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Master Chef week of 6/25 (spoilers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

The bottom 3 picked in the team challenges were David Martinez (he's from Glencoe, Il - presumably that's where he lives now, but he grew up in the ghettos?), Ryan (the d-bag), and Tali (the clueless wonder). I guess David's flub as captain really sank him in the eyes of his fellow contestants - even though I think he can cook? Coincidentally, the last two guys picked, Ryan and Tali, also ended up at the bottom of the elimination challenge. I was wondering why Tanya defended Ryan - wasn't his douchebaggery obvious to everyone?

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  1. Your thinking about Joshua, The basketball player not David from Chicago. David was one of the 3 that was saved from the elimination challenge.

    A few thoughts

    Ryan - I think it was nice that Gordon gave him the ability to have some humility and he did. Although through the season he's seemed a bit delisional when pairing up his talents with the rest of the group.

    I think when you are someone like Ryan who has observed and learned everything he knows about cooking by tasting restaurant food and try to copy those styles you get a person who can accomplish some great dishes, but also a person who falls flat because they do not have a wide range of skill sets. While some consider themselves home cooks they often have studied cook books, experimented, and have done a wide range of cooking and baking.

    I wonder if part of his douchbaggery was just him trying to hard although how he decided that David and Monti were his arch nemesis I will never understand.

    Tali got lucky. I wonder if his attitude will improve without Ryan there. I would say he needs to learn to self edit but I think what he really needs is to understand when to use ingredients and when not to. He throws everything together hoping something is going to stick.

    Felix wasn't trying to cheat, she looked very overwelmed and confused by the end.

    Anna - We now see why she gets little face time. She's a bit of a quite person, which doesn't undermine her cooking. She's my pick as the dark horse. If some of the other louder personalities go, I think we'll get a little more focus on her great cooking ability. It wouldn't hurt her to toot her horn once in a while.

    Monti cracks me up.

    Christine is still a power horse despite her blindness for a minute though I thought she was going to loose it. Editing perhaps.
    Taking Becky from Joshua was the best strategy.

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    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

      I meant when they were choosing teams, David was the third to last picked.

      As for Felix, I don't think she was trying to cheat. She was not even in the room when Gordo said time's up - so berating her when she was busy elsewhere doesn't make much sense. I forgot though who made the comment along the lines that Felix had to cheat in order for her team to win. Was that comment by David? If so, I'm getting a glimpse as to why he's shunned.

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        Pretty sure that was David, because I turned to my wife last night at that point and said 'ok, so maybe he IS a jerk...'

        1. re: dbrodbeck

          I thought it was Ramsey's accustaion first. At the time I thought what a drama queen as she was clearly just caught up in the moment and not really trying to cheat. Spending too much time on the Hell's Kitchen set?

    2. I have to watch the episode again to be sure, but did anyone notice when someone (mainly the judges) mentioned something that had to do with sight, "look at what you're doing" or "see..." there was a quick cut to Christine.

      1. Felix almost sunk the Red Team during breakfast service. The fact she remained SO quiet when she was supposed to be expediting doesn't bode well for her on team challenges. Was pretty impressed with Christine stepping in to move her team along.

        Ryan and Tali both seemed so completely outmatched. Their egos are way better than their talent. I don't expect Tali to move along much further.

        Anna is definitely quiet; I'm hoping this Pressure Test showed her that she needs to be more "there" in future challenges.

        And we get Desserts for tonight's episode. Will be interesting. But first, a Mystery Box...filled with what? T-Bone steak, watermelon, corn, cabbage, peaches, sour cream, tarragon, cayenne, and paprika.

        1. NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD with Joe constantly saying "expresso".

          Joe. You're Italian. Pronouncing an "x" into the word "espresso" makes me want to sic Paulie Walnuts on your ass.

