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Old 06-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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Masterchef season 3

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Old 06-05-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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yes, the judges are funny
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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Recording but haven't started watching yet.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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My daughter kind of knows one of the contestants, Monti Carlo. Monti was a local radio personality and my daughter was an intern at the radio station.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #5
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Watching it. Judges seem inconsistent, but that could be just to create drama for the viewers.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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Saw the first episode.

Nothing exciting so far except the blind girl. And while I think it is awesome she is doing what she loves, I can't help but be a little scared for her - cooking has got to be very difficult when you can't see.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:17 AM   #7
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Nothing exciting so far except the blind girl. And while I think it is awesome she is doing what she loves, I can't help but be a little scared for her - cooking has got to be very difficult when you can't see.
She has one thing going for her -- she actually tastes what she's preparing.

They seem to be mixing it up this time. People that I thought would be worthy are being rejected and vice versa.

The couple competing against each other will be interesting (if edited right ).
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:44 AM   #8
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How is the blind lady going to compete, though- she'll have to stop the first moment they're sent to the pantry room to retrieve their ingredients.
It was a pity pass, sorry.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:09 AM   #9
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How is the blind lady going to compete, though- she'll have to stop the first moment they're sent to the pantry room to retrieve their ingredients.
It was a pity pass, sorry.
time will tell - she may surprise us.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:15 AM   #10
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According to this interview, it wasn't a pity pass. http://tv.msn.com/reality-tv/masterc...ory/interview/

My biggest worry with how she'll do is speed. No matter how good she is, things will take her longer than other contestants.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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I haven't finished watching last night's ep yet (ep02), but I will definitely continue watching. Love the format. Love the judges.

Kudos to the blind girl. I hope she is able to do well. I cannot even imagine being totally blind and able to compete in such a thing (but then I'm very much NOT a competitive person anyway).

From what I've seen in last night's ep so far, I was kind of bummed that Italian guy didn't make it through, as I liked him. Glad most of those cowboy types (gack) got the ax, except for the Mexican guy who I loved. Glad he made it through.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #13
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"I hope he's not going to cook that"!!!!

I love the encouragement given to some of the cooks that didn't make it.

Felt a little bit sorry for the Italian guy who's mother was flown in, but didn't really like him that much anyway!

I must admit, I found myself really pulling for the blind girl. I hope she can keep up, but, as others have said, I have my doubts.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:40 AM   #14
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Saw the first episode.

Nothing exciting so far except the blind girl. And while I think it is awesome she is doing what she loves, I can't help but be a little scared for her - cooking has got to be very difficult when you can't see.
She will stay on the show for as long as the producers want her there. Like most "reality" game shows, it's how you're viewed as a positive for ratings that keeps around. Cooking has nothing to do with it, that's just the window dressing. Some of this type show are subtle manipulated (Survivor, Amazing Race), some are flat out fake (American Idol, Dancing with the stars, any cooking show from Food network, anything with Gordon Ramsey in it). Not to say the "contestants" don't have talent, just that talent is not the reason you're there or will win. Reality is reality, TV is not.
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How is the blind lady going to compete, though- she'll have to stop the first moment they're sent to the pantry room to retrieve their ingredients.
They might make a reasonable accommodation of having someone to fetch ingredients off the shelf for her as she tells them what she needs.

She'll kick butt on the mystery food competitions.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:44 PM   #16
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According to this interview, it wasn't a pity pass. http://tv.msn.com/reality-tv/masterc...ory/interview/

My biggest worry with how she'll do is speed. No matter how good she is, things will take her longer than other contestants.
I'm sure her strategy would be to use fewer ingredients/techniques and focus on execution and taste. Being blind and not in your own kitchen is a big hurdle but she could be the Erik Weihenmayer(Amazing Race) of Masterchef.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #17
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I have a problem with pastry chefs in this competition.

