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Masterchef The Professionals

Postby liketocook » November 1st, 2017, 9:06 pm

It's back next Tuesday. I'm looking forward to seeing Marcus & Monica. I always liked Monica but wasn't overly keen on Marcus. I've really warmed to him since he's been on this - he's much kinder/more supportive to the contestants than I thought he would be :)
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 2nd, 2017, 5:15 am

Brilliant news! I haven't seen a single advert for this so am really pleased you mentioned it.

I do like both presenters and especially like Marcus' seriousness. Monika is.also good to watch. I look forward to this.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby KC2 » November 3rd, 2017, 4:18 pm

Great, I hadn't seen an ad and haven't looked at next week's Radio Times yet! So thanks for the heads-up ltc
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby WWordsworth » November 5th, 2017, 8:34 pm

I will be watching
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Postby miss mouse » November 6th, 2017, 9:58 am

Monica can be a bit sharp I think.

I will watch as well.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby cyprusmoira » November 6th, 2017, 11:27 am

miss mouse wrote:Monica can be a bit sharp I think.
Yes, but they are supposed to be professionals. Interestingly the winner is usually properly trained not someone who just started in their local gastropub. We will see what happens this year. On the other hand the winners of this years Bake Off, Crème dela Crème were a team from the RAF not professional pastry chefs

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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 8th, 2017, 7:45 am

I really enjoyed last night. You could tell a mile off which chefs would be going home. Was it Gareth presented the duck dish in the second round where the judges complemented his presentation on the plate? I thought the way he arranged the food in straight lines like that looked ugly and weird. I think Stuart will go far but it's early days.
As usual, the raised eyebrows and weird facial expressions from Greg and Monica irritated me a bit. I would rather be looking at the food! But overall it was enjoyable and I look forward to tonight.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby WWordsworth » November 8th, 2017, 7:47 pm

Shame Octavia had to go
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby suffolk » November 8th, 2017, 7:55 pm

WWordsworth wrote:Shame Octavia had to go


Yes, I thought she was probably capable of more ... but her nerves got the better of her and she 'over-egged her pudding' so to speak.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby Suelle » November 8th, 2017, 8:20 pm

When did a soufflé become just a meringue flavoured with thickened fruit purée?
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Postby Ratatouille » November 9th, 2017, 1:23 pm

It does work when speed is required. On this occasion for some better than others!
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby liketocook » November 12th, 2017, 11:49 am

I'm enjoying it so far, a few haven't done as well as they should and no doubt could have done. I like that the skills test isn't quite as exacting a brief, though still surprising how many get flummouxed. Surely they've watched the programme before and realised that a bit of butchery or something you might not do everyday is going to be involved.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby WWordsworth » November 14th, 2017, 8:24 pm

Cod omelette?
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Postby KC2 » November 14th, 2017, 10:57 pm

WWordsworth wrote:Cod omelette?


Indeed! I'm not surprised the judges left it untasted!

I thought pouring boiling water over the duck 5 times to get rid of some of the fat under the skin was interesting
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Postby suffolk » November 14th, 2017, 11:24 pm

I've seen Chinese chefs do that
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby cyprusmoira » November 15th, 2017, 8:04 am

We could not believe the Cod Omelette either and hoped that the young man would redeem himself with a good dessert
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Postby suffolk » November 15th, 2017, 10:34 am

Did he have a sort of Omelette Arnold Bennett moment and confuse cod and smoked haddock?

But even if he did it was a total disaster of an omelette ... there really wasn't any coming back from that was there?
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Postby liketocook » November 15th, 2017, 1:22 pm

suffolk wrote:Did he have a sort of Omelette Arnold Bennett moment and confuse cod and smoked haddock?

But even if he did it was a total disaster of an omelette ... there really wasn't any coming back from that was there?


I think he just had a "moment" full stop- what was he thinking...... :?
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby Ratatouille » November 15th, 2017, 1:25 pm

KC2 wrote:
WWordsworth wrote:Cod omelette?


Indeed! I'm not surprised the judges left it untasted!

I thought pouring boiling water over the duck 5 times to get rid of some of the fat under the skin was interesting


I always do that with roast duck.

I am shocked at how few females there are this year. Something really wrong here.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby WWordsworth » November 15th, 2017, 1:58 pm

I noticed that too Rats.
So far just Octavia and she didn't last long.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby KC2 » November 16th, 2017, 10:23 am

Ratatouille wrote:
KC2 wrote:
WWordsworth wrote:Cod omelette?


