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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

Gordo called MK a crafty old dog and a schmuck!

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  1. How does this keep happening? Cutter somehow makes it through - again!

    He makes a terrible dish that lands him in the pressure test but somehow makes a perfect ravioli?

    He should have gone ages ago!

    Strangely, Leslie is growing on me. He is annoying but kind of amusing too.

    Don't you love it when Gordon shakes his head and says damn?

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    1. re: chefhound

      Cutter is the proverbial blind hog who finds the acorn at the right time.

      I do find MK amusing - obviously he's good at sucking up. You don't become a kept man if you can't suck up properly.

      I thought it's funny that Courtney was wondering why no one wants to team up with her. It's even funnier that no one really wants to team up with anyone other than Elizabeth.

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        poor cutter.. He is like the Forest Gump of master chef..

      2. re: chefhound

        I had thought that a ring of ricotta kept the egg yolk in place. It didn't look like the contestants had that to use. What keep it from sliding off the pasta square?

        1. re: chicgail

          I've only made egg yolk raviolis once before but I did use a ricotta "nest" to secure the egg and cant recall a recipe that didn't use ricotta.

          But maybe you can create a well in the bottom layer of pasta using a spoon?

        2. re: chefhound

          I like Leslie too. And he certainly seems able to cook...

        3. This is the first time I've watched Master Chef - I was surprised that Cutter won having used a fork to seal the raviolis - more like peanut butter cookies!

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          1. re: ElizabethS

            I think he's the only one who successfully sealed the raviolis?

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              I thought the girl on the left (sorry don't know names) ravioli was fully sealed?

              1. re: ElizabethS

                That would be Jaimee. I don't know whether her's was properly sealed. If so, how did Cutter win?

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  I just watched that segment again - I think while Jaimee's was completely sealed it was undercooked (watched the whispered judge comments too) - looking at the yolk I would have to agree that Cutter's appears more correctly cooked.

          2. Kind of sad seeing Jaimee and Daniel off to the side looking awkward during the 'team-up', and then finally teaming up together because they were the only ones left without partners.

            1. That one girl in the heels always stands as if she's trying not to pee on camera.

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              1. re: breadchick

                (Courtney) And was I the only one thinking tonight's dress was waaay too short and loose for a balcony. I'm sure all below got an eye full.

              2. I had to rewind to hear the "schmuck" comment a few times. Quite a lovely word when said with a British/Scottish accent. ;-)

                Although as Elizabeth said, MK did a good sales job on himself. AND he kept to his end of the bargain and did exactly what she told him to do. I'm not sure he was the smarter one, as he claimed, in letting Elizabeth run the show. That was obvious when Gordon said upon their winning "Nice job, Elizabeth. ::::::long pause::::: And Leslie." I DO wonder, however, if he would have gone along with everything if what Elizabeth had suggested sounded horrible.

                Cutter and Big Willie. A disaster as a team. Willie was right - he screwed himself by NOT saying anything. But then again, it would have been like talking to a wall - Cutter won't listen to anyone. But if Willie had said something, and Cutter refused to go along, at least Willie would have had the "I told you so!" moment.

                But. What. The. HELL. Cutter made it through the Pressure Test yet again? He really needs to be gone. As does Jaimee. As does Big Willie. Thankful Daniel is gone.

                My call for the finale - Courtney, MK, and Elizabeth. And Elizabeth should win it all.

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Did anyone but me wonder why Cutter and Willie's "delight of a cut of chicken-- that is, a breast" had what looked for all the world like a leg bone sticking out of the side of it? They showed that plate multiple times, and each time it looked to me like there was a drumstick under that breast.

                    1. re: DGresh

                      Drumette still attached to breast.

                    2. re: DGresh

                      And did anyone else scoff when Gordon kept saying that the breast was the part everyone wanted? Why would anyone want the part of the chicken that's the blandest, hardest to cook, easy to dry out and generally most boring part of the chicken?

                      1. re: chefhound

                        yeah, like I go to a restaurant and dream of ordering the chicken breast!

                        1. re: chefhound

                          Exactly what I was wondering. I would even have used the same words: boring & bland & dry.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            I was thinking the exact same thing! Surely Gordon doesn't believe what he said.

                        2. re: DGresh

                          That's called a Statler chicken breast

                          Very fancy!!

                        3. re: LindaWhit

                          I could see his strategy if he believes Elizabeth is his biggest competitor, which is the way it is shaping up thanks to editing at least, then letting her lead and learning her cooking first hand wasn't such a bad idea. He's still in the game and he learned something about her.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            I would've thought that Leslie would team up with Big Willie but since neither of them are good leaders, it makes sense to team up with someone strong and not real douchey just so you don't have to do the pressure test. I don't believe that Leslie was actively trying to steal Elizabeth's secrets. I think he's just trying to save his butt.

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              " AND he kept to his end of the bargain and did exactly what she told him to do. I'm not sure he was the smarter one, as he claimed, in letting Elizabeth run the show."

