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How is it a head to head cook off???

It's not valid if the two people in the cook off are not even coming up with their own recipe and techniques. This show has just lost what little credibility it had left.

No one but the mentor should be able to say anything. Otherwise it's everyone competing against everyone else and not the two worst cooks trying to out cook each other.

And if I hear them say that The Taste is "the most intense and difficult" challenge in the world again as if they are highly trained athletes who took years and years to prepare their minds and bodies and are up against the very best in the world, I will puke up my guts and send it to them to make soup from.

Cooking against other so-so cooks is not intense as all that. Try arming up and fighting in a war and see if you think it's a real intense challenge. So stupid of them to even think that let alone say it out loud.

Yes, it's competition but it is not the end all and be all of competition. How about some perspective here?

If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it. HM


Totally agree. I don't even think the mentor should be there, if it's supposed to be a true competition based on talent. I think they only do that on some shows (like The Voice) because they know it will get more viewers to have celebrities on the show. Having mentors is a good gauge of how well someone can take direction, but if they're to be judged on pure talent - for singing, cooking or anything else - they shouldn't be getting help from experts.

I will puke up my guts and send it to them to make soup from.


And I, too, tend to think these people need a little more perspective when they act so devastated about losing, but I think the money is a big part of it. And that's not to say they're greedy people, but just that almost everyone in this day and age could use an extra $100,000, and to think your life might all of a sudden become a lot easier because of that, then to find out for sure you won't get it after all, would suck. But that's why I tend to not let myself get my hopes up with anything in life, LOL.

And also, in this Internet age, not winning a competition is hardly the end of someone's career. Some of the most successful American Idol contestants weren't the winners, presumably because it's much easier to keep yourself in the public eye and somehow get a break without actually winning.


In reality it is a bit of a myth that $100,000 is such drastically life changing money in this day and age. If anything, it's just enough to get you into real financial trouble if you don't have much experience with larger sums of money than you usually have in your pocket. Well, I guess financial ruin is a life change, too... LOL... but you know what I mean.

In my state a law was passed shortly after a state lottery was instituted. This law made it so that a lottery winner could not borrow or arrange for a credit line that would exceed the payment amount of their winnings they received each year. This was meant to protect people who suddenly came into large amounts of money from going into severely life damaging debt. Sudden wealth can cause some folks to lose their minds, friends, family members and all the money, if any, they had even before their big score.

At any rate, the today money value of $100,000 is certainly not what it was even just 10 years ago. Yes, you could do great things with that kind of cash... that is if you have the know how, discipline and aren't or don't end up saddled with a bad drug or gambling habit.

As far as the contest being intense and all... it is definitely challenging for the contestants especially since most likely most of them are not life long competitors and so are not used to the stress, anxiety and potential depression and sadness, temporary or long term, that often goes along with trying to win a huge amount of money and a prestigious title. And when national if not world wide TV is the venue for the competition quadruple the stress etc.

However, to say over and over and over again and again and again that The Taste is "the toughest competition in the world" is just not true and severely nauseating to have to hear every 30 seconds during the show.

If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it. HM


That's a good idea. I actually was surprised to find out it's only a $100,000 prize. That's not much, considering some shows give $1 million. But it does seem a lot of the contestants just want it to make their lives easier - paying off loans, quitting a crappy job and being able to coast until you find a better one, supporting their kids - not entertain some newly lavish lifestyle.

Speaking of the emotional impacts, I always wondered what happened to poor Jacquelyn last season. I'm guessing she just had some kind of panic attack. But I wonder how much of that was about the contest itself - and, if so, whether it was because she indeed was one of the ones who was really banking on winning $100,000 - or just how mean everyone was to her. I didn't particularly like her, but I felt Lee and most of the other contestants were unfairly hard on her, almost reminiscent of a playground bullying scenario where she didn't fit their ideal of what a cool chef is, so they reamed her.


The whole Jacquelyn thing started wou't as a clash of personalities but escalated because Their mentor, Nigella didn't support anyone an set the stage for team unity.

But as far as the money, I think most of the people like the money, but mostly want to win to show how great they are. I think their egos and confidence is bruised more than their need for the money. They would be just as hungry for the win if the prize was $10, 000 like on Chopped.

But I agree that if the cooks aren't actually doing all the composing, preparing, and completing their dishes by themselves it's not a real face off. It become a matter of who can follow someone else's directions the best.


With the exception of the hideous trophy, I think the winner's take is fairly well thought out. It's more about providing the necessary tools for the winner to succeed in their careers rather than attempting to set them up for life.

True, 100 grand is not a great deal of money, but it's enough to pay the bills for a year or so while the winner should be putting things into motion.

Also, seventeen million people watched the show which is far, far greater exposure than any of the celebrity mentors received in their early endeavors, and they recognize the value of this.

Our esteemed winner would likely have no problem getting $$$ in backing at the moment if he wanted to open his own restaurant, and could market his "Private Chef" services for several hundred bucks a plate. No doubt, there are wealthy people all over the country who would pay it.