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Master Chef 7/28

Well that was scripted and convenient

Super silly stuff

I probably won't watch anymore

(ok I probably will...)

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  1. Tonight I tested a drinking game where you take a shot every time Gordon says "Wow" when a team captain pics someone and now I need a new liver.

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    1. re: ennuisans

      Gordon (and Graham and Joe and the producers and the editors, for that matter), has been mailing it in since Season 2.

      1. re: ennuisans

        ennu, you're funny, you made me giggle

      2. A candy challenge. Really? Baking... candy.... boring.

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        1. re: Firegoat

          I agree enough with the desserts already!

        2. feature a cook that was a "back ground character" . Three episodes latter... pow if they are standing there they are gone... because we of course alllll thought it was going to be Cutter.

          1. Was this the be nice to everyone day? They didn't rip anyone a new a'hole - maybe because the theme of the day is love?

            I'm rather surprised that the blue team won by a land slide with that raw filet mignon. They didn't really discuss what sucked on the red team, or was the diners that sucked?

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            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              I wondered that too. But I think beef is just preferred over rice.

              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                At least nobody tried to make a bunch of red/pink heart-shaped dishes.

                I was surprised too. That beef was pretty raw. I can't believe that raw beef beat out lobster by such a huge margin.

                And I also missed the discussion of why the red team failed. There should be some discussion of why. How can they improve if they don't know what they did wrong?

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  Gordon saying Leslie's truffles looked like he shaped them with his armpits was pretty harsh. And gross. Does he have to keep going for the completely nasty comparison's this season (like "hairy bag" a few weeks ago?) Talk about losing my appetite.

                  I am seriously boggled that with an hour to cook, they served up such raw filet. Seriously? One person only had to cook the darn steaks, it ain't that hard to at least get them looking better than that.

                  1. re: sockii

                    Second time they have done steaks (on the beach)... pretty bad. I love rare meat but very few people do, (and fewer and fewer restaurants are even willing to serve it.) Try to order a rare burger.. .

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      I hear you. I love a quality steak really rare myself but I want a good sear to go along with a blue/rare interior (at home I'm doing them sous vide now with just a quick butter sear at the end.) Those just looked poorly executed.

                2. So it's a show that's only lightly about cooking. I realize that now. It's more like - we picked 30 home cooks to see who can follow a recipe the best. There have only been - what - 2 or 3 competitions where they got to make what they wanted. Truffles? Really?

                  1. So Cutter can't make an artisan pizza but he can make truffles that look like they came from the Lindt factory?

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                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      that sounds completely believable.

                        1. re: girloftheworld

                          It's a reality TV law that if you're from Texas, you have to shoehorn it into conversation whenever possible, usually be saying that everything is bigger there, or not to mess with it.

                          I'm thrilled that Dan Wu represented a Kentucky I'm familiar with instead of the Hee Haw version everyone gets from TV.

                      1. ....what the contestants in the balcony thought about the "dreaded" truffle pressure test.

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                          1. re: jimonyc

                            I have the same exact dress as Elizabeth...

                            1. re: girloftheworld

                              I like that dress (elizabeth not so much although I don't really care)

                              you've got good taste gotw (no pun intended)

                          2. This season is just way too long and tedious. They started with too many people at 30. Even bringing it down to 22 in the first episode wasn't enough; last season I think it was 18 or 19 in the first week past the "auditions", and previous seasons were less than that.

                            I get the feeling now that they started with so many because they knew they had no stand out stars or personalities. We're 10 episodes in now and I *still* don't have a real favorite, someone I'm cheering on and is doing things I find interesting, or has a personality that is shining through. It's like they dragged it out hoping someone would rise to the top to be the clear star and it hasn't happened. Even the people I do kind of like (Willie, Victoria and Francis L?) Sometimes we hardly see or hear from them, we don't get much chance to form a connection with them beyond the silliness of these super-fake competitions.

                            It just feels like a big ol "meh" to me this time around, and yet I'm getting more traffic than ever to my recaps and reading about the great ratings the show is getting, so...I guess the lowest common denominator factor is working for them?

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                            1. re: sockii

                              Agree, sockii - no one to root for.

