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Masterchef 6/12

Worship of Walmart groceries. Really? It's good to be a corporate giant with big bucks to spend strategically.

Do you think viewers buy the hype?

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  1. I detest Krissy and Natasha. I think they're both bullies.

    I can't believe it took two hours to eliminate one person. Do they really need to stretch this show out?

    Isn't Natasha stupid to sabotage her own team? The losing team faces eliminating challenge. There's no throwing your teammate under the bus.

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    1. re: Worldwide Diner

      "I can't believe it took two hours to eliminate one person. Do they really need to stretch this show out?"

      I agree that was ridiculous

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        Lately the editing is a give away. I forget her name, but when they were showing the one cook saying that she makes eggs benedict all the time..I told my daughter watch she goes home. She did badly. The whole second hour was a waste. I think they should have sent Luca home as the other girl was starting to blossom more.

        1. re: shesallthat

          Agreed about sending Luca home. Especially since his bad burgers lost them the challenge in the first place.

      2. Dang it, I must have driven right by the Pasadena city hall when they were filming. I remember seeing something going on with the fire truck ladders up.

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        1. re: pley

          If the firefighters were off-duty, why were they allowed to use the fire trucks with sirens and flashing lights? Suppose there had been a fire and no trucks were available. How much did that cost the taxpayers?

          1. re: mucho gordo

            Just a guess, but possibly a VERY generous donation by the network was in order? Also, they were off-duty, and maybe the first response equipment was not being used? I live in a small town, and we have several rigs ready to go. Also, it's not like they can't pull those rigs off the shot if needed. Probably in the contract, legally.

            Just my two cents. (Both my kids are firefighters, to disclose.)

        2. Garbage. Pure garbage. If I wanted to watch Hell's Kichen, I would.

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          1. re: C70

            How does yelling at people when they are already under stress motivate them to do better?

          2. Am I the only one that finds this show contrived and tedious? That was the s-l-o-w-e-s-t 2hours on television and it wasn't even interesting.

            Dull challenges, massively unlikable participants and a pervading sense of self importance. I think I'm done with MC.

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              The pacing of this week was dreadful. The pacing I've become accustomed to was episode 1 - team challenge + elimination round, episode 2 - mystery box + elimination round. However, this week you had team challenge followed by essentially 3 elimination rounds.

              In general, this has never been my favorite show but moderately watchable. But these two episodes didn't work well together.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                I don't like the outside challenges either. I liked it much better when they cooked all the challenges in the kitchen.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Oh, yeah. Slowest is right. I looked at the clock and couldn't believe we had another hour to go. What? I don't find anyone on this season remotely likeable or interesting.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    I haven't even watched this recent episode, and I probably won't unless I just want something on in the background and Food Network is on one of their DDD marathons. I haven't watched before this season but just in the first few episodes I've found it exactly how you described it, contrived and tedious. Last week's episode (the one w/ the school) felt very slow too...

                  2. I'm really bored with burger challenges.

                    1. This show has lost all the panache it had in the first season- where it was truly about the cooking and watching real home chefs evolve. Now it's neither about the cooking nor the passionate cooks. It's about drama, drama and overhyped drama. There is not one redeeming quality to any of it.

                      And I wish they would stop assuming that the viewers are idiots. Please show us that the contestants have some "coaching" before the challenges- because if you've never made eggs benedict before- you're not going to magically know how to make it now- same with butter poached lobster. Personally, I've never made butter poached lobster, and I wouldn't have known to season the butter. Like someone else said, this show is quickly falling to the lows of Hell's Kitchen. Gordon, Joe, Graham- we are not donkeys or dodos, please treat your viewing public with a little more respect. Unfortunately, that's not gonna happen.

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                      1. re: maisonbistro

                        Amen. There was some talk on a related post recently about contestants receiving recipes. They MUST be given some guidance for dishes they just "magically" create, never having done so before.

                        This show is losing me. Too long for too little return, manufactured drama, all the usual non-reality reality show schtick.

                      2. I hope not. Buying produce and steaks from Walmart is the last thing I would do.

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                        1. re: shesallthat

                          Where I live, their steaks are better than what you find at the grocery store. Some of us really don't have good alternatives.

                        2. Did anyone notice the massive amounts of spit flying out of Joe's mouth when he was yelling at the contestants for not saucing one of the steaks? He looked to be yelling over the prep table so imagine all the spit ending up on the plates....ew.

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                          1. re: yummfood

                            Exactly! It was so disgusting. That little squirt probably thought it was "manly" somehow.

                            1. re: yummfood

                              Yeah, I saw that too and thought it was gross

                                1. re: yummfood

                                  Yeah Joe, the news not the weather.

                                  1. re: yummfood

                                    OMG! Yes! The editors must hate him to leave that in.

