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Masterchef is back

Postby WWordsworth » February 18th, 2018, 9:04 pm

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 18th, 2018, 10:08 pm

Oh yes! Yeehar! I noticed this marked up on my calendar earlier. Must have seen an advert for it at some point. Looking forward to it already!
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby liketocook » February 21st, 2018, 11:41 am

Fab - thanks I'd missed that.
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Postby Zosherooney » February 21st, 2018, 7:22 pm

My husband will be sooooooooo pleased (not!) I like it..... :D
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Pepper Pig » March 2nd, 2018, 8:37 pm

Since when has William Sitwell been a “Renowned Restaurant Critic”? :o :o :o

He’s a boy from a posh family who edits (quite badly) the Waitrose magazine.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 3rd, 2018, 7:05 am

I'm not a huge Sitwell fan on the face of it, and have not read him in Waitrose magazine, but he does come across as being full of himself.

I can see the Malaysian lady going far, and am also enjoying learning about Portugese food. I'm not getting on with the scheduling though. We're only into week one, and last night's quarter final was disrupted by BBC's concentration on the weather, understandably, so I might get used to it, but there isn't the usual uniformity. And just half an hour for the first QF? Don't they usually get all the qualifiers out of the way before they start knocking people out?

I thought the poached pears in one of the desserts did not look like pears. More like a cross between a pile of slugs and something you might accidentally step on on the pavement......I couldn't have eaten it for that reason.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby WWordsworth » March 3rd, 2018, 12:25 pm

The road to MasterChef doom is paved with the remains of failed chocolate fondants.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 3rd, 2018, 2:10 pm

For anyone interested, I have just noticed week one is repeated at 13:15 tomorrow on BBC1.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Sloe-Gin » March 3rd, 2018, 6:10 pm

I always knew it repeated on me!

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby KC2 » March 3rd, 2018, 6:13 pm

We haven't caught up with this week's MC yet,or even with the last 2 weeks of tonight's BBC4 scandi thriller ...
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Postby PatsyMFagan » March 3rd, 2018, 7:28 pm

KC2 wrote:or even with the last 2 weeks of tonight's BBC4 scandi thriller ...


I have ... the only thing worth watching tonight ! :(
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby KC2 » March 4th, 2018, 11:01 am

In the end we caught up on MC and the first 2 Homelands ... hope the final 2 episodes of Modus lived up to your expectations, Patsy!

We felt there didn't really seem to be a stand-out fantastic contestant in this week's batch.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 4th, 2018, 11:30 am

KC2 wrote:We felt there didn't really seem to be a stand-out fantastic contestant in this week's batch.


I agree ... some were distinctly unmemorable ;)
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 4th, 2018, 12:11 pm

KC2 wrote:hope the final 2 episodes of Modus lived up to your expectations, Patsy!


Yes .... :tu: I won't say anymore in case I spoil your expectation ;)
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 5th, 2018, 10:16 pm

The best three went through tonight. Had the ejected contestant got through to the QF I would have found it hard to endure.

A comment made by one of the judges (female) made me roar. Something like 'I'm not normally keen on eating doughnuts. Sometimes they can be a bit.......doughy' :lol: I think that must surpass anything silly that Pasty has ever said! :lol:
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby WWordsworth » March 8th, 2018, 8:50 pm

Does Thomasina Miers look desperately skinny?
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 8th, 2018, 8:57 pm

Many people I see on tv nowadays appear to me to be in desperate need of a week or two's worth of good hearty meals :rolleyes:
When you remember that the tv camera puts around 7lbs on your appearance it's very worrying.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby WWordsworth » March 8th, 2018, 9:12 pm

I must make sure I never appear on TV
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 8th, 2018, 9:22 pm

I've been successful in avoiding it so far 8-)
I look much slimmer on the radio :tutu:
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby WWordsworth » March 8th, 2018, 9:31 pm

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 8th, 2018, 11:23 pm

I was shocked at the appearance of Thomasina too. Has she been ill recently, I wondered? She didn't look well. Her clothes looked like they were on a wire hanger.

I think the Newcastle Parmo guy scraped through by the skin of his teeth with his offerings. Why didn't he posh it up a bit by at least putting the ketchup in a dipping pot? I do like his televisual style and home style food attitude, but next round he has to surpass the others, not sure he will be able to...
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Ratatouille » March 10th, 2018, 10:59 am

Geordies can go on to do quite well Tezza :lol: :lol:
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I was just thankful that the trainee teacher - ex military policewoman Sarah was eliminated on Monday. Had she stayed in I might have been unable to watch further programmes.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 10th, 2018, 11:44 am

Does anyone else think the standard is much more variable this year ?
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby KC2 » March 10th, 2018, 2:29 pm

suffolk wrote:Does anyone else think the standard is much more variable this year ?


Yes, I'm inclined to agree with you Suffs.

I was sorry the Iranian woman (I can't remember her name) didn't cook well yesterday as I had liked her in the earlier heats. I like the jolly secretary, Mary (?), the one who did the steak and kidney pie.
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Postby patpoyntz » March 10th, 2018, 2:43 pm

I was sorry the blonde pony-tail woman was put out, she did better than the Geordie guy in the previous round, and I didn’t like the sound of any of his food really...and I am a Geordie, but confess to never having had a chicken parmo...but then that’s not really Geordie food, hailing from Middlesbrough.
We are in South Spain, near Cadiz for a few weeks, and are having some amazing food, but I must say we could have murdered Mary’s steak and kidney pie last night! Maybe her food is a little bit ‘homely’ for her to get much further.....though I’m sure given time she can up her game.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 10th, 2018, 3:35 pm

I have to confess here to a slight feeling of schadenfreude when the woman who was already a noted artist and a published author in receipt of various literary awards went out in the first round :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 10th, 2018, 3:56 pm

I laughed at the 'wet, wet, wet' comment when Greg said something like 'Any other pop group from the 1990's'. Yeah, very funny Greg, try the 1980's....
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 15th, 2018, 9:02 pm

Am I the only Wildie watching this?

