“Cast back on set” 3.22.11: We meet for lunch at 11:30. We pile into a couple of familiar white vans and head to a California Pizza Kitchen. We start walking to the door, when the PA’s call us back to the van- we’ve gone to the wrong restaurant. We get back in the vans and drive another 10 minutes to a CPK that was closer to the hotel… WTF?! We sit and order… no Hollywood lunch is complete without libations so we all order drinks. After a few minutes, one of the PA’s comes and says we’re limited to one drink each (even though we’re paying for them ourselves). This dosen’t sit well with the group. While we all LOVE all of the PA’s, people are no longer on their best behavior- the fear of being kicked off the show is no longer… we all have between two and five drinks with lunch;) This is going to make for better TV right?
“Back to Reality” 3.21.11: It’s great to see everyone again. We’ve heard through the grapevine who’s in and who’s out of the competition. When I walk into the hotel lobby — a different hotel that we had previously stayed at… I’m immediately greeted by a table of friends. They’re eating lunch and I’m starved, but seeing them is awesome. I sit and order a crappy pizza that takes forever to come… no worries though, we’ve got lots of catching up to do.
On Monday, the top 6 competed in a MasterChef team challenge. They chose teams and took over the Michelin Star restraunt Patina in Los Angeles. Both teams did remarkably well but in the end, Christian’s experience helped his red team triumph over the blue team.
Team captain Tracy, Adrien, and Jennifer faced a pressure test of massive proportions. The three were given a HUGE King salmon to filet, portion, and cook. At the beginning of the challenge, Chef Ramsay effortlessly broke down the giant fish in a demonstration for Tracy, Adrien, and Jennifer. His skill with a knife and fish gave Suzy Singh an orgasm in the galley. All three chef-testants seemed to struggle with the daunting task, but in the end it was the bit of tail left of Tracy’s fish that sent her home.
I’ve got A LOT to say about last night’s episode, so listen up…
I’ve been in an environment that fosters innovation for the past decade. With innovation comes failure. As I’ve mentioned before, failure teaches us the most important lessons. There’s a quote from work that I’ve become quite fond of:
“If you see sombody working on something impossible, please do not disturb them…”
This dish may have been called “blood clots” and “shoe leather” by the judges, but here’s a re-worked proof of concept…
Was this executed perfectly on the show? No. Was it the most daring, bold, risky, creative dish of the day… I think so. The idea is completely “Freak Genius”… Here’s the recipe that has been put through some proper testing and development.
“Hero Shots and pickup interviews” 2.20.11: In the morning we do a publicity photo shoot and create out “EPK” –Electronic Press Kit. You can see my interview here… Later in the morning, we’re back on set today as individuals for our “Hero shots”. These are the 3 second clips of us doing something that looks cool for the camera that will run at the beginning of the show.
“1st Mystery Box” 2.12.11: We are in the MasterChef kitchen for the first time today. We had done the signature dish, apple chop, and chicken challenge in an old warehouse in Compton. The place was filthy…hard to believe we prepared food there. The “Real” MasterChef Kitchen is a lot closer to our hotel and has one big benefit right off the bat: Air Conditioning! (Yeah, the warehouse was THAT bad!)