                                    1. re: yummfood

                                      YES! Forgot to mention that in my first comment below. It was show several times. Yeah, I *SO* didn't need to see that!

                                    2. So Lynn, the Asian guy, has been picked first by his fellow contestants, twice, so he clearly has skills. And yet he has no speaking parts, we never see his food, we barely see him. This show definitely has gotten completely off track, even for a staged reality show.

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                                      1. re: pley

                                        I have a feeling he'll eventually get screen time. This happens all the time the quiet skilled one never gets screen time in the beginning because there are too many dramatic loud mouths still in the competition.

                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                            So how is Morimoto's sous chef a "home cook?"

                                            1. re: pine time

                                              I never understood the "Master Chef" title and why there are so many "Home Cooks"

                                              I don't think you have to be a home cook to win, I think they like promoting that to get people to come out to the auditions.

                                              So Lynn and Jessie would not be considered home cooks.

                                              1. re: pine time

                                                jesse is a chef too
                                                they do not have to be "home cooks"
                                                on Ben Starrs season the guy who got the evil edit and they kept saying he was a stay at home dad? He was a chef.

                                              2. re: girloftheworld

                                                Where did you see this? I haven't been able to find a source other than he is a food photographer.

                                            2. auuuuuu...I hate the " I never did this" they had a class init the day before. It is not like they are totally clueless. The recipe is in the drawer.
                                              The Walmart thing reaaaaalllly rubs me the wrong way.

                                              1. Quality and Walmart, what a joke. Like Choice meat is the best, where's the prime?
                                                Wasn't there something in the news about how Walmart is looking at changing their supply chain after problems with the produce not being fresh?

                                                1. What a *coincidence* they had that extra burger challenge all ready to go like that. How would they have known from the beginning that they would be torn between four people to eliminate? That's not really fair to the other contestants that these ones got two chances to stay in the game.

                                                  I knew they were going to keep Natasha in the game, she's the trouble maker drama queen of the season. They will keep her all the way up to the end just for ratings.

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                                                  1. re: Atomic76

                                                    What a coincidence that they just happened to travel to Las Vegas to shine the spotlight on...wait for it...Gordon Ramsey's burger joint.

                                                    Hello, this was nothing but shameless free advertising for his Vegas burger lounge

                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                      is this same one that the Hells KItchen cycle is the prize placement for?

                                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                                        I don't watch HK so I can't answer that question

                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                                          a life-changing prize: a head chef position working under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.

                                                    2. Ridiculous episode and season.

                                                      I did watch last season and thought it was barely watchable. The cooking was okay, the canned BS was the issue.

                                                      I guess the average viewer is different than me because they took the BS to the extreme level and moved the cooking down quite a few notches to where they are making burgers and poached eggs with very little time spent on showing the cooking and with near a near two hour show you think they would actually show you some cooking

                                                      I fell asleep watching the last episode
                                                      After this last episode, I'm done. Erased from the DVR
                                                      I can fall asleep to better shows!

                                                      1. The part I don't get is giving Bime a pass on the pressure test. He was fair game to go and it made no sense at all.

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                                                        1. re: ennuisans

                                                          I agree with the Producer Manipulation hypothesis. Plus, gotta keep Natasha of the Eyebrows (they're just weirdly drawn) and Krissy the Yeller <rolling my own eyeballs here>. Truly, Krissy's schtick in the auditions was her son--how proud of her actions/language is she, with her son watching the broadcast?

                                                        2. I'm really hating the WalMart stuff. Notice how it's Joe and Graham who do the shilling? I can't recall Gordon spouting all of the advertising hype.

                                                          Didn't like Luca staying in the 2nd hour - should have been Kathy staying. Then again, he *did* win the Mystery Box challenge, so maybe that's partially why he was kept. But Kathy gets to potentially get a job @ Gordon's NY restaurant.

                                                          Disliking Natasha more and more and more. And can't say enough about Joe B. yelling and getting in the contestant's faces and smashing plates. Come on. Just let them COOK and don't be asshats with stupid dead-stare looks when tasting.

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                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                            I wanted Kathy to stay as well.
                                                            She had spunk and attitude. I would have liked to see her go further. And she deserved to stay. Luca couldn't even cook a Burgr. Common on

                                                            1. re: scubadoo97

                                                              And such a weird finish. She didn't seem interested in a job at all and they walked off with her standing there.

                                                              1. re: ennuisans

                                                                I didn't get the impression it was a job offer. More of a stop by sometime and see how a real kitchen works. Maybe get a reference.

                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                  It may be I just assumed, since they'd done that before. I had to go poking around and didn't find anything definitive. Kathy's Facebook page says she's started a catering business in NY, but only says "we'll see" if he "keeps his promise".

