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Master Chef 7/10 *SPOILER*

I was so sorry to see Lin go

why did he make such an awful dish?

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  1. I think he wanted to go home but to leave the show it is likely you contractually have to be eliminated.

    1. I thought it was funny that the vegetarian got killed for undercooked chicken ... after winning the earlier competition on the show. Oh the irony.

      And I think Lin just met hsi match ........ he tried a relatively difficult meringue dish.. and flopped. I do not think there was anything intentional.

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      1. re: cwdonald

        well the vegetarian didn't get eliminated; she was just in the bottom two.

      2. I'm glad that Bri stood up to Krissi the bully. I also don't doubt that Krissi did beat up girls like Bri in high school. But showing that preview spoils the result of the team challenge. Also, the voting must be rigged. They must've told the red team fans to vote first and then the blue team fans.

        Lynn is great at some stuff but he's not a good all around cook. He's floundered at other tasks before. People like Krissi and Natasha can't do anything elegant but they have the basics down so they'll cruise through the elimination challenges.

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            Sorry to see Bri go home when I thought perhaps Savannah deserved to go. I was sick of Lynn and all the praise the other contestants would give him.

            I think the Krissi/Bri argument was amusing since they are from the same area.

            1. re: melpy

              Savannah was the one who went home, not Bri.

              1. re: melpy

                did you turn off the tv immediately after gordon said "the one going home is........... bri"? He followed it by "it's not you Bri, go upstairs"

                1. re: DGresh

                  I fell asleep and then read here that Bri was sent home. Then I mentioned it to my fiancé and he agreed with CH so I assumed Bri went home not Savannah.

                2. re: melpy

                  You disliked the praise others gave Lynn? Maybe it was deserved? He seemed like Goldilocks to me--either very good or very bad. His worst, unfortunately, came on an elimination.

                  1. re: chowser

                    It is relatively easy to screw up a meringue and you basically had only enough eggs to screw up once. It was a poor choice of recipes. I kind of think of it like a diver going for a very difficult dive and missing it, where they would have been safe if they had simply done something safer, like a cake.

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      Pavlova was an odd choice. I have no idea how it could have turned out the way it did. And, who, outside of babyfood makers, would consider a banana puree? I'm surprised no one made a cream puff. That seemed like an obvious choice, or maybe that's why no one did?

                    2. re: chowser

                      I guess it could be deserved. Perhaps he was a nice guy and that is why he got props more than some who have appeared not to falter.

                  2. re: Worldwide Diner

                    Who over the age of 10 beats up people they don't like - or even threatens to beat people up? Is all that put on for the cameras or is that woman really that off-track?

                    1. re: chicgail

                      We have been studying culture of poverty at work and that would definitely fall into behavior from that sect of the population.

                      1. re: melpy

                        ...or just people from South Philly.

                      2. re: chicgail

                        She's really sad. She'll never listen and improve; it's never her fault. How proud can she be when her son sees her on TV? A big part of this will be likeability on cookbook sales, etc. This is not Survivor.

                      3. re: Worldwide Diner

                        I agree about the voting, is was so staged!

                        1. re: libgirl2

                          Staged and very bizarre with the jumping

                      4. I think he tried too hard to dazzle and failed miserably.

                        As for Krissie, what. a. beeyotch. I loved loved LOVED that Bri took her on face-to-face in the wine room and pretty much told her to stop being a doosh. The fact that Krissie continues to say "I would knock people out like her in my neighborhood" shows her complete lack of class. I was really hoping she'd go home. At least Gordon, et al, know that NO ONE likes her.

                        Agree with WWDiner - that voting was definitely rigged. They knew who was going to vote how, and probably lined them up accordingly to offer some "drama."

                        1. I'm very sad that I didn't get to see Gordon slap his palm down on some chicken and scream "It's RAW"

                          1. I wish the producers would back off and quit trying to force a storyline on these shows. You could tell from day one that they were going to keep Natasha and Krissy all the way up to the end just for the drama.

                            1. I just don't care for Bri because of the manufactured image. The dorky clothes, crooked glasses and hair when if you go to her website she's an actress/model and looks nothing like that.
                              I'm also surprised the judges aren't calling them out for all the overly artsy sauced stuff that looks right out of the 90s with the squirt bottles.

                              I'm no fan of krissi's behavior. .. but at least she can cook chicken.

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                              1. re: Firegoat

                                Wow. I just found the her site. Very different image, but it's hard to tell which is the "real" Bri Kozior.

                                http://www.starnow.com/brikozior

                                1. re: chicgail

                                  I never would have thought it was the same person. If those pics are the real Bri, then the glasses/haircut are all an act.

                                  But she *can* cook. Except for chicken. :-)

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    That's what turned me off from the get go. The glasses, hair clothes when I know she knows how to present herself. Just sick of actors on cooking shows. And the big drop-jawed reactions. Bool.

