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'MasterChef' Judge Graham Elliot: Souffles, Surprises & S#%t This Week

by Graham Elliot, posted Aug 1st 2011 10:00PM
Graham Elliot is a world renowned chef and judge on Fox's 'MasterChef' who'll be guest blogging for AOL TV from time to time this season. Here are his thoughts on this week's episode ...

For this field challenge, we were blessed with another beautiful location and gorgeous day (three cheers for southern California!). This one is close to my heart because I'm from Chicago where people take their block parties seriously. The twist was that this was going to be a block party for all kids, and I must agree with Ben Star -- the image of 200 hungry kids hurtling towards you is terrifying!

Since Christian and Christine won the last Elimination Test and were the team leaders, we were looking forward to what was sure to be an intense competition. I was surprised to see Christian pick Jennifer for his team considering their past squabbles. I commend him on putting personal issues aside and picking a teammate based on their qualifications.

The team dynamics were very different, with Christine's taking a more collaborative approach while Christian leaned toward more of a dictatorial style. He had a plan and wanted to stick to it, which means the responsibility is all yours when the s#%t hits the fan! Christine's team took a while to figure out the best way to prepare their chicken nugget burgers. I was really worried about their components being too dry but when they added the sauces, the burger and corn fritter actually worked out well.

Those kids were scarily well spoken and opinionated. They voted almost 2-to-1 for the Red team's slider and sides. Never underestimate the power of the almighty nugget. That left Christian, Jennifer, Adrien and Derrick to face the pressure test; and what a daunting pressure test it was! Seeing as it was one of the toughest last year, we decided to do it again, but this time with a twist. We decided to go savory which is even harder than a sweet soufflé, due to the oils in the cheese, thus making the consistency tricky to perfect.

I really expected all of the cooks to make two batches but only Derrick managed to get his first batch in the oven quickly enough ... and even he was cutting it close. Even though it's a competition and eliminations are necessary to cut the numbers, Joe, Gordon and I simply couldn't send anyone home based on the merits of their soufflés. They all did an amazing job and they were just that good!

We weren't expecting them to ace such a difficult dish, which means we now need to increase the pressure ten fold. Stay tuned, cause it's about to get real!

Tune in tomorrow night at 9PM ET on Fox

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August 13 2011 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ysabel nevarez

I definately agree with you Jimmy... People want to see someone they can relate to on a regular basis someone with a positive attitude with a great set of cooking skills that is what I believe Master Chef is all about... I think that as the competition moves on if Christian doesn't drop his arrogant attitude he is only going to get himself kicked off the show... He needs to know that you can't progress as a chef unless you are able to take criticism... Especially if the advice is coming from three well known professional chefs... :D

August 03 2011 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Horrible stunt already done on SYTYCD. Christian should be eliminated for his arrogance not rewarded.

August 02 2011 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dukewife's comment

While I may agree, this is a cooking competition. Honestly, if Christian makes it to the final 2 or 3 I would be surprised if he ended up winning the whole thing. You have to be able to market this Master Chef so you can get a return on your investment. I don't think Christian would draw people to him like season one's winner, Whitney Miller, can. Honestly, I think that's why she won.

August 02 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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