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Open Post: Masterchef Australia – London To Paris

Because this is such a much anticipated episode here is an open post to discuss it.


1 Anonymous { 06.23.10 at 8:48 pm }

The starry-eyed – ooh, we are in France – thing is pissing me off.

Jono’s knowledge of Paris and the Metro should be more valuable than Claire’s ability to speak some French.

There ya go: Joanne just flicked her team’s responsibility to win/lose on Jonno: “French is his thing”… ha!

2 CG { 06.23.10 at 8:57 pm }

I call bullshit on this whole episode. The trip from London to Paris on Eurostar is just over 2 hours min. Then add in taxi time to/from each station – esp in Paris. So have about 2 hours to shop, get to Notre Dame and cook. Right on. This is just getting silly.

3 rusty { 06.23.10 at 9:15 pm }

agree CG,

this is absurd – 4.5 hours jst to get to the cooking bench.

4 CG { 06.23.10 at 9:22 pm }

Errrrrrrrr. Claire’s condescendingly-haughty-and-at-the-same-time-poor-me whisper-voice is really really grating on my last nerve!!!!!!!

5 Reality Raver { 06.23.10 at 9:56 pm }

CG – Maybe Claire isa Stepford Wife.
With an amex card they would been hard pressed getting me out of the champagne bar at St Pancras.

6 CG { 06.23.10 at 9:59 pm }

RR: another thing in common (Claire) with Nicole Kidman, heh?

7 Reality Raver { 06.23.10 at 10:17 pm }

Did not even pick that up. LOL, just thought se was robotic.

8 pollywaffle { 06.23.10 at 10:21 pm }

So wanted them to stay the night in Paris, just to hear Jonno ask at reception: ‘Do you have a rheum?’

9 Wurstsemmel { 06.23.10 at 10:27 pm }

He might need one after his comment about the butcher….’He has a nice cock’. Mischevious editing.

Claire ‘s comments to camera…sob story….are getting tedious

10 CG { 06.23.10 at 10:31 pm }

Well Krudd leadership spill was/is far more exciting than MC tonight.

Funny, I told my husband when Rudd showed up on 60 minutes Sunday night that Rudd’s advisors should have got him a gig on MC to boost his flagging popularity. The G’s, MP and the MC contestants could come to the Lodge or Kirribilli House for a cooking challenge. Maybe they could cook a meal for Rudd and Abby (his Golden Lab): gourmet dog food, there’s a future challenge for ‘ya. Abby’s used to being used as a prop to humanise our [former] PM??

Too late now!!

On a more serious note, we may be witness to history tonight: Aus to have its first female PM by midnight?????????

11 nt { 06.23.10 at 10:32 pm }

aarrghhh!!!…missed the last 5 minutes!!! who lost?????

12 pollywaffle { 06.23.10 at 10:36 pm }

Claires new cooking show, complete with breathy, last rites VOs.. C10 are playing around with the name.
“Come Whine with me”?
” Ready, Steady, Crack” ,
‘The Aluminium chef?

Im excited cos I’ve got a frozen pack of Sara Lee Croissants and some Nutella in the cupboard, should be a shoe in for MC top 20 next year

13 CG { 06.23.10 at 10:49 pm }

Polly, you crack me up!

I’m not nearly as talented as you, but how about these:

My Kitchen Woes?

The Pallid Chef?

Put-me-Away Chef? (with guest appearances by Curtis Cage-Egg Stone)



14 Suzanne { 06.23.10 at 10:51 pm }

Except for Claire, Jono and Joanne’s constant whining, I enjoyed the show. Loved that Marion and Callum, who seemed to appreciate being there the most, won the challenge.

15 seepi { 06.23.10 at 10:54 pm }

Claire was really on a downer tonight. It was funny to watch her sprinting around though. I was disappointed not to get any vision of Aaron puffing along behind, but perhaps it was for the best.

16 pollywaffle { 06.23.10 at 11:05 pm }

funneee CG, its getting as dry as some of the jus tonight….