I think it has turned into car crash TV. Ben served up what looked like cat vomit in a top hat. Toad needs to ditch the cardies. Pasty needs to ditch the waistcoats. Come back Lloyd Grossman, all is forgiven.

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby WWordsworth » March 15th, 2018, 9:13 pm

But the right ones went home.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 16th, 2018, 7:01 am

Yes, totally agree.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Ratatouille » March 16th, 2018, 9:34 am

I am finding all very tedious this year. Some of the contestants just can't cook they only think they can.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 16th, 2018, 9:59 am

I blame the hairdresser's friends ... they all love her food apparently ... perhaps she gives them mates' rates on their cut and blowdries ;)
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Chinchilla_lady » March 16th, 2018, 11:37 am

We both said last night that the standard this year so far has been very low. One good one last night, but the others :sprout: A couple of the creations reminded me of my duties at Cats protection :lol:
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Postby Ratatouille » March 16th, 2018, 1:20 pm

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 16th, 2018, 8:10 pm

I predict a 2018 winner based on this evening's offerings of super gorgeous looking foods. I usually get predictions wrong, but for me, who will surpass Moonira? It was lovely to be reminded about how lovely food such as soups and stews can be when served in a hollowed out bread bowl. I could have dived into that feast head first and wouldn't have wanted to come back up for air! :hungry:
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Postby WWordsworth » March 17th, 2018, 2:37 pm

I, agree.
Sad to see Sesi go though.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Pepper Pig » March 17th, 2018, 7:40 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote:I was shocked at the appearance of Thomasina too. Has she been ill recently, I wondered? She didn't look well. Her clothes looked like they were on a wire hanger.


She’s on Pointless at the moment. Given that these things are always pre recorded I can’t say she looks any different than she did whenever it was she won Masterchef and opened Wahaca. She often worked in the restaurants in Covent Garden and Westfield and was as thin as a rake.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » March 17th, 2018, 9:54 pm

I'll have to look out for her on Pointless. I rather like her and Pointless.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby KC2 » March 20th, 2018, 9:31 am

I thought yesterday's lot were an improvement. A shame the Lebanese guy was so "inventive" as I think his food would have been interesting. Squid and ricotta and pomegranate seeds, plus the rest, definitely weird ....
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby suffolk » March 20th, 2018, 9:34 am

KC2 wrote:I think the banker was the star.


Wasn't he tho' ... I'd love to eat his food .... but there were several good 'uns last night :tu:
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Ratatouille » March 20th, 2018, 1:41 pm

It seems a shame that some of the cooks already through are not nearly as good as some who were eliminated last night and on a couple of other programmes. However thats what competition is all about. The gents very much shone through last night.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Busybee » March 20th, 2018, 2:04 pm

Ratatouille wrote:It seems a shame that some of the cooks already through are not nearly as good as some who were eliminated last night and on a couple of other programmes. However thats what competition is all about. The gents very much shone through last night.


I thought that too Rats, I had assumed that there must be some sort of cooking at the application stage so that they could ensure a more even set of preliminary rounds............but maybe not as this year it seems very lopsided.

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby cyprusmoira » March 20th, 2018, 2:11 pm

Yes, we were saying that some good cooks who on an indifferent episode would have got through, were eliminated.
I enjoy seeing previous winners/finalists and checking how they have prospered

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby KC2 » March 20th, 2018, 7:10 pm

Ratatouille wrote:It seems a shame that some of the cooks already through are not nearly as good as some who were eliminated last night and on a couple of other programmes. However thats what competition is all about. The gents very much shone through last night.

Absolutely, Rats.

Does anyone know what the process is? Didn't one of our peeps try to get on it a few years ago?
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 20th, 2018, 10:33 pm

I tried to get on, but having owned up to doing a stint in a pro kitchen, they wouldn't accept me. There may have been another Wild Foodie applied though.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby cyprusmoira » March 21st, 2018, 6:18 am

KC2 wrote:Didn't one of our peeps try to get on it a few years ago

I think that it was someone from the old BBC board, she was in the police.

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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby KC2 » March 21st, 2018, 11:22 am

cyprusmoira wrote:
KC2 wrote:Didn't one of our peeps try to get on it a few years ago

I think that it was someone from the old BBC board, she was in the police.Moira

Ah, Moira, I think you're right, that rings a bell.

TeresaFoodie wrote:I tried to get on, but having owned up to doing a stint in a pro kitchen, they wouldn't accept me. There may have been another Wild Foodie applied though.

Sorry you didn't get on Tezza. I guess they must get thousands of applications and so they're pretty firm about their criteria.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby cyprusmoira » March 27th, 2018, 5:17 am

An interesting selection of competitors for Knock Out week, a variety of cuisines on offer. Blue salty custard, anyone?
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 27th, 2018, 6:19 am

I enjoyed last night and would love to try the blue custard coconut swan. I still think Moonira is our girl. I was impressed by the Skandi fish, mash and cheese dish, loved the presentation, they both slated him then he went through anyway.

I hogged my mum's TV for the half hour, she did crosswords but did glance up a few times to have a chuckle. She truly is a meat and two veg kind of girl and thinks being creative with food is ridiculous, each to their own.
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Re: Masterchef is back

Postby Ratatouille » March 27th, 2018, 8:58 am

The swan and lue custard made me feel :sprout: I'm afraid.

It is interesting that those who try to do too much nearly always end up in a mess.
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