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Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 3:37 pm
by Ratatouille
And a very nice beard!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 5:09 pm
by KC2
Is he the one based in the Lake District? Or was that another private chef from one of the other heats. And his name is Matt, I think.

Yes, we were sorry to see Tasso go, and I think Monica and Marcus were as well. They had been awfully nice to him in the earlier rounds and you got the feeling they wanted to nurture and encourage a young chef with a lot of promise - but they really had no option but to send him home, sadly. Not checking the freezer door ...

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 7:53 pm
by TeresaFoodie
Matt really did shine, so did his teeth! Has anyone heard of smoking food over dung before??? I certainly haven't. I think he was the only chef who made zero mistakes (wasn't he?) and didn't break out in a sweat once.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 3rd, 2017, 10:18 pm
by liketocook
Just catching up on this on i-player, I was sorry to see Tasso go after such a "stoatin" first round but it just went to bits for him. Felt really sorry for John who going by the circles under his eyes has just pushed himself too far. Was really impressed by Matt hope he can keep it up and not have a wobble in later stages.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 3rd, 2017, 10:29 pm
by TeresaFoodie
I was rooting for Tasso. Needs a few years of experience under his belt I think but this must have given him a good confidence boost.

John did look tired and a bit overwhelmed by it all. He did the 3-D tree orange blossom pana cotta didn't he? Apart from the over use of gelatine, about which I am sure he is still kicking himself, I loved it! Shame it fell a bit flat for him.

It is easy to predict Matt as over all winner but is is too obvious at this stage? If he comes up against equally good performances in future tests we could be in for a real treat and battle on our hands. Whoohoo!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 5th, 2017, 1:23 pm
by cyprusmoira
Great excitement in Cyprus, the Cypriot chef Leonidas has reached the knockout stage
http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/12/05/cypri ... hef-final/

Moira

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 5th, 2017, 8:07 pm
by WWordsworth
Not sure I would put ratatouille with gurnard, langoustine ravioli and shellfish sauce.
Not sure I would order it either.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 5th, 2017, 8:31 pm
by WWordsworth
And it looks lovely :lol:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 7th, 2017, 10:43 pm
by TeresaFoodie
I continue to be blown away by Matt, especially his bravery this evening using vegan products such as almond milk to produce a stunning dish that could have, I thought, fooled any non vegan. There is something about him that makes me think he expects to win and seemed to be quite bossy in the team challenge without doing much of the plating himself, more directing the whole operation on the starter, but then that shows promising leadership skills where he has currently been used to working as a private chef under his own steam presumably?

The young lad was most certainly the star of the show though. I could have sunk my gums straight into that passionfruit and lemon parfait with white chocolate crumble. It was a picture on a plate. A very adept young man.

I thought Leo would be off home tonight.

Really looking forward to next week now. One of the only programmes on TV right now that has me hanging on the edge of my seat by my buttocks for a whole hour. It's like a posterior work out. :tu:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 8th, 2017, 9:40 am
by Ratatouille
I thought Matts vegan dessert was very daring but quite honestly I don't think I would have eaten it - Jerusalem artichokes do dreadful things to my digestive system :sprout: However his courage was rewarded.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 8th, 2017, 2:14 pm
by patpoyntz
The vegan dessert was very clever, but I thought it looked really ‘gooey’ inside, and not in a good way. I think any other layered dessert like that would have been criticised for not having separate layers.
Think Tuesdays food overall looked much more appetising than last nights.
Really enjoying this series......

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 12th, 2017, 10:53 am
by cyprusmoira
The Cyprus Sunday Mail has a weekly list of good/ bad events affecting Cyprus. Leo topped the good list this week

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 12th, 2017, 4:27 pm
by KC2
cyprusmoira wrote:The Cyprus Sunday Mail has a weekly list of good/ bad events affecting Cyprus. Leo topped the good list this week


:D :D

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 12th, 2017, 11:26 pm
by TeresaFoodie
The top two (three) and the bottom two were clear from the off tonight. I am trying not to be swayed by Matt but it's hard not to be. I love Steven's personality, cheeky happy, lovely dimps, lovely giggle, a lot of energy. I was salivating at Craig's flapjack pud. My teeth almost hurt just looking at the sweet elements of oats and dates. I couldn't have eaten the carrot steak dish from Jamie. It looked like it was crawling with grubs! My beetle/bug/cockroach phobia kicked in just looking at it!
I hope in the next rounds we don't have to see any more duck eggs. Yawn, now.
Thoroughly enjoyed tonight's fix all in all. Minus my phobia trigger. :lol:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 13th, 2017, 10:56 am
by KC2
I think Matt and Jamie are the two stand-out chefs. That said, the two young ones, Louisa and Craig are amazing! Not sure about Tom - totally agree about Steven. His joy in cooking is so clear to see. I suspect that Matt has that wow factor and the ability to create totally new dishes that will win in the end ... but we'll see!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 13th, 2017, 11:44 am
by Busybee
KC2 wrote:I think Matt and Jamie are the two stand-out chefs. That said, the two young ones, Louisa and Craig are amazing! Not sure about Tom - totally agree about Steven. His joy in cooking is so clear to see. I suspect that Matt has that wow factor and the ability to create totally new dishes that will win in the end ... but we'll see!


