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Master Chef 7/21 (SPOILERS)

I didn't see that outcome at all, they are going for the drama absolutely no question

I am actually rooting for Leslie at this point :) he seems like a nice guy

and it's early but I predict "Scottish" Francis (Frances?) will win

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  1. All of the dishes in the final round looked absolutely horrible.

    I liked when Aram said "I dont even know how to open the bottle" haha yeah right.

    Also when the judge asked why the guy put sauce underneath his shitty pizza and the response was "I wanted to make sure I had colour on my plate" lol!

    1. I was impressed Cutter didn't lose his cool. It seemed like the judges were really trying to goad him into a fight many times during both the cooking and the judging.

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      1. re: Firegoat

        Cutter: the mystery box is big, everything is bigger in TX, I'm from TX, therefore, I must have an advantage.

        Cutter: I'd order my yeast-less "Artisan" pizza....

        Cutter: did not acknowledge that he's in the bottom two.

        Courtney: I need to win so I don't have to go back to being a pole dancer.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          If I recall correctly he did raise his hand for the worst dish. When they kept pressing that only 2 not 3 he finally put it down.

      2. Gordon Ramsey leans in, close, closer, and whispers - "You have to believe in yourself. I'm worried about you. Just stay calm. You can do this okay?"

        Leans back, screams "THIS IS CRAP!"

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        1. re: NonnieMuss

          ANnnnnd wasnt that Dr. Who music playing????I was having this weird vision as Gordon as the Doctor " Hold on Elise you believe in yourself....."

        2. "And I'll be EATING it." Damn near choked on my wine...

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          1. re: amysuehere

            Wasted opportunity in that segment where Graham cooks the salmon dish; just a few quick edit cuts shown. They did something similar with him last season, I think, but we saw a lot more - interesting contrast with the contestants. Economy of motion, neat/clean bench, constantly tasting, even had a little home base set up for his chef's knife with the tip resting on a folded towel.

            1. re: jimonyc

              Yeah, totally redundant.

              They should have had Gordon and Graham demonstrate first and then let them cook.

              Or they should have done what Tom Colicchio did on Top Chef: Cook something against the clock and have the cooks either replicate or do something with the same ingredients.

              Nobody, cooks or viewers, got anything out of this demonstration.

          2. Can anyone tell me why Courtney's salmon dish was considered exceptional??? It looked like something I'd do for dinner on a weeknight.

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              1. re: kpaxonite

                DId they show all of the salmon dishes?

                1. re: Maryld

                  I dont think so

                  I dont think they are giving as much time to each dish as they have in the past...

            1. First- loved Courneys "pretty feet" and she did say "work at gentleman's club"---so much for my maybe she is a aerial dancer like circus ----
              Ayarn-- Really- you didnt do anything that unique..trifles are the rebirth of casserole right now and can be seen in every food truck served in paper cups and hipster joints served in irish coffee mugs.. She made more than likely tomato basil triamisu I made it two year ago... and you could probably bing a recipe on your phone...Dont know how to open the bottle?? you cant open a bottle... Even I can do that .. doesnt mean I drink it..but I have been cooking with wine and beer from age of three,,, I can open a bottle..this sounded dumb...
              Cutter- poor cutter why are they gunning for him? He held up his had that he was the bottom three. He didn't think he was bottom two.Having not tasted the food. I dont blame him. False modesty gets you nowhere. He honestly though the other two were worse.
              WIlly- he holds no charm for me...I don like the way his food looks I dont like his persona of the "accidental expert" just go home
              I would love to see Elizabeth and Frances have a show together

              1. I wonder what happened to the salmon that looked like it had been attacked by a shark

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                1. re: kpaxonite

                  It's like THE AMAZING RACE -- you don't sign on for that show without knowing how to drive stick. You don't sign on for MC without learning how to fillet a whole fish -- there's a pretty good chance it's gonna come up (Christine).

