September 5, 2012 |
Time and time again on this season of "MasterChef," chef Gordon Ramsay asked sight-impaired competitor Christine Ha: Am I being pranked? Are you really blind? True, it's an un-P.C. question. But it's the question that everyone has been thinking as Christine continued to cook her way ahead of her fellow competitors on Season 3 of "MasterChef," the search to find the best home cooks in America. Under most circumstances, the compelling story line going into next week's finale would be Josh Marks.
August 29, 2012 |
Has there ever been a more intimidating panel of celebuchefs in the history of cooking competitions? Even the Bocuse d'Or -- the Olympics of the food world -- arguably does not pack such recognizable star power as this week's "MasterChef" lineup, including: chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Guy Savoy, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. The final four home cooks did just that, breaking down into teams of two. Christine Ha, as the winner of the last challenge, decided the lineup.
August 22, 2012 |
When is an advantage not an advantage? When you're a competitor or "MasterChef. " Or "Hell's Kitchen. " Basically, anytime you are on a TV set with chef Gordon Ramsay, watch out. To begin with, the final five competitors were asked to concoct their dream mystery box. Quite the advantage, no? Becky Reams was all about a dish centered around chicken thighs. Frank Mirando planned to impress with homemade sausages. Monti Carlo was going for the chocolate. But Ramsay then pulled them all up short: You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you?
August 15, 2012 |
David Martinez no longer has a shot at winning "MasterChef. " But he does have a new job working for "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot. Elliot offered Martinez a gig just as Martinez was being bounced from the show for failing to properly cook a well-done steak. (Seriously. Chef Gordon Ramsay says there's an "art" to making a steak well done, so that it's properly seared, cooked through but not overdone, and yet still juicy. Martinez needs to go to that art school.) It was clear that Martinez wasn't ready to go the distance in this competition to find the best home cook in America, but he came close.
July 25, 2012 |
What are we going to do without Brian Merel on "Hell's Kitchen"? Who will provide comic relief? His time was no doubt running out after his wiseacre comment to chef Gordon Ramsay, who had given him a piece of burnt catfish and ordered him to taste it. "Tastes like fish," Brian said. Wrong answer, buddy. The right answer would have been more along the lines of, "Tastes like catfish that I burnt, chef, and I will happily accept the death penalty for my culinary transgression.
July 24, 2012 |
Two men enter. One man leaves. And the last one standing Monday night on the "Culinary Thunderdome" edition of "MasterChef" is Josh Marks. Goodbye "Flavor Elevator," don't let the closing doors hit you on the way out to the parking lot! What did you think of giving Josh, and the other seven past nominees, a shot to cook their way back into the kitchen? It's done all the time on other TV shows, but not on "MasterChef. " Do you think it was fair? Josh has been the (tall) front-runner since Day One; is this manipulating the game so he can return?