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'MasterChef' recap: Sigh. I'm kinda missing Max

August 10, 2011 |  1:13 pm

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How can we go on without bug-eyed Ben, he of the crazy hats? He’s been working so hard on his confessional delivery, and it shows in recent episodes. Who will be there to help heighten the tension or add such one-liners such as, “I feel castrated, and relieved.”

And what about Tracy? So kind, so sweet — except when she was butchering that salmon so badly that we even had to side with Suzy’s hooded-eyed, woozy-seeming assessment: "This fish literally gave its life for this pressure test. And for it to go out in such a manner, it's a travesty."

But at least Tracy got a nifty parting gift when judge Graham Elliot told her she was given a year of free “MasterChef” lessons — I was unaware they even existed — and then invited back to cook at any of the judges’ restaurants. Not too shabby!

That leaves us with Suzy (ugh), Christian (ugh squared), Adrien and Jennifer. While it pains me to say it, Christian probably deserves to win, but I certainly wouldn’t want anything to do with his cocky ways. Ditto Suzy. Adrien has been spotty of late. Not exactly inspiring confidence in me. Same goes for Jennifer. I like her, but I can’t say that I look at her plate and want to scream, “Teach me! Teach me!”

Ben earned a goodbye smooch from chef Gordan Ramsay, who then challenged him to stand at the front of the class and predict a winner. Ben seemed to sidestep the question but nonetheless said: “Adrien: Win it.” Was that a prediction? An order? Will we ever know?

Here is my real question. Could the producers be coaching Christian? Or did he really mean it when he said, presumably while in the same building as Ramsay and Elliot: “I think it says a lot. I'm still here. I'm still the best chef ever." Really, Christian? That seems a bit much, even for you.

Kinda makes me yearn for Max. At least he was someone you can cheer against. But Suzy and Christian — I just want them deleted from my TV screen and out of my life.

Predictions, anyone?

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— Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo: Ben Starr, what will we do without those crazy hats? Photo: Fox.

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