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Jan 21, 2014 12:41 PM

Any thoughts on MasterChef Canada?

I wasn't going to watch but inevitably gave in to my weakness.

Just the auditions so far. More auditions next week and the first challenge.

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  1. Nothing,

    really; really, really Ontario/Toronto oriented...

    You have the good judge, the bad judge and the geek judge.

    You have typical contestants and lots of human drama...

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    1. re: Maximilien

      The judges are SO awkward. They either sound super scripted or completely ill at ease. I feel like it's only going to get worse as the season goes on.

    2. It's too bad they followed the American Masterchef Model, probably the same production company. The first "big guest judge" is Joe whats his name fro the American version. I'm sure there are of ton of great Canadian Chefs they could of brought in.

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      1. re: chris2269

        I am sooo disappointed by masterchef canada. I am devoted to the UK and Australian version and I love the comraderie and respect shown by the contestants on those shows...its all about the food and respecting each contestants strength...the judges help mentor and develop rather than shout and scream (alving leung) .instead Canada has opted to go with the US model which is all about the drama with the food as an after thought.

        1. re: akhorasanee

          I absolutely agree. They follow the american model which is just pitting each person against another, trying to build drama and conflict. That is not what I value and that's not what most Canadians value. The camaraderie and positivity of MC Australia draws me in much more and is much more emotional than the BS forced conflict of the american version.

      2. I'm disappointed to hear they've followed the American model of the show. I've watched the Australian version for years and had hoped they'd follow our Commonwealth cousins.

        I'll keep my eye open to see if I can download episodes as I'm not currently at home, but if reviews continue like this I won't put it on my priority list.

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        1. re: vanderb

          Let's be honest folks. 'Canadian' TV, since the time of three channels hasn't had an original show. Not one. Every stinking Canadian flop has been, for the last fifty years a rehash of an American show. This holds for cooking shows as well.
          A relative in the Canadian 'cooking show' production industry laughs when I bring up the hope that one day there will be an 'original' Canadian cooking show. She says: "Not as long as two thousand Canadian union members in the TV industry have their way."
          There are actually people in Vancouver and Calgary employed to do nothing but watch American TV shows and recreate to the last detail every scene structure to be used in a 'Canadian' show.

          1. re: Puffin3

            "There are actually people in Vancouver and Calgary employed to do nothing but watch American TV shows and recreate to the last detail every scene structure to be used in a 'Canadian' show."

            Like Relic's shack in The Beachcombers, or the diner in Corner Gas?

            1. re: hal2010

              Dozens of old American TV shows with a 'diner' used as a main prop. 'Seinfeld' ring a bell?
              Interesting that the British had a show in the sixties about an Englishman who quite the busy life and went to live in a shack in the S. Pacific where he was a 'Beachcomber'. Matter of fact that's what the name of the show was called. Go figure. Oh yeah, the 'Englishman' had a British accent just like Relic did. Go figure.
              Probably just coincidences right?
              You'd think someone at the CBC could have at least changed the name of the Canadian copy to 'The Combeachers'.

            2. re: Puffin3

              I have no issue that Canada's MasterChef is not "original programming", MasterChef has been replicated in dozens of countries around the world after the success of the original British program. What I'm disappointed about is that they chose to follow the US lead on program style and not the much better style of the British and later Australian versions. The British and Aussie versions have the style that has been the most copied around the world.

              If "we" like to copy British shows we should have done so in this case.

              1. re: Puffin3

                Wok with Yan was a flop? The man had 500 episodes.

                I take if from your comments on our unionized television industry that you're a rabid supporter of the NDP.

            3. Ok, the first "real" episode has aired. Any thoughts, Canadian hounds?

              I can't stand the blond with the stare. Those eyes freak me out. Her food might be fine but it would be disconcerting to have those eyes staring at you all the time.

              I was surprised at all the fish cakes. Why would you do that with a tiny fish with lots of bones? And the quiche sounded like a bad idea from the start.

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              1. re: chefhound

                I was annoyed by the judge who criticized a contestant for cooking "only Asian," especially since she had made Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes (and those are vastly different cuisines). Also, I just can't stand the mean judge - he's so fake and stilted.

                1. re: piccola

                  Many of my friends in the restaurant industry laugh so hard that Claudio is the "nice judge" it is apparently a nightmare to work for him.

                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                    Is he the nice one? I thought Bonacini was the nice one.

                    1. re: chefhound

                      He said in interviews he's the "nice one" also he seemed to want to pass practically everyone in the auditions. It's so bizarre to watch.

                2. re: chefhound

                  Where Kayla, or whatever her name is [strange wide-eyed look], and this is mean, I grant you--but agreed. Aside from the look, she has a really odious, self-approving attitude, and parrots dumb buzz-words like "awesome."

                  That quiche with smelts scared me right through the TV screen.

                3. Tried watching it twice but only got 10 minutes in. The judges really turn me off. Awkward, egotistical and affected.

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                  1. re: hal2010

                    Yup. Just another Canadian FN flop. Never ends. Employee the same miscreants year after year to make flop after flop and what can we expect?
                    "Look here! Why is it every time I bring my Beamer to you for servicing there's always a problem later?" "Because the same bunch of idiots I can't fire because of the union contract work on your car".

                    1. re: Puffin3

                      So Puffin3, tell us how you REALLY feel about unions.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        I told you what my relative thought of unions. What I think of them is not pertinent here.