1 Very Thin Lawyer
Top Souk
Droopy Drawers Kitchen Garden

17 skye { 06.23.10 at 11:18 pm }

Claire sounded like she was on the verge of slitting her wrists in all her ptc bits tonight. So upbeat.

Anyway the producers are obviously trying to get rid of Joanne, putting her in with the Eliminator. And trying to get a bit of last minute interest in her as a “baddie” with that whole facebook group business etc this week. Also it looked like a Top 4 plus attending sous chefs set-up tonight. Clare, Marion, Adam, Jonathon, plus their respective lackeys Aaron, Callum, Alvin and Jo.

18 AnonyMousse { 06.23.10 at 11:26 pm }

I wonder what they would have done if Adam/Alvin had made the worst dish, with Adam’s immunity. Would Alvin have to compete against himself? I could see the elimination episode now:

Gary: Now Adam, you can use your immunity pin if you’d like.

Adam: Yes, I’d definitely like to use-

Gary: Hold on there Adam. I suggest you think about it veeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrry carefully. We’ll give you some time to think about it. Let’s say 30 minutes or so.

-Camera zooms on Adam’s face, and stays there. After five minutes of him blinking, a fireball signals the first of 3 commercial breaks-

19 Paul { 06.23.10 at 11:43 pm }

Was genuinely laughing at Claires running action. Higher knee lift than Usain Bolt

20 Simon { 06.24.10 at 12:00 am }

Yeah I laughed when Aaron said about her running… “Claire was like a gazelle!”

21 NT Kate { 06.24.10 at 12:05 am }

Strange thing was, for all Claire’s much vaulted french skills, Adam turns out to have a better accent…

22 CG { 06.24.10 at 12:07 am }

NT Kate: but given Adam has been living in Japan where street numbering is totally nonsensical, v. surprised that he could not find the truffle shop. Also taking taxis was a major cop out! Making them use the metro would have separated the chefs from the cooks…wouldn’t it…this show is all about how to navigate foreign cities…isn’t it? Cooking, not so much.

23 NT Kate { 06.24.10 at 12:15 am }

Bizarre epi – why have them running almost late for the train? why the hard to find trufffle shop? and how much are Tas truffle growers paying this show, must be a lot! why did they have to run a kilometre from the Eiffel Tower – just so we can see the pretty picy?!

Loved the french going that go slow driving/ignore the inferior english people thing (even when cameras are rolling!) to Johnno and Joanne. Oh yeah, reckon she got up their nose in two seconds flat. And hopefully now she’s out…

Anyway, fabulous setting to cook in and nice scenery, good fun at the market and nice extra judge so I enjoyed.

24 NT Kate { 06.24.10 at 12:19 am }

CG – If they’d taken the metro who knows where they would have ended up – or how long it would ahve taken them to get anywhere! Although actually it would have given those who knew Paris a bit of a real advantage.

Really a bit cheap of the show not to give them a few more hours (two days filming) to do it – but I guess they blew all their dough on the location filming costs….

25 Fides { 06.24.10 at 12:33 am }

Did Jono really pay compliments to the butcher’s cock? I can’t believe I missed it! I may have been too busy looking at Joanne’s face as she tried to stay calm. Actually, I thought the Js made a cute team, perhaps not the most dynamic and effective, but prepping the leaves in the taxi was quite funny, as was Jono trying to keep Jojo from getting stressed, and vice versa. They were nearly as adorable as team sunshine squealing their way across the French countryside and on their taxi/ walking/ running tour of Paris. I do hope they got to spend a bit more time in Paris – surely there’s a Langham that would put them up for the night?

Claire was especially painful to listen to tonight. Why does she have those downcast, red eyes and that defeated voice all the time? She didn’t sound like that when giving orders at Aaron. And did Aaron refer to himself in the third person? Something about how the 1K of running was going to claim/kill Aaron – that was weird, even for an Aaron comment.

26 Sooty { 06.24.10 at 12:34 am }

Cor, Claire was very funereal tonight, wasn’t she?

