June 19, 2012 09:36 AM by Christine McDow
Monti Carlo, one of this seasons contestants on MasterChef, has an exciting new blog that she is writing for us here at Reality TV Magazine exclusively! What does Monti Carlo have to say about MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay and the other contestants as well as judges? Read her first blog below and come back every week to see what new information she has to dish on!
Walking into the MasterChef kitchen for the first time is a lot like my first kiss: amazing and nerve wracking and I got a little pitted out. We are down to the Final 18 and it’s our very first Mystery Box Challenge. From this box of random ingredients we have to make (as Gordon loves to say) one STUNNING dish. We can only use the ingredients in the box. It’s a lot like what happens to me at home when I open up the fridge and I’m trying to pull together a dinner from a lot of odds and ends. Except this time, it’s not going to be my two year old tasting my concoction. It’s going to be three of the world’s culinary GIANTS: Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and the man who thinks I’m faking it, Joe Bastianich. NO PRESSURE.
Becky looks strong in that kitchen, as does Felix. I on the other hand…SIGH. I was so discombobulated I didn’t even realize there was a fire! SIDE NOTE: Mr. Gordon Ramsay looks AMAZING coming to Helene’s rescue! If he were a firefighter he would definitely get invites to strut shirtless at a charity auction. That’s what all the really hot firefighters do right?
Can I take a moment to put this out into the universe: Josh’s expressions are HILARIOUS! Our stations are next to each other and that man had me crackin’ up! Every time Gordon says “bananas” Josh would double over and just LOSE it. I’m also stoked they don’t show Josh and I trying to high five at the end of our first Mystery Box Challenge. He had to TEACH me how to do it! “Keep your eyes on the elbow Monti!” Holy disaster Batman.
Not as much of a disaster though, as Ryan throwing Sam under the bus during the surprise elimination. It shows a lot about your character when you can’t take your licks like a man. I also think Becky comes off awful when she says “I don’t think that Felix deserves to win.” WOW. I’m a little shocked that she would say that. Felix’s dish was flawless. She absolutely deserved to win. And of course with that win she gets a HUGE advantage.
Our Elimination Challenge is to cook one of the judge’s most intimidating dishes: risotto, clam chowder or beef wellington. I remember the way it felt to hear Mr. Gordon Ramsay say “Felix chose Risotto.” He might as well have said “Felix chose to stab you in the face. Over and Over again. With a dull spoon.” I am absolutely out of my comfort zone. I’m a single mom on a $10 a day food budget. I’ve never tasted a proper risotto and the one time I did try to make one it came out looking like oatmeal and broken dreams.
The highlight of this episode for me is watching David kick this challenge’s butt. I’m really impressed with his culinary knowledge and know that a lot of other contestants are under estimating him. He’s my favorite kind of person, complex and rough around the edges. He also wears his heart on his sleeve, like I do.
The low point of this episode for me is watching Ryan and Tali scheme as the judges deliberate on the bottom three. Ryan says to Tali, “It bothers me that they liked David Martinez’s dish.” Tali whispers, “Clearly we have to take him out.” Ryan replies, “You took the words right out of my mouth.” The whole exchange makes me feel greasy. For me true competition is all about how you play the game. May the person that cooks up the best dish win. Not the person that cooks up the best scheme.
We lost two great competitors today: Sam in the Mystery Box Challenge and David Mack in the Risotto Challenge. I’m now officially in The Top 16 out of over 60 thousand people. I’m overcome with emotion. The last two years have been so hard: an ugly divorce, unemployment and living hand to mouth. I see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel and I will fight to stay in this game for the betterment of myself and my little boy.
They don’t show Mister Gordon Ramsay sizing all of us up and telling us that our first Team Challenge is in the morning. “Get some sleep.” he says while Joe smirks and Graham tries not to laugh. “You’re going to need it.” My stomach goes topsy turvy. What have I gotten myself into?