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
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
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?
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