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MasterChef - Week of July 9 (spoilers)

I was going to wait for Worldwide Diner to start the thread, but I can't wait anymore.

Finally, Tali is gone!!! I don't have to watch his delusional talking-head comments anymore.

Gordon: It's Master Chef, not Master-bate!


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  1. "Christine, do not start feeling your box"

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    1. re: hal2010

      LOL - I didn't catch that while watching the show tonight.

      I was slacking - didn't watch the show last night, so feel free to start a new weekly thread.

      I've never had sea urchin risotto before but I've had plenty of sea urchin pasta. To me, the sauce should look almost orange, otherwise there wouldn't be sufficient sea urchin flavor. The sauces I saw were mostly beige, not orange. And Monti's pasta had way too much crap in there - I've never seen sea urchin pasta served with greens.

      And what's the pasta that Joe said Josh prepared? and how is that different from linguine or tagliatelle?

      I'm glad that Frank did something outside the box with his catfish. Serving a filet of pan-fried fish is pretty boring - so I don't really care about Becky's monkfish or Monti's John Dory.

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        Joe repeated the pasta ten times and still no one knows what the heck he was saying. It had a lot of vowels, I remember.

    2. Posted this on last week's thread, but I'll repost here:

      WICKED tired of Tali's "I don't understand why these judges cannot see my genius?" Seriously, Tali? You are talking about two judges who are *real* master chefs and a restaurateur with many restaurants under his belt, and you're saying they cannot see your genius? Oy. If you were a culinary genius? You'd be in your own restaurant right now. Was SO glad to see him gone.

      And while she's producing consistently good dishes (and handled that sea urchin like a pro), I'm really tired of Becky constantly putting everyone else down.

      I knew Christine wouldn't be going home, even though she was bottom 3. David and Tali both made dishes WAY worse than hers. Figured it could have gone either way, but Tali using a sous vide prep on Arctic Char? Oy.

      Oh - and one final note. Joe Bastianich. He gets all over Josh's ass about how to properly pronounce the type of pasta he made (I think he was saying "tagliarini"?) was obnoxious. It would have been the perfect time for someone to say "Hey Joe? It's pronounced ES-presso - not EX-presso."

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Random thoughts -

        It seemed like Tali was becoming more and more delusional as the show went on!!! - Even though he has done poorly throughout! Yikes.
        Yeah, I was hoping he'd be gone. Yay.

        Monti said something that cracked me up, but I cant remember what it was.

        I don't like Becky at all.

        Still think Graham Elliot is a cutie.

        Christines salmon really did look hideous. The coating looked dry and the fish was way overdone.
        I had seen a thread yesterday before I watched the show about GR making her cry...I thought he was going to be brutal, but he wasnt - if anything, he was saying how good she is, and this dish was really disappointing. I think Christine made herself cry because she knew it was a poor dish.

        "Oh - and one final note. Joe Bastianich. He gets all over Josh's ass about how to properly pronounce the type of pasta he made (I think he was saying "tagliarini"?) was obnoxious. It would have been the perfect time for someone to say "Hey Joe? It's pronounced ES-presso - not EX-presso."

        1. re: NellyNel

          I truly wish that someone had done so. He's pulled out the pronunciation thing before on MC, and it irks me because of his pronunciation of "espresso".

          1. re: chefhound

            LOL! He's *so* right with this statement: "This was the first time I watched the content of the confessionals. Gordon was interrupting your creative genius? Too bad he didn't have nerve to voice this directly – it would have been priceless, let me assure you."

            In addition, it looks like he doesn't know how to spell Chef Ramsay's last name - he wrote "Ramsey".

            And looky-there! Joe has a Twitter account - THIS would be the only reason for me to sign up for Twitter - to correct HIM on the spelling of Chef Ramsay's last name, AND the pronunciation of "espresso".

            ::::smiling sweetly::::

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Graham is the only one of the three who will follow you back on Twitter and seems to engage somewhat. If you do sign up, let me warn you that following the cooks (as their aprons suggest you should) is a terrible idea. They do go on.

              1. re: ennuisans

                I have absolutely NO desire to start Tweeting. I would, however, like to give Joe a piece or two of my grammatical mind regarding "expresso" when he's so smug about the pronunciation of tagliarini. :-)

              2. re: LindaWhit

                I suspect it might not be Joe who writes his blog posts; maybe a staffer. I haven't read anything written by him other than various excerpts from his book Restaurant Man but the post does not seem to be in his voice.

          2. And I started giggling when Ramsay said the "Master Bate" comment to Tali. That was perfectly brilliant, because that's exactly what Tali seems to have been doing the entire show. :-)

            1. Only one episode this week? I got no MC or HK love for tonight on the TiVo.

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              1. re: ennuisans

                All Star Game was on last night on Fox.

              2. I think Gordo was making a clever pun, spelling it Master Bait, as they had the urchin. My favourite bit was when Tali was explaining to (either Gordon or Graham) what sous vide was, like they did not know....

                1. I think Joe was right that Monti's sob story is mostly B.S.

                  Found this http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/upon...

                  which state Monti is not her real name, although no real name was provided. Monti is

                  "A standup comedian, cook, and single mom, Carlo has plenty of radio experience, putting in time at WZGC Atlanta, WLDI West Palm Beach, WSEA Myrtle Beach, and KQMV Seattle, and has toured with the likes of Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Tucker, and Bob Saget."

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                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    Yup. I had noted that in the first thread, I think. Monti Carlo = stage name? She's also a voice-over actress.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      While none of those jobs necessarily pay that well I still think she laid it on very thick. Perhaps she told the producers though and they edited that bit out?

                      1. re: Worldwide Diner

                        Even though I find myself watching, these "characters" are very similar to last year's group. It seems the show follows a formula, much like HK.

                        Tali reminded me of the arrogant Christian from last year (who was also spouting delusional bravado); he was always gunning for last year's winner Jennifer (who also seemed like an actress). Monti is the new Jennifer, everyone underestimates her but somehow she prevails. Josh is the new Adrien, quiet, moments of "brilliance" mixed in with epic failures. I knew they were going to have Christine have a bad week, even though it seemed totally inconsistent with her other dishes and her "miracle" apple pie......

                      2. Tali puts himself between van Gogh and Jesus. Seriously.


                        " let's just go back to van Gogh. No one cared about his art. Usually people don't appreciate the new message that you bring, like Jesus. When Jesus was preaching his gospel, people wanted to kill him and they eventually did. I'm not comparing myself to Jesus, but I will compare myself to van Gogh. I'm more in between van Gogh and Jesus."

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                          1. re: chefhound

                            from Wikipedia

                            "There has been much debate over the years as to the source of van Gogh's illness and its effect on his work. Over 150 psychiatrists have attempted to label its root, with some 30 different diagnoses. Diagnoses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, syphilis, poisoning from swallowed paints, temporal lobe epilepsy and acute intermittent porphyria. Any of these could have been the culprit and been aggravated by malnutrition, overwork, insomnia and consumption of alcohol, especially absinthe."

                            If he's comparing himself to van Gogh's problems, then he's on the right track.

                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                              :::::snort laughing:::: That's just perfect. :-)

                            2. re: chowser

                              "The judges are traditional and I am a modernist, non-traditional cook and they did not see the genius that was in front of them because they did not understand."

                              I would seriously LOVE for Tali to say that in front of Wylie Dufresne, Grant Achatz and José Andrés. Yeah. Betcha it wouldn't happen.

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                I'm pretty sure that Graham Eliot is a pretty non-traditional chef.