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Jul 23, 2012 07:55 PM

Master Bait (Chef) week of 7/23. Rotten food alert.

Don't know who won yet but I'd like to kick Ryan in the nuts.

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  1. It would appear that Ryan spent his unemployed time thinking of a catchy nickname that he could use on Master Chef. His brainchild: Flavor Elevator. That's right, the Flavor Elevator is going up. Unfortunately he forgot the law of gravity - what goes up must come down. He ultimately came crashing down.

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    1. re: Worldwide Diner

      He's had a blog titled "Flavor Elevator" up since the beginning of June. I notice that he lists "Amateur Comedian" first and "Flavor Elevator" second on his About page - no surprise there. Just another one of those IMHO using MasterChef for media exposure (I put Mairym Monti Carlo in that same category, the "Homemaker" who actually is now working as a radio host and lists lots of voice over, stand up and radio/tv gigs in her online resume.)

    2. I was pulling for Josh, I've noticed the guy doesn't particular stick with a food genre. He seems to do a bit of everything from Creole to Chinese to Desserts.

      Interesting everyone wanted Stacey back but were afraid of Josh because he's a serious competitor.

      1. + a GAZILLION. :-)

        Holy MOG. This guy is completely nutso. He's got to still be living off Mommy and Daddy's dime. They never did say what he *could* do in the real world - just that he's unemployed, correct?

        I really thought it the competition would be between Stacy and Josh. Freshly made pasta dough, freshly made ricotta, and a few other "fresh" items all in one hour? Even Ramsay said he was beyond impressed.

        VERY glad to see Josh win the challenge. And even better? That Josh won the challenge with ALL SIX VOTES from his fellow competitors. Not one of them chose Ryan's berry tart. So despite Josh pulling out the tart shell at the last possible moment, the custard didn't get too runny on the still-warm shell. Also sounds like his plating was superior to Ryan's.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          I believe Ryan was a former stockbroker - which to me means he's was in the boiler-room making cold calls.

          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            Yeah, he's all of 24, right? I doubt he would have progressed further than the boiler room at that age, unless he was an investment wonder. And then he wouldn't be unemployed.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              Frank IS a stockbroker currently, perhaps you're thinking of him? I don't remember Ryan mentioning any particular career/job in the past.

              Frank actually got to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ just recently, along with Dana Cohen of Hell's Kitchen.

            2. re: LindaWhit

              Here's the one question I have about the voting. If the six "judges"/non-eliminated contestants were as concerned and annoyed about a tough "competitor" coming back as the editing made it look, wouldn't it be in their best interests to vote for the tart they thought was the weaker, not the stronger, of the two? Why risk bringing down your chances of winning - and I don't want to hear any b.s. about wanting the "challenge of going against the best". These people surely want to win, first and foremost. I'm not a Ryan defender/fan per se, I just thought voting might not be as unbiased as they wanted to make it out to be.

              1. re: sockii

                You could be right, but in a competition like this, over thinking can get the best of you. They didn't know who's was who's for all they knew Ryan had the best.

                The only way to feel good about your decision is to declare the one you liked the best as it. Ryan has been very up and down in the past. So it would be assuming to think that Ryan is not capable of making the better tart.

                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                  "So it would be assuming to think that Ryan is not capable of making the better tart."

                  Absolutely and that wasn't what I was suggesting. They (supposedly) had no idea whose tart was whose - although they would have known that Josh generally did better with desserts and Ryan got sent home on one.

                  Reality tv competitions are just that - competitions - and it's quite often the case that contestants will vote off and eliminate the stronger competitors to keep the weaker ones there longer. So I just call into question whether they were all voting on who had the best tart or who they wanted to go up against in these last few rounds.

                  1. re: sockii

                    You really do have a good point...
                    The judges kept saying how much better Ryans tart looked, so it is possible...

                    1. re: sockii

                      And from the looks of Josh's ugly corn dessert they may have selected the worst of the two cooks.


                  2. re: sockii

                    True. BUT...if they're looking for a culinary career after the snow, they'd want to show that their palate and eye for food is good. As you noted above, many (if not all) are there for the media exposure. I'd want that exposure to be good vs. "throws other competitors under the bus" exposure.

                    1. re: sockii

                      I can see a couple of the contestants voting for the "worst" tart, but to have all 6 vote for the same tart seems to unlikely they all voted for the worst dish.

                    2. re: LindaWhit

                      They were probably all turned off by the maraschino cherries.

                      1. re: chefhound

                        Ahh, yes. I forgot about those maraschino cherries topping the tart. And yet Ryan thought that they would be the difference to keep him there. Eejit.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          Just another example of the two "geniuses" being unable to keep out of their own way. As Nigel Tufnel once said: "It's such a fine line between clever and stupid."

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Yeah, when I heard maraschino cherries, I smiled, thinking he'd go. Even I--always one to gild a lily--knew that was a death knell in a tart. Glad Josh won--he seems to be a sweetheart.

                      2. Thank God Ryan didnt win!
                        I was worried when they zoomed in on Josh's really looked bad, and I dont know how it cooled down in time...

                        I really liked Josh, but I hadn't realized that everyone considered him such a competitor.

                        Now I have a bee in my bonnet to try making a fruit tart..

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                        1. re: NellyNel

                          I don't see how people didn't consider him a competitor. He & Christine are the only 2 on the show who were continuously told how great or delicious their food taste. Josh got beat by an egg, Christine by sushi but other than that I don't recall them having a bad dish. Everyone else has had a 1 or 2 worst. I think Chef Ramsey sums it up best when he talks about culinary skill with a couple as opposed to a bunch. Anyway, I'm just so excited he made it back! Now if only Monti would go...

                        2. I wish they would drop the time limit for cooking. You have 60 minutes to make the most amazing tart of your life. I would rather they assign the contestants turn in times, like a BBQ competition. You have to have your dish ready at 2:15, the next person at 2:30 and so on. It would allow them to do more "real" cooking, still have the deadline pressure to get it done and have it tasted while it's hot (unless it's supposed to be cold of course). And as an added bonus you would get more of those dramatic countdowns to "HUUD"!