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Aug 14, 2012 08:27 AM

Finally--new Master Chef on tonight

If you still remember this show: it's back tonight after a too-long Olympics hiatus. Just FYI.

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  1. Hopefully the recap will catch me up. I can't remember who was last asked to leave.

    1. I've been having withdrawal symptoms

      1. I think I've mostly lost interest.
        Joe will say something outrageous.
        Graham will be nice.
        Gordon will say that something is "amazing."
        And Wal-Mart will be featured like it's America's greatest purveyor of fine foods.

        23 Replies
        1. re: chicgail

          Agreed, the Wal-Mart thing is pretty horrible. Other than that, I'm still enjoying the show. Anyway, you need something to fill the gap until there's another Top Chef.

          1. re: chicgail

            Well, I'm going to continue to watch as I'd like to see who wins. If Becky *doesn't* win, I'll be very surprised. She had full control of her group in the kitchen and Frank didn't. (The minute Josh said in the confessional that it was guys vs. girls and the guys would win, I *knew* they'd lose - and he was pretty instrumental in their loss.)

            Joe saying what he said about Christine was just uncalled for. I don't care that he apologized for it later to her face. He's becoming more of a dooshnozzle as the weeks go on.

            HATE the shilling of Wal-Mart "choice meat." Umm, EVERY supermarket sells choice cuts as well as Select!

            I thought Frank was a chicken - he calls out Josh, saying he would save him if he could prior to the Pressure Test...and then when Gordo gives him the chance to do so - Frank takes himself out of the equation and doesn't have to cook filet mignons rare, medium rare, and well done.

            Expected David Martinez to go home. But seriously nice gift he's getting - the chance to train and work in either of Graham's restaurants in Chicago.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I was surprised that Frank said he would save Josh. Wasn't it Josh's inability to fry the bread that caused all the trouble on their team?

              1. re: chefhound

                That's what I thought as well, BUT....I don't think Frank has liked David Martinez that much, so it was the lesser of two evils?

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  It would've been more honorable to say he's not sending anyone upstairs. They failed as a team so they should all be in the pressure test.

                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    I agree - but I'm not sure if that was an option. Although he didn't offer it to Gordon, et al, and I suspect that they would have accepted it had Frank offered.

              2. re: LindaWhit

                >>>Umm, EVERY supermarket sells choice cuts as well as Select!<<<

                Actually, two of the four chains around here don't. But as has been established on other threads, Wal-Mart is not selling the top of the Choice grade, as they claimed on the show.

                >>>I thought Frank was a chicken<<<

                This was interesting... wasn't it only a few weeks ago that Frank made a big deal of saying he wanted to go out on the basis of his cooking, how he'd have done the "right thing" when David forgot his rice? At the same time, Josh had no right to be pissed, as he proudly proclaimed back then that he wouldn't have helped David in that situation and would have thrown him under the bus, so here he is having that same spirit of generosity applied to him.

                1. re: acgold7

                  Yes, Frank was one of those that raised his hand saying he would have given David the rice. One of the reasons I found him taking himself out of the Pressure Test as hypocritical.

                  However, having said *that*, it did seem that Frank was the one who finally got the little fried cakes done properly when Josh couldn't do so.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I think Frank chose the right person -- it wasn't lack of leadership that screwed his team, it was poor execution by David and Josh. That said, he shouldn't have pretended he would save Josh if he was going to change his mind and save himself.

                    1. re: piccola

                      Frank's leadership in working with Becky from the other team to ensure that all of the plates came to the pass at the same time sucked wind, however.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Agreed. Part of me wonders if he didn't keep quiet out of spite in the hopes it would make her look bad. At the same time, it wouldn't have come up if the guys had been cooking fast enough.

                2. re: LindaWhit

                  Walmart is the only place in Des Moines that sells select grade beef. At least that I know of.
                  All the supermarkets sell Choice at least, and sometimes a bit of Prime.
                  The Walmart promotion is really hard to take.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Joe saying what he said about Christine was just uncalled for. I don't care that he apologized for it later to her face. He's becoming more of a dooshnozzle as the weeks go on.

                    yeah agree I just watched the episode and was like wow...really?

                    1. re: chris2269

                      How great would it be for Christine to win the whole competition and make Joe eat his words?

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        I think he deserves a knuckle sandwich in addition to eating his words.

                      2. re: chris2269

                        What did he say to her? I don't remember it.

                        Joe is a dooshnozzle (new word for me-it's a fun one ty!) all the time and he red sneakers ?

                        please Joe you aint cool

                        Is he trying to channel Joan Jett? SHE was cool! not you sleepyjoe


                        1. re: madeliner

                          He didn't say it TO her, but he said, in an aside to Graham and Gordon, that she would bring her team down in this challenge, and that she basically had no business being on the line.

                          1. re: GreenDragon

                            At the time I agreed with Joe. (It all of course turned out ok). I am, BTW, legally blind and did not find it in the least way offensive.

                      3. re: LindaWhit

                        What are the chances that David doesn't take the job with Graham because the pay's too low, the benefits aren't as good, and the work is tougher?

                        1. re: Worldwide Diner

                          Let me at him so I can bitchslap him clear into next week if he does that!

                          1. re: Worldwide Diner

                            LOL I know that feeling but I think he will :)

                        2. re: chicgail

                          I get annoyed with all that Walmart product placement and I really believe it discredits the program. As though ANY of those three judges would ever serve Walmart meats in their own restaurants. Yeah, right!!!

                          1. While I like Josh and was certainly rooting for him to make it through the pressure test, I wonder if he got a bit of a bump from being the one that Frank said "should be saved" (though his treatment of the toasts was atrocious)

                            1. Has Monti's hearing been mentioned before? I must have missed it.

                              4 Replies
                              1. re: chris2269

                                That was the first I recall hearing (no pun) about as well. Christine's quip was terrific, "Team Helen Keller".

                                1. re: kmcarr

                                  LOL on both your comments! And yes, that was the first it was mentioned, IIRC.

                                  1. re: kmcarr

                                    i was going to say wow shes deaf and Dumb (not meaning mute) but I didn't want to insult anyone who is mute. guess I did just now but again no dis meant to anyone other than monti:)

                                    1. re: kmcarr

                                      "Team Helen Keller" made me laugh out loud!