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Just watched Joe B humiliate a contestant who admittedly said he got caught up in breading that he forgot about plating and the rest of the task. Not impressed with that.

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    1. re: Shrinkrap

      I contributed to that thread, but felt tonight with the hands digging into someone else's plate, took it to the next level (beyond tone, look, stance and words).

      1. re: itryalot

        agreed

      2. re: Shrinkrap

        The problem with that thread is it still has the 6/20 date on it so people would tend to think it only relates to that episode (as we usually do for Top Chef). If the subject line was changed, we could keep all comments about MC on it.

        Just a thought.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          agreed, but I am WAY lazier than you, soooooo.......

      3. I will be watching shortly. It is funny to me how the Chef/Judges on the Australian, NZ and even the English version are more mentors and later even friends to most of the contestants. While we get D bags on our version. We have a great country but our TV sucks IMO.

        1. But the plating and the rest of the task was very key in this challenge.

          Sign up for actuality show = sign up for embarrassment and humiliation.

          That said, he's been an ass on this show. Joe is designated bad cop and Jumbo white glasses guy is good cop. Gordo is the decider.

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            Joe is designated bad cop and Jumbo white glasses guy is good cop. Gordo is the decider.

            You nailed it.

          2. Quite frankly, when I saw that, I said aloud "Joe B. is a complete dooshnozzle for doing that."

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              I dvr the show and am a few episodes behind....last night I watched the dessert challenge episode .
              I have to say, I thought all 3 judges were unnecessarily harsh! Yikes! With Joe B being the standout. I was actually uncomfortable watching it.

              Critique is one thing, but humiliation is another.

              I also have to say, that I actually do believe Joe is not putting on an act for tv - I bet he is an absolute nightmare to work for!! (purely speculation of course - who knows really)

              Not on topic, but I was absolutely gutted the booted the molecular guy!!!(Alvin??)
              The guy was ambitious and he should have gotten kudos for that.
              I was looking forward to seeing what else he had in store. To keep the lady with the gross tart over him (which is a MUCH simpler technique) is a travesty!

            2. I agree that Joe was a little harsh on Adrien (waiter with hispanic background), who didn't plate like the example. He also shocked the heck out of Ben (why don't you cook like that all the time?). If you don't remember Ben, he's the travel writer who always wears a good chef hat. Christian (the stay at home dad from Mass) was defensive during the mystery box challenge but I can share his view. I really didn't know what made his dish the worst? He then won the elimination challenge with his fried catfish. Esther the face making Asian from LA declares she doesn't eat catfish, especially fried (really, what a b!tch). And then there's the Indian lady who thinks she's better than everyone but hasn't really backed it up yet. I'm rooting for Christian now...he's a bit cocky but not mean spirited. Oh, the woman from Florida continues to flake out....

              1. I think Joe B is a schmoe. It turned me off during the tryouts of the first season so I didn't watch. This time my kids are into the show so we are watching but it seems weird to see someone other than Gordon be a jerk. It's enough to make me not want to visit any of the "many many" restaurants he talked about owning.

                I do like his mother though.

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                1. re: Disneyfreak

                  I don't know exactly what Joe does in that partnership, but I wouldn't give up eating Batali's food just because his partner acts like a douche on TV.

                  1. re: Disneyfreak

                    Watched Joe's mom, Lidia in action today on PBS and all I kept thinking is how much I enjoy her show and how much I learn. She is straight and to the point and has a no nonsense approach without coming off like she knows as much as she does. One of my girlfriend's theory is that he fell into the "slimmed down" attitude of when one loses a lot of weight, the persona changes and not always for the good. I would like to think this is not the case, that he has developed that. I do hear that his partner, Mario, can be of the same tone.
                    This is all heresay.

                  2. Felt compelled to watch the 9pm airing of the latest MasterChef episode tonite.

                    Watched up til the catering showdown where while the judges were in the kitchen looking over the chefs, Joe B. decided to dip his unwashed finger into the just finsihed big batches of one of the cold Gazpacho's for a taste, Then he sucked his finger and went in again, then he sucked his finger a second time and dipped a third, and I presume tasted it again although the editing cut it after the dipping.

                    Srsy. It's a cold Gazpacho and ur dipping your nasty hand into it. This even after the last -go round where Graham had to give you a spoon.

                    To quote Mike from teh "Jersey Shore"..."You're a dirty little f''n hamster."

                    Ewwww.
                    Just f&%^g ewwww.

                    An uncooked dish fingered ad nauseum and then sent out to an unsuspecting tasting audience. Well done. I do suggest Cipro at the ready tho.

