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Masterchef – elimination

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish reality TV would surprise me.  Michelle’s had the loser edit for most of the season so far, whereas Kate and Sam have been given loads of positive air-time.  No surprise, then, that it was Michelle to go and the Sam/Kate/Josh alliance lives on.  Boo.

Things that particularly bugged me tonight:

  • Josh saying that he hoped Michelle stuffed up.  Look, I can understand that he wants to have his mates around, but hoping for a bad performance by the other contestant is just poor form.  It also undermines the idea that the “best” chefs will get through; it suggests that he acknowledges that Michelle is a better chef, overall.
  • If they are booting based on the worst dish – which they restate until the phrase “worst dish” is nearly bleeding from my ears – why do they need to speak to the contestants?  Surely that means the decision is made based on the dish.  These guys are chefs/critics.  They taste food for a living.  What impact can the input of the person who cooked the dish have on whether it’s good/bad, best/worst?
  • Stop with the “do you really want this” questioning.  Jesus.  These people have left their families/loved ones to be stuck in a house with their competitors for the competition.  If they want to leave, they’ll leave.  Remember Nic?  He left.
  • And Kate?  Shut up.  You got through – let the others miss Michelle.  God.

Tomorrow – Julia cooks off against Peter Evans, “celebrity chef”.  It’s being billed as the “closest” chef vs contestant match-up yet.


1 Anonymous { 05.18.09 at 10:41 pm }

Hi Injera,

Things that bugged me tonight:

* All the help from the peanut gallery – Josh telling Sam and Kate how to clean the squid properly, and Trevor telling Michelle how to plate her dish – aren’t the contestants supposed to cook by themselves to show who is the best/worst? Also, didn’t Josh realise that Michelle would be able to hear and benefit from his comments as well, given that their workstations were only a couple of metres apart?

* I’m pretty sure Kate said last night that she left the 4th year of a Law degree for this – how is this possible if she is only 20? Is she some kind of child genius who started University at 16?

* I think the elimination decision should be decided by a blind tasting so the judges don’t know who cooked what. I think if this had been a blind tasting tonight that Kate would have gone home.

* Michelle was going home tonight no matter what – if she had produced a perfect plate of food, I’m sure the olive pip would have made a mysterious appearance in her dish instead of Sam’s….

2 anonymous { 05.19.09 at 6:30 pm }

It’s common to start uni at 17. This would make Kate 20 when she finished third year. She deferred fourth year.

3 eskimojo { 05.19.09 at 7:20 pm }

AGREED re ‘why do you want this’ questioning. If they didn’t REALLY want it then you should have weeded them out in the initial auditions.

4 Injera { 05.19.09 at 7:43 pm }

Anon 1 – Good pickup on the peanut gallery “helpers”! It obviously didn’t occur to them that Michelle would hear (although she still didn’t take advantage of Josh’s stuffing technique suggestion!).

Anon 2 – I can see how the age could work out with Kate, but I do wish she’d stop saying “I gave up law school for this”. As you point out, she would have deferred. Completely different to “giving up”, i.e. not such a sacrifice, so – again – shut up, Kate.

5 CG { 05.19.09 at 8:24 pm }

For these worst-three cook off elimination challenges why don’t they follow the same judging process as for the celebrity cook challenges: blind testing and scoring. They say the elimination challenge is for ‘worst dish’ BUT both times they have had the challenge this far they base decision on asking silly questions, favoritism and past performance…do you agree?

6 Injera { 05.19.09 at 8:58 pm }

CG, I totally agree that blind tasting and scoring would be the best way to do the bottom three elimination. I have no faith in the integrity of the decisions on these, largely because of the banal questioning that seems to play a role in the decision-making.