Cooking Masterclass Discussion For MasterChef Season 4: The Top 8

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Boy, Eddie used some mean and crafty strategy in the selection of his fellow competitors for the “mushroom centred Elimination Challenge” last week.

And it worked! He pretty much massacred three of the front-runners – Jamie, Jordan and Bethy. – by giving them either fresh or canned mushrooms to complete an entrée. All three failed under the circumstances Eddie created for them.

Oh Eddie – you are one tricky and talented dude. You forced the elimination of one of my faves – Bethy Rossos. Not nice. But the good news here is I love you too. So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho, a-cooking we will go!

MasterChef is heating up and not just in the kitchen. Tempers are flaring and stress levels are elevated, as the competitors move closer to the Masterchef title.

If you haven’t watched his show yet, you really should. It ignites on many levels – the drama, the production, the guest stars, the time constraints imposed on the competitors – all heighten the excitement to an almost thriller-like level.

And, the three judges, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich are brilliant. I cannot say enough about them. Except, perhaps, “Please come and cook for me”?

The Top 8 Masterchef episode airs on Wednesday, July 24th at 8:00 PM on Fox. And, this week, the crew is camping outdoors. And cooking outdoors. They must cook for sustenance and create lunch for the judges using limited ingredients. Then the losing team competes in a spin-sugar-dessert pressure test.

Now, this SHOULD be interesting, no?

Please join me and add your favourite moments and/or recipes in the comments section.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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