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MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 5th, 2019, 7:00 pm
by WWordsworth
Monday 11 Feb 9pm.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 6th, 2019, 1:43 pm
by TeresaFoodie
:bounce: :tu:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 8th, 2019, 12:01 pm
by liketocook
Looking forward to it :D :tu:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 11th, 2019, 1:28 pm
by suffolk
9pm is nearly my bedtime :shock:

Sewing Bee is at 9 as well ... you’d think that they’d put them on earlier and promote them as family viewing ... or am I totally out of date :?

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 11th, 2019, 2:11 pm
by TeresaFoodie
I am in total agreement suffs. I thought the same when I saw the viewing schedule. I can't remember MC ever being on so late before. I wonder what that's all about.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 11th, 2019, 2:52 pm
by Ratatouille
It IS my bedtime because we are an hour ahead :scared:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 11th, 2019, 10:14 pm
by Amber
I’m not going to talk about the food, so that I don’t give any secrets away.....

but....the commentary :o :o .
(I didn’t see all of it, but the bits I did see/hear :o :cry: :?)

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 11th, 2019, 10:51 pm
by TeresaFoodie
I did not enjoy it. It was a bit disjointed for some reason. I could not put my foot on it. Or finger either. :lol:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 12th, 2019, 2:00 pm
by WWordsworth
I thought most of the dishes looked rather unappetising.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 12th, 2019, 7:34 pm
by Ratatouille
Not overly impressed but it was only the first programme.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 13th, 2019, 3:08 pm
by cyprusmoira
Personally, I think that it is time to overhaul the format and possibly the presenters.

Moira

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 13th, 2019, 6:31 pm
by WWordsworth
Possibly, although I like the bits of MC Australia that they have adopted.
Do they call the first exercise the "market challenge" ?
Same as an"open pantry" in the Australian version I think.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 13th, 2019, 11:40 pm
by Amber
Interestingly, I half watched it tonight (other things going on), but didn’t notice the commentary at all.

I’ll have to watch the first episode again.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 14th, 2019, 11:09 am
by WWordsworth
The standard seemed a bit higher last night..

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 15th, 2019, 9:36 pm
by WWordsworth
Chocolate and kale is surely the stuff of nightmares.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 16th, 2019, 5:36 am
by TeresaFoodie
WWordsworth wrote:Chocolate and kale is surely the stuff of nightmares.


:sprout:

What a pointless episode last night...

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 16th, 2019, 10:33 am
by Ratatouille
Game is no ingredient for the unwary but if you are in a competition you just have to have a range of skills and knowledge of ingedients.
It was a similar situation on Mastermind last night there was one contestant who just hadn't studied his specialist subject, got tow questions wrong and gave up. His general knowledge was ven worse. We were wondering just how he got on the programme.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 16th, 2019, 10:33 am
by KC2
WWordsworth wrote:Chocolate and kale is surely the stuff of nightmares.

Yes, we thought that too, a good thing they couldn't taste it!

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 16th, 2019, 12:46 pm
by aero280
I thought that the Mastermind guy seemed lost. I ought to have done better on Bazalgette!!

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 16th, 2019, 12:58 pm
by Ratatouille
Mr R did better on that man on Greek Mythology.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 18th, 2019, 10:21 am
by Ratatouille
It's crazy this week. They've changed days and times ! There are clashes with other programmes too. I would be furious if I didn't quite fancy watching the footie though Mr R will not be pleased.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 18th, 2019, 1:27 pm
by cyprusmoira
Yes, I noticed that MasterChef had been sacrificed to the Great God Football :evil:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: February 23rd, 2019, 8:35 pm
by WWordsworth
Isn't Jim great?

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 6:22 am
by cyprusmoira
Nice to see Dave, the digger driver on the judging panel last night, I still maintain that he was robbed of the prize.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 1:03 pm
by TeresaFoodie
I am getting fed up with falling asleep after round one! I believe I am so brain tired by that stage of the day and well and truly in my comfort zone in front of my favourite TV show that I don't even feel sleep creeping up. I wake up to the final credits and theme tune!

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 1:31 pm
by suffolk
I’ve done that a few times this series Tezza :oops: and I don’t have the excuse of having been hard at work all day.
I think I’m losing interest in the format ... :|

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 2:05 pm
by Ratatouille
I fell asleep last night too.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 2:13 pm
by suffolk
Is it us? Is it them? Or has it run its course maybe?

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 3:20 pm
by Busybee
I think it’s run it’s course, as has the professional spin off. With also the celebrity version it almost feels a permanent fixture. Maybe it’s time to retire it for a few years?

BB

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 3:23 pm
by Ratatouille
Do you know I was beginning to think that Suffs. The first series lasted about 11 years then Lloyd left and then Gary Rhodes took over and the rating went down and it was long before the present formula started which was called Masterchef Goes Large which lasted 3 years then they reverted to the original name and has been going for 11 years I think.

You may well be right Suffs time for a break perhaps?

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 3:25 pm
by Mamta
I think it’s run it’s course, as has the professional spin off. With also the celebrity version it almost feels a permanent fixture. Maybe it’s time to retire it for a few years?


