Masterchef the Professionals

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Anyone else watching this.

Bloody LOVE Monica grin

Aargh, thought it was on at 8:30 like yesterday!

Nope on now. It was a pain yesterday as it clashed with Only Connect.

The skills test is on!

Am 7 minutes behind! Unfortunate words from the young chap.

Poor chippy.

Watching it for the first time. Ingesting mix of abilities!

Ingesting??? Bugger, meant interesting

PseudoBadger Tue 06-Nov-12 20:31:38

Is this a repeat? Seems familiar

I've not seen this one before.

This one looks fun! Feel inspired to have a go.

NellyBluth Wed 07-Nov-12 20:15:58

Monica is AMAZING. I love her, and that look she has on her face when watching them do the technical challenge... grin I would be bloody terrified to cook in front of her.

Anyone got a favourite yet? I like Carl, the London chef. He looks as though he could go quite far.

PseudoBadger Wed 07-Nov-12 20:17:56

Love Monica grin

I like the guy from this episode who does the foraging

I love Michel Roux Jr! He is constructive, encouraging and gentlemanly. Many British chefs should take a leaf out of his book, and the lovely Raymond Blanc. I like Monica too. She is another chef who whilst not liking something explains why and isn't rude for the sake of it.

I like the lady (forget her name) she is keen to learn.
Is Karl the really competitive one who looks like a previous masterchef winner? I reckon he will win.

Jacaqueen Thu 08-Nov-12 10:39:02

I honestly did not know it was so easy to make honeycomb.

Aargh didn't know this was on so have sky plussed from tonight. My dh has a crush on Monica. He'll be pleased.

akaemmafrost Thu 08-Nov-12 12:17:57

No one in the history of the world has ever looked as horrified as Monica does on the mystery technical challenge but. She's so funny grin.

NellyBluth Thu 08-Nov-12 13:05:19

Karl/Carl (why are there no bios on the BBC website?!) is the chef who forgot to sieve the chicken mousse, but other than than it very good.

QuietNinja, I think that says something very Freudian about your DH grin

Lordy I have a crush on Monica!!!
I'm not at all gay but she even makes my knees wobbly a bit - I don't know what on earth it is, but I fancy her totally.

Love love love MCTP!

I am absolutely going to try to make honeycomb. it looks really easy. In fact, just adding honey to the shopping list!

it is very easy and quick to make - I've never made it with honey though (don't really like honey) - I use golden syrup.


I have golden syrup! yay!
do you reckon I could make it instead of the bangers and mash I was going to make for dinner?

oh I dont have golden syrup sad
I do have some very old honey though.

oh dear.

I don't recommend this recipe in the size tin they say with that much bicarb and dont try and stretch out the honey with maple syrup!

It grew and grew like the legendary magic porridge. It foamed out of the tin I was pouring it into and grew and grew even more. I had to grab another tin quick and now I have honeycomb everywhere.

It sets instantly, all over the cooker, spoons, work tops and pan. Plus I overcooked it a bit so it is going to test our teeth rather more than a crunchie would.
tastes bloody good though!

I think it might still be expanding in my tummy hmm it feels rather funny and full.
Will repeat above, do not add much bicarb. 3 teaspoons=too much.

PseudoBadger Thu 08-Nov-12 19:10:59


NotAnotherPackedLunch Thu 08-Nov-12 19:15:52

Made the honeycomb after school and the DC and I have eaten so much "we spoiled our dinner" . Knew all my tv watching would be worth it some day.

Which recipe did you use NAPL? Did yours grow and grow and grow and try to take over the world?

Quite like this masterchef review.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Thu 08-Nov-12 19:47:02

Kitten - we followed Monica's instructions of equal sugar and golden syrup heated into a caramel and then stirred in the bicarbonate....and yes it fizzled and grew very impressively - DCs got very excited by this bit.
Next time we'll use a bit less bicarbonate as there was a bit of an aftertaste, but not enough to stop us stuffing our faces.

I should have listened to Monica properly shouldn't I!

Torn between young apprentice and masterchef! Which to watch first??

NellyBluth Thu 08-Nov-12 20:55:07

Kitten, that's good!

herbaceous Fri 09-Nov-12 15:11:46

Sad to see the back of Matt, though mainly because we, cruelly, likened him to both a deep-sea fish, and a cast member of Towie. He swiftly became known as the Deep Sea Towie.

I liked Anna, shame she went, but pastry chefs struggle with savoury dishes. James and Karl did very well in the short time they had and James' pudding was so pretty.

PseudoBadger Fri 09-Nov-12 17:21:43

I missed the end. Was Anna the pastry chef who served raw pastry earlier in the week?

She was.
I'm sad that Stephanie has gone. I liked her.

BadKitten - thanks for that link - brilliant and very funny review!

I LOVE Monica

Mediocre food (i.e. most of what gets served roubd here) gets a 'I could not serve this to michel' in our house

I liked Stephanie, but what was that sweet potato pudding all about? Looked unappetising too!

