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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

                  2. Also it was nice to see all the ladies (and James) with their hair up and in hairnets during the "wedding" service.

                    1. With the blind box challenge, one of thee cooks was pressure cooking pork and black eyed peas. Gordon called it cassoulet. He apparently has never heard of Hoppin' John.

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                      1. re: John E.

                        Yay for this! I actually had my Hoppin' Johns Low Country Cooking Cookbook sitting on the coffee table as I watched the show and was thinking... hey... wait a minute....

                      2. The rules are there are no rules.

                        1. Did anyone think making the cooks wear blindfolds and then laughing while they stumbled around was rude and offensive?

                          I sure did, especially with having Christine Ha standing right there

                          that girl wearing the blindfold as a headband afterward I though was rude as well

                          1. A foodie bride with a "I won't eat this" list a mile long...and enough camera time to convey what a high maintenance gal she is? Why? What the hell does that have to do with the show?

                            Then the whole contestant sweating on the food, then using the sweat rag to wipe plates, then back to the face...yeah, I turned off the show at that point.

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                            1. re: HillJ

                              I think "foodie" + "I don't like these 56 foods" is an oxymoron. I will admit to not liking green peppers, which was on her list (actually *all* bell peppers was on her list). That's it.

                              1. re: DGresh

                                I automatically assumed the woman was told to play "Bridezilla." What fun is it (for Fox) to have someone say, "I love everything! Just do your best!"?

                                1. re: DGresh

                                  Yes, a fine example of an oxymoron. I don't think you can be called a foodie if you don't like most foods. Though I can't recall if she said she was a foodie or was it just Gordon who called her a foodie?

                                  And I also dislike green peppers.

                              2. I was getting an "Amy of Amy's Baking Company" vibe from Bridezilla. I wanted to yell at the husband to run while he still could.

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                                1. re: Firegoat

                                  She wasn't that bad at the actual event. I think they asked her to play up her dislikes.

                                  She complimented the dishes and she even loved both of the entrees but felt the fish was just a step above.

                                  1. Krissi's fried fish looked gross. Served with bacon and cheese mashed potatoes?

                                    The whole back and forth between Krissi and Joe seemed ridiculously contrived and only served to make both of them seem like boorish jerks.

                                    1. I really REALLY wish Krissie hadn't survived the Mystery Box challenge. Luca put fish sauce in a risotto? HOW did that not make him go home over Krissie and Beth?

                                      But hello? Joe B. was a total asshat to her. The whole respect thing goes both ways, Joe!

                                      And Gordon? Please please please PLEASE stop yelling. This isn't Hell's Kitchen. Because if it is? I'm outta here.

                                      For the wedding episode, I thought the halibut plate looked boring. Way too monotone. Why Krissie was exempted, don't know. Seems like an odd decision.

                                      And WHY did Jonny shove his last two macarons into the box? Oy. His macarons tasted better than Lynn's but because they were all broken, he went home. Last of the Massachusetts MC contestants - one right after another after Bime, then Jonny.

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                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        The only reason I could think for leaving Krissie out of the wedding challenge is if her leader thought she was too loud or difficult to work with and would be likely to make them lose the team challenge. From what the editing monkeys showed us of the Glee team challenge, however, I thought she seemed pretty organized and helpful to (most) of her teammates. No telling without being there I guess.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          My first thought when Natasha sat Krissi out in the wedding challenge was that they've actually formed some sort of alliance or coalition. Kissi had an opportunity to stick it to Natasha a couple weeks ago and didn't do it.

                                          The schtick about them not liking each other may (or may not) be nothing more than contrived drama for the sake of the show. Their actions towards each other does not necessarily support the vitrol coming out of their mouths.

                                          1. re: DiningDiva

                                            That is a good point. I forgot about Krissi "saving" Natasha when she had the opportunity. She may have felt that of anyone there she owed her a solid.

                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                            For the halibut, early in the show they showed a pan of carrots getting badly burnt. Did anyone else think that some of the plates they showed had pretty darn brown carrots on them? Like they took one burnt one and two "good" ones and put them under the fish?

                                            1. re: DGresh

                                              I don't recall that, DGresh, but I have to believe Gordon/Joe/Graham wouldn't let a plate go out with burnt carrots on it.

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                I went back on line to look, and saw again what looked like very burnt carrots under the halibut, but a scene immediately after where they were laying them out on a cookie sheet to roast revealed them to be purple carrots along with the orange ones. So likely, not burnt, just dark purple.

                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                              I think Jonny mistakenly thought all 12 of the macarons HAD to be in the closed box (I did, too).

                                              +1 on Linda's comments about Gordon's yelling and the asshattery of both Krissi and Joe.

