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Old 12-02-2013, 18:49
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I will just wait and agree with Pru on Friday
That's all I've done this series -ignored the heats and watched the food as it came up for the judges! I find this Comic Relief 'amusing food' concept rather boring.
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:44
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That's all I've done this series -ignored the heats and watched the food as it came up for the judges! I find this Comic Relief 'amusing food' concept rather boring.
I wish they would stop with such silly briefs.

I am happy with a brief to use local ingredients, healthy meals or include traditional/artisan food, but 'funny food?' that is too subjective for me.
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:48
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I thought the local ingredients brief was by far the best. I also like the sharing food one.
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:50
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Oh dear. Mary-Ellen hero to zero, poor girl
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:53
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Chris' dish looks very styled.
A for effort
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:55
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Really like the look of Chris' dish, though I wouldn't like the taste, salmon/caviar/horseradish - not for me
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:59
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7 for raw? wow.

Aidan should have 10 points for just being a nice guy.

On the other hand, the gnome man's food and presentation looked much better than Aidan's to me, so it's a shame he got the same points. imho.
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:59
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7 is just horrifically overmarked given his description
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:59
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Oh dear. Mary-Ellen hero to zero, poor girl
what happened?
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:00
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Really like the look of Chris' dish, though I wouldn't like the taste, salmon/caviar/horseradish - not for me
From the scoring it looks like TH agrees, Aiden scoring 8 for taste and chris getting the same score presumably for hitting the brief.

the rest of M-E's dish must have been stunning for her to get a 7 with raw suet pastry
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:02
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She cooked a frozen oyster in suet pastry but the pastry was uncooked when served.
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:16
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She cooked a frozen oyster in suet pastry but the pastry was uncooked when served.
was that an oven problem or just rubbish cooking? I hope she gets through anyway as I like the look of the beans dish
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:46
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was that an oven problem or just rubbish cooking? I hope she gets through anyway as I like the look of the beans dish
she says she is mystified about the cause of the problem. Maybe sabbotage

I like her disposition.
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Old 12-02-2013, 20:54
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She cooked a frozen oyster in suet pastry but the pastry was uncooked when served.
I wonder what score Johnnie Mountain would of got if he served uncooked pastry?

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Old 12-02-2013, 21:47
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15 minutes late on the starter, raw pastry in the fish dish and she's still in the (joint) lead?

Looks like it's a scrap for the second place in front of the judges
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Old 12-02-2013, 22:11
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Sabotage? Hmmmm. Several chefs have had mysterious equipment failures, like ovens too hot....
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Old 12-02-2013, 22:12
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Sabotage? Hmmmm. Several chefs have had mysterious equipment failures, like ovens too hot....
More likely that they are using equipment they aren't used to.
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Old 12-02-2013, 22:20
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Hiya peeps

I'm a week behind so have a lot of catching up to do.

Guess who I saw on Good Morning today... a certain "Chef Dean".... young "digger" himself... Dunno how often he does a cook spot there... and what he does for his "day job"... looking good tho'
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Old 12-02-2013, 23:25
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I wonder what score Johnnie Mountain would of got if he served uncooked pastry?

I think a 2, but it would have been funny to see TH's face as he delivered the news.

15 minutes late on the starter, raw pastry in the fish dish and she's still in the (joint) lead?

Looks like it's a scrap for the second place in front of the judges
They all agree her flavours and textures are great.
Sabotage? Hmmmm. Several chefs have had mysterious equipment failures, like ovens too hot....
I was kidding about sabotage.

Its weird being in an unfamilair kitchen and you make mistakes.
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Old 12-02-2013, 23:45
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From the previews I was expecting a bag or green gloop to burst for McTague. It didn't happen so that would indicate that she has more problems tomorrow.

Her brief could be a comedy or errors
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Old 13-02-2013, 05:18
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When nice-fella Aidan and the other guy tasted Mary Annīs dish they didnīt raise any concern about the undercooked pastry, and thatīs something that would not go unnoticed. Maybe the portion served to Phil was just underooked god knows why, that could explain why Phil didnīt mark her down that much, maybe an execution error in one of the portions is not such a big deal.

First course she was late, now she had a technical error... I donīt think Phil would be as benevolent if she had another third cock-up, it would not be fair on the other two guys.
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Old 13-02-2013, 10:09
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Can I just bow down to Cherrybomber as the master of the multi-quote? #skillz

I'm loving Phil as a judge/mentor. If they do a series 9, I hope he's back in that role!

Last night was interesting. I wasn't sure I'd eat any of the 3 plates that were produced. Looking forward to tonight.

Last year I really liked Aidan and I felt for him when he lost out again. But he's not exactly covering himself with glory this time round. He seems quite spiteful and maybe it was just the edit, but he seemed to relish Mary-Ellen's criticisms from Phil about her dish's failings. Maybe it's just me though.
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Old 13-02-2013, 14:09
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I think Aidan is just desperate to get through and see Mary Ellen as his main competition. But he is coming across as a bit desperate....

If I were him I wouldn't have come back a fourth time, especially with a brief that is the antithesis of his personality!!
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Old 13-02-2013, 15:24
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I think Aidan is just desperate to get through and see Mary Ellen as his main competition. But he is coming across as a bit desperate....

If I were him I wouldn't have come back a fourth time, especially with a brief that is the antithesis of his personality!!
...But now that they showed us his partner saying she was going to marry him if he got through last year, and her waggling her wedding finger and saying "still not married" .... makes me wonder if there is a "story" in the making here? No, the beeb wouldnt be so shallow, ...would it?
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Old 13-02-2013, 15:39
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Really like the look of Chris' dish, though I wouldn't like the taste, salmon/caviar/horseradish - not for me
I'd have demolished that, loved the sound and look of it

7 is just horrifically overmarked given his description
It did seem very high, I like Mary-Ellen, but me and Mr AK play 'yell the score before the judge says it' (yes, we are that easily amused ) and both had it down as a 5 - can only imagine the rest tasted divine, but a mistake on the plate and missing the brief
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