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Master Chef 6/26

Krissi calls Lynn a dumbass because he made her cook catfish. But Lynn was right and Krissi's catfish sucked. Too bad Krissi survived and didn't have to do the team challenge. And why is the elimination test rigged to have only two people? It seems like they're going out of their way to get rid of Lynn.

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  1. thanks for posting this-i tried to make a thread,and failed unfortunately

    1. it seems like they are going out of their way to keep him

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      1. re: madeliner

        Well, first they made each team get rid of the weakest cook but exempted that cook from elimination. Then they exempted 3 others from the losing team. They've never done that before when Lynn was on a winning team. I'm sure this is more of a coincidence than a conspiracy to get rid of Lynn but he's been getting screwed by "new" rules lately. Remember last week he couldn't watch the agnolotti demonstrattion.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          The "jilting at the altar" part made no sense to me. Obviously you will pick the worst cook on your team, assuming you can beat them later in the competition. It just allows crappier chefs to continue. Personally, I wouldn't have given Krissi the free pass, particularly as she had recently gotten cross-ways with Joe. If they were going to take her out it seems like that would be the challenge to do it. Also thought it was unfair the team captain didn't get to choose to take himself out of it like all the previous challenges. I saw absolutely no advantage to winning team captain in this situation. You put a target on your back and you can't save yourself.

          Also, comnplete aside here but if I was Christine Ha I'd be kind of annoyed how I was edited in that episode. She didn't come off as likable at all. (to me. your results may vary).

          1. re: Firegoat

            She looked to me like she didn't want to be there, on some level.

            And the photo on her cookbook looked ridiculous. She's awkwardly posed and it doesn't even look like her.

            1. re: ennuisans

              I felt bad for her and all the awkward escorting about and being fed or handed her fork/spoon. She had the dignity of her assistant in the contest, why not give her that dignity here?

              That said, Joe actually made me like Krissi. That should say something about Joe.

              1. re: ennuisans

                It's (imho) a very disappointing cookbook overall, save Christine's actual stories and asides. A terrible photo-shoot of Christine for the cover-shot and interior pictures, and some very WTF recipes (really, I did not buy her cookbook for deep-fried turkey, spaghetti and meatballs, or bruschetta.)

                While I do want to try making a few of the included recipes that were actually dishes she made for the show, like the clay pot catfish, overall it just feels very rushed and not at all what I was hoping for from her. I'm actually annoyed at myself that I let my excitement over enjoying her on the show last season rush me into ordering the book without previewing it in a bookstore first.

                1. re: sockii

                  I'm sorry to hear it's a disappointing cookbook, but not so surprised. I mean, armed with a recipe book (as they are) I could give anyone on MC a run for their money, but in the end I'm a hack cook and can't pretend to have a cookbook in me even if someone offered me the opportunity to publish one.

                  I mean seriously, who can whip up a worthy cookbook in a month or two?

                  1. re: ennuisans

                    My big problem with the book are so many of the recipes are so, so generic....and so not what we saw of Christine on the show so I really wonder where a lot of it came from. Baked Ziti, Penne with Vodka Sauce, Meat Loaf, Sunny-Side-Up Eggs with Toast? Seriously?

                    While she is a good writer and I enjoyed her blog (and hence her stories in the book), it's just so generic and disappointing what's included there. I really was hoping for more Vietnamese-American fusion and unique stuff versus "here's a section of generic Italian-American food", "here's a few Vietnamese recipes".

                    Honestly maybe they should just skip the whole cookbook part of the equation, though I saw a suggestion made elsewhere that there may be a tie between the money award and the book (ie, that some/most of that 250k prize goes toward the book production/promotion, so the winner doesn't really see much of a big cash prize?)

                    1. re: sockii

                      I thought she was Chinese?

                      I almost ordered her cookbook. Thanks for the heads up.

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        I agree .

                        penne ala vodka? seriously?

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          good idea to ask for your money back

                        2. re: sockii

                          I think I'd ask for my money back, sockii. Whitney Miller, the winner of MC1, at least was able to create a more-like-her cookbook. Just viewing the index in Amazon's "Look Inside!" for both cookbooks, I'd rather buy Whitney's instead of Christine's. And yet Christine's dishes on her season were masterpieces.

            2. More than once I've looked at the anchovies on the ingredients list of my fish sauce and wondered if it would work for Italian cooking. Now I now.

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              1. re: ennuisans

                Ketchup evolved from fish sauce. Mama June uses ketchup and butter to make sketti for Honey Boo Boo. That's Italian. Joe doesn't know what he's talking about.

              2. The elimination was to bake macarons (mak-ah-rahns), not macaroons (mak-ah-roons - rhymes with brooms).

                Why did they insist on mispronouncing them?

                Macarons are a delicate French sandwich cookie made of almond paste and egg whites. They were virtually unknown in America for years, are a recent bakery rage that require finesse and technique.

                Macaoons are an American pastry made of coconut and egg whites. They are moist, dense mounds that are often dipped in chocolate and served in Jewish American homes for Passover because they contain no flour..

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                1. re: chicgail

                  That was my immediate thought! But since they kept saying macarOONS I figured I just didn't know.

                  BTW I much prefer macaroons (the American cookie).

                  And did Savanah just drop out of the sky? Has she had ANY air time in previous episodes?

                  1. re: DGresh

                    Natasha saved her in one of the early episodes saying she was weak. She recently did an interview online with Howard as they are both from the same town. She's also kind of a shapeshifter... looks totally different in street clothes than hair tucked up and a chef's jacket.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      Natasha, Lynn, Howard and Savannah are all from San Diego. SanDiegoVille.com did interviews with them all this week. They are all very SD specific which is the reason I didn't post the links. Unless you're in SD, a lot of the interviews wouldn't really make sense to someone who doesn't live there, plus there was very little about MC in the interviews.

                      That said, out of the 4 of them, Savannah's choices for local food and restos was the most Chow-centric

                2. Was I the only one hoping Krissi would just smack the self-satisfied smirk right off Joe's face?
                  Or maybe that someone would just smack that bride right back to the central casting rock she crawled out from under.

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                  1. re: Firegoat

                    they both behave like children, I am surprised they didn't stick their tongues out at each other