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Worldwide Diner Aug 14, 2013 08:25 PM

I think it's clear that of the two b&tches, one has some cooking chops while the other is an overgrown juvenile delinquent.

  1. Firegoat Aug 15, 2013 02:19 PM

    I would be fine with a James or Luca win. They need a male winner, neither one is obese to offend Ramsay, and both are pretty funny. I think it is theirs to lose.

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    1. re: Firegoat
      melpy Aug 16, 2013 04:34 AM

      I'm with you. Most of the women I can do without. Luca has had more missteps than James if I remember correctly so I may be more on James' side at the moment. Thought Jessie was a done deal for winner but she hasn't really moved forward in a few weeks. I find Krissi and Bri hard to take seriously as a winner. Natasha I just can't get in board with because they have edited her to be so unlikable. Makes me believe that she doesn't have a chance if they want to sell cookbooks. Seems to be nice in the online world at least away from the editing of Fox.

      1. re: melpy
        LindaWhit Aug 16, 2013 06:07 AM

        That's what I thought - I don't see Luca winning at *all*. He's been out more than he's been in. James had a few missteps as well and he could have gone home several times but for a couple of people deemed worse during those challenges.

        I think a Jessie/Natasha finale *should* be the way it goes, based on past history, but I'm not sure it will.

      2. re: Firegoat
        chicgail Aug 16, 2013 08:12 AM

        I was just speculating about what it would be like if Krissy won. I can hear the promotion now: "She hates you so buy her new cookbook or she'll kill you."

        1. re: chicgail
          sockii Aug 16, 2013 08:30 AM

          Ha ha, or at least threaten to beat you up.

          Seriously, the cookbook thing is what I wonder about. There really isn't ANY of these chefs right now who I feel a strong urge or desire to buy a cookbook from. Jessie's would be fifty-billion variations on succotash. Luca's would probably be pretty generic Italian (which I need in my collection like a hole in the head). Krissi's? South Philly Red Gravy. Natasha? I have no idea what her theme could even be. James? I'm guessing some kind of Tex-Mex Southern.

          The odd thing is as much as I don't especially like her (or at least think she's not being honest about her appearance, or being a full vegetarian if she admits to eating seafood "when she has to"), Bri might actually be the one who'd have a cookbook that I might find interesting. She HAS come up with some nice looking and creative plates, and as someone who has a lot of vegetarian friends I'm always looking for creative and different things to cook for them when they come over. But I just don't think she's going to make it to the end of the competition.

          Of course, the winner's cookbook could end up being as generic and disappointing as Christine's was (in my opinion), featuring very little that really feels like their recipes and not just ghostwritten. So what does it matter? I'm sure they'll go with whomever they think has the most marketing potential.

          Of course, if it is Luca doesn't he manage a restaurant, so he could probably theme it on recipes from the restaurant? A couple friends of mine have wondered if he isn't just a plant due to connections with Joe in the NY restaurant scene.

          1. re: sockii
            chicgail Aug 16, 2013 11:41 AM

            Sounds like you have bought some of the cookbooks? I have not and wouldn't. Not at all interested. If you did, buy one, what motivated you?

            I am very interested in food and cooking, but this show holds nothing but mild (and waning) entertainment value for me.

            The only contestant I have had any lasting interest in or admiration for was Ben Starr. And he didn't win.

            1. re: chicgail
              sockii Aug 16, 2013 11:50 AM

              I bought Christine's because I genuinely liked her last season, thought she did some interesting dishes and wanted to see what else she'd come up with in a cookbook. I'd also been reading and following her blog for a while and enjoyed her writing there.

              While her cookbook still has the same tone of writing I liked on her blog, I just find way too many of the recipes bizarrely chosen, pedestrian and not at all what I was interested in. Like, I really didn't need recipes for Baked Ziti, Spaghetti and Meatballs, or Cajun Fried Turkey (I mean, come on, is a blind woman really deep-frying a whole turkey? I really don't think so.)

              It also just feels like a rush job - like all the photos were taken in one session, one studio. There's maybe a half-dozen recipes in it I *do* want to try, but honestly I've had the book since it came out in May and haven't been in any rush to do so.

              I never bought Whitney Miller's cookbook because I didn't start watching MC until season 2.

        2. re: Firegoat
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          oc355 Aug 16, 2013 10:31 PM

          I'm also rooting for either James or Luca. Though he's not the favorite, Luca would make for an amazing winner. He's very likeable and has so much enthusiasm. I would imagine that a cookbook written by him would be the most well-received out of the remaining contestants in the competition simply because it's so hard not to like the guy.

        3. C. Hamster Aug 15, 2013 10:37 AM

          I loved it that Joe said Lucca should braise his filet.

          Sage advice, indeed (WTF)

          Alsop enjoyed that thread of somesort hanging out of his mouth so as to resemble a long sliver of drool.

