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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 dough..it 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"!


                          1. Really thought it would be Josh going home last night, not Felix.

                            And not surprised that Becky won that one. Her plating was gorgeous - although that was one MONSTER-sized dessert. Didn't realize she hadn't yet won an Elimination Challenge. Frank's also looking to be the other finalist at this point.

                            And David Martinez - he FORGOT HIS RICE for rice pudding? He has the advantage to not rush through picking all of his ingredients and be able to ask questions about making a rice pudding, and he forgets the main ingredient? Sheesh. He's truly lucky that Becky had the rice on her station as an "if I need it" ingredient. But I truly wonder if everyone (other than Frank, as I think he would have given up some rice) would have really given David Martinez some rice if they had it. For some reason, I don't think Monti would have done so - she just got guilted into raising her hand.

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                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              I really think David should have gone home precisely because he messed up despite having a giant advantage. And then someone bailed him out and he still sucked.

                            2. I'm just glad Josh didn't go home. 1st truly bad dish he's made. Felix has had 2 or 3 I believe. I liked her but I don't think she's of a caliber consistently to make it to the end. I wasn't happy Becky won but at least she's not so cocky as before in her interviews. That was a big turnoff.

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                              1. re: jacksons

                                I agree about Becky she attitude was much better. Her plating was fun and she deserved to win. She just needs to stop with gossip and drama and do what she does best. Cook.

                                Felix seems pretty young, She did really well in the beginning but as time wore on the competition was getting to her. Give her another year or two of experience and I think she's going to be great.

                                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                  It's worth reading Becky's blog post about being edited to be the "villain":

                                  I think it's important to remember how much they manipulate what we think we're seeing with carefully chosen reaction shots, talking head interviews, etc. They have to have ~drama~ to keep more people watching. I try to just concentrate on who is putting out food I'd actually want to eat on a plate, and there is no denying that Becky has mad skills.

                                  1. re: sockii

                                    Interesting - I scrolled down in that link, and noticed this reply from Becky to someone named Jonathan when he said that, for Becky, there had better be a cookbook out of this [the show]:

                                    "Awesome, thanks so much Jonathan!!!!! Keep an eye out for a cookbook in the future!!! Thanks so much for the support– means a LOT!"

                                    Makes one go Hmmm....did she slip up?

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      I don't think so. She's just hoping that no matter the outcome that she'll get a book.

                                      Did not realize her last name was Reams. Her website title, Becky Reams cooks makes for an unfortunate double entendre, especially considering she's being edited as the villian.


                                      1. re: JuniorBalloon

                                        ::::snort:::: Oh man. I didn't even think of that blog name! LOL

                              2. Okay, so I know I am going to get bombarded for saying this- my (if any) credibility shot to smithereens- but I don't understand why everyone (on this board) hates Monti and wants to see her gone. I don't know her (I live in Canada), know nothing about her besides what they show on MC- but she has come through time and time again with dishes that have if not "wowed" the judges, definitely impressed them. I don't think she deserves the bad rap she gets, and seriously putting her in the same boat as Ryan Mr. Flavor elevator, is insulting. Come on, he put maraschino cherries on a fresh fruit tart!! Ugh.

                                I don't think Monti has the chops to beat Becky or Frank- but I am impressed with the dishes she puts up.

                                Let the lambasting of me, for my opinion, begin:

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                                1. re: maisonbistro

                                  My problem with Monti is that I don't believe she is at all the character she's portraying on the show. She's (in my humble opinion) a marginal entertainment personality (not much different from Ryan) playing up the woe-is-me/single-mom shtick while it's so easy to pull up her media credits on LinkedIn. I'll admit I'm not unbiased - when I questioned it at all on a blog I write about the show, early on this season, she left me a tirade of a comment in response - and then wanted me to contact her about coming on her radio show to talk about it. No, thank you.

                                  1. re: sockii

                                    Well I am going solely on the food I have seen her prepare, and the fact that she hasn't played up the whole single mom issue in a while- and when it has been aired, it's the directors/producers choosing to air it, to make a more poignant story. To me it's the same as Christine's blindness. Bottom line is, I think she can cook- unlike Ryan, who wanted the women to show their breasts in one of the challenges or Tali who wouldn't listen to any criticism of his food from people I assume he respects.

                                2. Just dawned on me that the previous week, Josh was screwed where Felix was given the pass instead of Josh. Josh in the top six just rights that wrong.