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anyone catch that new Gordon Ramsey show???? Pretty good......that was the first time in a long time I felt like choppin' a shit load of onions....

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Watched the show when it was on in Australia.  Had the chef from the Press Club and a rather disturbing dude with an ascot.  I liked the format, but didn't like the crying.

post #3 of 12

I'm a little confused about their expectations. On one hand, it's a competition for home cooks. But on the other hand, they seem to expect professional level skills.

 

Plus the drama and emotionalism seems awfully contrived.

 

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post #4 of 12

I thinks it's pretty funny Ramsey isn't the bad guy of the show this time.

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I like the thing. they all obviously want to cook professionally, and they all feel this is the way to go about making it happen. As the majority are a bit... older... than the average culinary student, I say more power to them. I think they're WAY too hung up on the Chefs' criticisms, but I think as we get toward the "top ten" or whatever it'll be, we'll see that tendency wane a lot.

   the show is good... I particularly dug seeing Gordon (my personal fave among "celebrity" chefs,) have to deal with a big, black Cajun style cook telling him, "Taste' so good it make yo' tongue slap yo' brain out yo' head!"

   His look was priceless. I think the show's great.

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post #6 of 12

Tried watching it but couldn't.

I think the title and premise of the show further muddles the professional titles.

Crying?

There's no crying in cooking!

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post #7 of 12

I'm not digging the show as much as maybe the f word or hells kitchen or kitchen nightmares. Maybe it will grow on me.

post #8 of 12

ONLY IN AMERICA ??????!!!!!

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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There is a survey of young adults of future jobs and what they want to achieve. The number one item is to be famous not skill or knowledge just to be famous. That's the true motive behind these show. Its now part of are kick in the head culture has descended  to. How in the world people like Paris Hilton, Nicole Richy , Snooky and the rest became famous is beyond me. It these contestant wanted to become professional chef they could of gotten a job at a restaurant or gone to culinary school. I think those people are motivated by the fame bug.

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Well, of course the "being on TV" thing is a big deal, and I'm sure it was a factor, but it seems just from watching that most of the people who've tried out for the show are "second chancers," people who, for whatever reason, either couldn't go to school or didn't know what they wanted to do until later in life. You could as easily say that the people who audition for American Idol or the like could have either worked their way through the entertainment industry or gotten a theater degree, but hey... if someone is offering an instant career and it's something you know you want and have the talent for, why not go for the brass ring?

  Though I cooked in the Navy, I'd fallen out of love with it, and when I went into the Army afterward, I was first an armored vehicle crewman (tank driver) then a supply tech, then, of all things a medic before I'd seen enough combat and tried enough other stuff to know where I really wanted to be, and I went back into the kitchen. And I discovered that I loved it even more, and have been doing it for years and find I actually look forward to work (most days.)

   I'd suspect, from what I heard, a lot of these folks are much the same... either life got in the way or whatever... and this is a chance to do what they really love being handed to them. I dunno... I sort of like the idea. I have some issues... I agree that "Master Chef" shouldn't necessarily be awarded as a title at the end, and a few other things, but hey- it ain't my show. As is it, for WHAT it is, sort of "American Idol" for cooks, I like it. 

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post #11 of 12

I would like to see some consistency with the attitude of the judges.

 

For instance, there's that one 22 year old college girl that they keep sitting on because of her age. Yet, there's an Asian girl, also 22, and they haven't called her down on it even once. What's with that?

 

I think there's a difference between this and American Idol, in that, once the auditions are over with Idol, what you're left with is a bunch of people who have talent. That was not the case with Master Chef. Most of the hundred semi-finalists had no cooking chops at all. Nor, for that matter, did many of the 30 finalists.

 

Let's face it, if you want to be a professional, but can't chop onions or cook an egg, is there really any hope for you?

They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #12 of 12

If'n y'all keep in mind that these are created for your entertainment, you'll be less likely to put your foot through the television set..

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