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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
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Round of 16
June 21

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...


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 350 guests.

Max & Derrick, because they won the last Elimination Test, will be team captains, and it'll be a schoolyard pick.

TEAM DERRICK: 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)

BLUE: Burgers
RED: Lasagna
WINNER: BLUE, 105-78 (Tied at 2)

BLUE: Chocolate Chip Cookie
RED: Fresh Berries & Cream
WINNER: RED, 85-62 (RED WINS, 3-2)


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 Tony...

Leaving the MasterChef kitchen forever... IS....



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 table.

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