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Masterchef premier 5/22

so silly with the fake contestants - still entertaining though

I think walmart is involved in some way
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  1. That person who kept saying she too attractive to win never had a judge say the same,

    but the doe eyed senorita was told she was pretty

    loved that

    but I felt sorry for her when her family couldnt get it together to at least be there on time to support her

    this show is so silly

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    1. re: madeliner

      How many times do you have to say you're underestimated because you're good looking? She'll stay on because she's obnoxious.

      I really like the guy whose mom died of brain cancer. But, I fall for their ploys on who to like and who not to like.

      They need to get rid of Joe. I about fell over when he told the Puerto Rican guy who made mofongo w/ shrimp that it was a ripoff version of shrimp scampi w/ some plantain. Really? I'm waiting for someone to make congee and have him say it's a poor version of risotto. He tastes like he has an eating disorder and is afraid of the food. Gordon and Elliot bring something to the judging. Joe just brings scorn.

      1. re: chowser

        Is that the real Joe or scripted Joe? Does Graham Elliot really like everything that Joe doesn't like and vice-versa, or is it to create tie-breaking drama for Gordo?

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          My guess is that it's totally scripted like most "reality" shows.

        2. re: chowser

          That was odd. Does he truly not know what mofongo is? I find that hard to believe.

          1. re: Hobbert

            Joe knew what mofongo was. He was saying that the shrimp was no different than shrimp scampi.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              That seemed to be the point of his comment but mofongo bears no resemblance to shrimp scampi. It made no sense.

              1. re: Hobbert

                i believe he was talking about the shrimp on top of the plaintains reminded him of shrimp scampi

                1. re: TastyChomps

                  Then it's an even more ridiculous comment. I think sometimes he really has to work to come up with a negative opinion.

                  1. re: Hobbert

                    i think hes playing the "bad cop" and being a b for the show to be interesting .... so ridiculous what he said to that one guy who had long hair and his parents died

                    1. re: TastyChomps

                      It's one thing to play bad cop. Gordon and Elliot both do that, too--they seem to switch off. But, "ignorant" cop is another thing. Joe also seems overly concerned about contestants who are too nice and not cutthroat. That question to the woman about whether she'd plunge a knife into a lobster to kill it? Stupid cop.

                      1. re: chowser

                        Yeah, how cutthroat do you have to be to be on a cooking show? I like the show but he's just ridiculous at this point.

                        1. re: chowser

                          i just got caught up on the second part of the auditions. Joe was such a prick. So you have to be TOUGH to survive a cooking show? And if you're TOUGH it's obvious to someone sitting there on a stage? For pete's sake, this is not joining the Marines.

                          1. re: DGresh

                            I don't know what he's like in "real" life, but he does show up like a jerk on the show. It is almost certainly a function of the producers encouraging that kind of thing for dramatic impact. And I guess it works. We're talking about it.

                            1. re: chicgail

                              We don't know what any of the contestants, scenes, etc. are really like but it's easier to discuss the show w/out having to preface every statement with, "It appears on the show, keeping in mind that the editors and producers do their job to manipulate it, that..."

                            2. re: DGresh

                              It bothered me even more when there was no reason to suspect the contestant might crack under pressure. For example, he questioned whether one woman would "make it" because she looked too cute and sweet, even though her food was great and she appeared calm and collected.

                              1. re: piccola

                                I am definitely annoyed with Natasha. If she says she "is not only a pretty face" one more time I will throw a pizza at her! And she aint all that. I am rooting for Jordan the truck driver..the Asian guy looks good but they don't focus too much attention on him.

                                1. re: shesallthat

                                  I don't have any favourites yet, but I tend to dislike the more over-the-top dramatic people.

                                  1. re: piccola

                                    Which after last night's show, includes Chrissie and Howard in the same over-the-top dramatics as Natasha.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      I was just coming here to comment on that. I want all of them to go home, stat. How can they possibly "hate" someone that early? It makes no sense.

                                      I'm also amazed at how many of them take the bait when the judges ask them to pinpoint the weakest links. Really? You're going to trash talk on national TV when it's just as likely you'll get your ass handed to you?

                                      1. re: piccola

                                        The drama!
                                        I don't thrive on it. I'd be happier with out it. Just cooking would please me most

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          It's why I enjoyed Christina Ha *SO* much on the last season of MC. She mostly just put her head down and cooked.

                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                            It would also help if the judges stopped trying to goad everyone into insulting each other.

                2. re: chowser

                  When he said that about mofongo, I almost fell out of my chair. I think sometimes the judges are too much a one trick pony in their own right. So tough to do anything not continental or Italian. That's why at least the judges for The Taste were at least able to appreciate more wide variety than it seems MC is able to.

                3. re: madeliner

                  That part about not getting there in time was staged. How many other contestants had family driving their cars with Fox cameras installed?

                    1. re: John E.

                      I totally agree-he is so pompous and snotty

                      what's with the red shoes? does he think he's dorothy?

                    2. re: madeliner

                      but I felt sorry for her when her family couldnt get it together to at least be there on time to support her
                      ****
                      They had a TV crew in the car....I'm thinking it's all staged.

                    3. A little too much personal drama for my liking at this point - and I get that backstory is important in reality shows - but there was quite a bit of comic relief between Ramsay's comments and editing so I'm likely hanging in for a couple more episodes. I'm always most entertained by the selection process than anything else.

