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The Unseasoned 22-year-old Chef, Whitney Miller,Takes the Master Chef (No-Bake Cheese)Cake

The finale of Master Chef was as deflating as the souffle-bread-pudding winner Whitney Miller created. Can anyone say "cheese" (cake or Velveeta)?

I was feeling rather sick last night after watching the finale of the first-ever American Master Chef on Fox. You know how you feel when you eat too fast, or too many jalapenos? I don't know where that little Speedy Alka-Seltzer guy went, but I sure could have used an anti-acid after watching this combo American Idol-Survivor-Chopped reality show finale, aka Gordon Ramsay's latest hit pet project.

The championship was no surprise; Whitney had "winner" written all over her adorable face on the episode before this one (and if she wasn't Ramsay's little "pet" in the pet project, I'll eat Mike's hat). But to me, crowning Whitney Master Chef was a little like giving a green blazer to the amateur golfer who made the most series of holes in one at a miniature golf course. Yes, the young Mississippi college student can cook, but mostly Southern diner food. Now, I am a fan of Southern diner food (I went to school in Missouri), but I wouldn't want a steady diet of it - especially fried chicken and biscuits layered with gravy. To me,her repetitive statements about wanting to win were as grating as the many onions used in one or more finale dishes. One has to ask just how long a 22-year-old student has dreamed of opening a catering firm?And what her cookbook will contain? (Lemme guess, no canned tomatoes).

I can't fathom why I sat through to the end. Like I said, it was a major conglomeration of Idol, Survivor and Chopped.1) Idol, because of the confetti falling from the rafters when Whitney (no surprise) was crowned Master Idol, I mean Master Chef. idol, again,  when she gasped, "My dreams have come true" (or something to that effect). Her comments were so cheesy-packaged, they could have come from Kraft. Also, I was waiting for her to say "Now, I'm going to Disneyland,"  because she was truly the one contestant who might have needed to be measured before getting on a ride. 2) Survivor, because the producers thought to bring in the family and loved ones (even fiances) of the final four. C'mon now,producers, was it really important for the loved ones to watch the cook-off from the all-purpose balcony? It wasn't like the contestants had been marooned for weeks on a desert island, starving as they searched for something to cook.  And finally, this show was reminiscent of 3) Chopped (Food Network's ongoing series) in that the finalists competed for money ($10,000 a paltry sum compared to Master Chef's $250,000). Chopped contestants also must create an appetizer, entree and dessert (although confined to the unusual contents in their basket) during an established time limit (with shots of the clock as time evaporates).

I don't know about you, but it struck me as so scripted when Graham asked for Sheetal to make an apple pie (her specialty), and Gordon asked David for clam chowder. C'mon judges. You gonna ask a wanna-be Boston Brahmin to make clam-chowder?  And, when Graham asked for cheese cake, I thought he knew exactly what Whitney (aka Pastry Princess) could create. Never in my life would I dream that a dessert that looked (and probably tasted) like Jello could win a cheesecake contest.

What did I learn from watching this finale? 1)You have a better chance of winning if Gordon likes you and you pose absolutely no threat to his culinary skills. 2) Some times a cute 20-something bartender can also cook. 3) Graham Eliot needs to stop rubbing apple pie slices on his stomach and go on the soup diet. That being said, I really did dig his vintage-like white and red specs. 4) Joe Bastianich (Mr. Snarl) knows how to judge a veal chop in at least 3 different ways, including tasting. He also didn't offer any more jobs to any of the ejected, former apron-wearers (sigh).

 I originally called this series Velveeta TV (or should have). By the crowning, I felt as deflated as a souffle Whitney turned out for her final dessert (although she masqueraded it as bread pudding).

Well, in reality (TV), what else could you expect from the barking, whirling cooking dervish Ramsay and the co-producers of the series, called The Biggest Losers?

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Comments (11)

I agree! And for that matter I thought all three judges were annoying.

I'm still trying to figure out why I watched it as much as I did, Kathleen, but it's nice to know I'm not alone in my thinking! cheers

Bobby

You watched it through because it was good. If you were curious, Master Chef was #1 for the summer, so a lot of people watched it. And as any reality TV, friends and family should be on it. They were on in the beginning and end and it really showed you that these contestants were human and were ordinary people like you and I. How great was it to see Lee cook for his mom who came all the way over from Israel?

Anyways, I don't understand why you are hating on Whitney so much. Simply put, she survived (no pun intended) when she needed to and at the end she not only beat David with three dishes but she also beat Lee who probably really was the best. Every now and then the little person wins and that's what happened. The simple fact that she was 22 years old! and able to do what she did is amazing. She showed up when she needed to and won. The arrogance and confidence of David ended up failing him as he took a chance with his dishes and didn't cook them to perfection.

Sure you can say Whitney will sell more cookbooks, sure some other contestants were better technical cooks then Whitney but in the end she took out the best three guys in the entire competition........period.

Now... STOP HATING !! ;-) J/K.. good article

Bobby

You watched it through because it was good. If you were curious, Master Chef was #1 for the summer, so a lot of people watched it. And as any reality TV, friends and family should be on it. They were on in the beginning and end and it really showed you that these contestants were human and were ordinary people like you and I. How great was it to see Lee cook for his mom who came all the way over from Israel?

Anyways, I don't understand why you are hating on Whitney so much. Simply put, she survived (no pun intended) when she needed to and at the end she not only beat David with three dishes but she also beat Lee who probably really was the best. Every now and then the little person wins and that's what happened. The simple fact that she was 22 years old! and able to do what she did is amazing. She showed up when she needed to and won. The arrogance and confidence of David ended up failing him as he took a chance with his dishes and didn't cook them to perfection.

Sure you can say Whitney will sell more cookbooks, sure some other contestants were better technical cooks then Whitney but in the end she took out the best three guys in the entire competition........period.

Now... STOP HATING !! ;-) J/K.. good article

TY Bobby - I appreciate your view point. I was salting the expected ending, because the show was billed as finding America's best home cook. Hmmm. Whitney? I think she just might be America's best college cook, but that's another story, I mean another reality show. I don't really feel this was about the underdog winning, but about Gordon Ramsay manipulating. And it was well-done; rare for today's reality shows, but I give that credit to the producers and the editors more than anyone else. They actually run the show behind-the-scenes, (I'd tell you how I know that, but....)

Bobby

HaHa... You cant say that and not explain!!!! Come on...!!!!!

Sworn to secrecy, Bobby; strictly on the QT, but there's a certain formula to reality shows, which most of the good ones follow. OK?

princess jennica

i love whitney very much !!!!!

uhm but i find the judge very hard to please,,,

but it is still the best show in town,,,

leeann

Whitney won because she cooks real good all American food - a real USA masterchef, whereas David cooked a British main course and a French dessert (moderately well) and didnt represent the food of the US. Also we are very swayed by presentation but none of us have tasted the food and they said her chicken was extraordinary in taste.

leeann

Whitney won because she cooks real good all American food - a real USA masterchef, whereas David cooked a British main course and a French dessert (moderately well) and didnt represent the food of the US. Also we are very swayed by presentation but none of us have tasted the food and they said her chicken was extraordinary in taste.

Katelyn

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