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                    1. re: jjjrfoodie

                      I hear that he visits all of his restaurants in NYC everyday and sample people's food with his fingers. You should probably avoid all of his restaurants at all cost.

                      1. re: jjjrfoodie

                        I saw that last night as well, and couldn't believe that they continue to show that. Ramsay bitches to whats-her-face to clean up her station in his London/Hollywood kitchen while she's making profiterole dough, and yet Joe B. does this? I'd be a helluva lot more happy with a floury station than with Joe's finger in the gazpacho.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          Whatherface would be Esther, aka "Eeyore." Whoever here cioned that nickname is a genius. She is the spittin image of him.

                          1. re: C. Hamster

                            That's it. I was SO glad to see her go. The thing is, I *like* Eeyore. Didn't like Esther. :-/

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              Esther is very annoying, more so than the 18 year punk in my opinion. Anyhow, I don't recall the first season having so many douchebags. After they boot out the Indian woman and the overly dramatic Christine, I think this show will settle down and focus more on cooking skills.

                              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                Nope, I'd take Esther over cocky punky Max any day.

                                But yes - Christine is yet another who needs to be gone - before someone drops a house on her!

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Is Christine the one who cries all the time?

                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    Swears. Like a dockworker. They bleeped her about 5-6 times in a row on this last episode. She also pitches fits. Which prompts the swearing. :-)

                                    Long blond hair, from Sopchoppy, FL. (I love that town name!)

                                    http://www.fox.com/masterchef/bios/co...

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      She's really profane. And kind of a princess. I don't like her.

                                      ~TDQ

                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                        She is all those things, and my SO doesn't like her. But there's something about her that I like, not sure why.

                                        1. re: LurkerDan

                                          Well, she IS very determined. Isn't she the single mom?

                                          ~TDQ

                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                            As they keep reminding us. Over and over again.

                                            My mother was a single mom who worked part-time as a bar maid (and a hospital volunteer) and I never heard a single rude word out of her mouth. Yes, it takes a lot to be single parent of any gender but unfortunately it's not that uncommon now. I'm not sure why they choose that tag to be her primary identity. Oh wait, yes I do know. This is Fox.

                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                        I feel bad for her child. What is she teaching him/her? Definitely not grace under pressure.

                                        1. re: chowser

                                          She also seems to like her drink!

                                          1. re: chowser

                                            Funnily enough, it was Whitney's incredible poise under pressure that I found so appealing.

                                            ~TDQ

                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              Especially at her age.

                                              1. re: chowser

                                                Pretty amazing, I thought. She won me over at the finale.

                                                ~TDQ

                            2. re: jjjrfoodie

                              If you saw what really happens in most restaurant kitchens, you'd probably never dine out! That being said, I also think it's a huge turnoff. I wouldn't want to eat that...

                            3. I guess I am the only one who likes Christine from Florida. She's a fighter who is passionate. A little crazy and swears like a sailor but she's passionate and has proved herself on the block.

                              her erratic behavior may be why she is always on the block though.

                              1. what exactly does it mean to be Fox's Masterchef and win all that money? A book deal? Just not sure why it guarantees a big pay out.

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                                1. re: smartie

                                  Other than the book that Whitney published, I don't know what she's doing with her life. Is she cooking professionally? Is there an opportunity for her to do that?

                                  I think this show (it is on FOX) is little more than an opportunity for those people who want their 15 minutes on Reality TV and who happen to be able to cook.

                                  1. re: chicgail

                                    I thought I read that Whitney and her mother have opened a small restaurant in her home town, so I'd believe she used the winnings to do so.

                                    She's also blogging. http://whitneymillermc.blogspot.com/

                                    1. re: chicgail

                                      The Fox version is a pretty poor representation of what the show can do. On the OZ version almost every contestant in the top 6 has gone on to start a food related career. IMO the American version sucks. Though I did not think Whitney was looking for 15 mins. of fame.

                                      1. re: chris2269

                                        I like Whitney and she just so happened to be such a young winner. Someone the judges thought didn't have a chance of winning.

                                        She has a cookbook now, but she has a lot of growing still to do.

                                  2. My Fios is out of service, couldn't watch Hell's Kitchen, No Reservation, and Master Chef last night. I'll miss Bizarre Food tonight. So I read Christian almost got the boot because he started tasting his own lobster dish even though his wasn't in the top 3. I think that's hilarious and why waste food by throwing it away?

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                                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                      It wasnt funny; it was disrespectful and arrogant. He thinks he's *All That* but he's just so not.