                  1. re: jimonyc

                    That was so sad... Such beautiful fish to be abused like that. She said it fell apart when she washed it?

                  2. re: kpaxonite

                    My first thought was the mangling looked to PLANNED... "neatly" hack all over??

                    1. re: kseiverd

                      it did look like she had used the wrong knife...

                      1. re: girloftheworld

                        It looked like it had been battered by a tined meat tenderizer!

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          I think I could do a better job with a lawnmower

                  3. Finally watched it last night.

                    Cutter isn't as good as he thinks he is, but it was definitely time for Elise to go.

                    I knew Courtney would be picked for the disadvantage. I also knew we'd get a close-up shot of her 5" heeled shooz. I also knew that once picked, she'd pull something out of her booty and not fail.

                    Aryan not being able to open a wine bottle? Doesn't matter that she can't drink it - she should at least know how to open the damn bottle. Didn't think her dish looked as great as Gordon made it sound.

                    Figured with the praise heaped on Elizabeth from Noo Yawk, she'd win again.

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                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Courtney is definitely good at cooking. So why's she a pole dancer? I guess money must be good even if she looks like she's been beaten with the ugly stick (maybe some guys find her attractive). The thing is, if she really needs the money to help her family, why's she buying fancy shoes with red soles.

                      1. re: Worldwide Diner

                        - she may not be video- genic due to having sharp angels on her face.. but live ...she has long hair and a pretty smile.. and if she is on stage......
                        - if she is an aerialist and a good one her body must be fantastic
                        a club may offer the hours she needs and the money helping out family sometimes means being there physically as well as financially -
                        - her louies retail at about 340.00 and she more than likely is consignment shopping them at 130 or 75 they are not the 2000 dollar ones ( from what I can tell anyway) I will never understand women and shoes..however I am starting to have a purse thing.
                        I did notice Elizabeth had heels on...then she didn't..wonder if they told her to change? because heels were Courtney's "thing".

                        1. re: girloftheworld

                          Something about the lighting they used with Courtney made her teeth look like crooked fangs - on virtually every close-up or medium shot of her. She is clearly this season's antagonist.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            that and it's either my TV adjustment or the makeup artist who chooses her lipstick hates her guts.

                              1. re: saeyedoc

                                I disagree and think that is mean spirited

                        2. re: Worldwide Diner

                          They don't get to dress themselves--they wear whatever the producers/stylists tell them to. For example there's a photo in Luca's cookbook where he's wearing a ridiculous polka-dot shirt; the caption explains that he argued with the producers because he didn't want to wear it, and yet, there he is. I would very much doubt that Courtney actually owns the red soles.

                          1. re: hotpie0523

                            " Courtney actually owns the red soles."
                            see now this would make me sad... this would be like finding out Ben's chefs hats were not his( they are by the way ).

                            1. re: girloftheworld

                              I can't believe that she would actually cook in those shoes. Every time I see her walking up to the judges, plate in hand, all I can think is that one day, she's going to slip and break her neck.

                            2. re: Worldwide Diner

                              Because I think there's some level of "princess-ification" of grown women these days. Who in good grief's name would think it's necessary to wear those shoes for cooking - and think it's their individual style? What's next, a tiara? Not all women, by any stretch, but a small enough number that's it's a bit disturbing. Way too Barbie for me, I guess. Same with all the princess-type cupcakes, etc. I will take Julia Child, with her no-nonsense shirt-waist dress, sleeves rolled up and ready for a perfect flour storm.

                              1. re: breadchick

                                Two years ago at the MC open call in New York, I actually a remember a woman who did show up in a tiara. Wearing a beauty contest ribbon, no less.

                                1. re: sockii

                                  lots of "princesses" at mc jr too--

                                  went to a class the other night..the woman who taught had pink zebra striped knives... I about barfed

                                  there is a new show on ABC family Young and Hungry the Private chef shows up everyday to work in the
                                  kitchen wearing miniskirts and spike heels--- Drives me nuts...at least show her lip into a coat and clogs to cook...