                                              1. re: pine time

                                                Didn't they say repeatedly that they had to fit it the box??

                                                And the fact that anyone on that show could make a good macaron is proof that they get recipes ahead of time.

                                                I was in Paris recently and they were hitting you over the head with them

                                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                                  You got hit over the head with a macaron? Did it hurt? They're so small.

                                                  1. re: chicgail

                                                    Small and soft, thankfully.

                                                    I did not require medical attention.

                                            3. Depending on who wins, Masterchef may have more problems than just the Paula Deen episode.

                                              http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/en...

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                                              1. re: Firegoat

                                                Wow, kinda makes Paula look like a piker doesn't it...

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                      Obviously she isn't an employer and creating a hostile work environment or such... but in light of all the Paula Deen commentary I would guess this is the absolute last thing Masterchef needs.

                                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                                        Not to mention that Masterchef has to deal with the episode they filmed with Paula Deen. I'm really curious to see how that episode will be edited (re-editted).

                                                        1. re: cresyd

                                                          I lost all interest in this show when they chopped Adriana. Man, oh man.

                                                    2. re: Firegoat

                                                      I guess all that nasty negativity from her wasn't just the result of editing. What an unpleasant human being.

                                                      1. re: chicgail

                                                        I assume the winner has already been filmed some time ago. Could make things interesting.

                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                          The apology from her official Masterchef account

                                                          Krissi Biasiello @MC4Krissi 11h

                                                          I'm very sorry for any offensive posts I've made on social media. It was never my intention to hurt or offend anyone and I deeply apologize

                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                            Except anyone who followed her on her main Twitter account (now deleted) may never follow her on her MC Twitter account, and won't see the apology.

                                                            And if it wasn't her intent, why the hell did she make the statements? For shits and giggles? Stupid woman.

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                              <, And if it wasn't her intent, why the hell did she make the statements? For shits and giggles? Stupid woman. >>

                                                              She is - as you said, Linda - a stupid woman. Consumed with her own thoughts and feelings. No ability to get out here and notice how she impacts others. Maybe that's how someone treated her and she thinks it's "normal."

                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                I don't understand how anyone can say those things -- much less tag them #thatsracist -- and pretend to not know they're offensive. Also, don't people realize social media is, you know, public? As in, visible to everyone and preserved forever?

                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                  I believe her krissiloud account was locked to people she was following-only (I know I had tried to look at it at the start of the season when researching the contestants). But, all it takes is agreeing to follow one "wrong person" to give them access and take screencaps - seems to be what happened here with the philly.com "source".

                                                                  Same thing like a friends-locked Facebook page...the lock is only as good as the trustworthiness of the people you grant access. And you certainly shouldn't consider it a true private space.

                                                              2. re: Firegoat

                                                                Of course!

                                                                How could comments about sexual positions and accusing black men of rape offend anyone?

                                                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                  As far as I know, Masterchef hasn't made any response to media outlets that have asked for a comment. I imagine it will be something like this response and "investigation" they made into the allegations of sexual harassment and battery. This link is to the blog by one of the people who made it to the top 100 and how she was responded to.
                                                                  http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/...

                                                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                    I can't believe I'm defending this, as I found her "jokes" unfunny and appalling, but we used to tell dead baby jokes, which didn't mean we were in favor of dead babies.

                                                                    1. re: JonParker

                                                                      by nature all jokes have a "victim" but even I know telling a joke about a shark saying " Oh poor human traped in a cage here let me help you get out " Is different than a joke that would be about a black man saying " hey pretty rich white chick let me help hold tha big ol designer bag"

                                                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                        How old are you again? You've got a far better understanding/more mature view of this than many adults.

                                                                        1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                          I think the things we say - including the jokes we tell - tend to be revealing about who we are and what we value.

                                                                          Jokes that make fun of a particular race or ethic group or sexual preference are ultimately demeaning to the person telling them and who he or she thinks she is talking to.

                                                              3. re: Firegoat

                                                                Was a bit of a fan early on but this put the nail in the coffin for me. Need to find someone new to root for, since my Luca probably doesn't have a chance.

                                                                1. re: melpy

                                                                  Try BBC's M.C. Professional UK. It's a world of difference, and I'm enjoying it a lot. Quiet, respectful yet skilled cooks, meaningful judging. What a concept!

                                                              4. Is tonight's a repeat?? My newspaper usually has a "N" for new episodes, but it wasn't there for tonight. A repeat 'cause of the holiday, p'haps?

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                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                  It had a "NEW" on the TVGuide Online version, but the description is the one with Christine Ha and then the wedding party. So looks like a repeat.