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The Taste 1/30.....ugh.....spoilt

It's a vegetarian challenge. Jacquelyn says she's pretty much a vegetarian but she also eat a lot of meats too.....ugh! Someone shoot her! And then she walked out!

Lee accuses Marina of only masking dumplings. I thought Marina only made dumplings once...

Nigella has the worst palate. I wish she would do a blind tasting with Gordon Ramsay, and have Gordo rip her a new a-hole.

I really like Marina. To me she's really cooking out of the box.

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  1. Best episode ever! Not for the right reasons, but still.

    Well there was one great exchange between Shellie and Anthony:

    Shellie: Thank you Alice Waters!
    Anthony: WHO???

    Dana did pretty much what I had in mind for the first challenge, putting stuff on a mini pasta bed.

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    1. re: ennuisans

      Go easy on Jacqueline. She's a good lady. I suspect she just couldn't take having to deal with Nigella the Nincompoop any more.

      1. re: rjbh20

        Through this entire season, she has been consistently bad. She may be a good lady, but she does not seem to have much education in the way of food and cooking methods. I am blown away she was around as long as she was.

        1. re: debzville333

          Fair enough, and I agree with some others that the long hair & general messiness in the kitchen isn't terribly appealing. But she potentially landed herself in major trouble if her bugout was as unplanned as it looked on the screen. These shows typically have major financial penalties incorporated into the contestant agreements for quitting without permission.

          1. re: rjbh20

            She has a twitter account but says absolutely nothing about the walk off. Makes you wonder if she hasn't been hit with some penalties.

            1. re: Firegoat

              Yeah, I wonder about that too. Plus, there is more than likely a non-disclosure clause, so she probably cannot talk about the show until after the finale. Dang, why would she do that to herself?

              1. re: debzville333

                She's a plant and not really an executive chef? Huh. Guess she is an EC. Doesn't bode well for her catering company that she walks off a "job" on The Taste:

                http://elegant-eats.com/about/

                https://www.facebook.com/ElegantEats

                https://www.facebook.com/ChefJacquelyn

                Interesting - on her own FB page, she wrote on Jan. 24th (and then reposted it on Jan. 29th):

                Thanks everyone for supporting - PLEASE take a moment on Twitter at @ElegantEatsLA and @teamjacquelyn and VOICE your opinions or send a link if too long and be sure to include @thetaste YES these bitches are talking MAD SHIT and NOT onE of them has even so much as tasted MY FOOD- that's reality for you so not only are these bitches scandalous, they're outright LIARS-- it's the PRODUCeRs who decide how an edit happens, when it appears and where throughout the shows they will insert it- if you are not happy with the bold lies being told on the show about the way my food tastes and exaggerated and degrading ethical flaws that make me appear to be incompetent and NOT a professional chef then please BACK ME UP on TWITTER and I will retweet to the reality TV News pages and we will set this scandal right- oh, and PS lookout for my Video Blog "VLOG the impaler" or "Deep Dish"- haven't decided yet love you all and thanks for all your support!!

                A "scandal"! Oooh! LOL

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  woo! I couldn't find that. Awesome. I thought it was weird the strange internet silence.

                  If you don't want to be portrayed as an incompent idiot bitch on the show, don't act like one. Pull your hair back, clean your station.... do something.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    I was quite surprised you hadn't posted anything, Firegoat! You are very good at sussing stuff out before anyone else. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      It is kind of odd that her postings seem kind of just like how she seemed on TV...

                      the she was slipped a mickyfin thing is kind weird....

                  2. re: LindaWhit

                    Her latest Yelp reviews/replies to them are kind of telling too (and they are from way before this show aired so I don't think they are fakes):

                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/elegant-eats-...

                      1. re: sakura33

                        Double wow! And her responses to negative ratings are almost exactly the same - a copy/paste from the first one disputing the "slander".

                        'Nuf said about her.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          LOL now I can't stop- she posted this on her facebook page 5 hours ago:

                          Getting on with life... and don't believe ANYTHING you saw on last night's episode of The Taste... they knew, they had constant contact with the PA dealing with me while I was OD-ing on whatever they slipped into my food or drink, I think my water actually... this is a complete scandal and deserves a legal review!!!

                          I guess the producers DRUGGED HER guys!!!

                          1. re: sakura33

                            The. Best. Show. Ever!

                            Better even than the Hoarder that wanted to sell old cicada husks on EBay

                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              Okay, so I actually know that show you're mentioning.

                              Sad, sad, sad is my life!!!

                              Well, at least I don't have any cicadas in my kitchen... ick!

                            2. re: sakura33

                              WAIT! Now she's claiming she was ODing on her food and water that had drugs in them? OMG, she's right up there with the whackadoos, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo from Kitchen Nightmares. Who, BTW, now have their own Wikipedia page. :::eyerolling:::

                                1. re: sakura33

                                  She is looped!! This is actually funny!

                                  1. re: RUK

                                    I can't wait to see what, if anything, the media makes of this. Surely eater or braiser will have a field day with her

                              1. re: sakura33

                                ya know cynic that I am, do you think the producers saw those reviews and thought, this is a possible train wreck to put on the show?