                                                                  Interesting though: she posted this picture of the early finalists and is asked about a guy in an armband. She responds he's "Nick, who quit". Did I miss that?


                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                      The editing monkeys ate him?
                                                                      There was a Nick Garcia in the top 100. But that's all I can find.

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        But 20 people in that photo. Guess he ducked out before it was all started. Man I want to know his story now.

                                                                        1. re: ennuisans

                                                                          Ahh - interesting. Hadn't had enough coffee yet to think about counting all of them. :-)

                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            OKay, went back and watched the first audition of this series looking for the mysterious missing Nick from St. Paul.... and realized that in the opening on the first episode there is a big spoiler. (not going to say who is left here). But it shows Paula Deen driving up on a tractor and there are five contestants left. Even though it is a long shot at least 3 of the 5 are clearly recognizable, and the other two are guessworthy. Why show? Why? Anyway, don't go look on Hulu if you don't want to know.

                                                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                                                              I couldnt resist so I looked and was surprised, I have to say ....

                                                                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                I hope it didn't ruin it for you. There are at least 3 I'm positive about. The other two I couldn't get clear on my laptop. But yes... color me surprised as well.

                                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                  Oh no. You didnt ruin it, at all. Made it more interesting in a way.

                                                                                  I think I can tell who four of them are. The fifth I have a guess about.

                                                                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                    Is it wrong I'm thinking about asking techno nerd BF to go and enhance the video still so i can figure out who #5 is? I know who I want it to be, and the general size seems to fit..... but it also fits several other balls still bouncing around in the game.

                                                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                      No. I would have already asked!

                                                                                      I assume you are referring to the one who is second from left?

                                                                                      1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                        Thank you both. That's a hard shot to grab.

                                                                                        I have a strong suspicion about second from left. And a strong disappointment about my suspicion as to second from right. Hope I'm wrong. hehe

                                                                                        My guess as to why is that Fox way underestimates Chow members!

                                                                                        1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                          1 , 3, and 4 (from the left) are obvious. 2 I have a guess and if I'm right, much like Nikkihwood I am disappointed because I'm pretty sure it isn't the person I expected to win the whole thing. At first I was unsure on 5, but on closer look I'm 95% sure. Haven't had the BF try to enhance it yet but I'm sure I will soon. With more and more people DVRing shows as well as having them all up on HULU to watch on demand whenever, you'd think they would be more careful on those early episodes.

                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                            Hmmm....I have the series on DVR. Do I want to go look at Ep 1 auditions opening?

                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                              LOL that depends on whether you think it would spoil it for you or not. It won't tell you the winner, but the results are pretty surprising. Or at least they were surprising for me. At least one was no surprise at all to me.

                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                I was trying to figure out the mysterious 2nd from the left on the laptop... just realized I can use hulu on the BF's really freakin' ridonkulously sized HD TV. If that doesn't tell me who it is nothing will.

                                                                                              2. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                From left to right, 1,4 and 5 are very obvious.

                                                                                                3 I have a very good guess about.

                                                                                                After reviewing still photos I have come to a final decision about who #2 is now.

                                                                                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                  Okay, I've come to a guess who I think is #2.... but I will wait til I try it on a zoom on a big screen tonight. The rest I think I've got. I will say it should make for an interesting run.

                                                                                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                    Dying of curiosity! Will someone please post what you found as a separate topic noted as a spoiler?

                                                                                                    1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                      Okay, I'm going to start a spoiler thread but hesitate on posting the names for a few minutes to give the mods an opportunity to take it down if it breaks the rules.

                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                        Okay posted the thread. Do you think I put enough of a warning on it? Haven't posted names yet.

                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                      Okay, went back to the 3rd episode and found him. The editing monkeys pretty much wiped all trace of him out of the show, but if you find his photo online, then freeze up the 20 after they were selected you can find him. (Yes I counted them 20.) He looks a like like Jordan but if you freeze a few frames you can pick him out. Very weird.

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          Froze the first image of all the chefs starting episode 4 and it was 19. The end shot of 3rd episode was 20.

                                                                      2. It's become Master Hell Chef. They are getting 6 million or so viewers. I don't know if that's great, but it is in the top for the night. Only Criminal Minds, CSI and Hockey had more viewers and not by much, so I guess it's working for them

                                                                        I end up seeing bits and pieces as there's nothing else on. I invariably end up cursing and turning off the tv.


                                                                        1. They did the Wal Mart crap last season too for awhile.

                                                                          With the same Walmart commercial of them at a famous steak house switching out the dry aged steaks for Walmart cello-wrapped meat. To the customers' delight!

                                                                          Yeah sure.

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                                                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                            And how would you like to finish your expensive meal with a deceivingly delicious hot cupo' instant coffee?