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Old 08-20-2012, 11:29 AM   #181
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The chefs would have a much better 'view' of the cooktestants than the edited version we get, and Graham has a good head on his shoulders.

As with any new job, I'm sure he'll be well supervised and, if he doesn't make the grade very quickly, that job will turn into unemployment!
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:32 AM   #182
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goodbye Monti

think Frank's going to take it
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:39 AM   #183
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Christine's my hero!

I don't care if she wins or not, she's a huge winner in my book - an inspiration to anyone with a handicap of any kind.

To compete at that level and not only hold ground, but produce a dish as stunning as she did (in BOTH challenges), she deserves enormous respect and credit.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:52 AM   #184
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It seems like, every season, one of the judges chooses one of the cooktestants to offer a job, so even that is formulaic. Anyway, of all of those choices, I don't think I'd have chosen David but then what do I know.
He also only offered up Gramwich and g.e.b., not his Michelin-starred Graham Elliot. Gramwich is a high-end sandwich shop and g.e.b. more of a bistro.

Christine definitely amazes me, her palate is on another plane than the others. The more I think about it, a cookbook from her might be a very interesting read.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #185
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I am totally rooting for Christine.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:38 PM   #186
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It seems like every time someone wins a challenge they blow their advantage.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:46 PM   #187
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #188
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IMO, it is as it should be - with the final 4.

I think Frank is phenomenal. Becky is also truly amazing, as is Christine. Josh is somebody who can kick butt sometimes and really tank sometimes, so I think he will be/should be the next one to get the ax as he is the least consistent of the four of them.

Btwn the other three - wow! I think they all deserve it.

These people amaze me. I've been cooking since WAY before any of them were born and I don't know how they hack out these dishes without recipes or training or, really, that much cooking experience. I hope they are all able to get what they want, in some way, including Monti.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:17 PM   #189
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Yes, this should be the final 4. I'd love to see Christine win, but I think it's Josh next out, then Christine, and a tossup between Frank and Becky FTW. But...

Memo to Becky: Quit the whining. Christine is BLIND FFS, and you don't hear a whisper of self-pity from her! Suck it up and do a better job.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:37 AM   #190
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"Four hopefuls remain, and they must work in teams of two to prepare a gourmet meal for three world-renowned chefs: Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Guy Savoy. The winning pair will each earn a spot in the Top 3, while the losing team face off in a pressure test featuring soufflé."

Christine won last week.

So I'm assuming she gets to choose her partner.
No way she'll choose Josh.

I think Christine will assume it will be another tag team challenge and that she'll feel more comfortable with Becky. So she'll choose her.

Neither team will work well together, but Christine and Becky will be the ones who end up losing. (Frank will carry the other team)

Becky and Christine compete in the cook off.
No way Christine can make a soufflé.

Christine goes home tonight.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:50 AM   #191
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Good. Monti's gone.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:22 AM   #192
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Good. Monti's gone.
Ugh. I just found out why she calls herself 'Monti.' Her last name is Carlo. How much more annoying could she be?
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #193
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No way Christine can make a soufflé.
Given what she's done so far (especially the dish that made Gordon ask if he was being "punked" about her blindness), what makes you say that? Hell, I suspect that a lot of sighted chefs could make a soufflé blindfolded.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:46 AM   #194
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Ugh. I just found out why she calls herself 'Monti.' Her last name is Carlo. How much more annoying could she be?
LOL but she was hot at least. Just very annoying. Kind of a deal breaker.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:22 PM   #195
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Ugh. I just found out why she calls herself 'Monti.' Her last name is Carlo. How much more annoying could she be?
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LOL but she was hot at least. Just very annoying. Kind of a deal breaker.
You can put up with a fair amount of annoying if the person is hot and can cook. Mrs. S. does!
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:40 PM   #196
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She looks like she could be Anne Hathaway's older sister.