Or change the format, like British regional cuisine at its best or do a different country's cuisine in each episode. UK has such diversity, it should be interesting to learn.

I was thinking the same of the Great British Sewing Bee. It needs a little change.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 4:17 pm
by KC2
suffolk wrote:Is it us? Is it them? Or has it run its course maybe?


We've found that if we watch it on iplayer we go straight to where they take their first dishes up to be judged - that saves about 15 mins of potential falling asleep time! it can be interesting to see what the various finalists have been up to, and we quite enjoyed the reunion programme earlier in the year.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 5:00 pm
by WWordsworth
I still like the professional version, even though the skills tests can be a bit obscure.

I would like the best bits of the UK version and the Aus version.
Mystery box
Hero ingredient - although they are doing something like that this time
Scrap the restaurant challenge, I am fed up of being told the place is fully booked and it will be busy.
Although it's lovely to see the past competitors, is that round really necessary?

My favourite bits are when they cook their own choice of food, and the mystery box.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 7th, 2019, 5:46 pm
by suffolk
I find the recent skills tests annoying and very limiting for those chefs who aren’t classically trained ... it’s not about basic skills any more ... it’s about how to make specific recipes ... I’d rather they have to demonstrate knife skills... butchery/filleting fish etc or how to make an emulsion, clarify fat/stock ... that sort of thing. Asian chefs are at a distinct disadvantage because of their different background. The European chefs don’t get tested on their paratha or wonton making skills do they?

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 1:18 am
by TeresaFoodie
I fell asleep again tonight....

Someone has to come up with something new on set. Why can't we have the challenge from the Celebrity version where two competitors interact through a wall? I thought that added spark.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 9:33 am
by aero280
I agree, on two fronts. Firstly, I t’s getting very monotonous, with the boring bits still in. Last night I saw a bit and then decided that it was more important to sand down the woodwork.

Secondly, I frequently fall asleep...

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
by suffolk
At least the Pro Masterchef has Monica, who is never boring :tu:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 10:39 am
by Mamta
I record it and fast forward the boring, repetitious bits .

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 12:18 pm
by TeresaFoodie
suffolk wrote:At least the Pro Masterchef has Monica, who is never boring :tu:


:tu:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 4:58 pm
by WWordsworth
Agreed, love watching Monica.
She may have a withering glare but it is balanced by generous praise.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 5:05 pm
by KC2
Agree, Monica is great! I remember that for most of the last series she was wearing a wrist/arm brace - I wondered whether she had some sort of cheffy-related RSI - but she almost certainly doesn't do any of the donkey work prep any more so decided I was probably wrong :lol:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 9:38 pm
by suffolk
Monica or John Torode? It’s a no brainer isn’t it :rolleyes:

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 8:31 am
by TeresaFoodie
I did manage to stay awake last night to watch the whole thing. Mainly because I had already had a post dinner nap :lol: but also because I usually fall asleep around the 30 minute mark.

What did everyone think of the afternoon teas, the ones that got through and the ones that didn't? I know that they were prompted to be creative and fun, but weren't they all just a bit too weird? Shot glasses of things and sorbets on afternoon teas? More like a tasting menu? The only one I would have gone for was Italian themed guy with his little fried pizza, at a push. I also wonder how long they got to go away and think about the brief. I would have needed time to think about it as my mind in a hurry would have come up with a pot of tea, cucumber sandwiches and cream and jam scones and nothing else!

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 11:14 am
by suffolk
I was longing to see some salmon and cucumber sandwiches, a stack of crisp little cheese straws, a couple of dainty sausage rolls, a scone with jam and cream and a slice of coffee and walnut sponge .... you wait ... they’ll be back in fashion before too long.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 1:35 pm
by cyprusmoira
If I was given those fried mini pizzas as part of Afternoon Tea I would be querying the bill. What is wrong with a decent assortment of sandwiches and a good cake.

I agree, the format needs rethinking

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 3:06 pm
by Ratatouille
Just watched last night's episode. It was strange wasn't it. Afternoon tea is essence of England/Britain so why ignore that. I thought maria deserved to leave - her effort was very untidy and lacked skill. A "proper" afternoon tea in 90 minutes is a huge ask though.

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 3:34 pm
by earthmaiden
I didn't watch it but have noticed that a trend for afternoon tea filled with booze, no Lapsang Souchong and no proper afternoon tea food started in London boutique hotels a while ago and has filtered down to the provinces now. I watched a programme recently about one of the big London hotels who were deciding how to update their tea menu with fancy things. It dawned on me that none of them were of British origin and wouldn't have a clue what a proper tea should consist of. I agree with Suffs, the proper fare will make a comeback!

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 5:16 pm
by aero280
If any of you are in NW London or Hertfordshire...

https://mabelsvintagetearooms.com

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 6:51 pm
by Ratatouille
And proper blue and white china too!!

Re: MasterChef UK

PostPosted: March 10th, 2019, 3:56 pm
by WWordsworth
Many folk seem to confuse afternoon tea and high tea as well.
Gregg sometimes gets it wrong.