Top 18 Revealed
Of the 100 people who entered the storied
MasterChef hangar, only 38 left with aprons. Now it's a fight to hold
onto them, because in order to be the MasterChef, you have to be ready
to prep, cook, and plate anything at a moment's notice. For 20, the game
will be over before it begins. That said, it's time for Basic Training.
Lesson number one... APPLES. LOTS AND
LOTS OF APPLES. The challenge: prepping the hell out of them. Time for a
crash course! Top and tail, then pare the apple, taking off as little of
the flesh as possible, retaining the shape. Then core, cut, and slice.
Non-cutting knuckle forward. Let the knife do all the work. If you're a
kid, you may want to do this with the parentals supervising. No use
having an accident on my account. Do it incorrectly... you're gone.
How do you like THEM apples?!
We start the chopping block with...
First through to the next phase.... Seby
(18, student from McAllen, TX). Elin... will not follow him.
Christine... joins Seby on the winners' platform. Albert... and more
yeses head to the platform.
One hour in, and 15 remain in the
challenge. Joseph... will make it 14... on the bus. Alejandra... in.
Two hours... and the chopping of
apples... and apple choppers... continues until Dustin and Tracy are
left. STOP! Who's keeping their apron and who's going home? Tracy... is
IN! Dustin... is OUT. That leaves 24 to take on the next phase...
... which will involve putting those
samurai knife skills.... to a chicken. Prebutchered, of course. You'll
have one hour to create a dish in which the chicken is the highlight.
Use the ingredients in the pantry to frame your chicken masterpiece. But
make sure that the chicken's natural flavor, texture, and robustness is
in the spotlight. Only 18 of the dishes presented will be allowed to
roam the MasterChef kitchen freely. The other six will be headed for
Kentucky, where they will be fried with a secret blend of 11 herbs and
One hour... one chicken.
Over the course of an hour, Tracy burns
her skin, a lot of braising and stewing in the course of an hour,
pan-searing a chicken to dryness, and five minutes of plating miracles.
Now to SERVE!
- Max - Duo of Southwestern Chicken with
- Angel - Chicken & Dumplings with Dark Meat
- Tony - Chicken on a Brick
- Kyle - Chicken Salad with Sauteed Feta & Tabouli
- Alejandra - Moroccan Chicken Tagine
- Alvin - Beer Can Chicken
- Suzy - Butter Chicken with Onion &
- Christian - Chicken Oscar
- Jennifer - Chicken with Fruit on Couscous
- Ben - Butter Poached Chicken with Butter Biscuit
- Aaron - Chicken Roulade
- Christine - Roasted Chicken with Orange Drizzle
- Mark - Chicken Rollatini with Ragu
- Erryn - BBQ Chicken with Roasted Corn Salad
- Rhonda - Rosemary Chicken Salad & Chunky Chicken Salad
- Albert - Chicken Gumbo with Mustard Potato Salad
- Joey - Chicken Piccata
- Adrien - Chicken Chili Verde
OUT: Rhonda... and Joey... and Albert.
- Esther - Roasted Mustard Chicken
- Derrick - Chicken Etouffe with Dirty Rice
- Jennie - Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with Couscous
- Seby - Pan-Seared Chicken with Roasted Mushroom Sauce
- Giuseppe - Chicken Cacciatore
- Tracy - Chicken NOT Pie
And for her services in the
demonstration, the chicken that Gordon has in his hands has earned a
prize herself: a bayside, rent free home... for life. So the final 18
- Jennifer Behm (Wilmington, DE)
- Erryn Cobb (Chicago)
- Christian Collins (Gloucester, MA)
- Christine Corley (Sopchoppy, FL)
- Esther Kang (Los Angeles)
- Jennie Kelley (Dallas)
- Tracy Kontos (Coral Springs, FL)
- Max Kramer (New York City)
- Angel Moore-Soukkay (Columbus, OH)
- Giuseppe Morisco (Chicago)
- Adrien Nieto (Ventura, CA)
- Derrick Prince (West Babylon, NY)
- Mark Raffaeli (Chicago)
- Alejandra Schrader (Playa del Rey, CA)
- Alvin Schultz (Houston)
- Tony Scruggs(Grant Park, IL)
- Suzy Singh (Chicago)
- Ben Starr (Lewisville, TX)
I just named the new MasterChef
champion.... They just don't know it yet. Next week... game on.
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