                                      1. re: C. Hamster

                                        He's been consistently good though. Being that he's from Boston, I bet his lobster actually did taste really good. I can't comment on his disrespectfulness or arrogance but I don't think any of the judges in their "roles" really deserve much respect. I wouldn't disrespect them in real life but they sure act like douchebags at times on TV.

                                        1. re: C. Hamster

                                          Yeah, I just watched last night's episode, and he's gone WAY beyond cocky with his attitude. I like most of the dishes he puts out; I'm *not* liking the attitude. I was glad to see Giuseppe get a top dish for his truffle dish. Floored that Jennifer stayed *in* the Elimination Challenge and almost didn't make it through. But I figured it was Erryn. Impressive he stepped forward to leave.

                                        2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                          What was up with the infomercial for the Masterchef knive? Eeeuuww.

                                          1. re: chicgail

                                            Right. Followed shortly thereafter by the infomercial for Henkel knives on HK. I've got nothing against Henkel, I own them and I like them. Still, I get the feeling that Gordo would shill Ginsu knives for the right price.

                                          2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                            His behavior was pretty disrespectful. Nobody said the food had to go to waste and be thrown away, all he had to do was sit there and wait a bit. He sometimes seems likable, and he seems a good cook, but he can't give other people any credit, which makes him seem like a d-bag.

                                            1. re: LurkerDan

                                              It was so obvious when the camera zeroed in on the Global knife. What can we expect next week...a close up of Glad Wrap? Both Joe and Gordon are very disrespectful yet though wont tolerate it in others. I'm not seeing any clear winners on this show...most are inconsistent except for Christian but they hate him.

                                              1. re: shesallthat

                                                Just watched that segment online. First, I don't know why Christian can't eat his lobster. Second, I don't know why Christian has to listen to Elliot. Third, I don't know why Christian has to respect his fellow competitors. Fourth, I don't think all his fellow competitors respect him. Five, Joe is the one who disrespects the competitors. All in all, looks like contrived dramatics.

                                                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                  The answer is ... that's what Christian signed up for. He signed up to be JUDGED, and he has to accept everything that comes with that -- the bashing, the humiliation, the degradation, etc. Joe B simply asked him to extend the same respect to his fellow competitors as is extended to him. What he should have said perhaps more forwardly was, "Put your fork down and stop eating your f*ckin lobster you immature disrespectful Red Sox loving sh*thead!". That, IMO, would have sent a stronger message.

                                                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                    i wish while being told off he picked up a piece of lobster and ate it

                                                    1. re: kpaxonite

                                                      If I were there as a judge ...
                                                      I'd tell him to savor that bite because it just cost him the prize.
                                                      See ya !!! ... Then I'd hug Jennifer 'cause he hates her.

                                                      1. re: kpaxonite

                                                        i wish while being told off he picked up a piece of lobster and ate it
                                                        ***
                                                        And then give Joe the finger.

                                                      2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                        I would only add that Joe is a jerk because he doesn't respect the competitors. Same applies to christian. And I also don't see why he shouldn't have eaten his food. No one else was going to.

                                                        jb

                                                  2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                    I only realized last night that the blond woman contestant who swears a lot and the blond woman who won last night's advantage challenge are not the same person. I still have no idea what their actual names are and the website gives little help.

                                                    I did want to note that the judges went crazy praising her courage and integrity for competing in the aphrodisiac elimination challenge in spite of the fact that she didn't have to -- until they found out her eggs were not set properly and then they used the very same decision to compete to trash her and tell her what a poor decision it was.

                                                    1. re: chicgail

                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MasterCh...

                                                  3. Mother *&(*$%.

                                                    Joe B. did the unwashed finger poke in the food and lick the digit again tonite. Twice. (Tuesday nite episode)

                                                    Once in the just cooked hollandaise sauce before a contestant was plating and then finger-dipped again in a different plate after he had taken a bite of the finished dish via a -OMG, wait for it--fork.
                                                    C'mon man. Srsly.

                                                    If this is footage that is in the edited version, I can only imagine what the footage was like on the cutting room floor.

                                                    Again.One big giant bad hygiene upbringing (especially on camera) EWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                    No wonder the big cities have adopted a visible grading system for restaurant cleanliness and sanitation practices.

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                                                    1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                      Yeah, I just finished watching tonight's episode, and saw the hollandaise dip. REALLY? I can't believe no one hasn't spoken to him about it. And I really wish Lidia would have smacked him upside the head on camera for it! LOL

                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                        I was so fantasizing that she would have told him off. "You just stuck your finger in that sauce. Do you expect me to serve that to Gordon Ramsay? Who knows where your finger has been. You could have KILLED SOMEBODY!"