                            2. I completely agree. This show stopped being about "cooking" a long time ago. And I'll complain again about how ludicrous these challenges are. If the contestants are coached on what they will be preparing in the elimination challenge, then tell us. Don't keep saying... Cutter, have you ever made a truffle before... no sir... Wow Cutter these could come from a chocolatier... WE ARE NOT IDIOTS. No one can "figure out" how to make truffles, doughnuts, cake... just because they are good home chefs. I resent that the producers assume the viewing audience is stupid and gullible.

                              Quite frankly, I couldn't care less who wins.

                              1. I don't need to watch Joe eat anymore but it's finally sunk in that he's very good at FOH. When the couple got engaged he didn't stand grinning over them like some would do but walked away to give them their moment (at least, until he announced it, but I don't see harm in that). Good call, Joe.

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                                1. re: ennuisans

                                  Joe should be a maitre d... looks like the swarmy type that expects you to slip him 100 dollars to get your reservation.

                                  People complain about the baking and candy, but isn't Graham known for baking? So it kind of make sense to include the baking.

                                    1. re: cwdonald

                                      As anyone caught Joe on Restaurant Startup? Watched part of an episode last night, kind of like Shark Tank for restaurants. Liked it.

                                  1. And the POLE dancer comments on Mrs. Ramsey's HEELS!?!

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                                    1. re: kseiverd

                                      And the close-up of her feet before the "reveal". Someone in editing has a foot fetish.

                                    2. Hah! Watched this last night and thought the exact same thing. Way too overscripted. Did we really need to see yet another couple get engaged on their "romantic meal" episode?

                                      I knew when Cutter said "Steaks! Ribs on the grill! THAT'S what I cook! Not candy!" that he'd be the eventual winner tonight of the truffle-off. Especially when everyone probably thought that MK or Big Willie would take it.

                                      Surprised that overly rare beef won vs. some under-seasoned lobster risotto. Maybe it was their overly fussy dessert (tiramisu, I think?) that put them in the bottom?

                                      P.S. Did anyone notice what Courtney said about Gordon's missus? She was wearing FABULOUS SHOOZ!!!!! So while Courtney's shooz weren't the focus, there were some that were. ZOOOOOM in on the yellow high heels entering the MC Kitchen.

                                      ETA: Yes, I see someone commented on both Courtney's comment and the editor's foot fetish. :D

                                      I dunno - it's getting kind of rote. Same old, same old.

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                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        Christine (the one booted) was wearing ridiculous high heels as well, so it's not just the pole dancer. Did Drew Barrymore wear high heels too? I would love to see the producers put Ahran and Jaimaee in high heels. They'll probably twist an ankle and sue!

                                        1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                          Heels wouldn't fit the box the producers have everyone in - Ahran needs to look like a kid, Jaime like a hipster. If Jaime showed up one day all Real-Housewife'd out, they'd probably rush her straight into wardrobe for some overalls and horn-rims.

                                          To be fair though, I was a high-heeled idiot for years. I waited tables in heels, etc. I can't anymore, and certainly wish I hadn't when I did, but ah.... Youth.

                                          1. re: NonnieMuss

                                            I also wore heels for quite a while, running up and down our hills between the lobbyists and legislature. I finally realized that it's not worth it, and finally worked from home. I can't imagine the heels being okay beyond a couple years? Well, not my problem now, but apparently it's now an issue in kitchens??? Only on TV, I assume.

                                          2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                            Lets just go ahead and put Big Willy in stilletos too

                                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                              So Drew Barrymore also had heels on. That's 3/6 female contestants wearing heels. The other 3 don't really fit the heels profile : (1) high school punk, (2) butch, and (3) tattooed nerd. So you think they were told to wear heels by the producers?

                                          3. Upon further review, I think Francis L should be automatically declared the 2014 winner for wearing a kilt to cook in the team challenge.

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                                            1. re: jimonyc

                                              DAMN! I forgot that! Kilt, with a tank top and a leather jacket, and sneakers. Quite the outfit. :-)

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                And Courtney doing her "i really gotta pee" stance once again.

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  I must admit Francis L's outfits are one of the few things I look forward to every week this season.

                                                2. re: jimonyc

                                                  Love the socks! Are those nursing tennies?

                                                    1. I find that the change in focus over this competition now involves stiletto footware is a very sad state of affairs. Not that this program wasn't going to the dogs, but good grief.

                                                      What is next? Labeling the footware for adverts?

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                                                      1. re: breadchick

                                                        Maybe the footwear/heels company is one of this season's sponsors, instead of Walmart?