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Master Chef finale 9/11 **Spoiler Alert**

Why do they say searing duck liver is hard? Is foie gras still banned in CA?

The troll needs to keep her big fat mouth shut.

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  1. (Maybe you should change your subject line to add Spoilers to the title, WwD?)

    Agree about the troll. But you have to LOVE Natasha's response to her: "Yeah? Well, I'm down here in Thunderdome. And you're not." ;-)

    And I really thought Natasha's dishes were more refined-looking than Luca's dishes. I think that the foie gras and then the braised short ribs were two heavy dishes in a row, as one of the judges noted. I'd personally rather have had Natasha's dishes, as I'm not a fan of liver.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I won't post because it would still be a spoiler as far as I can tell because I don't know who the "troll" is

      1. re: madeliner

        "Spoiler" didn't have to do with the troll...it was about who the winner was.

        The troll is Krissie who can rarely say anything nice about anyone other than herself. That's who Natasha was responding to in my comment.

      2. re: LindaWhit

        I think they made Luca's dishes sound harder to make. I personally thought all the dishes looked good but Natasha's dishs showed more creativity and finesse. I'm especially impressed with the perfectly cooked monkfish. As I like spicy food, that curry and rice sounded wonderful. Luca's dishes are pretty mundane in the sense that you see similar dishes in many restaurants. I do have to say, while I'm not a dessert person, I thought Luca's basil panna cotta seems very intriguing. Tomato, mozzerella and basil salad as a dessert....

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          I agree. I wonder if Luca's dessert is what won it for him?

          1. re: Boudleaux

            I thnk Luca's personality won it for him.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              I agree. I think they saw him as more marketable. Originally it seemed they had hitched their wagon to Jessie but turned around perhaps needing a male winner and started started to promote LUca. Not disappointing so much as frustrating.

              1. re: melpy

                I think it's the reverse. They see who wins and then they go back and edit the show to make that person seem most likeable. Then, they go back to edit the villain, etc. They have thousands of hours of footage. It's easy to present whatever view they want.

                1. re: chowser

                  Yes that seems much more likely, the idea that they find out who wins first etc. Good thinking.

                  1. re: chowser

                    You can't edit a troll into a princess. A troll can only turn into a princess in cartoons. Okay, you could be right but we'll never know.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      You can make anyone look good, if you record thousands of hours or footage. You can't, however, do the reverse. You can't edit in swearing, cheating, etc. But, as one TC contestant said, he was seen calling (was it Marcel?) an asshole. What they left out was his saying. "But we're all assholes." Cut and paste.

            2. re: Worldwide Diner

              I agree.

              Natasha's dishes were more interesting. Luca's dishes were pretty standard fare. Don't get me wrong - I love foie gras (though I thought it was weird they kept calling it duck liver) and short ribs, but they were just boring. There were no surprises. Just regular restaurant fare. The dessert was interesting though.

              I don't usually care for monkfish but I liked the way Natasha prepared it. I would eat that. And the combination of seaweed salad and couscous sounded weird but the judges loved it.

              I had a suspicion that Luca would win when they flew in his father and sister from Italy.

              1. re: chefhound

                I thought Luca would win when I saw Joe's face when they arrived.

                It was a very close finale, but Natasha had a much better season.

                1. re: chefhound

                  I'm guessing it's because foie gras is banned in CA.

              2. re: LindaWhit

                If the vote was simply who won the best of three dishes, I too would prefer Natasha's although I would like to try Luca's shortribs over the monkfish with curry.

                1. re: John E.

                  I like your Red Owl.

                  I rode the horse ride for a penny at their store back in the 60s

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    I remember my oldest brother dropping a 2# jar of peanut butter on the floor of our Red Owl store. At least it did not run all over the place.

                    1. re: John E.

                      Where was your store?

                      My brother (2) was in the seat of the cart and pulled a bottle of "pop" off the shelf and pried the top off with his tiny little teeth.

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        It was a small town in rural Minnesota. Thinking back, it's amazing how small grocery stores were back in the day.