                                                        jb

                                                        1. re: JuniorBalloon

                                                          I would kill to see that happen!

                                                          1. re: JuniorBalloon

                                                            Wouldn't that have been just brilliant? ;-)

                                                      2. Another decent British cooking show loses its way on the trip across the pond...

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                                                        1. re: hal2010

                                                          I love my country but our versions of reality shows suck @ss.

                                                          1. re: chris2269

                                                            LOL! That's a great way to put it, chris! We do have a *few* decent reality shows, but most go for the lowest common denominator, don't they?

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                              I have the advantage to watch a lot of OZ, NZ and British shows

                                                              Here's an example

                                                              A contestant in the top 6 cooks a bad dish

                                                              On the OZ version
                                                              "Katie what went wrong?" .....Tears ...."Oh darling your still a great cook let me give you a job in my Restaurant"

                                                              American version
                                                              "You Donkey F face" ....throws plate across room.

                                                        2. On elimination challenges, do the contests get a recipe to work from? The show gives the impression that everything is based on the contestants' own knowledge. However, Giuseppe said that he had never cooked eggs Benedict before. It's hard to imagine that he would have had the slightest idea of what to do without some guidance.

                                                          I was sorry to see him eliminated. He was one of the nicest and most respectful contestants. Yes, I know that nice guy doesn't equal chef extraordinaire, but when almost everyone else is backstabbing their fellow contestants, it's good to have one or two who don't.

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                                                          1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                            I thought exactly the same thing!

                                                            How did he know how to make a Hollandaise sauce without a recipe?

                                                            Impossible!

                                                            I also thought that with the cake challenge.

                                                            I know some peole can whip out a cake without a recipe, but all of them?

                                                            What are the chances of that?

                                                            I also agree about Giuseppe - he was very sweet

                                                            1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                              Last season, I read that, yes, they get a short lesson and a generic recipe to work from.

                                                              ~TDQ

                                                            2. Saw somewhere that The Dali Lama was a guest judge on the Australian (I think) version of Master Chef.

                                                              Do not know whether he poked his fingers into the food.

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                                                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                No finger poking by the Dali Lama...to me he came across as a big kid (in a good way)
                                                                guests on MC Australia this season so far
                                                                Thomas Keller
                                                                David Chang
                                                                Heston Blumenthal
                                                                Anthony Bordain (don't think he judged though)
                                                                The Dali Lama among others

                                                                1. re: chris2269

                                                                  there have been wayyyyy more guests than that....especially if you include the masterclasses which is kind of what boudain did just walking around town with the winners...i would have liked to have seen him actually cook something

                                                                  ahhhhh hayden is gone :( my vote is for dani

                                                                  1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                    Agree My two faves were Hayden and Dani . Now Dani

                                                                    Also agree that there were way more judges I just thought a lot of the US audience would not recognize Niel Perry or Kylie Kwong. that may just be my ignorance.

                                                                    1. re: chris2269

                                                                      a lot of people think it will be alana vs kate based on an interview billy did..... I honestly thought kate was going to leave today

                                                                      what makes me question dani is she gets so much airtime which could be a bad sign

                                                                    2. re: kpaxonite

                                                                      AB might be a fierce critic and have his own TV show, but his cooking career in the kitchen at Les Halles was pretty pedestrian.

                                                                    3. re: chris2269

                                                                      Keerist, why can't we get the MC Australia version here in the U.S.?????

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        thats why i like the internet.....you can get anything from anywhere :)

                                                                        1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                          I wasn't aware that we could get AU television shows over the web, as a lot of networks block overseas viewing.

                                                                          I thought it would be like trying to watch some British shows on various Brit online networks or like the problems with Canadians not being able to watch American shows online.

                                                                          If it's available, I'll have to search it out.

                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            todays episode: http://www.watchseries-online.com/201...

                                                                            every episode: http://www.watchseries-online.com/cat...

                                                                            1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                              Oh good link.

                                                                              1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                Excellent - thanks! My assumption was wrong. :-)

                                                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            2 downloads...Ok 1 Down load and one website Utorrent (free down load) The Empire.bz legal site you just have to seed and a media player (I like VLC because it will play 99.9 of all files without requiring extra downloads)

                                                                            The reason is we like to rip of other countries shows and make then Crap. Saves on the whole somebody come up with a concept thing.

                                                                          3. re: chris2269

                                                                            I heard the Dali Lama at a conference, and he was delightful--very much like a big kid, very jovial and self-deprecating.