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AIBU Masterchef

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Funkingownit Sat 18-Jul-15 06:33:54

I didn't get to see the last 10 minutes of Masterchef last night as the Iplayer is shit, but I saw them make a start on their desserts for the final challenge. AIBU to think that as amateur cooks, they wouldn't know how to make dishes such as keyline pie and chocolate fondant etc, without a fucking recipe? Rack of lamb, spuds and veg, sure. But cakes and things? I really don't think so. I feel like we're being deceived into thinking they're doing it all off the tops of their heads.

Also, I hate those finger condoms. What if a bit gets sliced off when cutting stuff? Not bright blue like the plasters, so condom rubber in the food. Boak.

BeansInBoots Sat 18-Jul-15 06:36:18

I'm not watching it 'live' I'm about 10000 episodes behind, but I've often wondered about how they cook such dishes without recipes.

I think they must be allowed to research some of the tasks overnight, because sometimes the contestants make something then say they've never made it before.. But still confused

ChipsOnChips Sat 18-Jul-15 06:41:17

If you know basics you can make pretty much anything. I've never made a key lime pie but could manage a reasonable one without a recipe if I had too.

WutheringFrights Sat 18-Jul-15 06:42:40

I bake cakes from memory make it up as I go along not to masterchef standard but I rarely use recipe. I do have an entire bookcase of cookery books though that I read like others read a good novel.

Altinkum Sat 18-Jul-15 06:44:44

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Cheesecake1980 Sat 18-Jul-15 07:04:24

My friend did MC but in a different country.
They were told the say before what they would have to cook. So had the evening to research.
They were allowed to take a recipe in with them but had to keep it hidden under the counter. Obviously the were not filmed checking the

Cheesecake1980 Sat 18-Jul-15 07:04:42


Spartans Sat 18-Jul-15 07:31:52

It's not filmed as its done.

They often mention that it turned out differently when they tried it at home.

I am also sure they are allowed longer than it says. Rylan managed to make some pasta from scratch in an hour. He mentioned it drying out, which should take longer. I think they prep then have an hour to do the last bits

CaveMum Sat 18-Jul-15 07:37:13

Greg said last night that Rylan had done his research properly to make his "Cheerful Meal" taste authentic.

Its the same with Bake-Off, they get told a week in advance what they will be doing so they get a chance to practice.

stripytees Sat 18-Jul-15 07:41:27

Surely it's no secret that most tasks are their own recipes they practice at home? It is often mentioned. Only the invention tests tend to be spontaneous without preparation or practice.

Funkingownit Sat 18-Jul-15 09:04:44

Well, it was an invention challenge confused Anyway, seems it's all smoke and mirrors, like most TV. smile

Icimoi Sat 18-Jul-15 09:22:23

I find it very difficult to believe that he's hardly cooked before, as they claim. At the very least he's been on a crash cooking course.

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Sat 18-Jul-15 10:16:04

I guess if you know you're going on masterchef you'd type and learn beforehand?

Icimoi Sat 18-Jul-15 10:39:21

I have no problem with them trying to learn things beforehand, what I do have a problem with is then claiming to have done virtually nothing.

froggyjump Sat 18-Jul-15 10:43:28

I read an article on GBBO which said the contestants have to submit all the recipes and ingredients list for the whole series before they start at all, obviously with the weekly themes known in advance. so they do have loads of time to practice - I would assume Masterchef is similar.

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