                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                      I think all 3 of the judges were jealous of Lynn

                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                        another wanna be ugly duckling turned swan nonsense

                                        she isn't all that anyway

                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                          There is nothing real in reality TV. You see what the producers/directors want you to see

                                        2. re: LindaWhit

                                          Holy crap! I can't believe that's her! Makes you wonder if any of the images portrayed by the other contestants are even close to their real selves.

                                          I've been consistently annoyed by Bri's shlumpy look. And now I find that it's fake. Maybe it's naive of me but I thought they were being themselves, only exaggerated for tv.

                                          1. re: chefhound

                                            Why are we assuming that the Bri on the tv show is fake, and not the posed and makeupped modeling portfolio pics?

                                            1. re: ennuisans

                                              I dunno maybe because she obviously knows how to style her hair and dress well and instead she's showing up frumpy with several pairs of glasses, both of which are crooked. (hipster glasses are bad enough but crooked hipster glasses really annoy).

                                            2. re: chefhound

                                              I watched another show that pulled this nonsense and was drawn in as well-I think it's some dopey trend

                                              she really isn't pretty but she knows how to market herself-obviously

                                              1. re: chefhound

                                                Very interesting. However, I will say that my sister and her hipster friends know how to dress for an occasion. Glasses in or off, hair styles, clothes etc. just because you like a certain vibe doesn't mean you can wear it all the time.

                                                That being said, I hate how vegetarian =granola loving tree hugger for the show. Everyone is dressed for their "character".

                                                1. re: melpy

                                                  I'd be willing to bet that most of those people are coached in appearance and behavior by casting consultants whose job it is to get people airtime on these stupid reality shows.

                                                  And if these shows are so stupid and fixed, what does that make us for watching and talking about them? LOL!

                                                  Update: http://www.relationship-masters.com/m...

                                                  1. re: chicgail

                                                    I know what it makes us and its not flattering.

                                                  2. re: melpy

                                                    And she even admitted on her "official" Facebook page at one point that she's not a strict vegetarian - in circumstances she'll eat seafood/fish if she feels that's her "only" option (I'd have to go digging through the comments to find it but I did a serious eye roll when I saw it.)

                                                    She's definitely an "actress", all right. All of the vegetarians I know wouldn't willingly cook meat, let alone eat any of it. I would have enjoyed seeing how they would have dealt with a true vegetarian chef this season but clearly they wouldn't do that (even the Mexican themed basket they got this week, come on, there were plenty of vegetarian things she could have done with that.)

                                                    1. re: sockii

                                                      Who was the Indian chef on TCM who was vegetarian but cooked meats? I don't think these two are the only ones so far, actually, but can't recall others.

                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                        The recent classic example was Richard Landau from the Philadelphia restaurant Vedge who on chop was given vegan baskets for the first two rounds then given a basket that contained honey, and since he considers it an animal product, had to decide whether to cook it or not. (He did use it... ).

                                                        I think the TCM chef you are thinking of is Suivir Saran who replaced a burger with a veggie burger and made a whole speech about it. http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/ve...

                                                        1. re: cwdonald

                                                          I do remember that now, but I believe there was a vegetarian chef who cooked meat for others. Can't recall who it was, though.

                                                          1. re: cwdonald

                                                            Yes, I saw that Chopped episode and thought that it was good that at least they brought up the fact that it wasn't vegan...or at least there is some debate over the subject (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/fo...). I have a feeling someone goofed up in making the baskets and didn't realize honey was controversial or else they wouldn't have included it.

                                                            I just...what gets me is that Bri chooses to make meat-based dishes even when presented with Mystery Box challenges that have plenty of vegetarian-only options (and unlike Chopped, the MC contestants don't have to use every ingredient in their Mystery Box). That just seems like a perfect chance to show off how you can make a great dish without meat, and she doesn't do it.

                                                            1. re: cwdonald

                                                              I thought the TCM chef was Floyd Cardoz, a Hindu.

                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                Yes, he won, right? I think he prepped meat for others, but was vegetarian?

                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                  Yup, IIRC. Very nice man who was able to do great cooking while remaining true to his religious principles.

                                                          2. re: sockii

                                                            very good point. Have we seen present anything vegetarian when given the option?

                                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                                        na- you should see my moms head shot and card from when she was young and compare it to her scrap books of the same time period... her agent was famous for saying "we need you to show up looking like a normal person so no babydolls in your hair..maybe borrow some of your roomates clothes"

                                                    2. re: Firegoat

                                                      Sauce in dessert or on the taco? I think it was necessary for the taco to make production speedier.

                                                      1. re: melpy

                                                        In the challenges. I could see in the taco obviously for speed. But a lot of the plates looked way "over-decorated" in a 90s sort of way. It could just be me.

                                                    3. Oh, and can I say that Joe B. is becoming more and more dooshy with his comments to the contestants?

                                                      1. They can *say* it's the biggest, bestest, most important cooking competition on TV all they want, but it's not happening. It sucks, it's not about the food, it's about the drama and stupid stunts.

                                                        I tend not to watch it for days after recording it, but I never miss a Top Chef viewing at the earliest possible time.

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                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          After they did re runs a week I actually forgot about it. Saw something about it the next day and checked in.