                      1. The audition shows are always hard to take.

                        This one had way too many freaks.

                        When they move into the cooking it gets much more interesting.

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                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          I fast-forwarded through the whole 2 hours. After watching the woman who people underestimate because she's so pretty, I couldn't take it anymore. You're not that pretty, honey. Granted, you're not hideous but get over yourself.

                          I hope it will get better once the actual cooking starts.

                          1. re: chefhound

                            That'd be the first contestant on the show! She was shown earlier shaking her boobs like she was at a wet tee shirt contest.

                          2. re: C. Hamster

                            Crazy Eyed Stay-at-Home Dad Who Cooks Roadkill (Beaver tail) is a bit too full of himself. Wonder if he'll be the one that peeps zero in on.

                            I wonder how long they'll all withstand the antics of Sasha. They were all laughing during the audition, but I have a feeling if she continues to pull that stuff, Joe and Gordon will not be kind in telling her to settle down.

                            Jordan's dish was plated beautiful, and looked like something anyone would like to eat. Early favorite?

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              His dish was "shaved beaver"

                              He's going to be hard to watch so I hope he gets eliminated early.

                              And, seriously, what's with his crazy eyes?

                              In addition to the "shaved beaver" Graham can be heard saying "good tail" as the blonde who fileted the fish walks away ...

                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                I thought the sexual inuendos on this episode were rather over the top. I can't recall them being so blatant last year.
                                Oh...what one will do for ratings....

                                1. re: easily amused

                                  Next year, plunging necklines perhaps ??
                                  Boobs always appeal to a lot of people.

                          3. Downloading it now...but the us versions of masterchef are bastardizations of the UK, AU, and NZ shows. All trash talk and no cooking. Thankfully Masterchef AU starts up soon.

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                            1. re: chris2269

                              Personally, I see plenty of interesting cooking on Masterchef US. Later on, that is.

                              1. Joe pisses me off. I turned the channel after the second time he said someone wasn't tough enough to compete in a cooking show.

                                Tough guy in me says this to Joe: "What's your problem little man? Why do you have to belittle people? You want to see how tough I am? Attack someone in my family. You wan't to see how tough you are?...Take a swing buddy...I'm here for you."

                                jb

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                                1. re: JuniorBalloon

                                  LOL. If you ever see him walking down the street, tell him that. And, then let us know. When he asked that woman about whether she would plunge a knife into the back of a lobster to win, I thought, it would be hard for me to resist saying, "I'd do that to you to win..."

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    That would be an awesome response and would make me watch this insipid, ridiculous show.

                                    jb

                                     
                                2. OMG, the show is scripted something fierce.

                                  This season the three judges might as well be referred to as the three comics. Did you hear some of the comments that were made ?? 'are you turned on by the beaver' ... ... AND later ... ... 'good tail' .

                                  Yowza. Double entendres folks !!!

                                  1. That beaver tail guy needs to go asap, I can't believe they picked him to be in the competition. He literally looks like a complete sociopath. People like that shouldn't be carrying sharp knives, let alone guns.

                                    There were no real standouts for me like last year (LOVED Christine all the way through the competition), but we'll see how it pans out.

                                    I'm kind of rooting for the mother from Philly, and perhaps the delivery driver guy who's food they were raving over.

                                    1. I've never watched but I was looking for a new show to start following so I recorded it. We'll see how long I last watching it, I'm thinking it will just annoy me too much. Way too cliche, and I didn't really like the filming of it. I did like the brain cancer mom guy, his food actually looked good.

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                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                        It's a lot better after the auditions and after the first oddballs are sent home.

                                        Christine Ha won last year despite being blind. It was fun to watch her cook.

                                        1. re: C. Hamster

                                          Christine was amazing last year. Never thought she'd last through the quarter-finals or so (but got more excited for her as she kept going), but she consistently turned out pretty stellar-looking food!

                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                            Good to know, I'll stick it out at least through the first few episodes of actual cooking :)

                                        2. I don't understand why they barely acknowledge some newly aproned contestants and focus on others. For instance they sometimes show a "winner" running out with an apron and we don't have a clue what happened.

                                          My guess is the people who were glossed over a) won't move on to the next round, and/or b) will be pretty much ignored unless they last for a while.

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                                          1. re: marcia

                                            They've done that in previous seasons too, they don't really focus much on some of the contestants, then all of a sudden they become the focal point of the show later on.

                                            1. re: Atomic76

                                              they are focusing on the drama queen attention grabbers to get people to watch at the beginning is what I think anyway

                                            2. re: marcia

                                              They focus on freaks or people with stories. The overlooked often do quite well.

                                              It's a totally different show after the auditions.

                                            3. Mock me if you will, but I think this is one of the better competitive cooking shows for the sole reason the drama is kept at a minimum. Of course they showcase the favorites and have the required a**hole, but not nearly in the same league as that wretched Hell's Kitchen. It's Fox, keep that in mind.

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                                              1. re: marcia

                                                Mock engine engaged!

                                                Consider yourself mocked. :o)

                                                jb

                                              2. Of course Walmart is involved. Where else would well-informed Americans go to buy the best, fresh seasonal food? (sarcasm intended)