Who says that Romanians can’t make an entertaining show? Well, I did till now.
Johnny insisted on me watching Master Chef Romania. And if Johnny insists on something than it must be good.
This isn’t entirely a Romanian show because the original Master Chef was aired in UK (from 1990 till 2001). But for once the Romanians have taken a good show and kept it that way. They even kept the original logo but I’m guessing this is a must for every country that airs the show.
The three Romanian judges (The Chefs) are Florin Dumitrescu, Catalin Scarlatescu and Bontea Sorin.
The thing that really makes me like these judges is their ability to not give a crap about who you are, what you do, your personal problems, etc. They only care about the cooking abilities of each contestant.
This is really a big improvement taking in account another Romanian show Romanii Au Talent (Romanians Got Talent) where the judges only vote in the beginning but the public gets to vote the winner (usually people vote out of sympathy).
At first I was very surprised when I learned that Chef Florin is only 24 years old and I’m guessing a lot of people were. But it just proves that age means nothing if really want something. And apparently he really wanted to be a Chef.
Although many people like him because of his charismatic smile, my favorite chef is Catalin Scarlatescu. Between the 3 of them he is probably the best.
The other thing that I like about this show is the contestants. Of course everyone has a favorite and almost everyone hates a certain housewife, but I really do like how each of them bring something different.
A lot of my favorite contestants were eliminated but there are still 3 more in the show:
My all time favorite is Paslaru Simona.
She is probably the most calm person I ever seen on television. I really do hope she will win or at least be in the top 5. She deserves it and not just because I like her, but because she is a fast learner, knows how to respect others and is really a well rounded person.
Her cooking skills weren’t able to shine since other contestants had more skill and luck, but she is consistent in her cooking. In episode 10, she really wowed the judges when she entered the elimination round and was able to figure out 20 ingredients out of 40 from a soup. The other contestants made fun fun of her (in good spirits), telling her to take it easy or she would eat the entire soup and the others won’t have anything to taste.
Another contestant which I like is Nicolae “Mimi” Mariana.
To be honest she is a better cook than Simona and probably has a better chance of winning. She is also one of the good people on the show. She isn’t into gossip, being mean or other similar things. She is there to learn and with some luck win the competition.
At first I didn’t like her. She started crying on the show because of personal problems (her son was beat up and ended in the hospital) but she passed that phase and is constantly proving her worth. After all she got on the show with “Yes” from all the judges.
And last but not least is Petru Buiuca.
He is probably the most competitive of them all. He really wants the Master Chef title (can you blame a man for wanting 50k). But unlike certain people, he doesn’t cheat and he isn’t mean on purpose.
He knows who is a threat to him, who isn’t and he also respects others when they deserve it. He isn’t a two faced person, he likes to win on his own merit without sabotaging the others *cough* like a certain housewife*cough*.
Of course I have my least favorites on the show, but somehow I doubt any of them will end up winning. They did shine at first but on the way they lost that spark and now they have to struggle just like the rest.
In conclusion, this is a good show. There are a lot of interesting things to be learned and you can’t watch an episode without eating something. Of course there’s the drama that goes on in the show because of certain people but in a way you can’t have a cooking show without adding some spice.