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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 Jason Thompson
Creator Franc Roddam (based upon "MasterChef")
EP Adeline Ramage Rooney
Elisabeth Murdoch
Gordon Ramsay
Howard T. Owens
Pat Llewellyn
Todd Nelson
Robin Ashbrook
Ben Adler
Liz Cook
Packager One Potato Two Potato
Origins Los Angeles
Web fox.com/masterchef
Airs 8p ET Mon, Fox

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Auditions 3
June 13

Last week on the show, people from all across America came to Los Angeles to cook their signature dish. Some presented themselves on a plate - they were rewarded with a MasterChef apron. Others presented... well, God knows what they presented. Now we round out the auditions in preparations for the first big cut.

First up, neural engineer Suzy Singh (27, Chicago) is out to prove to her conservative South Asian parents that cooking is in her future. She is making Tandoori Sea Bass en Papillote with Garam Masala Couscous over Roasted Tomato with Lassi and Cardamom. Joe says he's looking at one of the finalists. The other two follow suit.

From brain engineers... to brain cases.

Max Kramer (student, NYC) is, at 18, the youngest contestant in the top 100. He's going for a fried Kumamoto oyster with steak tataki. He says that he has had a "privileged childhood" who other people have stereotyped as "a stuck-up rich kid". Just remember, Max. There are no shortcuts. The title of MasterChef cannot be bought or given you, it can only be earned. Joe says he's lacking in technique. Gordon agrees, says that he's reaching too high. It's up to Joe. He says... YES!

Next up, people trying to butter up... to Joe's Italian roots. That... doesn't work. Aprons are getting harder to come by, but will Giuseppe Marusco (38, granite salesman from Chicago), who was born and raised in Italy, deliver the goods? His cooking is straight Italian, no fusion, no confusion. Let's see how he does with a Cozze Ripene (stuffed mussel) with marinara sauce. His son Jake is directed to hand his apron over to his dad.

Christin (27, grade school teacher from Tampa) hopes to join the ranks with Italian meatballs with a pound cake twist, topped with parmigiano reggiano and basil. It's up to the Scot to determine her fate. And it's 2-1... AGAINST.

Next up, a run on aprons... will Edgardo (46, teacher from Burbank) keep it going with a Dungeness crab salad with mango & cucumber. This will split the judges... but he won't get an apron.

Adrien (28, server from Ventura, CA) had to learn how to cook himself because both of his parents. He's making an Achiote Tierra y Mar, basically a Mexican goof on "surf and turf". Another split... this time it's for the player!

Joseph Jane (46, construction foreman from St. Cloud, FL) is a good ol' boy from Down South who flew out west in hopes that his wife's favorite meal might be Gordon's. And we have... another alligator dish, Swiss Alligator on Steamed White Rice. After meeting the wifey Connie, the panel splits... It's up to Gordon... and it's a YES from him.

Have we saved the best for last? Here comes Ben Starr (33, travel writer from Dallas) with his world-famous life altering fish tacos. He was encouraged to do whatever he could however much of it he could... and he did. But he did learn that cooking was the way that people shared their heart and their desire with. His tacos are pumpkin-marinated tilapia with jicama slaw. He wants to open an a) sustainable organic farm, b) cafe, and c) brewery. He is a foodie hardcore. Did we forget to mention that he forgot his fried pumpkin? But in the end, he's what MasterChef is all about.

By the way, it's a YES.

So now we have your final 38. Tomorrow, the competition REALLY begins. You have your apron... now how long can you hold onto it?

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