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Home cooks from all over the country have a shot to become the newest star in the culinary firmament.

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Joe Bastianich
Graham Elliot
Gordon Ramsay
Announcer Charlie Ryan
Creator Franc Roddam (based upon "MasterChef")
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Eden Gaha
Robin Ashbrook
Gordon Ramsay
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Round 1: Heat 2
June 18

Last week, we learned that you can't be too sure of yourself in the MC Kitchen, as one person was cut at the end of the first Mystery Box and another at the Innovation Test. Now 16 home cooks remain in the hunt for 250 large and a small trophy.

Fall in, cadets, because we're heading to Camp Pendleton for...

TEAM CHALLENGE #1: The Few, The Proud... The Hungry

You will have to make a menu to feed 201 Marines. The mission: send them back to training with full stomachs. The utilities: a trench kitchen. The rules of engagement: each Marine will eat an entree from the Reds and one from the Blues. If you run out of entrees and send a Marine back with an empty plate, that is an automatic vote against, so watch your rations. Winners are safe, losers go on to the Pressure Test.

As winners of the last test, Frank and David are your team captains.

BLUE: Frank Mirando (c), Felix Fang, Scott Little, Stacey Amagrande, Tali Clavijo, Tanya Noble, Michael Chen, Christine Ha
RED: David Martinez (c), Becky Reams, Josh Marks, Mike Hill, Helene Leeds, Ryan Umane, Anna Rossi, Monti Carlo

They have two hours to prep one protein, one starch, and one vegetable. Frank decides on a summer giambotta, a pasta salad, and an Italian chicken. Reds are going with barbecue pork, potatoes, and something else... But do they have enough time?

Michael's literally getting burned by mushrooms. There's no seasoning on them, so they're just... fungal meat. The Blues keep a pace, but David on the Reds has no direction. He's lost complete control of the team, so it's up to Becky to pinch hit.

Never mind that, it's time for an invasion. Meanwhile, on the Reds, the pork is RAW. David's got SECONDS to try and salvage the dish. Meanwhile, Frank is wondering if they have enough servings of pasta.


BLUE: Grilled Chicken with Pasta Salad
RED: BBQ Pork Chops with Cole Slaw and Potatoes

Christine is left to man the chicken for the blue serving table. Which can be awkward if you're blind. Meanwhile, both teams run out of protein.

Frank, on the other hand, is running out of pasta. And David's pork chop... a RAW one got away. Oops. Too thick plus not enough heat equals raw pork chops. Becky's keeping it cool on the red side, while David.. is just standing there.

Time to tally the take.

And we're going to have to count this out. The winners ... Shut up, Ryan..... are... the RED TEAM! By 16 votes, no less!


A stunning crust... an immaculate base... delicious apples... all of these go into the perfect apple pie. But someone, at least one, will be serving up HUMBLE pie.

SEVEN of the Blues will have to face this daunting task. Captain Frank must decide to sit someone out. Of course, he decides himself.... but he ends up choosing Felix.... who wants to cook. Well, what about Scott? "I'm cooking." Guys, it's cool you wanna fall on the sword, but you play to win the game. Stacey? She takes the pass and heads up to the lounge.

The rest of you have 75 minutes to cook the most amazing apple pie. You will be judged on the filling, the crust, and the overall technique of your pie. You're given every ingredient you need, AND extra ingredients to make your pie stand out.

Some pro-tips...

- Keep your butter cold so your pastry remains flaky. Keep your pastry cold at all times.
- Balance sweetness with acidity in your apple saute.
- Whatever you do.. don't sprinkle cheese on your crust... Michael....

Frank added walnuts and pecans to his crust. It's beautiful AND delicious.

Tanya wanted to do a play on a caramel apple. Her apples are undercooked, and the crust is underdone. The nuts... yeah, SHE'S nuts.

Tali kept it simple with cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but it needed more apples.

Felix did a caramel with candied ginger. But it's not as sweet as it should've been.

Michael... put cheese on his pie. Not much need be said.

Scott's pie... "What in the (^_^) is that?" Yeah. The apples are good, but the pastry sucks.

Christine's pie bats cleanup... and she undersells herself. It's absolutely amazing, from the crispy texture to the perfect apples.

Now... comes the dangerous part. Frank... Christine... Felix... Tali.... You pass this test.

That leaves our bottom three, Michael, Scott, and Tanya.

Tanya... is SAFE. Leaving tonight on MasterChef.... is MICHAEL CHEN. That was a cheesy pie. But if he's got one thing ahead of him, it's time.

And we have 15... Scott has been down TWICE. Gordon promises that he will not be third time lucky.

Round 2 continues tomorrow...

To see this episode in its entirety OR to apply to be a contestant on season 4 of MasterChef, go to fox.com/masterchef.