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You can put up with a fair amount of annoying if the person is hot and can cook. Mrs. S. does!
That's just weird. Does he cook for you too?
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:10 PM   #197
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Given what she's done so far (especially the dish that made Gordon ask if he was being "punked" about her blindness), what makes you say that? Hell, I suspect that a lot of sighted chefs could make a soufflé blindfolded.
I would think you have to keep looking in the oven to see when (or even if) it's rising so you'd know when to take it out

but maybe her assistant is allowed to tell her when to take it out

I've never really understood what the rules are with her - what she's allowed to do and what she isn't

I've attached an image where it looks like the assistant is the one doing the cutting with the knife (I'm sure she's just "guiding" -- whatever that means)
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:13 PM   #198
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I would think you have to keep looking in the oven to see when (or even if) it's rising so you'd know when to take it out

but maybe her assistant is allowed to tell her when to take it out

I've never really understood what the rules are with her - what she's allowed to do and what she isn't

I've attached an image where it looks like the assistant is the one doing the cutting with the knife (I'm sure she's just "guiding" -- whatever that means)
Assuming she's got experience with it, I wouldn't be surprised if she could tell more by touch/smell than a sighted chef could by color.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #199
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That's just weird. Does he cook for you too?
/golf claps.
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Oh, crap
Tough soufflé challenge.
I'm bummed.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:31 AM   #201
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Oh, crap
Tough soufflé challenge.
I'm bummed.
I'm not. It was close but karma did him in.

I was rooting for Becky but now I want Christine to win. She's amazing. Not to mention adorable!
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:25 AM   #202
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I know I say this every week, but Christine is amazing!

Whatever happens now, she's my hero.

SOOOOO glad Frank got his after screwing Josh.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:40 AM   #203
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SOOOOO glad Frank got his after screwing Josh.
Frank didn't screw Josh. Period. End of story.
Frank would have gone in reality show history as a big idiot if he didn't take the save.

Josh shouldn't even be there.
...and now I think they are keeping him there to annoy the rest of us.

Josh's dream to open a cooking school? HA!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #204
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Frank didn't screw Josh. Period. End of story.
Frank would have gone in reality show history as a big idiot if he didn't take the save.

Josh shouldn't even be there.
...and now I think they are keeping him there to annoy the rest of us.

Josh's dream to open a cooking school? HA!
Yes he did!

If Frank had said he'd take the save when he was first asked, there would be no problem. However, he said he'd save Josh and then when he had the opportunity, he jumped ship and ran.

Yes, he'd be a fool to give the chance away, but it was not what he did but the way he did it!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #205
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Yes he did!

If Frank had said he'd take the save when he was first asked, there would be no problem. However, he said he'd save Josh and then when he had the opportunity, he jumped ship and ran.

Yes, he'd be a fool to give the chance away, but it was not what he did but the way he did it!
That isn't screwing Josh. That is just being an ass. If he said, "Hey Josh, just phone this one in and I'll save you" but then saved himself then he would have screwed Josh.
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That isn't screwing Josh. That is just being an ass.
I agree, and in the case of a competition like this I think it deserves a pass.

I'd be curious about what we don't see behind the scenes, it doesn't seem very likely that they could count on people knowing how to create and being able to complete three unique souffles in an hour. If they simply have that in their arsenal without any outside help we didn't see, then I'm very impressed.

Hoping for a Becky/Christine final.
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I don't think that the initial question was contexted in the manner that would include Frank saving himself. As I recall it, he was asked which of his competitors would he give a free pass, should he have that option.

I also agree that he didn't screw Josh. He did what anybody should do in a competition if they were offered the option to save themselves. He was not initially offered THAT option - he was offered the fantasy option of saving one of the others.

Anyhoo - I just watched latest ep this morning. Boy, was I shocked. I fully expected final 2 to be Becky and Frank. Maybe Christine was one of them, but not Josh.

I think, for the sake of drama (as that seems to be what drives much of this show), that they will end up with friends Christine and Becky competing in the end. I hope so, anyway. They both fully deserve to be there. I don't think that Josh does.

I'm sad to see Frank gone. I saw him going all the way. He is amazing.
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:19 AM   #208
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Well at least now we can assume the stock exchange business was likely a red herring.
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I know I say this every week, but Christine is amazing!

Whatever happens now, she's my hero.

SOOOOO glad Frank got his after screwing Josh.

I just don't get this. It's a competition. You want to win. You save yourself. WHY would you save ANYONE else. The question was leading and he answered accordingly. Then when given the option and it could be himself...no brainer, IMHO.

Josh would have saved himself. You'd be a fool to do otherwise.
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I absolutely hate when they bring back eliminated players and let them back into the competition. I don't think it's fair at all. Josh was gone, he should have stayed gone.

As for what Frank did, it was made known earlier in the season that you should always save yourself. I don't think he did anything wrong and I'm sorry he's gone and that Josh gets to stay.
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