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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
Robin Ashbrook
Packager One Potato Two Potato
Origins Los Angeles
Web fox.com/masterchef
Airs 9p Tues, Fox

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Round of 14: Get into the Kitchen!
August 18

Last time, the final 30 were put through the wringer one more time for a shot to compete for the title of MasterChef. After hours upon hours of cooking, chopping, and... chopping, only 14 remained. By the end of tonight, though, one dream will be dashed as the contestants - and the contest - move into the MasterChef kitchen.

As you can see, the MasterChef kitchen is an epicurean's dream come true. State of the art cookware. State of the art machinery. Fully stocked. But these will not determine who becomes MasterChef. How you use them will.


First challenge is straight outta "Chopped". Using nothing more than the ingredients in your Mystery Box, you will create one stunning dish in 45 minutes. The one dish that wins will pick the main ingredient in the main test. In the box, a pork chop, parsley, cabbage, ciabatta bread, Granny Smith apples, lemon, and tomato... and a bottle of cognac... and cinnamon and chocolate. Fourteen ingredients. Use as many or as little as you wish.

Oh, and the judges will only taste the three most enticing dishes, so plating and presentation is KEY.

The top three...

- Sheena - Cognac Flavored Chocolate Mousse with Candied Lemon Peel. The texture is smooth, and the dish is daring. Joe would be happy to charge $10 for it.
- Jake - Rustic Country Pork Chop with Cabbage & Apple Compote. The cabbage melts in your mouth. Gordon thinks that it's seasoned beautifully.
- Whitney - Southern Fried Pork Chop with Coleslaw. Whitney has NEVER cooked pork before. Graham says she nailed it.

And the winner of the first Mystery Box is.... WHITNEY! Not only will she pick the main ingredient in the next test, but she'll get five minutes in the pantry by herself. The remaining contestants will get half that time to prepare for...


The one thing that Whitney will NOT control is the theme. The theme is... Chinese. She will get to choose the main ingredients out of... mushrooms, Mandarin oranges, or duck. Whitney chooses... MANDARIN ORANGES.

Now that they have their elements, they have one hour to prepare the best Chinese dish that they can incorporating the theme ingredient. Be creative and be smart, because an elimination is at stake here.

The attitude in the MasterKitchen is one of survival, as many of the cooks are playing out of their element. Whitney is going for a stir-fry... as is Avis....  And Jenna's already plated with 20 minutes to go.

And... TIME.

Whitney - Mandarin Orange Chicken with Stir-Fry Vegetables
Slim - Chinese Spiced Chicken with Mandarin Orange Sauce. With no broth. That really would've worked.
Avis - Chinese Orange Chicken
Tony - Wok-Fried Chicken with Broccoli
David - Spicy Orange Chicken with Steamed Vegetables and Rice
Sheetal - Pan-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy
Jenna - Asian Orange Stir Fry

And Joe's about had it. "This is the problem with this whole round. It's boring! It's not the spirit of what we came here to do. And if you want to play the game and be safe... you're not going to win this game. We're trying to find the best amateur chef in America. The challenges are not going to get easier. So get ready to bring it 100%. And if you're not, you should probably leave your apron and check yourself out right now, because this is getting frustrating."

Tracy - Ginger Mandarin Chicken with Vegetables... and we finally have a winner.
Sharone - Crispy Sesame Chicken... and another.
Sheena - Warm Mandarin Salad
Faruq - Stuffed Chicken with Vegetables in Hoisin Sauce
Mike - Nutty Orange Chicken with Peppers. Gordon has one big problem... he doesn't want to stop eating it.

The winner of this test... MIKE. The bottom three... Faruq (who was pretty much sentenced by Gordon at the tasting), Sheena, and Avis. The first person to turn in their apron is... AVIS.

... but we're not done yet. Someone else is about to hit the showers. That person.... is... SHEENA. And no one is more shocked than Faruq.

Twelve cooks left, but anything can happen inside the MasterChef kitchen... or OUTSIDE of it, as you'll see in a moment. This is MasterChef on Fox. See you in 60.


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