                                1. re: DGresh

                                  Quite possible. Her reviews are awful and she seems like a complete head case. And her food sucked.

                                  "Great" TV, tho.

                                  1. re: DGresh

                                    They search out train wrecks and those that do play well with others.

                  3. At least Jacquelyn put us out of our misery. I hated the interaction between Nigella and all of her team

                    1. Jacquelyn = a COMPLETE idiot for walking out. And she's touted as being an executive chef somewhere? Yeah, not after that bit she pulled.

                      Although I just wanted to tell Nigella to STFU and leave Jacquelyn alone. She wouldn't. stop. hounding. Jacquelyn. OMG, she (Nigella) was worse than a little kid!

                      But WTH was with Jacquelyn and her using the blade of a knife to open a can of whatever it was?

                      Not surprised that Anthony's lower-level cook was tossed. Her dish was bizarre, and she wouldn't defend herself. Glad that the food stylist finally did something.

                      And I think Marina is the dark horse. She taught Yotam Ottolenghi something? That's pretty impressive.

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                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        oh, yeah, torturing her knife that way!

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          And wasn't it Jacquelyn who snobbily declared that the sound of thatoneguy's knife on his cutting board was the sound of a knife dulling?

                          And then she opens a can with hers?

                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              If you've got 20 seconds left and its not your knife, you use it. Particularly since the can openers are in the pantry in the back of the set.

                              1. re: rjbh20

                                I think she did it in purpose though, to show she can open cans with a knife...she's a moron in my book.

                                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                  She got the idea from.Bobby Flay who did it on Iron Chef.

                          1. I am amused they had a vegetarian challenge after the vegetarian and the healthy eating blogger were long gone. Although a part of me wishes they had been there for it and then landed in the bottom....
                            I thought the weird platter of plastic turkey legs in the beginning was just creepy. Much like the chicken legs last week no one was eating them, just holding them up.

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                            1. re: Firegoat

                              Yeah, THAT was pretty poor food styling. :-)

                            2. Nigella seems to pick her contestants poorly, perhaps her palate is simply not that great. Jacquelyn was hard to watch, I can't imagine ever cooking with that long "hair" flowing about, one would expect to find long strands of red in those tasting spoons. And as mentioned, a knife to open that can ( Coconut milk added at the end?), isn't there at least a can opener to be found.
                              Surely the lady had her shortcomings, but having Nigella micro-managing like that would have driven me buggy!! How about teaching and then stepping back a bit?

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                              1. re: RUK

                                My husband and I were discussing Nigella last night with the very same thought as you. Perhaps her palate is blown? Or, my thought, I think she is under so much stress right now in her personal life, her head just wasn't in the game this season. If the show has a third season, I wonder if she will step down as a judge. I am not certain how much she has invested in the show, but I know she and Tony are co-Execs.

                                1. re: debzville333

                                  Maybe Nigella is looking for home-cooked tastes in the auditions while the chefs are looking for more cheffy skills.

                                  I'm not sure how that would work out in practice but she might just think that amateurs would be more receptive to her coaching than professionals (although she might not think that anymore, if she ever did).

                                  1. re: debzville333

                                    The season was filmed just as she either filed or was granted a divorce after the whole public choking thing.

                                  2. re: RUK

                                    I've been watching the US and UK versions of The Taste at the same time (mentor/judges for UK are Anthony, Nigella, and Ludo) - and what Nigella judges as good food clearly does not match with "good team member". The biggest difference with the UK show, is that NIgella is *the* mentor everyone wants. They don't know Ludo at all, they barely know Anthony - so in a "multiple judges chose you" situation - she's sitting in a power seat. And her team is still weak!

                                    In another fun twist, Yotam was on the UK version's episode this week too and the challenge was spices, which I think was a bit more interesting to watch than "vegetables".

                                    1. re: cresyd

                                      How are you watching the UK version?

                                        1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                          I have to say, the best part of the The Taste UK is that it's like 45-60min. The US version has just become too long. In this version, Anthony is still doing his whole "I know world food" thing that he emphasized from season 1 and Ludo is a lot more reserved. Also, apparently Ludo's team really struggles with his French accent, and that's played up for humor in a way I find a bit amusing.

                                    2. The good: Chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his mentoring prowess. I really loved the way he approached this and his helpfulness shined through. I am a new YO convert and I was giddy when they announced his name.

                                      Jacquelyn leaving. She really was bizarre/miserable to watch. I am shocked that she didn't even stay to hear the verdict. I would love to know more back story.

                                      Shellie's props to Alice Waters.

                                      The humbling of Jeff.

                                      Marina's alternative techniques.

                                      The bad: AB using pasta as his backdrop for the team challenge. Too pedestrian and even he realized it halfway through the challenge. He would have been better off with a more open ended, veg paired with grain.

                                      Jacquelyn's kitchen skills.

                                      Brad still being there.

                                      Dana's whining and just not being quite good enough.

                                      The difficulty the judges had figuring out what the various main ingredients were. I can't believe spaghetti squash was so very difficult. I don't think she would have ended up in the bottom if they had.

                                      Brad's ignorance about ratatouille.

