04:04 PM EDT 09/16/2014
Originally posted 08/22/2012 12:35PM
Joe Bastianich is a successful restaurateur, vineyard owner and author of the memoir Restaurant Man. He's also a judge on MasterChef, which challenges home cooks to prove they can cut it in top professional kitchens. Each week he's blogging season 3 of Fox's hit show, offering an insider's take on the competition.
We are down to our own Fab Five on MasterChef!
Allowing our remaining home cooks to use self-selected ingredients is so beyond their skill level at this point, I'm honestly surprised they thought it would be that easy. With $250,000 up for grabs, they should have seen it coming. Graham, Gordon and I took a look around that kitchen and realized the best way to trip them up was to let their extreme diversity pose the challenge.
There is an unspoken but absolute belief among the contestants that Becky is the frontrunner by a long shot. The problem this poses for Becky is that she, too, believes this blindly. While I admire a strong sense of self-confidence, there is always a happy medium.
Originally posted 07/10/2012 09:30AM
From what was once a solid and tight-knit group of home cooks, on Monday's episode of MasterChef we saw the competitive nature of our contestants! With nine left, the pressure is mounting, and we are anxious to see who has the ability to carry it to the next level.
Sea urchin is not something that is found in most kitchens across the country, but Graham, Gordon and I wanted a clearer picture of our home cooks' food sensibility and creativity. Cooking is a craft, a profession and an art form. A true MasterChef should have the ability to work with something foreign to them and, with little explanation, should possess enough innate knowledge and intuition about food to make the most out of it. It is what differentiates a cook from a chef. We saw this with both Felix and Josh in the uni challenge, and later with Monti during elimination. It is exactly what we expect at this stage of the game, and those who don’t possess it will be weeded out.
Originally posted 06/04/2012 08:15PM
Chefs rely heavily on their sense of taste and smell to cook – especially if they're blind like MasterChef contestant Christine Ha.
"I have to depend a lot more on the other senses to cook – taste, smell, how certain ingredients feel," she tells PEOPLE. "I'll know if a piece of meat is close to being done by how it feels against my hand or utensils."
Christine, 33, has been diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a condition of the central nervous system that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord.
"The very first bout I had was in 1999," she says of the condition. "It only happened in one eye then. It didn't recover completely so I learned to adjust to seeing out of one eye. In 2004, it decreased to the level where I could no longer drive. In 2007, it decreased to where I am now. I have to use a cane to walk around or take somebody's arm and be guided."
Originally posted 05/28/2012 12:15PM
It was supposed to be a friendly affair, but Will Ferrell and Gordon Ramsay got more than they bargained for – the latter ended up in hospital – at a charity soccer game on Sunday that was rougher than anticipated.
The actor, 44, hobbled off with an apparent leg injury, while the celebrity chef, 45, had to be stretchered off and given oxygen after a clattering tackle by former pro player Teddy Sheringham at the annual Soccer Aid game in Manchester, England.
"Thx 4 all the messages. Out of hospital after receiving amazing care from medics at ground & hospital. Bit sore but fine," Ramsay wrote Monday on Twitter.
Originally posted 11/10/2011 05:55AM
Sara Rue treated herself at the London Hotel in West Hollywood during the Give & Get fête. The former Jenny Craig spokesperson and her husband Kevin Price sampled tray-passed mini turkey burgers and French macaroons made by Gordon Ramsay. She also chatted with Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz about her favorite new TV shows. Also at the soiree, which featured a silent auction: Tiffani Thiessen and Jennifer Love Hewitt. – Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 01/20/2011 10:35AM
When Gordon Ramsay was recently photographed with a puffed-up face while on vacation with his family in Napa Valley, Calif., tabloids were quick to suspect hair treatments or cosmetic surgery, which Ramsay has admitted to having before.
The real answer, this time, according to the celebrity chef? Gasoline and horses.
Ramsay, 44, told reporters during a conference call that he was chasing bandits in Costa Rica for a documentary on illegal shark fin hunting when his "hair nightmare" occurred.
Originally posted 10/28/2009 11:30AM
Gordon Ramsay might be able to take the heat in the kitchen but when Simon Cowell remarked on his deep facial lines, the celebrity chef decided enough was enough.
"My mother said they were smile lines," the Michelin-starred chef told Britain's Radio Times magazine, referring to the deep grooves on his chin. "I could deal with that at 21, but not at 42."
Furthermore, he said, "Simon Cowell suggested that now I'm a success in America, I should do something, so I had a filler put under the deep crevices."
Originally posted 01/29/2009 07:15AM
Gordon Ramsay isn't about to get into an all-out food fight with fellow chef Mario Batali – but that didn't stop the outspoken Hell's Kitchen star from tossing a little mud at his rival on Wednesday.
"It's really sad. I have never met Mario Batali," Ramsay told reporters when asked about a supposed long-running feud between the two men.
On Tuesday, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Batali had banned Ramsay from eating at his restaurants – including Manhattan's Babbo and the Spotted Pig – after Ramsay made up an unflattering nickname for him.
Originally posted 10/07/2008 08:10AM
Chef Gordon Ramsay has a new target for his famous temper: Prince Charles.
The Hell's Kitchen star, who has notched up 12 Michelin stars and a string of successful restaurants, has condemned some of the prince's line of organic produce for being "boring" and "processed."
The Prince, 59, established Duchy Originals to market a wide range of organic foods – from oatmeal crackers to meat.
But Ramsay, 41, tells the magazine of the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph, "I am upset with him. When I looked at his Duchy food I was gobsmacked, amazed, dumbfounded at what I discovered."
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