Top 19 Revealed/Top
Auditions got started last week, as
Graham, Joe, and Gordon entertained the most unique flavor profiles.
Tonight, the players who will compete for the title of MasterChef will
be revealed. First, though, the final day of auditions, and one more
It begins... here.
AUDITIONS DAY 3
First is Howard (26; US Army vet; San
Diego). He has a year in Afghanistan under his belt as well as a love
for food and wine. He wants to make the most of his life right now for
the people that didn't make it home. He has a Bourbon Peach Blackberry
Cobbler. Gordon called it rustic and charming. Graham notes that panko
and graham cracker adds crunch. Joe thought it was a very good home
dessert. But it has a little too much bourbon. It's up to Joe to split
the deadlock. He... walks with Howard out to the prep kitchen... where
he gives his grandmother his MC apron!
But the path to an apron doesn't get
Finally, we arrive at Jonny (28;
carpenter, Marlboro, MA) with Lobster Crackerjacks. Lobster. Popcorn.
Nuts. Caramel. Really. "Popcorn... should never go with lobster." DUH.
But for some reason, it works. Gordon says yes. Joe agrees. Graham makes
it a sweep, and we have our roster of semifinalists. But now they have
to really push themselves in the next stage.
You have an apron. Now to fight to keep
This... is a lamb. Cute. Cuddly...
Delicious. You will not cook it. You'll cook at least 100 of his
friends. The panel has every cut of lamb you can think of. You will be
granted full use of the pantry to make you dish shine. Only the top 19
dishes will move on to the MasterChef kitchen.
You have 90 seconds to shop in the
pantry, then 60 minutes to cook.
With 15 minutes from the end of cooking
time, we've seen enough out of some people, and Joe is taking aprons
back. Starting with... Gabriella's and James'. And Brian's.
Two minutes left. If you're not plating,
you are already too late.
Now there are three groups based on what
the judges have seen... The first two groups are lined up in front of
the judges... The group to the right... is IN THE KITCHEN! The group to
the left is going home.
Then there are eight. They have to have
their plates tasted.
Malcolm: Lamb Trio with Sausage, Rib &
Seymira: Cotes D'agneau Chermoula with Casablanca Couscous
Jonny: Lamb Rangoon with Tzatziki
Brian: Southwest Liver & Onion with Cactus Salad
Nanci: Lamb Chop with Red Pepper &
Bri: Four Season Lamb with Mashed Potatoes
Luca: Lamb Loin Roulade with Sweetbread,
Endive & Goat Cheese
Beth: Lavender Hay Roasted Loin with Fried Sweetbreads & Celeriac Puree
THROUGH: BETH .... and after the mother of all fakeouts, LUCA!
And we have our final 19...
- Krissi Biasiello (34; Philadelphia; paralegal) - @MC4Krissi
- Jonny Blanchard (28; Marlboro, MA; carpenter) - @MC4Jonny
- Lynn Chyi (27; San Diego; IT systems administrator) - @MC4Lynn
- Natasha Crnjac (26; San Diego; SAHM) - @MC4Natasha
- Bime Cruz (25; Taunton, MA; boxing coach) - @MC4Bime
- Sasha Foxx (42; Tuscaloosa, AL; singer) - @MC4Sasha
- Malcolm Green (27; Cambridge, MA; unemployed) - @MC4Malcolm
- Adriana Guillen (26; New York City; college admissions rep) -
- Eddie Jackson (32; Americus, GA; personal trainer/former NFL player) -
- Beth Kirby (29; Chattanooga, TN; writer/photographer) - @MC4BethK
- Bri Kozior (22; Doylestown. PA; theatre assistant) - @MC4Bri
- Jessie Lysiak (27; Social Circle, GA; yacht stewardess) - @MC4Jessie
- Luca Manfe (31; Astoria, NY; restaurant manager) - @MC4Luca
- James Nelson (26; Victoria, TX; retail sales) - @MC4JamesN
- Kathy Prieto (29; The Bronx, NY; office assistant) - @MC4Kathy
- Jordan Roots (29; Minneapolis; delivery driver) - @MC4Jordan
- Bethy Rossos (28; Estacada, OR; highschool PE teacher) - @MC4Bethy
- Howard Simpson (26; San Diego; barback) - @MC4Howard
- Savannah Sturgess (27; San Diego; special ed teacher) - @MC4Savannah
And now the game begins in earnest as
they fight their way toward the cookbook, the presidential flash cards,
and the perspex resin trophy... but right now let's pause 10 seconds to
give stations a chance to identify themselves over the Fox Broadcasting
... and with that, the competition... IS
MYSTERY BOX #1: Back to Basics
With every Mystery Box this season, you
will also have a Pantry Box which has flour, sugar, butter, eggs, heavy
cream, baking powder, lemon, vanilla bean, and a gallery of herbs &
spices. The winner of the Mystery Box will receive an important
advantage in the Elimination Test.
Inside the first Mystery Box is... one
tomato, a couple of bars of chocolate, one potato, and three bacon
60 minutes... STARTS NOW!
According to the judges, the "devil in
the box", the ingredient that should not have ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR
DISH, is the chocolate.
- Bime: Poached Egg over Hash with Tomato
- Natasha: Lemon Pie Tart with Bacon Chocolate Ganache & Meringue
- Krissi: Bacon Potato Frittata with Tomato Basil Salad
Her advantage... is in the MasterChef
ELIMINATION TEST #1: Not-So-Basic Ingredients
As the winner of the Mystery Box, Natasha
gets to choose the ingredient or equipment used in the Elimination Test.
The one thing that she cannot control is the theme. Today, the theme
is... three luxury ingredients Natasha has a choice among
langoustine, the first-cut veal cop, and Stilton blue cheese, a cheese
so luxurious, only five farms in the world are allowed to produce it.
Natasha chooses... LANGOUSTINE. But she
will not have to cook it, because her second advantage is immunity to
the next round. She has a THIRD advantage that even she doesn't know
about yet. She gets to choose ONE MORE PERSON to save from the test
today. She saves... Savannah.
Another hour on the clock.... and GO!
Krissi: Langoustine Mac'n Cheese
Jordan: Langoustine Bisque with Vegetables & Bacon
Howard: Poached Langoustine with Spinach Citrus Salad... that the judges
will not even entertain.
Luca: Langoustine Fettuccine
Lynn: Poached Langoustine with Lime Beurre Blanc
Kathy: Boiled Langoustine with Yellow Rice
Sasha: Langoustine and Grits
Jessie: Tempura Langoustine with Shiitake & Swiss Chard
Malcolm: Stuffed Langoustine with Pasta
There were some outstanding dishes, but
there were also some disasters.
First, though, we reward perfection with
wins. Those wins go to JORDAN... and the winner of this challenge....
Now for the three worst dishes, not just
disappointing, but nowhere near MasterChef quality.
Malcolm says he hasn't peaked... He
survived. So it's down to an underthought salad and an
all-over-the-place grits dish.
It's the end of the road for.... SASHA
Next week, the first Field Challenge. On
the back of that, a Pressure Test and an elimination.
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