Indeed! I'm not surprised the judges left it untasted!

I thought pouring boiling water over the duck 5 times to get rid of some of the fat under the skin was interesting


I always do that with roast duck.

I am shocked at how few females there are this year. Something really wrong here.


I'll try that next time we have one, Rats. I remember way back in the 70s/early 80s we used to do a lot of peking duck and I remember drying it with a hairdryer before hanging it up!!

Yes, I agree about the lack of females - at least last night's Italian just about stayed in, can't remember her name, is it Claudia?

More issues about deveining prawns .... just like on the Nigella thread! I thought Marcus' dish looked really delicious :hungry:
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Postby Ratatouille » November 16th, 2017, 1:17 pm

I have to admit to using a hairdryer and I impale the duck on my decanter drier :lol:

Marcus' dish did look good but I honestly question that even having it planned out and everything ready it could be done in 20 minutes by a normal human, evena trained one!

I don't think the Italian lady will last the course. Though maybe the shock of getting the pasta wrong will stir her on to better things
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Postby WWordsworth » November 16th, 2017, 8:58 pm

It didn't, did it?

I'm wondering if fried whole spring onions are this year's mandatory ingredient.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 16th, 2017, 9:01 pm

So, it was the battle of the beards tonight! I have a prediction....Steven all the way. Not only a gorgeous beard but lovely dimples too, oh .... and culinary skills!
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby WWordsworth » November 16th, 2017, 9:04 pm

Should have said fried whole spring onions with the roots left on.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby Busybee » November 16th, 2017, 10:36 pm

I wonder if you should eat the roots? I suppose so as they are served that way but it didn’t look particularly attractive.

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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby cyprusmoira » November 17th, 2017, 6:00 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:So, it was the battle of the beards tonight! I have a prediction

We noticed that everyone with the exception of Greg, Monica and Claudia, the Italian chef had beards. Is it a fashion thing?

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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby suffolk » November 17th, 2017, 6:55 am

Yes. Beards have been appearing everywhere over the past 18 months or so. Don't you remember even Nigel Slater had one for a while ... not sure if he still has one ...
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Postby StokeySue » November 17th, 2017, 8:59 am

Beards are almost mandatory in Stokey, and the hipsters seem to be trying to kook as much like Edward Lear as possible
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby Ratatouille » November 17th, 2017, 9:48 am

WWordsworth wrote:It didn't, did it?

I'm wondering if fried whole spring onions are this year's mandatory ingredient.

I thought the ingredient of this years seems to be charred baby gems!
Mr R remarked on the beards too. Our son has had one for some years now and I think it really suits him.
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby suffolk » November 17th, 2017, 9:52 am

My son has a beard too ... hardly any hair but a full beard ... he has it trimmed fortnightly by an Italian barber. I really like it 8-)
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Postby liketocook » November 17th, 2017, 6:17 pm

Both my son's have beards though not of the wild and wooly variety. Elder son has his shaped at a turkish barbers, younger son grows his more because he is pretty hairy and can't be bothered shaving all the time ;)

I was seriously under impressed by the lad from my neck of the woods......
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 17th, 2017, 8:14 pm

Haha, wild and wooly made me chuckle. I don't think Marcus Wareing suits a beard. Too many different speckled colours going on. It also seems a bit unhygienic having something like that hanging off your face in a professional kitchen.
I dated a bloke not so long ago who was almost completely bald apart from a few whispy bits on top, but decided to grow a rather unkempt beard, I think to compensate. It would have been okay if he'd looked after it. I used to tell him he had his head on upside down. Poor bloke. No wonder our relationship didn't last long. :lol:
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby liketocook » November 17th, 2017, 8:45 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote: I don't think Marcus Wareing suits a beard. Too many different speckled colours going on.

Oh I don't know still wouldn't fling him out on a cold night :oops: :oops: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 19th, 2017, 3:34 am

liketocook wrote:
TeresaFoodie wrote: I don't think Marcus Wareing suits a beard. Too many different speckled colours going on.

Oh I don't know still wouldn't fling him out on a cold night :oops: :oops: :lol: :lol:


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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

Postby Mamta » November 19th, 2017, 6:33 am

Oh I don't know still wouldn't fling him out on a cold night :oops: :oops: :lol: :lol:

English language does have some beautiful turns of phrases... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
I am watching this programme too and enjoy it. Both are fair, make a good team. I am not sure if Greg is strictly required.
I am looking forward to seeing the final.
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