                                      Lee's digs at Marina (dumplings).

                                      The turkey legs.

                                      Nigella's team's plating.

                                      The fact that two gold star dishes featured beets.

                                      The fact that I don't get to taste the food or work with YO.

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                                      1. re: melpy

                                        Perfect, melpy. You hit on all of the high AND low points of last night's show. :D

                                        I had forgotten about Brad calling the ratatouille Italian. Doh!

                                        1. re: melpy

                                          Jacquelyn opened some kind of bottle before she disappeared. I can hear the cap pop but they didn't show what she opened. I'm guessing she took a beer fo the road.

                                          Why don't judges look at the food more closely before putting it in their mouth. I'm shocked that when they can see and taste the food, they still have so many problems identifying the food. The squash looks nothing like real spaghetti!

                                          1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                            IIRC, it seemed that the beer was very conveniently placed on an otherwise cleaned-up workstation.

                                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                              She said, "I'm going to get a paper towel", did that and grabbed what I though was a beer. I didn't see the station being clean though.

                                              1. re: melpy

                                                I went back and looked again. The beer was on an otherwise empty workstation behind the one she cooked on and she picked it up on the way out. But remember -- this is studio TV and things happen in the order the producers want them to happen.

                                          2. I have to say, the second season, without Ma LAR KEEEEY, is so much more enjoyable. Maybe they can ditch Nigella for the next season (I know she's an exec. producer, so fat chance).

                                            1. I don't know if Nigella is a bad mentor or not but she is certainly a bad judge of people. She picked all losers for her team.

                                              Some people just don't have that radar for detecting the loonies. Where I work, my bosses seem to generally hire duds. They get a good one once in a while through sheer luck. When they bring the newbies around, I mentally tag the bad ones, and it usually turns out that I am right. Nigella is like my bosses. She just can't smell the crazy.

                                              I do thank the gods of television that Jacqueline is gone. I don't care how and I don't care why. I'm just thankful that I don't have to see her anymore. I really couldn't watch her fake smile and smirks any longer.

                                              In an unrelated matter, was anyone else surprised that Sarah is married? I was sure she was a lesbian. I have no issues with it either way but her look is pretty androgynous and I assumed she was rocking the lesbian chic thing. Anyhow, I think she's a pretty good cook. I think I would have preferred Louise's beets to hers but I'm moderately sure she'll go far.

                                              I love Louise's idea of the yuzu kosho with beets. I think I'm going to try that tomorrow since I happen to have beets in the fridge.

                                              Final thought: why is Brad still around?

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                                              1. re: chefhound

                                                To be fair to Nigella, they just chose their team based on "a taste" so she could not have known how crazy her folks were. And yes, I too wonder why Brad is still around. Flying just above the bottom I guess.

                                                1. re: DGresh

                                                  Unless he bangs out a great dish, I'm assuming he'll be going out next week. He's definitely the lowest cook on his team's totem pole.

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                    Looks like Brad is no stranger to reality TV

                                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

                                                    See episode 17 and 18 for the questions and his answers

                                                  2. re: DGresh

                                                    I think that Nigella's problem is that by appreciating home cooking - she puts herself at much higher risk of getting home cooks that are super set in their ways and not all that interested in learning new things.

                                                    My mom is an excellent home cook - but try to tell her a new way of doing something she's done for years, and beware the stank eye. (My mom also isn't looking to be on reality cooking competition.) I think that all the other judges are looking for "restaurant quality" which means techniques that imply someone was taught as an adult by someone at one point. Basically that they demonstrate skills that imply they'd be willing to learn and take direction.

                                                    1. re: cresyd

                                                      I also still agree that when several judges including Nigella pick a person, she inevitably doesn't get chosen by the contestant. Now that she is two years in a row been the first judge out, I'm wondering if subsequent seasons might affect her even more being the least favorite.

                                                      I'm wondering if they should make her the "host" and bring in a different female personality.

                                                      1. re: melpy

                                                        I would be very much on board with her being a host AND a judge. ... but not a mentor. She's just not going to get anyone good unless the producers stack it for her. I love Nigella, enjoy her cookbooks... but if Ludo and Nigella picked me I'd run to Ludo like a little squealing girl.

                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                          I just watched an episode of Chopped Canada and I think that Susur Lee would make an excellent judge of a cooking competition. Not female - but still - I think he'd make an excellent personality.

                                                          1. re: cresyd

                                                            Definitely. He's hard core. No excuses accepted.

                                                          2. re: melpy

                                                            Not quite -- the guy from Tennessee on her team got chosen in the auditions by more than one judge & picked her. That said, if the show comes back for season 3, no one in his right mind would work for this arrogant, meddling non-chef if they had any other options.

                                                      2. re: chefhound

                                                        That may be the downside of picking a team strictly on one taste.

                                                        That being said, one wonders what the producers had in mind letting so many wack-jobs slip through. They meet them in advance. I would presume that they also investigate them.

                                                        Perhaps they thought it would make "good television." ick.

                                                          1. re: chicgail

                                                            The production team no doubt stacks the deck to get lively characters onto the show. If there's two loons for every duck, yer gonna get some loons.