Spokesperson for Pallid Lady Funerals…? Someone slip her some iron pills. Actually, she’d be good on a late-night infomercial, selling funeral plans – or if it has to be a cooking show…

Last Rite Bites

27 wallah { 06.24.10 at 1:02 am }

Like how bossy Joanne got with the taxi driver and the fish monger. He probably got the tone of ‘tude in her saying ‘clean?’ and added sand to the finished product. No doubt the cabbie understood as well and took his foot off the accelerator. It’s not just a Facebook thing, it’s a Continental thing as well it would appear.
Poor Claire, it would appear she was listening to The Smiths the entire flight to London and Morrissey’s anguish hasn’t worn off yet. Truly, The World Won’t Listen. Really felt sorry for Alvin though, he looked beat the hell up after the assessment. I do get the feeling he’s the dude that stole my Fred Perry shirts off the line though.
Also, just me, or did anyone else notice the French dude wipe his hands on his arse after shaking with George? I do feel for Geo. as well, for all his bad table manners, shouting, shitty looks etc., he does add an element of fun and discourse to the show.

28 crabtech { 06.24.10 at 1:18 am }

CG, NT Kate – They did not want them taking the metro because no reason to show Eiffel tower. Also they would not have been able to have camera crews following them on the metro. I loved the fact that all the cabs they caught had cameramen inside them!!!!

this episode exposes the lie that they have to complete the tasks within a given time. First they would have to stop the cab and get the cabbie to agree to having the cameraman filming – probably need the cabbie to sign indemnity etc- all done in French!!! How long is that going to take?
Also how many cameramen did they have?

29 Reality Raver { 06.24.10 at 1:27 am }

Wallah, and Pollywaffle – LMAO as usual.

NT Kate – I bet they filmed the running past the eiffel Tower before or after the challenge.

Fides – Clare really needs to get more assertive in her to camera pieces. I was getting irritated.

CG – your cooking show names are a laugh.

Paul – very funny.

Anonymouse – Too funny, but agree Alvin and Adam could have dished up anything and they would have been fine. The chicken tender my arse, they were sawing through like it was as tough as leather.

Simon – she did leave Aaron in her wake.

Seepi – When he was talking about his lack of fitness he did not talk about all the pot he probably smoked.

Skye – Oh yes I think you may have joined the dots.

Suzanne – I will be very surprised if Marion does not win Season 2

30 AnonyMousse { 06.24.10 at 1:37 am }

Crabtech – it’s almost certain that the show would have arranged to rent cab drivers for the day with a central Paris cab company beforehand, and they would have waited around while the teams bought their truffles/etc. I didn’t read anything sinister into it beyond that. This is Masterchef, not the Amazing Race (where finding a cab at the right time has definitely made and broken series victories before)

31 NT Kate { 06.24.10 at 2:16 am }

To film commercially in France requires permits and involves lots of bureaucracy – they would have to have set it up well in advance if they didn’t want to get arrested!

32 Maz { 06.24.10 at 10:22 am }

Fides-love the description ‘team sunshine’ :)

33 GS { 06.24.10 at 1:46 pm }

Wow – what an episode! Loved that Marion and Callum won – and as usual Joanne had her cat’s bum face on!

It was very Amazing Race – kept expecting Phil Keoghan to pop up somewhere!

Does anyone know the name of the market they went to?

34 Fides { 06.24.10 at 2:32 pm }

GS : it was called the President Wilson Open Air Market. I’d love to go there to buy some strawberries – they looked amazing.

35 GS { 06.24.10 at 2:34 pm }

Thanks Fides – those strawberries did look fantastic!

36 Fiona { 06.24.10 at 9:39 pm }

I questioned why they would make it look like they may miss the train, why would they set them off knowing they might miss the train? No chance, over-editing to try to create drama. Too much running about and not enough cooking for me – loved Aaron’s comments about his fitness or lack thereof and Claire’s gazelle-like sprinting with him having a coronary behind her. What is she doing during the commentary? All the rest inject theirs with humour and enthusiasm, and she sounded half asleep and on the verge of tears all through hers, and we know that it was day/s afterwards – give me a break. Hope Jonathan survives tonight, he should have done better really given his strength in french cooking, his choice of vegetables was weird – whose input was that?