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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.