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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
Judges 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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Round of 6
August 8

Last week, we revisited our childhoods in search for the perfect grilled cheese and tomato, resulting in a double elimination, with fighters Christine and Derrick leaving the MasterKitchen. Tonight, the other six will follow them, BUT... it'll be to this week's Team Challenge at... LA's Patina at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

TEAM CHALLENGE #6: Restaurant Takeover

The teams will be manning the kitchen at this famed restaurant.

TEAM TRACY (blue): Adrien, Jennifer
TEAM SUZY (red): Ben, Christian 

Both teams will prepare, plate, and serve two of Patina's appetizers and two entrees... TO MATCH the standard worthy of the Michelin star given the eatery. Welcome to Hell Day.

Helping to demonstrate the dishes are Executive Chef Tony Esnault and his staff. They will replicate...

- Hamachi Crudo
- Lily Risotto
- Scallops
- Beef Two Ways

Suzy is calm to take charge of the Reds with Christian on risotto. Tracy is also under control with the risotto, while her team take care of the hamachi. Needless to say, all the cooks are a little more than nervous. Each team will serve 25 of the restaurant's regulars. And if that wasn't enough, Gordon has decided to go into the trenches and oversee the dinners himself.

"Welcome to the F Word. It's dinner time."


The Blues are ready to go. The Reds... are nowhere to be found. That's on Suzy, and they're back in front of a stove. The orders mount up and so does the tension. The Blues have a hard time keeping up, and the Reds... have a hard time cooking. Well, Ben is. Ben feels better with hamachi, so over he goes. the BLues enjoy their appetizer, while the Reds are getting frustrated and fragmented. Communication, people.

The Blues on the other hand are flowing smoothly, getting a groove, feeling at home. Until Adrien's hair ends up on the food. The Reds get back in the game.

Two hours into service, and both teams are hitting a stride, but the customers are giving mixed reviews.

Now comes the order for the OWNER and the EXECUTIVE CHEF. They will help judge how the cooks interpret their dishes. Combine that with the judges' assessment on how they run the show...

And now the decision.... Back in the MasterKitchen. The next day.

And the winners... THE RED TEAM! Which means the Blues will take on...


Each cook must scale, fillet, and de-bone up to 10 portions, cooking one of them PERFECTLY. Gordon... will demonstrate. Protip: Let the knife do the work.

Forty-five minutes... one perfect salmon.

- Jennifer Behm: a little scale... and a little rare.
- Adrien Nieto: scoring's deep into the flesh... portions uneven... and over.
- Tracy Kontos: no tail pieces... uneven proportion... and under.

Gordon wants to see the carcass. He wants minimal waste. After the most difficult Pressure Test in this competition...

... JENNIFER.... is safe.

... TRACY... is going home. BUT not without a parting gift of cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu and an offer to work at any of the three judges' restaurants.

Now... FIVE remain to chase the dream and the title. But tomorrow, we're putting the "F" back in food... if you know what I mean. And I think you do.

To see this episode in its entirety OR to apply to be a contestant on season 3 of MasterChef, go to fox.com/masterchef.