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Master Chef week of 7/2 (SPOILERZZZZZZZZZZZ)

I forgot what Stacey's sob story was but she was very clever in choosing teams for the food truck challenge. She picked Tali just in case her team lost that she has someone to crush in the elimination challenge. She also picked Frank and Becky for their talent even though she's not friendly with Becky. She must've wanted to spare the blind lady by putting her with Felix, Josh, and Cowboy, because I know Felix and Josh can cook. And then there's the disaster team of Monti and David with two other sacrificial lambs - Tanya and Anna. It's amazing how delusional David can be when he seems to the reason why their team lost - first he was slow to fire the burgers, so none were served for something like 15 minutes after the competition started, second, he served raw burgers. Unfortunately, his fat fingers were good at rolling tortellinis. Anna went home because her tortellinies were RAW!!! I'm surprised Gordo didn't call her a donkey.

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  1. I was so sorry to see Anna go!! She was both lovely and talented.

    That said, as team leader she should have had those burgers ready to go when the truck opened. And they should have done some interesting fries.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      I agree, I thought Anna did a shitty job as team leader....and yet no one held her accountable.

      I caught a discrepancy about the burgers - they made a big deal about cutting from serving 2 burgers to one, but at the end of the challenge, when decribing each trucks food, Gordon definitely said "Two sliders and chips"
      Did anyone else catch that?

      I was also curious about how Christine handled that challenge...they didnt show her at all, and I am wondering how easy it would have been for her to contribute(?)
      I have missed the other team challenges, but for one where they did show her serving.. so not sure how she did on the breakfast challenge either.

      I was impressed by how good Monti and Davids tortellini were...I am a damn good home cook, but no way could I perfect tortellini the first time around!

      1. re: NellyNel

        Actually, Anna held herself responsible. She took the blame for David's burger not being ready on time.

        They were originally going to serve 3 sliders per order, of 2 different types. The team then decided to go with just 2 sliders per order, with 1 of each type. Gordo then told them, and the team agreed, to just 1 type of slider, but still 2 sliders per order.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          Yes, in the end she did, I think more out of obligation and manners, but I think they are really blamed David 100%.

          Ah!
          Got it. Thanks for the explanation - yep that makes sense.

    2. I thought it was very cool to see everyone focused on the tortellini demo so that they could learn, despite being out of the challenge. Josh showing Christine by guiding her fingers was really sweet.

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      1. re: jessicheese

        I thought that was great seeing Josh show Christine that. I'm impressed w/ how some other competitors have stepped up to help her.

        1. re: jessicheese

          Agreed - I liked seeing that so I rewound the DVR to see it again. :-)

          1. re: jessicheese

            Glad to see I wasn't the only one who noticed that. Not only was it sweet, but to be able to take someone else's hands and go through the motions, also showed his knowledge. Not so sure, i could do that for someone after only seeing it once.

          2. I just discovered that Monti's name is Monti Carlo and I cannot stop laughing ....

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              1. re: jhopp217

                But isn't Danger usually a middle name?

            1. Just to everyone's points...

              I remember Christine saying she knows how to make Chicken Tikka Marsala, not sure if it was her recipe but it sounds like she had a good hand in making the food.

              How disappointing for Anna, she wasn't a strong leader but she did accept the responsibility. It was unfortunate that she went home.

              David, I guess I can understand now how he can ruffle some feathers he wanted everyone to say they were responsible for failing the task but he was the main reason. I'm getting the feeling that he doesn't work well on a team but individually he does very well.

              Tanya does seem to have a lot of heart. I don't think I'm pulling for her but last night I couldn't help but to not want her to go home. He poor little tortelinis looked like little envelopes and packages from the post office.

              Monti surprised me I didn't think she'd make it this far

              I really wanted the Indian truck to win. I think they did a better job in a lot of ways. Mexican (tacos) and American (sliders) just seemed so easy. I think Josh redeemed himself this week much better in the team challenge.

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              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                Josh says he can do Indian but I do believe the chicken recipe is from Christine. It looked pretty good, especially with the naan.

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  Yeah it sounded like she had a big hand in the recipe. but I'm glad Josh was a better leader this time.

                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    Ahhh, good to know it was mostly her recipe. And Josh was a good leader. I really thought the tacos and sliders would do better in the total overall sales. And the sliders *could* have done better....if they had had some to serve for the first 15 minutes, as Anna noted! Still in disbelief that David Martinez said it wasn't 10 minutes before the first burgers came out. REALLY?

              2. Sorry to see Anna go. :-( David Martinez was DEFINITELY the reason for their food truck not selling enough, and the fact he was completely idiotic in not accepting that he hadn't cooked anything before the lines started. Idiot. But Anna was the team leader - she should have been all over David's butt to get them on the griddle! Her "leadership" will be needed if she wants to start a catering company. But I'm glad Gordon Ramsay noted her that her cooking skills are excellent.

                I agree that Stacey was smart in her team set-ups. But I still find it interesting that she chose Tali as a team member.

                Do we have ANY idea what Christine did for her team? It almost looked as if she were handling the payments, but that couldn't have been true.