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One Horrible Presentation, One Horrible Dish, One Elimination on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 19th 2011 2:41AM
'MasterChef'It was a night of decadence and disaster on 'MasterChef' (Mon., 9PM ET on FOX). As the Top 11 competed in the box challenge, they discovered a second box with the judges; one that revealed four pound lobsters. Later, the winner of the lobster challenge chose truffles, and boldly chose to compete in the second challenge as well.


Christian had perhaps the hardest time in the opening challenge, because he felt he deserved to be one of the three finalists. As only the finalists' dishes are actually sampled, Christian must have felt passionately enough about it to disrespect the competition by tasting his own dish.

After being threatened with elimination if he didn't stop eating and respect the process, Jennifer was awarded the win, and then chose truffles as the aphrodisiac food for the next challenge. Inexplicably, when offered a chance to sip champagne and watch rather than compete, Jennifer instead chose to cook.

It was an admirable move perhaps, but it also made her vulnerable to elimination. And so, of course, she struggled with her dish and found herself in the bottom three. Perhaps because of her boldness in choosing to compete, she was quickly sent back to safety, leaving Erynn and Adrien.

Adrien had one of the worst presentations seen yet. "It's like you got hold of my granddad and turned his colostomy bag on your plate," Gordon Ramsay said upon seeing it. "It's putrid."

But when it came to final decision, they turned to the men. "There is one dish worse than we've ever seen and I am giving that individual an opportunity to step forward gracefully," he said. Erynn accepted the offer to essentially eliminate himself after he burned his steak, overcooked his potatoes and then just threw together some vegetables topped with truffle butter.

The judges were encouraging to him in his departure, with Ramsay applauding his honesty and big heart, telling him, "Don't ever stop cooking."

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Get Real -- this is the American version of a show that has run for several years already in other countries, including Australia. Regardless of hosts, the idea is the same -- it is about turning home cooks into professional-level cooks. It has been popular overseas and is now here as well. This is not the first time a foreign show has been made popular over here -- Iron Chef America, Deal or No Deal, Weakest Link, even Sanford and Son back when, are American versions of successful foreign shows. What you see as American TV excrescence is simply a franchise of a recognized international show -- if you don't like it don't watch it, but it's not intended to be a show of pro chefs in any country airing it.

July 19 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Get real.

The sad thing is that there are so many talented and qualified chefs who COULD be competing on a show like this, but instead they choose a bunch of amateur hacks who turn out mostly mediocre crap even when they have 1-2 hours to work. Compare that to Iron Chef where the chefs make FIVE high quality dishes in one hour. Why are they wasting our time with these people? Because that's what gives Gordon Ramsay an opportunity to make rude comments. What could he possibly say if he was presented with dishes from QUALIFIED chefs? There wouldn't be any entertainment value for Americans in watching him say, "Excellent"... "Excellent" ... "Excellent" ... "Excellent" ... "Excellent", etc. NOW HERE'S WHAT YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW - there are similar shows in other countries where they DO have qualified chefs. No one is degraded on television because their work is always very, very good. Why are these shows not aired on American television? Because test marketing concluded that Americans WANT to see lowest-common-denominator garbage that they can relate to - they WANT to see someone like Ramsay screaming foul language. That's what sells to YOUR country.

July 19 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

good.go to shopping >e bi biz com

July 19 2011 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The guy that runs Master Chef is such a foul mouthed jerk off It's hard to believe he is even allowed on TV, then again, our country and it's morals have almost dropped to his level.

July 19 2011 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to lockonalpha's comment

Get over it...lot worse things than a foul-mouth to be worrying about in the day and age!!!!

July 19 2011 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I Totally Agree with what you Fuckin' say about this God Da*n Fuckin' Country's morals but as to what you say about Chef Gordon, I say **** Off!

July 19 2011 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She's Blond need we say More !!!

July 19 2011 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Bob's comment

Yea we need to say more.....anyone with the name BOB is a FOOL!!! Need we say more???

July 19 2011 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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