                                  1. re: sockii

                                    Unrelated question for you and girloftheworld: Do the contestants bring their own equipment? Do you bring your own knives or are they supplied?

                                    I would imagine that Scottish Francis would have brought his own molecular equipment. Do they have the tubes, droppers etc. for his modernist cooking available in the MasterChef pantry?

                                    1. re: chefhound

                                      Not sure about after you are selected... but during the first in person audition I was told not to bring anything...not even my knives.. nooooothing. I was taken in a room eight at a time with a demo cook top set up. There were vegetables and eggs.. They said take the carrot and Julienne it I had it finished while the other kids were looking at them for an explanation of what a julienne cut was a produced came by and asked me if I could Brunoise my carrots so I cut them itty bitty..as the other kids were being shown how to julienne. We then had to cook an egg anyway we wanted the only pan we had was a small fry pan resembling a crepe pan.. the producer came over to me and said they wanted me to poach my egg.. I managed to make a perfectly poached egg..then they showed us flash cards and we had to answer questions about food... none of the kids in my group got the answers right but were told how cute they were or how funny their answers were..When I got the answers right I was told "Wow you certainly are ahead of the pack" as if it was a bad thing... Later that day you were told that you would be called to cook a demo on camera and it just needed to be simple... SOme of the kids I met freaked out as they had flown in from georgia and tenneesse with nothing I luckily was staying with a chef and access to everything we exchanged cell phone numbers so I could help them and share if they got the call to cook . called my connections to score some white soy so I could make green heaven sliders I use to make for family dinner at the restaurant I staged at.. friend from georgia called did I have stand mixer at the house I was staying at he could use...Yes of course dont buy one.. Then I get the call " We decided to cut you You are to0 mature..blah blah" you guys know the rest of the story.. Georgia friend calls " nevermind they dont need me to cook my cooking isnt where it needs to be?" Never heard back from Tennesse kid.

                              2. re: LindaWhit

                                I don't care for Aryan, and I know things have changed a lot since I was her age, but I don't think I ever opened a wine bottle until I was away from home in college. (And the first few were Boone's Farm). I see no shame in that.

                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                    Not sure but that would be hilarious if it was.

                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                        I think dont even think that counts as a wine for cooking....thoughhhhhh I did have to hear Corks are not necessarily a judge anymore when I was in a class last summer with one of my mentors.

                                        1. re: girloftheworld

                                          Of course it wasn't for cooking. We were getting drunk in a dorm room.

                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                            And getting sick in the same dorm room later that night. ;-)

                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                              LOL--my mind didnt even go there... I am so slow..

                                1. A couple of random thoughts.

                                  1. It was definitely time for Elyse to go. She hasn't improved at all during her time on the show.

                                  2. Gordan Ramsay seems to be a genuinely kind person. He's a lot of bark and when he does bite, it's not cruel. The way he tried to help and encourage Elyse is one example. The other is when he talked with the baker with the tattoos (the one who I think is painfully shy and who was bullied as a kid).

                                  3. Cutter has a lot of faults and is stubborn. But, Joe didn't have to humiliate Cutter on his lack of knowledge of ingredients. To me it screamed classism and elitism. Cutter should have been more aware because don't they study during the off hours? But, it seems to me that Cutter may not be as well rounded in food knowledge. Regardless, now that all the other weak links have been eliminated, it's time for him to go as well.

                                  4. Gordon Ramsay cleaning that salmon during the hour was a waste of a learning experience for the contestants.

                                  5. All that salmon - beautiful but I hope the rest of the fish wasn't wasted.

                                  6. Who says that Joe is a chef? Has he ever done a demo on MC or anywhere else? He seems to be a savvy business person and has a good palate for certain foods, but a chef? Not in my mind (was there another thread where someone was arguing that he could fill in for a kitchen? I doubt that.)

