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  1. Look for the one that says PUSH
  2. The contestants had to spray paint the mousses.
  3. It was a few weeks ago that Ben shared that he has been dealing with ulcerative colitis, and that he needed surgery that he was putting off for the competition.
  4. I would like to think that the person who made the comment only meant native born, but I honestly don't know. I am very happy that the prediction about Ben winning was wrong. If Ben had aced round one it might have been fair, but the judges just couldn't pretend that Ben's dishes were on par with Sashi's. As has been said, Sashi would have had to totally stuff up the pressure test to lose. Thankfully he only made one mistake which was easy to fix, albeit down to the wire stressful. I still would have liked to see Khanh in the final, but since Sashi won, I'm ok with the outcome. I loved George's comment about Matt's outfit being one of the surprises of the season lol. I guess Matt doesn't do tuxedos? One of the highlights of the season for me was getting to share it with all of you in this forum. Thanks for the laughter and the astute observations. I probably won't join in on the actual cooking, but I will check in to see how you are going. I'm off to see if celeriac is available in the US. I'm very curious to see what it tastes like.
  5. Yes he will, which is good. Shannon chose his dish to serve at his restaurant. There is a rumor circulating that Khanh is working there, but he may have been spotted there the night Shannon served his dish, which they never again mentioned on the show. Brett was not there, and they didn't mention why he wasn't there, unlike with Loki, so yes,he probably did give them an RSVP they didn't care for, or he couldn't make it and they didn't think it was worth mentioning. I saw a comment on another site that makes sense. They said Ben's going to win because it's an Aussie show and Aussie tv wants an Aussie winner. It will be interesting to see what happens.
  6. My theory is that they feel that Ben has a better chance against Sashi than Khanh. Ben is the, most undeserved, anointed one.
  7. If I went to a restaurant here in the US and ordered surf and turf, I would be mightily pissed if the turf turned out to be meat jus. I am so disappointed in this show now. I knew when they started raving about Ben's main that he would make the final. Protein, puree, sauce. Lather, rinse,repeat. Oh, wait, there were TWO carrots on the plate. Meanwhile, Khanh cooked a great dish, but not a "spectacular" one? So Ben's main was spectacular? IMO, they put Sashi through because Khanh could actually beat Ben. I could be wrong, because Khanh did screw up his crispy garlic. But first Shannon told him the garlic was essential when Khanh originally wanted to scrap it, then he tells him to forget it when Khanh was running late. I guess it doesn't really matter, since they needed Sashi, who has demonstrated real problems with pressure tests, to go against Ben, who has had lots of pressure test experience. I just want to say that Sashi is a great cook, but even in this round, both of his dishes were "rustic." Ben has easier plating because he hardly puts anything on the plate. I will be shocked if Ben doesn't win tomorrow. This is going to go down as the most manipulated series in their history. :(
  8. So there you have it. First all male top 3 in Masterchef history! I wonder if they will mention it tomorrow. I really felt for Jess in that competition because she worked her butt off. Unfortunately, her habit of throwing random ingredients together without thinking her flavors through finally did her in. It is interesting that the guest chefs were split between her and Sashi. I agree that Ben should be the next to go. There is nothing new or original about his cooking. Same old, same old. Protein, puree, sauce or bisque and token vegetable. Sashi makes that chicken rice dish all the time, and he knows it takes longer to cook it properly than the time he had, so I don't understand why he thought he could make it better in less time. Magic maybe? I always enjoy the turn the tables master class. It's fun to see the contestants give some grief back to the judges. Gary and George really make it seem so effortless though. I know that they mentioned why Loki wasn't there, but did anyone see Brett? I really would like to see Khanh win the whole thing. He's the only one of the three who has consistently stretched himself and sought to be original throughout the competition. Plus he's the best at doing both sweet and savory well. I can't say I ever thought about it, but I'm not really surprised. Definitely a flattering photo, though.
  9. @Catzilla that's a great photo to have with Mars in the picture! The longest lunar eclipse of the century. So cool. Thanks for responding!
  10. In a post that has nothing to do with cooking, did you lucky folks on the other side of the world get to see the eclipse today?
  11. The advantage to being in the US is that I get to watch it Sunday morning, so it's really only 3 days :)
  12. @Athena Just so you know,, the fb page is saying that Grand Finale week starts Sunday. Still up to you, imo.
  13. Whatever works for you @Athena
  14. I didn't think Monty bullied Sashi at all. To me he was trying to help him and protect his restaurant's reputation. He told Sashi and Ben that they were moving too slow, and it didn't seem to affect their speed much at all lol. He probably suffered as much stress as they did. Yes, they are home cooks, but every season they put them in professional settings. It's part of the competition, and all the contestants know that. I got the impression that Khanh was planning to use the siphon gun, but Monty did suggest that he chill the guns first. Yes, he did use this season's basic dessert formula, but given the number of dishes he had to prepare, it was probably the smartest thing to do. I was wondering why they rated Ben's dish better than Jess's. Her meat was cooked perfectly, and they loved her salsa verde. I did notice, though, that they said nothing at all about her celeriac puree.
  15. Well, that was a very intense cook, and I felt so bad for Sashi. Mad props to him for being so ambitious, but I bet when the chef said he should have made linguine he probably agreed. I am so happy that they chose Khanh's dish over Ben's, especially since, if the chef hadn't told Ben to fix his zucchini puree, his dish wouldn't have been top 2. I'm proud of Jess for putting up a meat dish and cooking it properly. I realize that they filmed this in off season, but I think that, if I knew my resort was going to be on international tv, I would have cleaned the pool. Just saying.