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MasterChef - The Professionals

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I saw that last night and the same thing happened tonight. As long as you don't curl a fat steaming 2* turd on the floor and run crying away from the restaurant kitchen it doesn't matter. All that counts is the one dish you present to the judges in the studio. As usual with this format, the reality section is simply filler and a little promotion for the restaurants.

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i would say that its mr roux who has the final say in the matter of who goes through. i would hazzard a quess and say the prize is a job in his restaurant so of course his favourite is going to go through!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It’s interesting to see that two of the featured restaurants served hot food on glass plates, which M Roux has said is a no no (you can’t heat up glass).

Really enjoying the series.

Would love to see a Tudor’s effect on Roux’s eyes during the opening sequence. :biggrin:

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The standard this week has been pretty high, but the preliminary rounds were in part awful (overcooking steaks etc). Makes you wonder what the selection process was.

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very interesting being in the professional kitchens, especially hibiscus, good to see claude and co behind the scenes as it were. thought both of them produced some excellent food , obvious hibiscus influence though!


you don't win friends with salad

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Info coming through now about where some of competitors work - at least some of the more successful ones

Derek (finalist) works at MacDonald Crutherland House Hotel in Glasgow South and Simon (out in the semis) is at Le Deuxieme in Covent Garden.

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It’s interesting to see that two of the featured restaurants served hot food on glass plates, which M Roux has said is a no no (you can’t heat up glass).

Spooky, that was exactly what I noticed too!

Coincidentally, I was lucky enough to spend last weekend in Jersey with M jr, Albert and Silvano with their respective other halves from Le Gav, starting with a dinner hosted by them at the Grand Hotel on Friday night where they had been doing some consultancy work. Then I bumped into them at lunch on Saturday at the Oyster Box in St Brelade's. On Sunday morning as I entered the BA lounge at Jersey airport, who were there but Albert, Silvano and their partners. On board BA8042 we had breakfast. Albert was sitting directly behind me and really did tuck into that BA breakfast... I don't know who was stalking who.

Cheers, Howard

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Who won?

Unfortunately I just recorded a half hour on Friday so caught plenty of cooking but missed the verdict (grrr... they should include a mention of the "hour special on Friday" in the tedious voiceover of the final week).

Have to say, I really enjoyed the series, particularly the last week. M Roux has a big TV future ahead of him I reckon.

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Who won?

Unfortunately I just recorded a half hour on Friday so caught plenty of cooking but missed the verdict (grrr... they should include a mention of the "hour special on Friday" in the tedious voiceover of the final week).

Have to say, I really enjoyed the series, particularly the last week. M Roux has a big TV future ahead of him I reckon.

Derek the scottish lad one, i'm glad he did, he seemed like a really decent lad and when he was asked in his heat what he wanted in a career was one of the few that said he wanted to learn as much as possible.

Thought it was the best Masterchef series by far

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Must say Derek looked good from the heats and I had him as my favorite to win.

Agree that M Roux has a bright TV future ahead of him. Played the game of injecting tension with the "watch the clock boys" guff, but has a sincerity which Ramsay et al seem to lack.

You get the feeling he really wanted all the chefs to do as well as possible without using the programme as a vanity vehicle.

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M Roux has a big TV future ahead of him I reckon.

And he still works the kitchen. Had a nice chat with him in Le Gav last night. By the way, I still have a couple of seats available for a Pichon Lalande night at Le Gav this Thursday 25 Sept, menu below. PM me if you're interested.

Cheers, Howard

L E M E N U

CANAPES

*****

SAUMON ET JAMBON ‘PATA-NEGRA’ EN GELEE,

JUS DE TRUFFES

*****

FILET DE ROUGET GRILLE ET TOAST

A LA MOELLE

*****

RIS ET LANGUE DE VEAU,

CEPES ET JUS AU RAIFORT

*****

FILET DE BŒUF A L’OS,

ECHALOTES CONFITES ET MORILLES A LA CREME PETIT

*****

SOUFFLE SUISSESSE

*****

CAFE ET PETITS FOURS

L E S V I N S

ROEDERER BRUT VINTAGE 2000

Magnum

RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE

2004 & 1999 en Magnum

CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE

COMTESSE DE LALANDE

2003

RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE

2001

CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE

COMTESSE DE LALANDE

2004 & 2001

CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE

COMTESSE DE LALANDE

1983 & 1995

CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE

COMTESSE DE LALANDE

1995 & 1975

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I note that Andy Hayler mentions on his blog that he has been filming for a new series which should air in September.

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