Masterchef 2011- Season discussion - spoilers allowed up to current show

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TonyTheTiger, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Jun 22, 2011 #1 of 118

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    Am I the only one watching?

    I like this show, but I really want to see that smug little s#i% Max go home!

    Remember, every time someone uses tongs on a delicate piece of fish, god kills a puppy!! :)
  2. Jun 22, 2011 #2 of 118

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
    That Max reminds me of a young smug James Spader (or at least the roles he chose early in his career).

    I'm not surprised they gave the hazel pasta another chance. Especially how bad Tony's was.
  3. Jun 22, 2011 #3 of 118

    Fleegle Chef-In-Training

    Jan 15, 2002
    You mean the pasta with nutmeg?
  4. Jun 22, 2011 #4 of 118

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    I'm watching. I want Max to leave too.

    I was really considering not watching this season. I was not at all happy with last season. I really feel they picked the winner early on and set her up to win at the finale.
  5. Jun 22, 2011 #5 of 118

    sushikitten TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    It's being recorded but we haven't had time to watch yet.
  6. Jun 22, 2011 #6 of 118

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Max is just getting annoying. I think it is funny how he and Suzy call each other arrogant. Suzy choosing lasagna was a choice I would have made, as I often make a couple of 9x13 pans for large gatherings... but then we learn she had never made it before? Seriously, the idea was good, but perhaps someone else should have made it?

    I think Tony deserved to go. He doesn't seem to have the all-around skills that some others have. I am glad Guiseppe is still around. He seems fun. Sorry that he had trouble with the pizzas. I bet the flavor was great, and he just wasn't able to mass produce them like they needed. 300 servings is a lot. We're talking 50-100 pizzas in a couple hours.

    I didn't know putting nutmeg in the pasta was a culinary sin. The judges all seem a bit set in their ways, IMO. Same with the flour and mashed potato guy. I wonder if they are purists about pizza dough, too, because I put garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and rosemary in my dough.
  7. Jun 22, 2011 #7 of 118

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area
    I've watched all eps except the last one.
  8. Jun 22, 2011 #8 of 118

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    My back yard
    So why would such a well stocked "pantry" not have baking powder?
    Clearly because they didn't count on anyone "baking" but they have everything else.

    And I always worry about the people in the back row whose food has to just sit there while all the front row people are judged- there has to be some sort of way they compensate for that- the food would just get all.... not fresh and piping hot. It's not the same even if the plate is on a heated buffet dish or whatever- any sauce is gonna be worse for the wait.
    It worries me!
  9. Jun 22, 2011 #9 of 118

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I'm watching again this season, but I'm not fully invested yet. Too many of them for me to pick any favs yet. I think I'm just kind of half paying attention to the last couple of eps, so I need to start getting more into it. I have a tendency to nod off (so to speak) a bit when there are still sooooo many contestants. When the field begins to narrow down a bit I find I can focus much better.

    Love Gordon and the other two chefs (whose names elude at the moment) and especially when Gordon kind of punks one of the contestants, making them think they are getting the ax when they actually did well. ha! (since it's not me!)
  10. Jun 22, 2011 #10 of 118

    Ruth Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    Glad to see this thread pop up. I just discovered this show (thank you TiVo suggestions!) and I'm really enjoying it.

    I am surprized overall at the level of cooking the contestants have. Obviously they are not flawless and make lots of mistakes, but I think they would kick the ass of a lot of Top Chef contestants, for example.

    Agree that Max's arrogance is out of control. I especially loved the part of his "leadership" where as soon as his team lost, he pointed fingers at specific team members for the loss -- even though a big part of the burger issue was his own fault for using the dirty tray! I am sure if they'd won he would have taken all the credit.
    All of that said though he does seem to produce some beautiful food.

    I am wondering what's up with Christine, the blond woman who always looks pissed off.
  11. Jun 22, 2011 #11 of 118

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area

    I disagree about the bolded. The Top Chef folks are actually trained and working in their fields, and are just looking to become that breakout star.

    The Masterchef folks are more amateurs who simply know a thing or two about cooking.
  12. Jun 22, 2011 #12 of 118

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I'm watching.

    I almost think you can make a drinking game out of this show.
    Every time the bald chef sniffs the food before he tastes, take a shot. :p

    Seriously, he's like a cat. Sniff before you taste. Chef Ramsey and the other guy seem to dig right in.

    I am also amused when they dismiss a contestant with a blas'e attitude and then gobble up the food after the contestant is gone. :D
  13. Jun 22, 2011 #13 of 118

    rahnbo Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Greenville, SC
    It's an adjustment to watch a tamed down Ramsey show where he's not throwing dishes across the room or calling someone a Donkey. It's sort of the medicated Ramsey. We watch and like the show however. I hate how sometimes it makes me hungry though. Some of those dishes look great.
  14. Jun 23, 2011 #14 of 118

    lambertman Incrediburgible

    Dec 20, 2002
    You should've seen "Cookalong Live!". He was actively genial!
  15. Jun 23, 2011 #15 of 118

    Ment Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    You're right very cat like. Picky with food and aloof. :) I hope the results within the studio are more trustworthy than outside. The production company just got caught doctoring the crowd audition shots outside.
  16. Jun 23, 2011 #16 of 118

    coolpenguin New Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Glen Burnie, MD
  17. Jun 24, 2011 #17 of 118

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area
    Just watched the last episode, and I retract this a bit. Although they are not on the same level as Top Chef contestants (imo), they are above what I would call amateurs.

    How many amateurs do you know that can make pasta from scratch?
  18. Jun 24, 2011 #18 of 118

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    My back yard
    Almost any hobby cook.
    Which is what these people are.
  19. Jun 24, 2011 #19 of 118

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    Ha! I love seeing BOTH sides of Ramsay. I love his rants, I love it when he is sweet, and I love when he dramatizes something to make everybody think something different than where he is really going with it.
  20. Jun 24, 2011 #20 of 118

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    He's actually pretty calm and fun in most of the shows he does. The F Word, MC, Ramsay's Best Restaurant, and Ramsay's Great Escape. Even the British version of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares wasn't too bad yelling wise.

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