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Last week, the chef'testants entered the
MCK for the first time, and things got a little hot between Krissi and
Natasha, but it was the saucy spicy Sasha Foxx who couldn't take the
heat. So she leaves the kitchen first.
... and we leave the kitchen next for our
TEAM FIELD CHALLENGE #1: Back to School
The cooks are heading on a school bus to
Emperor Elementary somewhere in Southern California, just as the kids
are starting their day. The cooks' challenge: provide a healthy lunch to
over 300 schoolkids. Each team is responsible for an entree and a
dessert. They have 1 hour 45 to cook and 60 minutes to serve. The
winning team is safe, while the losers head to the first Pressure Test,
where someone is going to be expelled.
(Jessie): Lynn, Bethy, Beth, Bime, Natasha, Bri, Luca, Malcolm
BLUE TEAM (Jordan): Savannah, James, Eddie, Jonny,
Krissi, Adriana, Howard, Kathy
The meal must contain a protein, a
starch, a vegetable, and a fruit.
Reds are going with chicken teriyaki with
rice, corn, and a strawberry crumble. The Blues get spaghetti &
meatballs, green beans, and an apple crisp. They're planning for two
turkey meatballs per kid. That's 600 meatballs. Smart move. How about
the execution? The Blues menu may sound better, but the Reds is easier
Joe & Graham notice that there's an
overcrowding of chicken. What they need is to spread out less chicken so
that a) they cook even and b) they don't boil the chicken. Meanwhile,
the Blues have a whole lot of meatballs to cook, and they haven't even
Middle of the game comes a change, as the
Blues decide to turn their meatballs into sauce. As for the teriyaki
sauce, the Reds are going to add a sweetening agent. Meanwhile, Gordon
plays teacher. Everyone likes turkey. Everyone likes spaghetti. Everyone
likes chicken. One person likes chicken teriyaki. (Anne Hegarty) OH
Time to cook is up. Now it's time to
serve. And here comes a mob of hungry kids! They'll taste their dishes
The Blues are having issues serving. We
need orders! NOW! Meanwhile, let's go to the kids. They like the
barbecue chicken, but they think the green beans are a little too hard.
The Reds are starting to fall apart, while the Blues are holding
The judges liked the Reds dishes. But
it's up to the kids. Let's vote!
And the winners... by a count of 58% to
42%... is... THE RED TEAM!
"(^_^) this... no seriously, (^_^) this."
Thanks for that, Krissi.
PRESSURE TEST #1: Cheesecake
There are good news in this test... only
SIX of the nine will compete. That choice of the six will be left to
team captain Jordan. He chooses to save Howard, James, and ... himself.
Krissi: "That was a bitch move and in my
neighborhood, that would get your ass kicked. The captain goes down with
Today's Pressure Test... cheesecake. It
has to have perfect balance between flavor and texture in the cheese and
the crust. One mistake, you have an unbridled mess. You have 90 minutes
to prepare, bake, chill, and garnish one amazing cheesecake. The secret:
a good base. Solid base, solid mix. Set it. Now the cheese. Eggs, sugar,
break down the cheese and incorporate. 45-50 minutes in the oven. Then
chill, top, and serve. An American classic.
And Adriana has already cut herself.
Krissi: Cheesecake with Raspberry Bombs -
It fell. Otherwise, perfect.
Jonny: Pineapple Cheesecake with Coconuts
Kathy: Cheesecake with Mixed Berry Compote
Eddie: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Mixed Berry Compote - needed to
drain the fruit.
Savannah: Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Hazelnut Almond Brittle - poor
Adriana: Mango Guava Cheesecake - canned guava...
Eddie, Krissi, and Kathy... are safe.
Jonny's topping was nowhere near quality. He nailed the filling, though.
So he's safe.
The next person to leave the MasterChef
.... is ADRIANA GUILLEN.
Dodging the bullet by millimeters. We're
going to do it all over again in Round 2, but right now let's pause 10
seconds to give stations a chance to identify themselves over the Fox
ROUND 2 set to begin!
MYSTERY BOX #2
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.
A very special guest will be cooking the
Mystery Box alongside our cooks. That mystery guest is... Chef Gordon
Inside the Mystery Box is... black cod,
black and white sesame seeds, shiitakes, baby beets, cauliflower, rice
wine vinegar, soy, ginger, and miso paste.
60 minutes... STARTS NOW!
Gordon's taking his sweet time. No
seriously, he's in no rush to cook. He walks up to the gallery, has a
tea, and then, with 30 minutes left, Gordon... is still not cooking.
Until he arrives and does so. He does his knife hone and it's time to
get to work.
Gordon has TWO black cods with
caramelized cauliflower with a peanut miso sauce. Unfortunately, Fox is
paying him, so he's not eligible in the contest. Neither is Howard, who
plates a raw fish. Ew.
The top three, though, are...
- James: Black Cod with Shiitake Salad
- Beth: Black Cod with Sesame Seed Crust & Caramelized Beets
- Luca: Black Cod with Shiitake and Snap Peas
His advantage... is in the MasterChef
ELIMINATION TEST #2: Desserts
As the winner of the Mystery Box, Luca
gets to choose the ingredient or equipment used in the Elimination Test.
The one thing that he cannot control is the theme. Today, the theme
is... dessert. Luca has a choice among 24 cookies, 12 cupcakes,
and one layer cake.
Luca chooses... CUPCAKES. But he will not
have to cook it, because his second advantage is immunity to the next
round. He has a THIRD advantage that even he doesn't know about yet. He
gets to remove... someone's mixer. This is going to get ugly. He
For the record, your cupcakes have to be
in the box before time expires, or the judges will not taste them.
Another hour on the clock.... and GO!
Howard: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Malcolm: Buttermilk Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting & Rum Banana
Bime: Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
Kathy: Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter & Peanuts
Bethy: Banana Foster Cupcake, Raspberry Lime Cupcake, Almond Crusted
Jessie: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes
Jordan (no mixer): Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting
Tasting Jordan's cupcake... Luca. "100
percent safe. They are delicious. Can I keep it?"
At least one person is going home on the
back of all those cupcakes. But before we kick someone to the curb, we
must reward greatness.
Bime earns a Team Captain apron for next
week. But the WINNER of this challenge is... BETHY. Three cupcakes, all
- Malcolm. This is his second bottom three.
Malcolm made so many fundamental flaws...
Kathy is not done, not ready to go home. The judges agree. She's SAFE.
The cupcake just crumbled for... MALCOLM
GREEN. Back to the kitchen for you.
And back to the field next time with a
five-alarm Team Challenge and a Pressure Test with a game-changing
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