A quarter of a million dollars.
Your own cookbook.
A giant resin trophy.
All of this comes with being named
MasterChef. But to have a chance at all of that, first you need an
apron. Who will put perfection on every plate?
The judges are here, and they're hungry.
Each of the 100 home cooks today will have one hour prepare their
signature dish in the prep kitchen, and they will have five minutes to
finish in front of the judges. If two of the three judges think they
have what it takes, they're going to get an apron.
First is 19-year-old college freshman
Michael Chen (Austin, TX). He's always loved cooking, but cooking has
never been a reputable profession for himself or his parents. He cooks
Chinese Dumplings with Scallion Salad. Gordon thinks it's phenomenal.
Graham thinks that his father will be proud, and we have our first sweep
of the panel.
Meanwhile, we have frog leg egg foo
young, farfalle salad, and a mussel soup, none of which make it to the
But what about Monti Carlo (36, single
mom-of-2 from Los Angeles). She has a two-year-old named Danger and $50
in her bank account. She sees this as an opportunity to start all over
again. She'll make a Puerto Rican Shepherd's Pie with Twice-Fried Green
Plantains. Will this get her a food truck? Graham thinks it's delicious.
Gordon thinks that it needs a sauce. It's all on Gordon here... a 2-1
split... and she's THROUGH!
Samantha McNulty (18, Florham Park, NJ,
HS senior) goes to an all-Catholic school in NJ. Her love of food came
from her father. She is cooking a Quadruple Layer Carrot Cake with cream
cheese frosting and a side of basil & raspberries. Once again, the
judges are split, 2-1... but Gordon wants her to come back... NEXT YEAR.
Another three MasterChef aprons head out
the door. Will Ryan (26, NYC, unemployed) join them? He learned about
food from growing up in the Upper West Side. He's cooking Red Wine
Pressure Cooked Short Ribs with Corn Pudding and Parsnips. Gordon
thought it was pretentious, so it's a no. Graham thought it was done
well, so it's a yes. Joe.... gives him an apron.
Next up, Josh (24, MS, Army contract
specialist) is a former basketball player who traded hardwood for
cast-iron. He's got Shrimp Etoufee with Jasmine Rice. And it's a sweep!
That was straight from the heart.
Next up, Shami (30, Seattle - originally
from Zimbabwe, recruiter) cooks from her African roots. She cooks a
Sadza with Chicken Curry and Spicy Greens. Unfortunately, it's not
enough for Gordon or Joe.
More aprons are flying, giving us a total
of 11. Meanwhile, cakes... with personality. Audrey from Texas wins with
her cakes complete with Masterchef judge caricatures, bringing us to 12.
Meanwhile, Gordon bites his own head off.
Final cook of the night is Christine Ha
(32, graduate student from Houston), the first ever blind MasterChef
contestant. She's here with her husband supporting her. She believes
that food connects everyone. She's looking a Vietnamese Catfish with
pickled vegetables. Gordon thought it needed stability with rice. But
still, it's a sweep from the panel, and Christine is through!
So we end the day on a master high, but
tomorrow is another story. Right now, the guys are going on the road...
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