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            Becky was a top 3 in the mystery box challenge, which they dubbed turning $15 of groceries from Walmart into a $40 dish. Well, Becky didn't use the t-bone and can't possibly sell her dessert as a $40 dish. When Walmart becomes my shopping destination - I would happily change my username to Walmart Shopper instead of Worldwide Diner. For various reasons, I detest Walmart.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              Can anyone explain to me why Felix bursts into tears everytime someone speaks to her? It's really annoying, and I find myself hoping that she gets eliminated so that I don't have to look at that pout, her quivering chin, and the welling eyes. She has it all down to an art.

              1. re: Maryld

                Yeah, I was kind of glad to see Anna Rossi say something about it to the confessional camera. Suck it up! You made a piss-poor dish. Do better next time if you're not eliminated.

              2. re: Worldwide Diner

                I was surprised they didn't call her on that. It was supposed to be a $40 dish! No way I'd pay that for half a peach on sauce no matter how delicious it is.

              3. re: LindaWhit

                I am currently watching my DVR from last night and was just about to post this same thing! What is up with him? For shame!!!

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  My husband pointed it out and I kept thinking he mis-heard it. Why would an Italian mispronounce that. But he did.

                  1. re: chicgail

                    And I'd bet dollars to donuts that if ANYONE pronounced mascarpone without the "ee" on the end, he'd correct them.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Half the people I hear on these shows (including professional chefs) say "MARscapone."

                  2. re: LindaWhit

                    I was just going to post the same thing! Gave him a pass the first time thinking he just misspoke, but he just kept going...

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Man that drove me nuts too. I think of saying "x" in espresso as the sign of a food un-aware person-- and he's ITALIAN!

                      1. re: DGresh

                        lol. I was surprised when he said "eXpresso" too...but I had to laugh because it brought back memories,...
                        I am Italian American. Brooklynese, and my very Italian grandma and more Americanized mother always called it "eXpresso"...(mom still does)

                        It took me years to pronounce it correctly!!

                        Wondering if it's an Italian American thing..??

                        1. re: NellyNel

                          Did I hear Joe B. say ... 'Chicken Tiki Masala' for Chicken Tikka Masala ?? He must have been thinking of a luau or something in his mind. NellyNel, here's a video I'd like you to watch so that you and everybody can reminisce about their Italian Nonnas --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXfyRb...

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            Amo Nonna Maria. That is hilarious, and there is a whole series of them. Molto bene. Grazie.

                            jb

                            1. re: JuniorBalloon

                              Prego, JB. The videos, as viewers can expect, vary in hilarity,
                              with some being more entertaining than others. If you or anyone needs translation, some of the videos allow for subtitles (in English) by turning the CC on. Here's another entertaining video by them --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCxwRu...

                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                Parlo un po l'Italiano. Half the fun is trying to catch words I know and piece together what's going on, ma parle molto rapido. How do you turn on the CC?

                                jb

                                1. re: JuniorBalloon

                                  The CC is only available on the first video (the "Spesa" video). The CC icon is embedded in the border (at the bottom) of the video being played. It can be found to the left of the little clock icon (the "Watch Later" icon), and is labeled "CC". Just click on it, and the captioning will be turned on for you.

                            2. re: Cheese Boy

                              Oh, thanks, Cheese...unfortunately I can't watch it!
                              I am blocked from You tube from work, will ave to remember to watch it later!

                      2. I too am starting to dislike Felix and Becky for their cocky attitudes. Who puts star anise in trffile..and it was so bad that Joe spit it out..Scott's pastry might have been tough but it was not spit worthy..does anybody think that Frank resembles Michael Imperioli from the Sopranos? I also like Stacy and quiet mom Anna too and loved Taliis reaction when he did goo "thank God".

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                        1. re: shesallthat

                          It wasn't just star anise - it was combined with lemongrass and several other very strong flavors!

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Linda,

                            Do you like Frank any better now?

                            1. re: dondcook

                              Well, as Gordon said to Frank, even he couldn't make a dessert using pasta! :-)

                              But I was very impressed with his Mystery Box challenge steak.

                          2. re: shesallthat

                            "..does anybody think that Frank resembles Michael Imperioli from the Sopranos?"

                            ...YES!!!!!!!