              3. Foie is still banned in Ca. but a lot of Chefs are using it as a Amuse Bouche...because tech. they are not selling it. As far as this show who the cares who wins? It is such a bastardization of MC. Also who the F watches TV shows or buys books for recipes...in 10 seconds you can go on to you tube or Google ...pick a chef, any chef and get a recipe for any dish. 3 star Chefs at that... Heston, Keller, Batali. Yet people still cry how there are no good cooking shows..there are they are just are not on TV.

                1. Little Joe got his little wish: an Italian winner. Whatever. This was the worst season yet. I didn't believe anything, as there wasn't even an illusion of believability.

                  1. Ugh, I had a blip w/ my dvr and it only recorded the last 15 minutes. Is it worth trying to find the rest of the show?

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                    1. re: chowser

                      I think Natasha's monk fish prep and Luca's dessert are worth ff'ing to.

                      1. re: mcf

                        Thanks--I'll look for it. I did see Luca's dessert which I thought was incredibly creative. I did roll my eyes at Joe's comment that it needed to be layered. Seriously, I've had so many meals where the components were separate and it works fine--even better because it's easier to control ratio of each.

                        1. re: chowser

                          Joe was more enjoyable when he was just the happy fat guy on his mother's show.

                          1. re: chowser

                            I did the same eye roll. I thought the beauty of the red tomato jam on top, and having the visual of all the savory components and the contrast was key.

                            The monkfish prep was notable for the caul fat wrap. I do think that Natasha was the most consistently daring, creative and accomplished during the season. I think Luca came on strong at the end.

                            1. re: chowser

                              "I did roll my eyes at Joe's comment that it needed to be layered."

                              I did too. I thought. If he did that then Joe would have said " The way you have it layered it reminds me of one of those awful mexican dips at a football party"

                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                That's what I was thinking, too. The idea is ridiculous. You want mostly panna cotta w/ small amounts of the other two. If you layered it, most likely you won't get much of the tomato jam unless you scrape the bottom of the bowl and who does that on each bite?

                              2. re: chowser

                                I agree about the presentation of the basil dessert; and how exactly is he going to do that layering (technically). I guess he'd have to make some napoleon type thing.

                                1. re: DGresh

                                  Trifles are so 1980.

                                  Plus he'd have to plate it in a clear bowl.

                                  Joe just had to come up with something bad about it.

                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    Not only did Joe have to come up with something bad. He had to feel that he contributed something meaningful but doesn't have the knowledge.

                          2. Wasn't sure I wanted to chime in on this post because it bothers me we're still calling a previously eliminated contestant names even if she does have a nasty attitude (on the show at least).

                            I thought Natasha's appetizer was weak. Seared scallops, while one of my favorite things to eat, just aren't that impressive. I think this is the second time we've seen caul fat this season. Can't recall who used it the first time, Jessie or Luca maybe.

                            I'm probably biased because I'm not a huge fish eater, but Natasha's main didn't interest me. Meanwhile, I love short ribs, but not sure if I would have gone that direction in a competition like this. Finally, I thought that Luca's dessert looked a lot like Graham's panna cota dessert that James had to replicate in a prior challenge.

                            Finally, the most distracting thing of the whole night was watching Natasha's hair go up in a pony tail then back out again in every other shot angle. Just leave it the heck up.

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                            1. re: Firegoat

                              Yeah, the scallops reminded me of "this is Top Chef, not Top Scallop". TOO MANY SCALLOPS HAVE DIED.

                              1. re: DGresh

                                But there was so much more on the dish that all worked together really well, they said. I think duck liver before short ribs would make me gag, though I love both.

                                1. re: DGresh

                                  And then followed by another seafood dish...not in my book!

                                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                      Yeah, I don't care about that either. I often order seafood in restaurants, and don't pay much attention if I order both in appetizer and entree.

                                    2. re: SusieQQ

                                      Wow, so no seafood restaurants for you, huh, no chowder followed by lobster or anything?