01...

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/lif...

Looks like there are a good number of Boston/Massachusetts area amateur chefs in the running, and I see Boston Herald's Inside Track columnist, Laura Raposa, also made the Top 100:

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/20...

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  1. I listened to it as I was cleaning. It doesn't merit anyone's full attention. The judges are bombastic egomaniacs. One of them - Elliott?- made the pronouncement that what the judges think is by definition right. Of course, the judges frequently have differing opinions, something he failed to address. I guess the absurd glasses are his crutch, their message being "I don't care if you insult me".... a means of self-protection against the many insults that must be hurled at him for his appearance. The other two seem like the type who'd have been the school bullies in their day.

    They all dumped on one contestant for using white truffle oil. Okay, we all know it's not made of real truffle. Their expert palates can tell the difference. The vast majority of the dining public has never tasted real truffles and never will. Which doesn't prevent them from enjoying moderately-priced dishes that contain "fake" truffle oil. She started out trying to defend it, claiming it tastes good. She should have stuck to her guns. There's plenty of it being bought, used, and enjoyed.

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    1. re: greygarious

      No I believe they said the dish was great without it, and its addition ruined the dish.

    2. Yaayyyy! Linda!

      You will be watching...will you be reporting? No pressure....

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      1. re: Shrinkrap

        No reporting - just enjoying. Was glad to see the stay-at-home dad from Gloucester, MA make it through with all three judges saying he could win the competition.

        Of course, that could also be the kiss of death. ;-)

      2. I was kind of surprised at how mean and just terrible the judges were. I saw poor contestant who was forced to run back and forth, then do pushups, only to be eliminated. The alligator guy had to pull down his pants to show his tattoo. IDK - I don't think this show is for me. They would need to have at least one sympathetic judge to keep me interested.

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          1. re: jeanmarieok

            They would need to have at least one sympathetic judge to keep me interested.

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            Why? If their food isn't good, why should someone be sympathetic? I didn't agree with having a guy run laps and do push-ups, but if he was stupid enough to do that, well, doesn't say a lot for him either.

            And the alligator guy didn't HAVE to pull down his pants to show the tattoo - he OFFERED to do so and the judges said sure, why not?

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I don't know. I'm only half way through, but WAY too humiliating! Reminds me of pledging, but these folks are too old to be that .......desperate...wait; this is the same channel that does American Idol.....

              1. re: Shrinkrap

                I guess I'm just not surprised at what people will do to be on television anymore. The "reality show I-wanna-be-famous" syndrome.

                1. re: Shrinkrap

                  Yes- the show is becoming more like American Idol with the crazies, out takes, over dramatization of the judging, etc.

                  1. re: Shrinkrap

                    This is what a cooking competition show on Network TV looks like! For those expressing shock at the judges and their behavior, have you never seen any of Gordon Ramsay's shows? It's his shtick (or maybe just the one that the network's have created for him, I don't know), and it's what they want the show to look like. Seems a bit odd to be so taken aback by it now, when his shows have been on for years.

                    1. re: LurkerDan

                      I'm not watching the show this season (I don't think), but Gordon def. wasn't as ridiculous as on Hell's Kitchen last time around. There is that somewhat softer side to him, like on the BBC America show. I think he was in between that and HK before, but maybe he''s edging toward HK caricature again.

                      Linda, did you see the Globe (I think) refer to Jason Santos as a regular on HK? Yes he was on for one season but that was that.

                      1. re: Joanie

                        Joanie - Santos was a "regular" on HK? Umm, now THAT is poor journalism (if that even exists anymore). It's a fake-reality show. As you said - he was on for one "season". That does not a regular make.

                        And I agree with Ramsay on the BBC America shows (and those shown on British TV)...he's much more different than he is on Fox's HK. He does seem to be different on MasterChef as well.

                        Again - I'm keeping in mind these are the "tryouts" for the Top 100. The show got better at showing the cooking of the various contestants in the first season as the weeks went on. Although out of all of those who submitted applications for MC2, some of those that got picked and then told they didn't make the cut seemed to be "plants" for dramedy effect. Which I wish they wouldn't do.

                      2. re: LurkerDan

                        "have you never seen any of Gordon Ramsay's shows?"

                        Nope!

                  2. re: jeanmarieok

                    Actually, they didn't ask - he was more than happy to show it off. The running was just mean though. If you're going to eliminate someone anyway, don't torture them before hand!

                  3. Yeah, the judges are on a serious power trip. They were making people beg, run laps etc, I found a lot of their behavior in very bad taste. They were making people do things "because we can".

                    I hope they try that with jarvis green (geaux tigers) and he lays one of them out :D

                    1. Frankly, it scares me to see people who want something SO much!