Gordon Ramsay has taken
on chefs to become head chefs in locales over the
world... Then he took on the challenge of failing
restaurants to help them turn their fortunes around...
Then he took on celebrities' favorite dishes over in
England. He loves a challenge.
Now comes his biggest challenge... YOU.
And me. Ramsay (Michelin-starred chef and cookbook author with 28
eateries worldwide) and two all-star culinary heavyweights Joe
Bastianich (one of America's top restauranteurs) and Graham Elliot
Bowles (America's youngest-ever four-star chef) are on the search for
the best home cook in America. They'll be trained and tested until only
one remains. That one will win $250,000, a deal for their own cookbook,
and the title of America's first MASTERCHEF.
Right now, 100 amateur cooks are heading
to Los Angeles. They come from all walks of life. Seventy of them will
leave broken and humiliated, while the other 30 will earn themselves the
biggest prize they can afford right now, a MasterChef apron and the
right to stay in the competition. But first, they'll have to impress
Gordon, Graham, and Joe with their signature dishes. In ONE HOUR. You'll
be judged by taste and presentation.
Chris (Houston): Beer Cheese Soup with
Crostini & Chives. He thinks that cooking with wine is common. It's got
a good consistency... But beer and cheese... TWO things that should
never go together. 2-1 no, Graham is the sole dissenter... and he wants
Chris' beer. Also rejected, yucca crusted snapper... blackened
Suzette: Tilapia Tacos with Mango Salsa.
She used to be a soccer player, and she flirts with Ramsay, hoping that
they can play a little pickup after this is done. Not with a dish that
makes him gag. 3-0, no.
Gordon's decided to take matters into his
own hands and give the rest of the contestants a motivational kick in
the rear. Fourteen minutes in, and he hasn't said one (^_^)damned mother
Mike (CA, server): Pan-seared Duck Breast
Ssam with Orange Miso Sauce. He's fast, and he has flare. And for the
first time, we have a dish that the judges would go for seconds. I think
"sex in your mouth" is a good thing. 3-0 YES. After that comes a bit of
a run that Tracy Nailor (GA, doctor) will have to live up to with her
mom's recipe for Smothered Chicken with Grilled Brussels Sprouts. Graham
and Joe say yes. Gordon... wants to see her through on the journey.
Cuban Picadillo... Wined Tarragon
Chicken... Wheat-cracker-encrusted Ahi Tuna... not so much.
David Miller (Boston) is making a New
England-style bouillabaisse... Or at least that's what he's calling it.
He's got bravado and spunk and swag... the one thing he doesn't have...
is a bouillabaisse. "It takes two days to make the perfect
bouillabaisse. You've got one hour." After some... French... the judges
give him some pretty damned good English. "A great bouillabaisse takes
TWO days to make, minimum. THAT is not a bouillabaisse. Arrogant chefs
are like blondes in Hollywood." So apparently David on a plate is NOT a
bouillabaisse. Graham says yes. Gordon says no. Joe... has an apron for
him. Lee, Josh, and Christina are joining him.
What about Avis from Vacherie, LA? She
volunteers her Cajun cuisine for the homebound. She has a Catfish
Arcadia over Angelhair Pasta that'll make the tongue slap your brain
out. Right now, the pasta is slapping Graham's tongue out. It's heavy.
Overcooked. Catfish is perfect. Gordon will decide her fate... and he's
got an apron for her.
Randy Twyford's Loaded Funeral Potatoes
are loaded with butter. His mom used to serve it at funerals. With such
ingredients like butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, and cheddar cheese,
it's probably known to start a few. It's dated caveman food. That's a
Faruq (CA, bartender) put his culinary
dreams on the backburner for his family. He'll serve up his Chic
Macaroni & Cheese. With a butterfly parmesan tuile. Thing you should
know... Gordon Ramsay is to mac & cheese what Simon Cowell is to
"Unchained Melody." He loves it. Does he love Faruq's dish? NO. It needs
to be seasoned. As Ramsay would say... "What a shame." Graham says yes,
thinking that it had love. Joe says no, thinking that it needed salt.
Gordon tells Faruq to take the salt mill... and a MasterChef apron.
Half of the aprons are gone. So are half
of the contestants. Next week, we continue the search for the final 30.
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