                              He did the same roll over and pat tummy show with Ahran. I find it sad "let me win by not cooking. It is like on TOp Chef when the troll like Jamie the scallop queen spent three episodes hiding and doing prep work in group challenges.

                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!! That's EXACTLY what I disliked, gotw!

                            2. As I watch this show, I find it increasingly annoying that the ideal version of the dish, as defined by the judges, is quite narrow.

                              For example, in the cheesecake pressure test, the contestants are only provided with the time and ingredients to make the style of cheesecake deemed to be a proper cheesecake by Gordon and the gang. So if I made a light custardy cheesecake or a Japanese cheesecake, I would not have the time or ingredients to make it, and if I somehow successfully made it anyway, the judges would slam it.

                              I was thinking of this because of the egg challenge. If I was tasked with making a poached egg, I would prepare a sous-vide onsen or hot spring egg - 45 minutes at 146 degrees F. I would then crack the egg into a bowl, slide it from the bowl into a pot of hot, not boiling water for a minute, just to firm up the whites a bit.

                              But I wouldn't be able to do this since I would not have enough time to do a 45 minute egg. So even if this was a superior method of doing a poached egg, it wouldn't be possible or allowed. Which sucks because there are other, equally successful way of preparing any given dish but the contestants aren't able to use them.

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                              1. re: chefhound

                                ny favourite... perfect luscious velvet ..i even let mine go longer though... into an hour..

                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                  The onsen egg is the main reason I got the sous vide setup. I was obsessed with those eggs. Now I use it for other stuff too.

                                  Come to think of it, Cutter and Willie's chicken breast would have been so much better if they did it sous vide!

                                  1. re: chefhound

                                    which sous vide did you get? I just bought the cheap sous vide at Sur La Tab.

                                    1. re: girloftheworld

                                      I have the "Buba SV" - An ice chest, probe thermometer and cheese cloth.

                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                        I've got the Anova. That and a cooler full of water and I can make as many eggs as I want.

                                        And it's really improved my interest in what I usually consider the boring proteins - chicken breast, turkey breast etc. Now I can enjoy chicken breast that's not dry and horrible.

                                2. What I found interesting about this episode is that everyone called the middle egg dish an egg yolk ravioli, even the Italian used that term.

                                  I have thought about making egg yolk ravioli using duck eggs, but I haven't made them yet. I did make a cheese soufflé once but I didn't think it was worth the effort. I think I'll make a chocolate soufflé sometime.

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                                  1. re: John E.

                                    After watching Top Chef Duals I decided to try an egg yolk ravioli this coming week (Antonia's style). I guess that dish must be the "it" dish of the week. What else would you call it? I assume it has an Italian name which I'm too lazy to look up.

                                    1. re: DGresh

                                      I was being a bit of a smart ass. Ravioli is plural. The contestants were making a raviolo.

                                  2. Elizabeth is going to stab kittenS!
                                    This post brought to you by the air fryer.

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                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                      I know...sooooooo disappointed in her..
                                      I was also equally amazed at how many of the cooks were well versed on the phillips air fryer

                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                        ha ha, that fryer sure had at least a supporting role didn't it?

                                      2. re: Firegoat

                                        Once again, can people please try to post in the right thread? This is about the next week's (8/25) episode and is a little bit of a spoiler if you haven't seen it yet.

                                        1. re: acgold7

                                          Sure it's in the wrong thread, but it's not really a spoiler, which is why I didn't bother to report it or comment.

                                          1. re: DGresh

                                            Well, sure it is. Anything that reveals details is sort of a spoiler. You don't think it's funnier to hear about stabbing kittens in context? You don't think it's weirder to see those air-fryers all come out at once in the episode without warning?

                                            How hard it is to look at the thread titles and post in the right one? I think some people do this on purpose, as it's happened before by that poster.

                                            I found it a little annoying when I clicked on the 8/18 thread before I watched the 8/25 ep and saw this above. I tried to avert my gaze but to no avail -- the info was burned irreversibly into my brain. My life is ruined.

                                            1. re: acgold7

                                              You're still here? ;)

                                              Thought you'd jumped off a bridge by now. I'm not sure how I survived that spoiler.

                                              1. re: acgold7

                                                Yes of course acgold7. I once made a response in a thread over a half year ago so obviously this is my goal.... spoil every episode that is over a week old for you. FFS. Be sure to go over to the top chef duels thread. Someone over there posted a spoiler because much like my post, no one had opened a new thread yet. Be sure to berate them and stalk them if they ever make a mistake in the future.

                                                Brought to you by the Phillips Air Grill.

                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                  wonder how it was going to see Titanic? I mean spoiler alert The iceberg did it.

                                        2. He also called him viagra man in one of the shows too. I think gordon has a crush on him

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                                          1. re: madeliner

                                            as someone of roughly MK's age, that was a bit insulting; is Gordon much younger? (ETA Gordon is 9 years younger) The way GR shows off his body on Hotel Hell he clearly thinks he's still hot stuff.