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          1. re: C. Hamster
            LindaWhit Aug 15, 2013 10:53 AM

            YES! I forgot that, C.Ham! It was a thin sliver of caramelized onions. I actually rewound to confirm I had seen what I had seen. ;-)

            1. re: LindaWhit
              mcf Aug 15, 2013 02:16 PM

              I noticed it, I can't believe they didn't edit it out, they must hate him, too. :-)

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                madeliner Aug 15, 2013 03:03 PM

                I saw that too, it was gross!

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                  C. Hamster Aug 15, 2013 06:09 PM

                  Was it last year that he had that grotesque spittle incident ?

          2. LindaWhit Aug 15, 2013 09:56 AM

            Seriously, Krissi is just a vile person. Knowing that this nasty attitude is what she is showing her son how to act towards other people makes me a little ill.

            And while I didn't like her to start, Natasha is kicking ass. Love that she did the best with what Krissie gave her (pheasant). Jessie really REALLY blew it with the basic chicken dish. I thought she might be going home. She lucked out that Jordan had raw, inedible quail. Also glad that Bri did so well with the pigeon.

            And while I have less interest this season in MC, I'll watch it to the end.

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              pine time Aug 15, 2013 12:51 PM

              I would have thought that a ho-hum chicken dish would be more egregious than an underdone quail, given that we all cook chicken, but not so many do quail. I would have eliminated Jessie.

              I have zero interest, however, in buying a cookbook from any of these guys. Just don't see much of a point of view from anyone.

              1. re: pine time
                mcf Aug 15, 2013 12:55 PM

                James. Love his humor and culinary imagination.

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                  madeliner Aug 15, 2013 01:59 PM

                  I find james to be kind of pompous

                  1. re: madeliner
                    mcf Aug 15, 2013 02:15 PM

                    I just think he has the best dry wit and sense of humor. Sorely missing among all the other players on the show. And his food interests me the most.

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                      madeliner Aug 15, 2013 03:17 PM

                      I havent paid much attention to him to tell you the truth, will next time I watch

            2. chicgail Aug 15, 2013 07:42 AM

              So for tonight's hour-long commercial on why to buy food at Wal-Mart ... and featuring one of the nastiest human beings not created by a script writer. I turned the TV off.

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              1. re: chicgail
                mcf Aug 15, 2013 08:00 AM

                If this putrid show gets another season, I won't bother with it.

                It's just trashy and mean spirited.

                Counting the days til Top Chef Nawlins.

                1. re: mcf
                  chicgail Aug 15, 2013 08:13 AM

                  Who would have guessed? Food TV for rednecks.

                  Oh, wait, isn't that Honey BooBoo?

                  1. re: chicgail
                    mcf Aug 15, 2013 08:15 AM

                    I wouldn't know about HBB. ;-)

                  2. re: mcf
                    LindaWhit Aug 15, 2013 09:45 AM

                    They're already advertising about tryouts for the next MC.

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      mcf Aug 15, 2013 10:04 AM

                      I saw that. :-/

                      1. re: LindaWhit
                        melpy Aug 16, 2013 04:28 AM

                        And apparently MC Kids comes out this fall? Is it another KidNation?

                        1. re: melpy
                          girloftheworld Aug 18, 2013 11:39 AM

                          well at least on Kid Nation they killed the chicken.

                    2. re: chicgail
                      melpy Aug 16, 2013 04:27 AM

                      The Walmart promotion is getting out of hand. When the contestants are spouting off rehearsed lines you know that any shred of credibility the show had is out the window.

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                      madeliner Aug 14, 2013 10:22 PM

                      The whole program at this point is an insult to anyone watching who has a shred of a brain left

                      What a waste of time

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                      1. re: madeliner
                        Firegoat Aug 15, 2013 04:05 AM

                        I'm always annoyed when they play chase the birds around. If you're not going to butcher them why put them under all that unnecessary stress. Oh right. For TV.

                        1. re: Firegoat
                          John E. Aug 15, 2013 09:19 AM

                          Gordy referred to the pheasant as midwest. That was not a Chinese Ringneck that hunt in the midwest. It was a different breed. Bedides the fact that it looked different, the meat was also not the same color.

                          1. re: John E.
                            Firegoat Aug 15, 2013 09:34 AM

                            I agree with you on that. Coming from a farm and hunting family in north Kansas I've seen and eaten a lot of ringneck pheasants. That was not the normal bird.

                          2. re: Firegoat
                            melpy Aug 16, 2013 04:25 AM

                            Seriously! The whole chase your dinner but don't kill animals on TV because we have dead animals already is just ridiculous.

                            1. re: melpy
                              C. Hamster Aug 16, 2013 07:22 AM

                              One of the birds pooped on the floor, too. They seemed scared at first, then too calm, like they'd been drugged.

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                                Nudibranch Aug 17, 2013 02:43 PM

                                Bri was totally ready to wring that pigeon's neck.

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