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Old 14-02-2013, 17:55
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She's never had gammon with pineapple then?
I picked up on that. Top chefs do seem to forget that the general public do know of these crazy food combinations.
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Old 14-02-2013, 17:55
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I try not to criticise a judge's marking when I haven't had the opportunity to taste the food but Mary Ellen has been extremely lucky this week in my opinion to have been marked so high given that she's been late for one course, served undercooked suet on another and not served her main course hot enough. Can't help thinking a judge like Waring would have been marking her right down by now.
I wouldn't say that. I think Wareing has his favourites just as much as other chef judges.
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Old 14-02-2013, 17:57
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I think the noodles on Aiden's dish just didn't go.



They may have tasted wonderful, but when you've gone to so much trouble to theme the rest of your dish as stoneage the includsion of a pot noodle and a revolving fork just spoilt the whole effect.



And the wife and I are slso stunned by Mary Ellen's scores, 15 minutes late, soggy pastry, cold main and she's still in second place? If I were Chris I'd be bloody annoyed.
It did seem out of place. The noodles had nothing to do with the rest of the dish. If it was a noodle soup or pho that you put the beef into then you could imagine it but it was hunks of beef and also had potatoes.
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:36
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Good evening.

Compost and a wheelie bin? Interesting.
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:37
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Really feel for chris. Seems like he has done little wrong this week but when he talks to Phil it sounds like he already knows he has no chance of going through
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:45
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Spheres! I knew she wouldn't let us down...
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:45
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Good evening.

Compost and a wheelie bin? Interesting.
hello
Really feel for chris. Seems like he has done little wrong this week but when he talks to Phil it sounds like he already knows he has no chance of going through
Agree, he appears as an also ran. BUT he may easily go through if ME messes up again.
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:46
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I like Mary Ellen but is she wants a tough critique for cakes she needs to go beyond a 7 year old,
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:49
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Did she say Bin Juice? *shudders*
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:51
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i dont believe that Aiden really thinks he can be overtaken at this stage. I wish the ,lead chefs wouldnt say it.

I dont like the look of his pudding either, but I'm sure it tastes great
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:53
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Chris' pudding sounds delicious.
Banana, Chocolate, rum, raisins etc all good
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Old 14-02-2013, 19:56
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"just not very nice" = ouch
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Old 14-02-2013, 20:00
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Hmm... I know Aiden's pud was a mess, but there's no way Mary Ellen should be level with him after the week she's had.
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Old 14-02-2013, 20:02
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No surprises tonight, not sure how tomorrow will go - if Mary Ellen's food was as good as the scores suggest (assuming Phil marked her down for her mistakes, it must have been amazing) if she executes it to plan tomorrow it could be close.

Should also add, having said I wasn't looking forward to seeing Phil as a judge I have found him quite watchable - much more so as a judge than a competitor for me.
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Old 14-02-2013, 20:24
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Hm. Had to pause viewing to take a Valentine's phonecall, so just catching up.

Presentation wise, I like Chris's banana best - it was mildly witty, rather than trying too bloomin hard with dustbins and mock slime burgers.

I'm not sure how Chris has offended? I've liked all his food, and he hasn't cocked up on 3 out of 4 days like ME has.

Heyho.
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Old 14-02-2013, 21:22
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I predict that Aiden Byrne will win tomorrow and he will cry like a baby.
Mind you if he loses again, for a fourth time...
Either way there will be tears.

I hope Mary-Ellen wins though.
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Old 14-02-2013, 22:16
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No surprises tonight, not sure how tomorrow will go - if Mary Ellen's food was as good as the scores suggest (assuming Phil marked her down for her mistakes, it must have been amazing) if she executes it to plan tomorrow it could be close.

Should also add, having said I wasn't looking forward to seeing Phil as a judge I have found him quite watchable - much more so as a judge than a competitor for me.
Mary Ellens food must taste fabulous considering all her cock ups.

I do not like Phil, but I have not disliked him as much as a judge, when he was cheffing I wanted to strangle him.
Hm. Had to pause viewing to take a Valentine's phonecall, so just catching up.

Presentation wise, I like Chris's banana best - it was mildly witty, rather than trying too bloomin hard with dustbins and mock slime burgers.