I agree that Matt creates the Wow dishes, but I find myself not wanting to eat them.........whilst the creative take on fish and chips had me salivating. Likewise, I wasn’t keen on how Matt bossed the other chefs around in an earlier round, but understand that part of being a top chef is taking command. I guess what I am saying in a roundabout way is that Matt invokes conflicting emotions in me!

BB

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 13th, 2017, 4:14 pm
by suffolk
I've a feeling that with the right mentor Steven could learn to do all the stuff that Matt does .............. whether any of the others could somehow acquire the innate nurturing joy that food brings out in Steven I'm not so sure ......... I'd love to eat his food and watch him smile as I did so :luv:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 13th, 2017, 9:00 pm
by TeresaFoodie
What????

I need an hour of Bancroft before I comment further....

PS.. Hungry now!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 13th, 2017, 9:48 pm
by Busybee
Sorry but the correct person went home, he didn’t nail his dishes and the other two did.

I thought that Matts dish would have looked better on a plain white plate as his food tendered to merge into each other and the colour of the plate made this worse.

I’m sure that he will go onto do great things, this exposure will ensure he gets a place at a top flight restaurant.

I have been busy googling Raby Hunt...........it’s not too far from us in North Yorkshire but looks very expensive.

BB

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 13th, 2017, 11:28 pm
by TeresaFoodie
I was making notes about this round and judging from what I wrote, agree with you BB. The judges, and who am I to disagree, did make the right choice.

My notes on that final two dish test were:-

Jamie - pork with beautiful purple potato mash, sherry sauce, curd with meringues, both plates looked stunning
Steven - chicken with many ways with sweetcorn, strawberries and cream (trypophobia alert on the strawbs!) I did salivate though
Matt - grouse, chocolate mousse

There was nothing more to be said about Matt really. It was all pretty plain and quite uninteresting.

Looking forward, again, to the next bit.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 14th, 2017, 8:34 am
by suffolk
Matt peaked too soon ... he had no more rabbits to pull out of the bag and didn't show any learning from the stint in the professional kitchen and just kept on doing his own thing.
The other two kept on learning and went past him ... Steven's food looks as if it has amazing 'mouth-feel' as well as being exceptionally beautiful, and makes me hungry just looking at it ... I would really love to eat his food :drool:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 14th, 2017, 9:59 am
by Ratatouille
I knew from the moment Matt started listing his ingredients he was the most likely to be heading for the door. It seemed that the last rabbit in the hat was simply to use as many obscure ingredients as he could assemble. he will make a great chef one day as soon as he gets his extensive knowledge and imagination in co-ordination.

Stevens food did indeed look wonderful.

Mr R was questioning the overall judging though. How did they select the two groups? What if tonight no-one reaches the same heights?

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 14th, 2017, 10:19 am
by suffolk
Yes, the two groups seemed unbalanced to me ... we shall see ...

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 14th, 2017, 9:03 pm
by TeresaFoodie
Wow, are we in for a treat next week? Four absolutely amazing chefs with keen ambition. Tom had to go. He presented some beautiful food but didn't seem to have the 'voom' of Louisa and Craig. Thoroughly enjoyed that!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 14th, 2017, 10:35 pm
by Suelle
suffolk wrote:Yes, the two groups seemed unbalanced to me ... we shall see ...


I think, if the six had cooked together, we would be seeing a different line-up for the final. Matt would have beaten Louisa, I think.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 15th, 2017, 1:35 pm
by Ratatouille
Me too Suelle. though I think Louisa has made more progress, is a quick learner and quite honestly rather more willing to learn. She made a real impression at le Manoir.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 15th, 2017, 3:27 pm
by cyprusmoira
I was impressed by the head chef at Le Manoir, he was obviously happy to teach others, also the food although beautiful was not too tricksy. The menu at the Raby Hunt was real showing off cooking

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 15th, 2017, 5:26 pm
by KC2
cyprusmoira wrote:I was impressed by the head chef at Le Manoir, he was obviously happy to teach others, also the food although beautiful was not too tricksy. The menu at the Raby Hunt was real showing off cooking

Yes, I agree with you Moira. I think that the two sets of contestants' experiences were poles apart, but it seemed to me that it was very appropriate for the two youngest contestants to get the chance to learn from such a dedicated and good teacher and that's possibly why the groups were divided up the way they were. Not to say more experienced chefs wouldn't also have had a fantastic learning experience but somehow it just seemed the right thing for Louisa and Craig. And they both did really well.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 15th, 2017, 7:45 pm
by Ratatouille
:tu:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 19th, 2017, 10:50 pm
by TeresaFoodie
There were highs and lows for me tonight.

