Round of 16
Last time on MasterChef, the top 18
arrived at the MasterKitchen, dreaming of the $250,000 prize, but at the
end of the Elimination Test, the dream turned into a nightmare for Angel
and Mark, who could parlez the French cuisine into a winning dish. Now
the top 16 compete in the first...
TEAM CHALLENGE #1
In the LA Times cafeteria, the chefs are
challenged to create a soup, a salad, a pizza, today's special, and a
dessert. You have two-and-a-half hours to prep and two hours to serve
Max & Derrick, because they won the last
Elimination Test, will be team captains, and it'll be a schoolyard pick.
Derrick, Suzy, Adrien, Alvin, Ben, Erynn, Jenny, Christine
TEAM MAX: Max, Christian, Alejandra, Giuseppe,
Tony, Tracy, Esther, Jennifer
Oh, and if you run out of something, you
only have yourself to blame, because the losing team will face a
Pressure Test, and on the back of that, one cook will be going home.
Two and a half hours... to start... NOW!
The red team wants lasagna, which Suzy,
who championed it, never made before. Ben is making a pizza AND a
strawberry dessert. Max's team has a salad, a chicken vegetable chili, a
pizza, sliders, and a cookie. Now that the menu is set, we concentrate
on the specials. Joe says that if you're going to put eggplant in a
lasagna, you should probably fry it. A problem if you don't have a deep
fryer. Meanwhile, Max is having an issue with Tony and his insistence
against doing sliders on full size buns. Hey, where's the beef? It's on
the hotel pan, but Max forgot to cook one and taste it before making
300... Good one, Max. Now they switch to full-sized burgers
Red Team is doing a white pizza, an
opinionated risk, while Giuseppe is doing an arugula prosciutto pizza.
And surprise surprise, Suzy's first ever lasagna needs... help. The Reds
are going to be the underdog on the special.
And... lunchtime! Each diner will get one
course from each team and vote accordingly. The team with the most votes
wins the course. It's a best of five, first to three wins.
Giuseppe can't keep the pizza coming, and
the burgers are slow going as well. Not good, as empty dishes mean votes
for the other team. Max precooks some of Tony's burgers... and puts them
on a dirty flat tray. You can't do that. Especially not one with nuts on
the tray. That's just dumb. And now that they've run out of meat,
they're going to chicken burgers.
The lasagna turns out to be a hit, but
now they're running out.
But it's back to work, which means it's
time to count the votes.
BLUE: Chicken Chili
RED: Chicken Orzo
WINNER: BLUE, 106-39 (Blue up, 1-0)
BLUE: Seasonal Salad
RED: Watermelon Salad
WINNER: RED, 91-52 (Tied at 1)
BLUE: Prosciutto Arugula Salad
RED: Brickoven White Pizza
WINNER: RED, 101-48 (Red up, 2-1)
WINNER: BLUE, 105-78 (Tied at 2)
BLUE: Chocolate Chip Cookie
RED: Fresh Berries & Cream
WINNER: RED, 85-62 (RED WINS, 3-2)
PRESSURE TEST #1: Ravioli
At least one person will leave the
kitchen on the back of... ravioli. Joe has created an example dish as he
charges the Blue Team to create, and this is important... a spinach
ricotta ravioli with a simple butter sauce. The judges will judge on
consistency, construction, technique, and flavor.
One hour... One ravioli dish. GET TO IT!
The consensus is that Tony might be the
one to go home. But Jennifer put raw nutmeg in her dough. Will that end
up costing her?
Giuseppe's ravioloni is a little light on
the ratio from filling to pasta, AND it's a little flat... AND the
pasta's too thick. Tony's pasta looks like a flying saucer. The pasta is
too thick and heavy. It's a letdown... and Max and his tard-eating grin
is eating this up. Speaking of... Max was unhappy with a first set, and
he stopped, taste, and readjust... and it worked. He's safe FOR NOW.
Superlative dishes are coming through nicely. Esther's ravioli looks
like burnt crap... And she didn't taste it before Joe did. She doesn't
even know what's in her ravioli. And then there's Jennifer's ravioli.
Nutmeg in the pasta... What the hell were you thinking, Jennifer.
In the first group... Giuseppe, Tracy,
Max, Alejandra, and Christian. They're... SAFE.
Bottom three... Esther, Jennifer, and
Leaving the MasterChef kitchen forever...
TONY. Jennifer had a perfect filling, and
that saved her. Gordon said some words of encouragement and told him to
continue cooking... and that's pretty much it for our friend Tony.
Fifteen remain in the kitchen, but at
least one is going home next week. Special thanks to Dana Neumann for
her assistance in capturing the ending when I couldn't.
See you next week, don't be late for your
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