I'm not sure how Chris has offended? I've liked all his food, and he hasn't cocked up on 3 out of 4 days like ME has.

Heyho.
I agree. but I didnt need to go off for a valentines phonecall
What makes you think Chris has offended?

I predict that Aiden Byrne will win tomorrow and he will cry like a baby.
Mind you if he loses again, for a fourth time...
Either way there will be tears.

I hope Mary-Ellen wins though.
Good predictions. I think you might be spot on
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Old 14-02-2013, 23:48
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IMO chris's dessert was worth more than a 6 if the only fault was a slight lack of banana flavour which is easily fixed. The bin idea was awful...ME has had a very lucky week not being seriously penalised for her cock ups, considering aiden got a 4 for his slime burger disaster.
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Old 15-02-2013, 08:35
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IMO chris's dessert was worth more than a 6 if the only fault was a slight lack of banana flavour which is easily fixed. The bin idea was awful...ME has had a very lucky week not being seriously penalised for her cock ups, considering aiden got a 4 for his slime burger disaster.
I'd agree, didn't get what was remotely funny/witty about ME's desert, a tiny portion hidden among stuff you couldn't eat and stuff in a bin - horrible presentation Although I hate bananas and have them down on my 'Evil Food' list (yes, I have one ) that was far and away the best presentation.

As others have said, I can only imagine ME's food tastes amazing, but I think Aiden will be through tonight.
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Old 15-02-2013, 08:40
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I've been dissapointed with this week's episodes, the North-West heats are normally quite good, but I don't think many (if any) of the dishes really fit the brief. Plus for the 2nd time in 3 weeks my favourite has been eliminated first.

I think it'll be quite close tonight, Mary-Ellen is clearly a very talented chef given the scores she got despite her mistakes, so if she rectifys them tonight, it could mean another defeat for Aiden.
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Old 15-02-2013, 09:18
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I quite liked the 'rubbish' dessert idea by ME. I think if she restructured the presentation so the square grassy think had a path to the side for the wheelie bin then it would work much better - it would bring the concept together - I think Phil was right pointing out the bin on a side plate just looked odd.

I was also surprised by the lack of 'stuff' in the trifle. It seemed to be made of just 2 things, the sponge, the spheres and the custard. I suppose there was the edible soil too. But it seems lacking in something for a trifle.

I liked the concept, thought it was funny but it must have tasted very good to get the scores she did. She will have to do better tonight if she is to impress the judges.

I suspect Aiden will walk it as the pressure is much higher in the final and she was jelly in the rounds!
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Old 15-02-2013, 09:19
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I don't suppose I really do think there's some massive conspiracy against Chris, I was being DS-ish

I too thought ME's presentation was abysmal, and both hers and Aiden's concentrated far too much on OO look how quirky I can be. Chris's tasted good, if a bit under-bananaed, and the presentation made me smile, rather than go What??? , which fulfilled the brief for me.

Heyho, not the end of civilization.
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Old 15-02-2013, 09:29
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I hope Aidan wins tonight. For his own sanity more than anything.

Do any of you make predictions as to a course you think "wow" and "that's totes going to the banquet"? So far, I have Michael's starter, Aidan's main and Tom's pud.

Though I liked Michael's main a lot.I think Scotland definitely will get a dish there.
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Old 15-02-2013, 09:35
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I hope Aidan wins tonight. For his own sanity more than anything.

Do any of you make predictions as to a course you think "wow" and "that's totes going to the banquet"? So far, I have Michael's starter, Aidan's main and Tom's pud.

Though I liked Michael's main a lot.I think Scotland definitely will get a dish there.
Ahh, I've got Michael's main as a lock in for the banquet - after that I don't think we've seen another banquet dish yet, although if she makes it thought ME's starter would be my pick so far.
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Old 15-02-2013, 12:37
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Ahh, I've got Michael's main as a lock in for the banquet - after that I don't think we've seen another banquet dish yet, although if she makes it thought ME's starter would be my pick so far.
Yeah I really liked Michael's main course because while not overtly humorous (I did adore the fez though), it represented Comic Relief's work - and it looked so so good.

I think you might be right, actually!
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