It’s been ages since I wrote anything for this blog. I kind of got too busy to care about it anymore but last night’s finale of Masterchef forced me out of retirement to cry foul.
In the hour before the finale, high-heel loving former pole dancer, Courtney Lapresi went up against Malibu dad, Leslie Gilliams. The pressure test for them was to make three desserts in two hours, a cheesecake, a key lime pie and a Boston cream pie.
Making a cheesecake in just two hours is hard enough because the cool down period is usually at least two hours by itself if not more. But this is TV and they were covering the cheesecake with a cherry topping that would hide any of the crevices usually accompanying cheesecakes that cooled too quickly. Somehow they both got decent looking cheesecakes and Courney’s was declared the better of the two. Her key lime pie didn’t fare as well so Leslie won that round. Her Boston Cream pie looked pretty bad especially since she considers herself a dessert expert. Leslie’s pie looked great but he lost that round because, according to what we saw, Leslie accidentally substituted sugar with salt.
This is where I call foul or more accurately bullshit. Joe Bastianich, one of the two judges who isn’t Gordon Ramsey. consoled Leslie by saying anybody who has made more than 2 cakes has made that mistatke. Here I call double bullshit. I’ve made lots of cakes. My mom has made plenty more. My grandmother made cakes for every grandchild every year. My friends all cook and have made cakes. None of us have made that mistake.
Sugar comes in paper sacks. Salt comes in round boxes with metal spouts. Confusing the two is practically impossible. And for Leslie, who had cooking chops most home cooks could only dream of, to make that mistake at the most crucial point in the competition seems fake and contrived. He’s too fucking good of a cook to make that blunder.
For whatever reason, I think the producers wanted a battle of the babes in the finale. Or at the very least, they wanted Courtney in the finale. Had she won the semi-final round, perhaps the pressure test between Leslie and Elizabeth might have been more honest.
Courtney was a lightning rod for this show. She was the most competitive and showed the most personality. She was spotlighted often throughout the season. She was set up to be the one you loved to hate, a staple in any reality competition. I could see why they wanted her to be on the show for as long as possible. I just wish it had been fair. Leslie didn’t deserve to have to take an obvious dive like he did.
Isn’t it a shame that we can’t trust reality TV to be real? I would like to believe everything is on the up and up but I don’t believe Leslie could screw up the way he did knowing his skills. The results of the pressure test seemed too scripted and none of the judges or cooks had the acting chops to pull off the charade convincingly which made the fix all the more apparent. Leslie Gilliams was robbed because he didn’t have big enough breasts.
In the end, Courtney went against Elizabeth in the finale. Since we can’t taste what the judges taste, we can only go by looks. And from the looks of it, Elizabeth’s lamb chops were raw. Other than that, I can’t say who had the best food. Based on the judges’ comments, Courtney did at least two of the dishes better so she won. But Elizabeth’s husband fainting at a crucial moment added to the scripted feel of this night on Fox.