Round of 11:
I Can Out-Skin Cat Cora
Last time, the 12 remaining chefs were
tasked with cooking for America's elite, the few... the proud... the
Marines. Failure in that task led to a chili guess-off. Failure there
led to Jenna's dismissal, leaving 11 in the MasterChef kitchen.
Inside this Mystery Box today... flour,
milk, eggs, sugar, everything you need to make the perfect cupcakes. In
addition, Graham, Joe, and Gordon reveal a sweet-stocked pantry. They
have 45 minutes to work their magic, and the judges will only taste
As a bonus, the winner of this challenge
will have a chance to take themselves directly into the final four.
Something that the cooks don't know yet.
Tracy started out with such promise, but
by the end of time, her cupcake was too warm... and it melted the icing
The top three: Jake with his chocolate
lover's delight with a raspberry coulis (which needed a little more
oozing chocolate), Sharone with his hazelnut & pistachio cupcake -
something he's never done before (which was absolutely dead on) - and
Whitney's coconut cupcake with lemon glaze (toasting the coconut brings
out the flavor).
The winner... SHARONE! He'll have a huge
advantage going into...
Undearneath the three cloches in the
pantry are NOT three ingredients, but three dishes made by one of the
best chefs in America today. In fact, you could say she's... "maid of
iron". That's right, friends, it's time to bring out the first-ever
female Iron Chef, Cat Cora!
Oh, did we mention that she has a new
book out? Thought that would be really important.
The first dish is truffle halibut. The
second... Basque beef tenderloin. The final dish... lamb? Booyah.
Greek lambchops with feta salsa verde. Sharone will have to choose the
one dish that everyone else will have to cook.
He chooses... the halibut. All of the
cooks will have to cook that dish exactly to the nail. And the person
that doesn't do it well enough... they're going home. And if Sharone's
dish tastes better than Cat's, then he's going all the way to the final
four. This is about observing and replicating the dish perfectly... from
memory, without a recipe.
Cat can do it in 18 minutes. Can you do
it in an hour? Sharone right now has the wherewithal to do his own thing
with the dish, thinking that he has a safety net through to the next
round at least. He even subs out shallots for red onions. That is going
to be a big risk. Remember, this is not about reinventing the dish,
simply recreating it to the best of your ability.
First up, Sharone vs. Cat Cora. Visually,
identical. One dish is wonderful. The other is "world class". In the
end, it comes down to seasoning. The winner.... CAT CORA! At least
Sharone's dish is good enough for the next round.
Now for the other 10. Slim's fish is
overcooked. Tracy's halibut is perfectly cooked. David and Mike...
sliding. Jake, not so much. He's good. Whitney's sauce is runny. And the
fish needs seasoning. Finally, Faruq's sauce could've been thicker. The
salsa's a little dry. The fish... is dry.
The winner of this Invention Test...
The bottom three... Slim, Faruq, and
Mike. Slim's a one trick pony. Mike's rushing things. Faruq lacks
Turning in their apron and going home...
But the biggest test this week is yet to
come. We're back in 10 seconds. This is "MasterChef" on Fox.
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