Today was the premiere of Gordon Ramsey’s MasterChef 2012. The show began by reminding viewers what the MasterChef 2012 could win. Some of the prizes this year includes a $250,000 cash grand prize, and a cookbook for the winner. After touring around the country, they narrowed it down to some of the best home chefs in the USA. The final chefs had to present their best dish to judges Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot. From those chefs some would be chosen to compete for the grand prizes.
Not all the contestants were knockout finalist, and only a few made it to the next round. Tonight viewers were treated with some hilarious misfires, tear-worthy triumphs, and standout dishes and contestants. So what happened on tonight’s premiere of MasterChef 2012?
WARNING: MASTERCHEF 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD!
Please be warned this post contains MASTERCHEF 2012 spoilers for the season 3 premiere. Please do not keep reading if you do not want to know what happened!
In part one of MasterChef 2012’s two night premiere, about thirteen contestants made it through to the actual competition. Only a couple were shown and named.
One of the first shown was a nineteen year old named Michael (?). The judges asked him if he had a girlfriend, he confidently came out and said he was gay. He also shared his views on being conservative and not thinking it was right to date in high school. His trademark dish was Chinese dumplings. All three judges commended him for coming out and being comfortable in his identity and skin. They also loved his dish, claiming it was one of the best they had in all the seasons they’ve been doing the show.
He received three enthusiastic yes, and then he ran out to hug his dad.
Up next was mom Monte Crystal (Yes, that is her real name). They began her story by showing some images of her and her son Danger. She said he’ll thank her for that name when he hits college age. I really doubt that.
She entered the room already having a big personality that could either hurt her, or make her this season. Joe Bastianich wasn’t impressed by her personality or food. He wasn’t buying what she was selling. He thought the whole thing was an act. She countered by saying it wasn’t an act, it was her life! I’m with Joe, her personality is a little too much, but maybe she’ll win me over as the season progresses.
Sidetrack: I kind of love Joe, who knew there was someone more critical and scary than Gordon?
Next up was eighteen year old Samantha. Super cute Samantha made a carrot cake, and tried to convince the judges she could handle the competition pressure. The judges were not sure and called her parents in for reassurance. They eventually decided she wasn’t ready, but she should come back next year and tryout again. I think this was a good move from the judges, she seemed too nice, like this competition would eat her alive. Can you imagine Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsey yelling at her? She just seemed too young and sweet for a competitive reality show. It’ll be interesting to see if she really does return next year.
Ryan, or the loser, as the chefs should have called him (I actually liked Ryan, but the chefs seemed to hate him for not working. I felt for the guy. Not everyone knows what they want to do from preschool, Gordon! Give the kid a break.) Ryan hasn’t worked for a year and a half because he has yet to find something he liked doing. As Gordon Ramsey said “not everyone can afford that luxury” and from that statement he lost Ramsey’s support. Gordon even called the tricks he did to perfect his meal “arrogant.” Eventually, he won the other two judges and received an apron.
One of the standout contestants from tonight was seven-feet tall Josh. He was playful and really passionate about cooking. All three judges loved him, even though they tried to hide their smiles. They loved his dish and he started crying when he got his apron. He already managed to win me over with being one of the most unusual contestants (how many seven-feet tall chefs that could have chosen basketball over cooking do you know?) to compete in a show like this, and he seems like one of the most passionate.
He was not the only unusual contestant revealed on tonight’s episode. The first ever blind MasterChef, Christine,was introduced. The judges were immediately on her side the minute she stepped in the room. They asked her how she became blind. She said about ten years ago, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and started going blind. The judges told her that everyone has a struggle and they weren’t going to show her any favoritism for her disease, but they all loved her and she went through.
Some other things that happened on tonight’s episode was a montage of crazy contestants, including a girl that had a fake British accent, most didn’t make it.
Two other highlighted contestants were Shami from Africa, who didn’t make it, and Audrey who made miniature versions of the judges. Gordon Ramsey and Graham Elliot had a great time mocking the finally smiling version of Joe Bastianich she made. Audrey made it through to the competition.
So who was your favorite contestant from tonight’s MasterChef 2012?