My biggest low, Greg popping up unnecessarily stuffing his face. No need! Also the use of powders. I really don't get those. Has anyone here encountered them before? Were they nice? Burnt onions are okay at a fun fair with a hot dog. On a chef's table?

But lows aside, there were many highs, I thought. All four chefs seemed to be enjoying themselves and really throwing their all into it. Jamie is now really shining for me. I am going to put in a prediction that he will win. He is so focussed on everything he does. Always concentrating.

Roll on tomorrow's chef fest! :tu:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 20th, 2017, 12:14 pm
by KC2
I felt quite sorry for Louisa, it was sad for her that she'd gone a bit ott. I really can't predict who will be eliminated this evening ...

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 20th, 2017, 1:30 pm
by Ratatouille
I think, unfortunately, Louisa will be leaving tonight. Craig was hugely impressive but the standards are so high this year.

[edited to unscramble the words...admin]

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 20th, 2017, 2:43 pm
by suffolk
Rats ... your laptop is doing what mine sometimes does, and mixes up the sentences ... isn't it annoying?

Sadly I can't see Louisa surviving any further ... it's a pity 'cos she's so full of potential ... hopefully one of the chefs there last night will offer her a position where she can gain some confidence and really blossom.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 20th, 2017, 7:56 pm
by Ratatouille
My year-old laptop is so annoying. I only have to breathe over it just before posting and it scrambles everything. I just can't work out how to solve the problem.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 20th, 2017, 8:52 pm
by aero280
I think you are dragging something across the touchpad unnoticed. It is selecting a section of text and then dragging it somewhere else. I've done it myself. :o

Are you wearing a bangle/bracelet?

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 20th, 2017, 9:26 pm
by WWordsworth
Would you really order a starter of raw prawns with raspberries?
Not sure I would but they all seem to like it.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 1:16 am
by TeresaFoodie
Well, now that I got the elimination prediction wrong, I am not even going to bother predicting the over all winner. I will have a bit of a guess though. For skills factor, Craig, for personality factor Steven. Louisa, no way.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 10:12 am
by Ratatouille
aero280 wrote:I think you are dragging something across the touchpad unnoticed. It is selecting a section of text and then dragging it somewhere else. I've done it myself. :o

Are you wearing a bangle/bracelet?


That may well be the answer thanks - but I'm not taking off my bracelets !

I am so glad Louisa made it. At that stage, taking risks is not terribly wise is it? I suspect Jamie was kicking himself, but he'll go far anyway.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 10:24 am
by aero280
Missed the first half. I fell asleep!! :oops:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 11:22 am
by KC2
I think they'd more or less decided that Jamie's tart wasn't going to be good enough - didn't Marcus comment on the risk factor by doing "just" a tart?

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 6:41 pm
by WWordsworth
Yep.
The Wordsworth prediction is Craig to win, but I like all 3 of them.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 6:54 pm
by Busybee
I don’t mind who wins, but I don’t think it will be Louisa. I really would like Stephen to win, his joy is infectious. I’m afraid Craig’s bitten fingernails have put me off somewhat.

BB

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 7:03 pm
by suffolk
Jamie's tart didn't even look like a very good tart ......... everyone has an off day but his was very badly timed.

I'm pleased Louisa eventually learned to rein herself in and allow what she'd learned to come to the fore ... I think all three are pretty even now ... it really will depend on what they each produce in the final .......... but Stephen's my favourite :luv:

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 7:54 pm
by WWordsworth
Urgh, hadn't spotted the bitten mails.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 9:12 pm
by TeresaFoodie
The best man won! My buttocks were gripping the edge of my chair again throughout. What a great result. Well done that winner. Let's see how all three of them progress with their careers. Wonderfully exiting for all of them!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 10:40 pm
by Suelle
WWordsworth wrote:Urgh, hadn't spotted the bitten nails.


Maybe he'll have the confidence and self-esteem not to need to bite them now!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 10:55 pm
by miss mouse
No. He will always be a worrier. The nails do not bother me.

I still think was it Mark? The private chef was good.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 11:28 pm
by KC2
miss mouse wrote:
I still think was it Mark? The private chef was good.


Do you mean Matt? the one who did the weird stuff with sheep's dung and such like?

I thought Craig definitely outcooked Louisa. It's incredible that he can have got so far and still only be 21!I felt very sad for Steven with his undercooked lamb. Not a mistake he should have made, I'm afraid, particularly in the MC Finals!!

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 11:31 pm
by miss mouse
Matt is probably who I mean. I missed the sheep dung bit.

Re: Masterchef The Professionals

PostPosted: December 22nd, 2017, 6:04 am
by cyprusmoira
Yes, the undercooked lamb did it for Steven, he did say that he thought that he had another 30 minutes.
They were a young group, last years winner, the catering college lecturer was in his 40s

Moira