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Home cooks from all over the country have a shot to become the newest star in the culinary firmament.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host/Judge Gordon Ramsay
Judge Joe Bastianich
Graham Elliot Bowles
Announcer ?
Creator Franc Roddam (based upon "MasterChef")
EP Adeline Ramage Rooney
Elisabeth Murdoch
Gordon Ramsay
Howard T. Owens
JD Roth
Mark Koops
Pat Llewellyn
Todd Nelson
Packager One Potato Two Potato
Origins Los Angeles
Web fox.com/masterchef
Airs 9p Tues, Fox

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Auditions 1
July 2

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 catfish...

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 (^_^)ing word.

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 no.

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.

To see this episode in its entirety, go to fox.com/masterchef.