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Round 2: Heat 1
June 19

Yesterday, the cooks were charged with cooking for 201 starving Marines. From there, we went to the most American of desserts, the apple pie. But Michael's was a bit too cheesy. So now 15 cooks remain. In an hour, that'll be 14 AT MOST.

MYSTERY BOX #2

Inside the Mystery Box today... OFFAL! Yes, the bits of animals that you don't usually eat will be eaten today! Balls, brains, tongues, and a lamb's head to boot. That's good eating, believe it or not.

You have 90 minutes to make something incredible out of this inedible. And for this round only, you will have access to a limited pantry.

The final three...

- Becky Reams: Sweetbread Duo with Chicken Liver Pate on Buttered Toast
- Ryan Umane: Sweetbreaks with Potato in Shallot Curry Oil
- Christine Ha: Panko Fried Sweetbreads with Bok Choy

And the winner of this Mystery Box, and the person who will get a huge advantage in the next test...

is...

.... RYAN!

INNOVATION TEST #2: Fresh vs. Convenience

The theme for this elimination Innovation Test... Fresh versus convenient. Graham offers... ahi tuna. Gordon has... ham. Joe rounds out the panel with... crabs.

Not only will Ryan get to choose the ingredient... and not only will Ryan sit this challenge out in prep for the next one... BUT Ryan will choose who gets fresh and who gets canned.

Ryan chooses... the crab. So we divvy it up like this...

FRESH: Christine, David, Tanya, Scott, Tali, Mike, Helene
CANNED: Becky, Felix, Frank, Anna, Monti, Stacey, Josh

You have 60 minutes to create a stunning crab dish.

And Monti pretty much says what I'm thinking at the moment: "Who the (^_^) gives a live crab to the blind chick?" And we have the first casualty, as... yes, Christine gets a pinch. That's a clown move, Ryan.

Meanwhile, Frank is sticking to what he knows best: pasta. Tali, Ryan's compadre, gets a live one and works with it. Mike... is relaxed. Related. Released. Helene's making a crab soup.

After hands up...

- Tali Clavijo: Paprika Buttered Crab with Saffron & Watercress Sauce. He took the backfin meat of a $60 crab and made a sauce out of it... and that wasn't even the dumbest move he could make!
- Josh Marks: Thai Crab Trio with Crab Cake and Salad. Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle too spicy, but good.
- Mike Hill: Crab Bisque. Overprocessed.
- Tanya Noble: Thai Green Curry with Rice. Very well balanced.
- Frank Mirando: Orecchiette Puttanesca. Not very well balanced. It's hamburger helper.
- Christine Ha: Ceviche Cocktail. Fresh and fragrant. Ryan effed that one up big time.

Ryan takes a taste of humility... and calls it really awesome. Would you like some crow with that?

- Helene Leeds: Dungeness Crab Soup. She makes her $60 crab tastes exactly like the canned stuff.
- Monti Carlo: Scotch Egg with a Crab Shell, and Monti's a freak, because she makes it work.

So those who had the fresh crab screwed it. And those who had the canned crab made it into something elegant.

The two dishes that were spectacular... Josh's Thai Crab and the winner of this challenge... Christine's Ceviche Cocktail. They will both be team captains with the next challenge.

That leaves the bottom .... FOUR. Frank, Tali, Mike, and Helene. Frank and Mike... are SAFE.

Tali and Helene are BACK in the bottom. Leaving the MasterKitchen tonight.... HELENE. She had nothing left to offer. Except this... Frankie's going to win.

SO... get a good night's sleep, final 14... you're going to need it.

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