                                  7. Ahran - she definitely thinks out of the box.

                                  8. Anyone else hates how Joe uses his fork when he takes a bite? It reminds me of airplane going into the hanger except he's doing it himself.

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                                  1. re: beetlebug

                                    Hahahaha enjoyed your comments.

                                    I like that you spelled Ahran right.

                                    It was Elyse's time to go. I'm surprised that she lasted this long and she should be proud of herself.

                                    Unless Cutter is on the winner team next episode, he will probably be the one going home. He always lands on the bottom and he's too stubborn to take the critiques the judges are giving him.

                                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                      I couldn't remember Ahran's name and was too lazy to go looking. LOL

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        It doesn't help that FNS had an Aryan, which was unhelpfully pronounced "Ah-ryan".

                                        1. re: ennuisans

                                          No one remembers when Gordon did the pronouncing of her name?

                                          Leslie kept getting it wrong and Gordon corrected him. I found it wonderful that Ahran and Leslie were able to work so well together.

                                    2. re: beetlebug

                                      Joe actually has several cooking demos online. Of course he's won a James Beard award for outstanding restaurteur and kind of turned his life around from just going out and drinking/eating, and becoming more healthy. He also has a great TV presence. I wouldn't call him a chef, but I don't think he calls himself a chef. He's certainly no hack. I'd enjoy spending a day around him learning the business.

                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                        I don't disagree with any of your comments. I *think* in the last MC thread, someone was insisting that Joe was a chef and could fill in on the line.

                                        My point was more that Joe has never been the demo guy on the show. Also, I think he is a condescending snob with a more limited palate - my impression is that he isn't that well versed outside of European cuisine.

                                        Regardless, he is a successful business person and seems quite savvy in that regard.

                                        1. re: beetlebug

                                          I can't get passed his eating/tasting with his mouth gaping open.

                                          And then there is the fact that I see a worm when I look at him. A bit Voldemort. Creeps me out.

                                          1. re: healthytouch101

                                            and then napkin tucked under his chin like he's eating lobster at a shack in Maine? What's with that?

                                            1. re: DGresh

                                              << napkin tucked under his chin like he's eating lobster at a shack in Maine? What's with that?>>

                                              That's called television.

                                          2. re: beetlebug

                                            Don't know why it made such an impression on me, but I remember quite a while ago seeing Ms. Julia Child being interviewed on TV, where the interviewer referred to her as being a chef. Before he could finish his question, she jumped in and insisted that she was not a chef, almost sounding defensive. This despite her program, THE FRENCH CHEF.

                                            1. re: beetlebug

                                              For all his knowledge of food, he brought nothing to the table in his discussion of the ITALIAN dishes, the dishes his family has tried to cook at its restaurants. If there were ever an episode where you would expect Joe to outshine all the other judges this would be it, his ingredients, his native cuisine, and he came up small.

                                              For all the discussion about wine, he made no comments about what wine should have been used with what dishes, so his sommelier status was useless in this episode, even though he was the only one to include wine in his baskets.

                                              Joe is a waste, a disagreeable person, and adds nothing to the show.

                                              1. re: cwdonald

                                                However, who knows what Joe actually said or commented. All we know is what the editors decided the public would want to hear.

                                          3. re: beetlebug

                                            I agree that Joe's quizzing Cutter on the ingredients was rather cruel. It's easy to say you should know those ingredients, but I bet there are other regional things that not everyone knows.

                                            Did Courtney have boxed spaghetti in her basket to cook? I didn't think that was something one typically made from scratch.

                                          4. Didn't Joe pimp Grana Padano as the "King of Cheeses" or somesuch last year too?

                                            How much do they pay him?

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                                            1. re: C. Hamster

                                              I think that they might be a sponsor of Lidia's cooking show.

                                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                                At least Walmart isn't a MasterChef sponsor this year!