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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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Top 18 Revealed
June 14

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... blood. Ew?

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 spices.

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 Succotash
- 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

OUT: Kyle.

- Suzy - Butter Chicken with Onion & Tomato Sauce
- 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

OUT: Aaron.

- Mark - Chicken Rollatini with Ragu Pasta
- 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.

Final rows...

- 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

OUT: Seby

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 are...

- 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.

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