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Old 08-29-2012, 11:13 AM   #211
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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.
I bet before taping starts they give them a list of things they will need to be able to do and give them time and opportunity to practice and memorize those things (like souffles, poaching eggs, what a trifle is, etc. )

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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!
Frank was just being gracious when he answered.
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:54 AM   #212
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Well at least now we can assume the stock exchange business was likely a red herring.
I fell for it and just knew it was going to be Josh going home. I was shocked, and happy.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:18 PM   #213
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Anyone else feel the hand of the producers making sure that Christine and Becky won on this episode?

There was a point where Graham Elliot was talking to the teams about plating, but the camera wasn't actually on him, it sounded to me like what he said was looped in.

He said something about all the dishes looking the same, and it seemed like the appearance of their dessert was a major reason they lost.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:26 PM   #214
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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.
Couldn't agree more - on both points.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #215
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I like it. Often times really good chefs are punished (eliminated) for pushing the envelope and having a bad day, while mediocre chefs coast through almost an entire season in the bottom or middle of the pack.

...not that it worked out in this case.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #216
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Anyone else feel the hand of the producers making sure that Christine and Becky won on this episode?

There was a point where Graham Elliot was talking to the teams about plating, but the camera wasn't actually on him, it sounded to me like what he said was looped in.

He said something about all the dishes looking the same, and it seemed like the appearance of their dessert was a major reason they lost.
The guys completely effed the dessert on consistency - especially the one served to Ducasse. It also seemed like it didn't taste that good, and any "positive" comments were to create some drama. White chocolate and rhubarb? Blechhh!
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:12 PM   #217
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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.
According to this article from a previous MC season, they are given basic recipes in the baking challenges: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/show...-a-recipe.html
I don't know if that's still true, but it would make a lot of sense.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:27 PM   #218
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I've never had a souffle. They looked good, I need to add them to my 'try-list'.

Along with risotto. You donkey's!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #219
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Did anybody recognize those "famous" chefs?

Heck, Gordon is the only one of the main judges on the show that I recognize, and that's only because of his other shows.

(I think I'd rather have fast food a zillion times than the foofy food they make on these shows, too..)
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:59 PM   #220
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Did anybody recognize those "famous" chefs?
I didn't visually recognize them, but I have definitely heard their names before. I wasn't sure of their pedigrees, but they really are some of the top French chefs in the world. I didn't know that Ramsey had so many Michelin stars.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:54 PM   #221
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Boulud has been on Top Chef a bunch of times.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:35 AM   #222
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Boulud is the only one with whom I am familiar. Well, not THAT familiar, but I know him to be one of those considered great.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:33 AM   #223
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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.
I think it's safe to assume that the cooks are given some sort of heads up/prep before an episode. What are the odds that 4 home cooks could whip up three completely different souffles from scratch, without a recipe, and not only end up with 12 successful souffles, but 12 souffles that tasted good?

I've made both sweet and savory souffles a number of times, but I don't think I could have been successful with the flavor and texture of all three.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:07 PM   #224
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Did anybody recognize those "famous" chefs?

Heck, Gordon is the only one of the main judges on the show that I recognize, and that's only because of his other shows.

(I think I'd rather have fast food a zillion times than the foofy food they make on these shows, too..)
Oooh, oooh, teacher! Over here!!!

Not only did I know their names, on the promo last week, I paused it when Mrs. S. asked me who they were and correctly identified all 3. Not bad because Ducasse usually wears glasses. These are truly 3 of the best in the world. All 3 have Michelin 3* joints - I think Savoy has 2 and Ducasse has several, not least at the Plaza Athenee in Paris and his original restaurant in Monaco. I am actually considering that one for our 25th.

http://www.alain-ducasse.com/en/rest...-alain-ducasse
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:15 PM   #225
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I'm happy I was wrong about Christine going home, but I was pretty surprised by her contribution to the first challenge.

Wasn't she the one who made the fish broth and the rice ?

and didn't the guest judge say the broth didn't have concentrated flavor and the rice wasn't seasoned enough ?

I expected Christine's palate to get both right on the mark.

Sorry to see Frank go. I think he's a better cook better than Josh.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:15 AM   #226
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I have to give HUGE props to my girl, Christine!

And I think the judges got it right. Over-creamed kale gets my vote over soggy potatoes every time. Soaking them in wine? What the heck was she thinking?????

Anyway, Go Team Christine!!
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:19 AM   #227
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Didn't see that coming- Becky done in by a potato- bwah!!
She always felt a tad too entitled to suit me anyway.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #228
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Glad to see Christine still there! It seemed that Becky buckled under the pressure. All things equal, I think she's a better cook than Josh. OTH, Josh seem's to have risen to the occasion, cooking better than he has previously in the competition.

Josh seems like a nice guy, but I find it impossible not to root for Christine!

Having ubber tall Josh and petite Christine in the finale has got to be a photo director and cameraman's nightmare.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #229
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I was one that could not envision Christine doing well initially, so if she's cooking crow then I guess I'm eating it. I'd still like a breakdown on what her aide is allowed to do/not do and hear their conversations during the work, but the woman is amazeballs.
I have to think she will win as Josh has been inconsistent in the past.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:26 AM   #230
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<sigh> Thanks DirecTV. The remnants of Issac came through last night and interfered with the recording. Last I saw was Gordon eating Christine's chicken... and it's not available online at the Fox web site for 8 days because DirecTV doesn't participate.

Thanks DirecTV. I typically like you, but not today.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:29 AM   #231
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There are 'other' sources from which you could get the episode.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:29 AM   #232
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I'm really not happy that Josh is in the final. I know I said it before but, if you get sent home, stay home!
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:30 AM   #233
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Please win, Christine! Next week should be a chucklefest for me, as I laugh every time I see her standing next to Josh.
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<sigh> Thanks DirecTV. The remnants of Issac came through last night and interfered with the recording. Last I saw was Gordon eating Christine's chicken... and it's not available online at the Fox web site for 8 days because DirecTV doesn't participate.

Thanks DirecTV. I typically like you, but not today.
How is that DirecTV's fault?
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:56 AM   #235
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Christine FTW!

Regarding the Josh thing, I fully understand that chefs can have an off day, but in this type of competition, he was out so he's out. Now, if they had some sort of scoring on each round, and each round consisted of what is now two episodes, then you could technically still have a failed dish, but then come back to score better and your average score might then keep you in the game. For people like Tali who pretty much always sucked, they would be kicked out right away because their overall scores would be consistently low.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:02 AM   #236
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Shouldn't Cream Kale be creamy...HELLO?!!
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Shouldn't Cream Kale be creamy...HELLO?!!
Yes, but that was just this side of cream soup with chunks of kale.
It should be coated, not swimming.
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How is that DirecTV's fault?
Because:
  • I have to be mad at someone.
  • There have been many more weather related outages this summer than other years even though the weather hasn't been awful.
  • They don't participate with Fox for online streaming.

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I'm really not happy that Josh is in the final. I know I said it before but, if you get sent home, stay home!
I am not happy either. He is a ******.
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Glad to see Christine in there. She has really been the most consistent this season. I figured that Becky would take it over Josh so I was surprised to see her blow it because of a potato.

I think Christine wins it all just because she is a better chef than josh who has proven to be inconsistent week to week.

I wonder which of Gordon's places Becky will end up at.
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