I want to have a go at making a lemon tart, but have to find the right recipe first.

Found this recipe funnily enough.

Might try this on my friends next week when they come round for dinner. Eeek!

moogstera1 Tue 13-Nov-12 07:52:44

what in the name of sweet baby Jesus did that bloke make last night.
grey food is never good!

MsNobodyAgain Tue 13-Nov-12 09:59:47

He was bad. And the preview showed Monica gives someone a right pasting "I hate watching you work. It's disgusting, it's dirty, it's a disgrace" shock

It's gotta be grey food man.

BornSour Tue 13-Nov-12 10:58:42

Grey Food Man was the one who said in his little bit that a few years before he'd never even chopped an onion - and it showed.

What the heck was he doing on the professional MC? Also, I'd like to know where he works so I can avoid it...

Grey food was jaw droppingly bad. Very funny! Poor bloke though, I wonder what was going through his head as he presented the food.

And when Monica said that it was things,like that, that made her hate her job shock
I would have sobbed.

Only just found this thread. Grey food was hilarious, how on earth did he get on the show? The guy who served the cheesecake was my favourite last night, really young but seemed so confident. Looking forward to tonights episode with the lovely Michel smile

lynniep Tue 13-Nov-12 11:58:51

They all seem to be a bit sh*t this year. Not even in Ash's ballpark (he that won last year) or even the two young runners up from last year. Please let someone really blossom.

Brugmansia Tue 13-Nov-12 12:15:33

I always want to know more about their background on the professionals and why they've decided to go on. Less so with the young ones who are just starting out. It's the older contestants who've been in the industry for years I'm intrigued by, like Carl from last week who started in France in what seemed very classical way.

I wonder whether really they have just always been a bit mediocre and lack drive, hence they've not really succeeded. Or are they late bloomers who have struggled to have their talents recognised at a later stage of their careers? Or did they have some form of personal crisis that derailed a promising future?

reddwarf Tue 13-Nov-12 20:20:51

I wondered that about Carl too. He said. He's working in a pub making burger and chip, so I was amazed he could cook so well and even more amazed he was classically trained and grew up in France. He seems somehow sad and humble , and yes, I'd love to know how he's ended up flipping burgers.

My God, even I can cook better than grey food man!

BornSour Tue 13-Nov-12 20:34:48

Aww grey food man has been kicked off.

Now there's a massive surprise. grin

PseudoBadger Tue 13-Nov-12 20:34:57

Just L.O.L at this episode!

Whodyanickabollockoff Tue 13-Nov-12 20:57:37

oh well she did really well hats off to her

Whodyanickabollockoff Tue 13-Nov-12 20:59:07

I hope when she has a chance to reflect and watch it over she might realize that she's carry a bit of extra timber that might need addressing(harsh but fair)

NellyBluth Tue 13-Nov-12 21:54:01

She seemed like a fantastic cook rather than a chef - her food looked as though it would taste amazing, but it was far less restaurant-y than the others.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 13-Nov-12 21:59:45

I was a little surprised she went but I see what you mean about her being her a cook rather than a chef.

What some of them did to that lobster was criminal ... says she that has never prepared lobster in her life, but Monica makes it look so easy. She's ace.

Frontpaw Wed 14-Nov-12 21:26:30

Who went tonight?

herbaceous Thu 15-Nov-12 18:31:37

That weird, dead-eyed lee, and Oliver, who disappointed with his lack of mango.

Frontpaw Thu 15-Nov-12 18:47:15

Ah the lost member of the royal family and the pastry chef (lost by pastry??). Not too suprising then! My money's on - whatziz name - Chris? London chef who trained in France (with a scar on his head like he'd be whacked with a very leavy open oyster shell).

greatresult Thu 15-Nov-12 20:33:43

Cheering on the Scottish one.

Brugmansia Thu 15-Nov-12 20:50:48

I think Anton's through.

I like that guy from Devon. That carrot cake! Made me smile

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Fri 16-Nov-12 18:01:20

I absolutely love this. I think monica is absolutely brilliant, her expressions are priceless. And michel is such a gentleman, with a wonderful way of being critical wuithout being harsh.

I am rooting for the devon boy - dd and I are originally from devon and we keep going 'awwwww' at his lovely accent. And that guinea fowl was inspired.

I also had a soft spot for that lovely young lad who looked like a boy from rizzle kicks.

One thing though - why do they persist with those ghastly shit smears on the plates?

MsNobodyAgain Fri 16-Nov-12 18:14:57

I thought he looked like Bruno Mars.

At least they have moved on from paintbrush smears on plates. A smidgen of tasty sauce glued to the plate with a Harris No Loss paint brush.

Mother grin at the shit smears! One of the food critics mentioned those, so I think she's seen a fair few plates like it. That Devon guy is lovely with natural flair and so humble for someone with his talent.

I love Monica and Michel. Even when not impressed they are dignified. I would eat anything Michel put in front of me. In fact I think I could eat him!

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