I also think the military guy was a pity pass.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:39 PM   #18
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The thing that bugs me? They claim 30,000 people tried out, yet they had so many obvious clunkers in the semifinal 100?! I know they need the clunkers for good tv, but I hate it.

I mean, I liked the idea of the food truck, but c'mon...squirrel pie?
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The thing that bugs me? They claim 30,000 people tried out, yet they had so many obvious clunkers in the semifinal 100?! I know they need the clunkers for good tv, but I hate it.

I mean, I liked the idea of the food truck, but c'mon...squirrel pie?
In one of my previous lifetimes I cooked squirrel many, many times but never once did I eat any of it.
You've gotta draw the line somewhere and that was mine
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I love the encouragement given to some of the cooks that didn't make it.
This, and the fact that they actually kicked off the girl *after* bringing her family in were cool. It makes it a little bit less predictable. (e.g. I think it's on "American Idol".. if they break the decision over a commercial break, it seems like they ALWAYS get through.)
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The thing that bugs me? They claim 30,000 people tried out, yet they had so many obvious clunkers in the semifinal 100?! I know they need the clunkers for good tv, but I hate it.

I mean, I liked the idea of the food truck, but c'mon...squirrel pie?
This is basically the audition phase. It should be expected.

Does it bug you that there are so many "obvious clunkers" on AGT right now?

It sure bugs me (spoilered JIC, you can't unsee. Have the bleach on stand-by).

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:30 AM   #22
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This is basically the audition phase. It should be expected.

Does it bug you that there are so many "obvious clunkers" on AGT right now?
I guess this is still an audition phase...but then what was the phase with 30,000 people?

It would bug me if I watched it. It bugs me on AI, too, which is why IF I watch, I don't start until like top 24.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:22 PM   #24
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I guess this is still an audition phase...but then what was the phase with 30,000 people?
Here's what appears on an "open casting call" site about Masterchef:

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You will be given a few minutes to plate your dish at the given casting location, but there will not be a kitchen to cook or warm it up so come prepared!

If you are planning to attend an OPEN CALL, you are strongly encouraged to do the following:

1. Pre-register your profile and pick your open call location in advance
2. Download the application form and bring it with you to an open call.
3. Bring a current photo of yourself
4. Bring a photo of your plated dish
5. Bring your food/ingredients to be finished and plated once you enter the audition room.
Apparently, either you need to make a dish that doesn't have to be reheated, or you need some way to keep your dish warm.

Season 2 had nine audition cities; also, there is a roving "Masterchef Food Truck" that pretty much tours the country and lets you submit your dish there.

Aren't all of the televised "auditions" in the same city? Shouldn't that be a giveaway that there have already been some contestants cut?
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:00 PM   #26
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I wasn't sure if we were going to be into it again this year, but I like what I'm seeing so far. I too was surprised they'd have a blind person in the competition. Not sure how that's going to work... Will she have an assistant? I can't imagine her doing the show without one...
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I believe they have a large casting call akin to what American Idol contestants go through before they ever see the judges.

The finalists for that make the tv auditions.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:25 AM   #28
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Still watching. Looks like they have some pretty good cooks this time around. The bad ones are being weeded out pretty efficiently, so far. This two-day a week format, for both shows, is a lot. I feel like I really have to stay caught up, so I prioritize these high. Fortunately, the MRS has been working well lately (hardly any V68 errors, yay) because I have the SP to these shows in my bdrm.

Has anybody heard anything about Hotel Hell? I have a diary that I keep moving back because nothing is showing up. I am starting to get the feeling this one has been permanently shelved.
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I'm amazed at these "chefs" that think they're all that but then can't seem to cook a basic like risotto. (I can't cook it, but I don't claim to be a great home chef.)
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Has anybody heard anything about Hotel Hell? I have a diary that I keep moving back because nothing is showing up. I am starting to get the feeling this one has been permanently shelved.
Actually, they just announced it will start in August. We think. Link
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