Top 16 Compete
Last week, the home cooks went back to
school, back to cheesecake, and back to the kitchen, where one cook
served up raw fish during a Mystery Box that Gordon played with. Then,
after Luca targeted Jordan for elimination.... MALCOLM was eliminated on
cupcakes. Now... America's Bravest get fed by the home cooks.
TEAM FIELD CHALLENGE #2: A Banquet for Heroes
At Pasadena City Hall, the cooks are
going to cook for American heroes... 101 firefighters. Walmart has
furnished a pantry for you to showcase a 10 pound New York Strip. You
will have to make two side dishes and a sauce as well.
(Bime): Jordan, Eddie, Luca, Natasha, Bri, Beth, Kathy
BLUE TEAM (Bethy): Lynn, Jessie, James, Howard,
Jonny, Savannah, Krissi
You have 90 minutes to prep and cook for
101. Remember, this is not a buffet. This is a BANQUET.
Bethy has another advantage from her
Elimination Challenge win. She gets to swap one member out. She takes
EDDIE from Bime, and trades her for Krissi. And Bime doesn't like
this... one... bit. He just called her a big girl, and she wants to
knock him out.
The Reds are going with a steak with
sauteed mushroom, a cauliflower puree, and a simple reduction sauce. The
Blues... Bethy is calling the shots with the steak, potatoes, red
peppers, and either a chimichurri or a balsamic reduction. Bethy still
hasn't decided which.
Gordon's rooting for the underdog. Graham
thinks that a cauliflower puree may be too much.
The Blues are seasoning their meat, while
the Reds are relying on their sauce. Gordon tells them to put a rub on
the steak. Seriously. Use your brain.
Bime's hands-off approach is leading to
chaos. Meanwhile, our guests of honor are 30 minutes away... as the
BLUES have zero steaks on the heat. They are planning on cooking them AT
THE SAME TIME. And because Bime on the Reds isn't leading, Beth... is.
Much to Krissi's dismay.
Bethy finally goes with the chimichurri
sauce. Should've jumped on that right away.
Time to cook is up. Now it's time to
serve. You owe these firefighters THE BEST STEAK YOU'VE EVER MADE.
As a reminder, the blues have steak with
chimichurri sauce, asparagus & potatoes. The Reds have a reduction sauce
with steak, mushroom & cauliflower.
One of the Blues have no chimichurri
sauce. And Joe is pissed. So is Gordon. After a patented Gordon Ramsay
Motivational Kick in the Goolies, Bime finally gets the Reds back on
line... so to speak.
Time to vote and find out who... THE
WINNER IS. Which is on another network. By a vote of 68-33.... the
winner.... is the BLUE TEAM! The Reds are heading to a Pressure Test AND
they have to clean up now. And the reds lick their wounds as only they
know how... by all yelling at Hipster Beth. And by all, we mean...
Natasha. And Kathy keeps it real. This is why you lost. Because you yell
at each other instead of working with each other, and nothing got done.
PRESSURE TEST #2: Eggs Benedict
All are in agreement... It was Bime's
fault. Will he be one of the six cooking tonight? No, because he's safe
as captain of the team.
Krissi: "That was a bitch move and in my
neighborhood, that would get your ass kicked. The captain goes down with
the ship." Okay, that was last week, but the point is valid.
Joining Bime in the gallery... Jordan.
Today's Pressure Test... Eggs Benedict.
Muffin toast, Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and the scourge of all
cooks, Hollandaise sauce. Each cook has the exact same ingredients in
the exact same quantity. You have 30 minutes to cook ONE portion, and
there's only enough for one portion, so you had better nail it.
Krissi was down to one egg for her
Hollandaise sauce, while others had their sauce... and eggs... broken.
Kathy: missing sauce
Luca: egg undercooked
Natasha: "Mayonnaise or Hollandaise?"
Beth: "This looks like 'Eggs Vomit'."
Bri: Damn near perfect
Krissi: Also damn near perfect.
Needless to say, Bri and Krissi aren't
going anywhere. Joining them... We don't know. It was too close. None of
the bottom 4 nailed it. AND THEY CAN'T DECIDE. ALL FOUR OF THEM are
.... for a rubber match. Let's pause 10
seconds to give stations a chance to identify themselves over the Fox
Time for the RUBBER MATCH! But first, we
TEAM FIELD CHALLENGE #2.5: BurGR Battle
At Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, we arrive
at BurGR. It's not just any old restaurant... it's GORDON'S. The bottom
4 will be running BurGR for the night. In two teams of two, the cooks
will create and serve a signature burger to the diners of BurGR, and the
team with the most chips will live to cook another day. The other team
will go head to head to avoid elimination.
ALSO... at some point, a VIP will arrive
to taste your burger.
You have one hour to prep and 75 minutes
to serve. Gordon will expo, or expedite, from the kitchens.
"hangover" burger with Gruyere, Prosciutto, and a fried egg.
LUCA/KATHY: A minimalist burger with
After 30 minutes, Beth thinks that she's
being thrown under the bus by fried eggs. Kathy, on the other hand,
can't caramelize onions, and Luca has no shot at making a sauce to go
Customers are arriving now at BurGR.
If there ever was a time to fix the burger, it would be now.
Beef Burger with Prosciutto, Goat
Cheese, Arugula & Aioli... No Fried Egg.
LUCA/KATHY: Beef Burger with Caramelized Onions
"Welcome to MY world. Let's go." And
here's something else you hear working with Gordon Ramsay... "It's raw."
And there's more where that came from.
The VIPs have arrived... it's the OTHER
CONTESTANTS. And to ensure their anonymity and guarantee a fair vote,
the cooks will be performing without aprons.
Luca is going to try an end run, plating
burgers as soon as Ramsay calls for them, while Beth & Natasha are left
to reel. It works on a four-top. And burning buns do not help.
Now to vote. By a count of 30-25, the
BLUE TEAM is safe. Luca and Kathy are about to cook for their lives.
PRESSURE TEST #2.5: Lobster, Head to Head
On top of the Las Vegas Strip lies a
recreation of the MasterChef cooking stations.
This Pressure Test... Butter Poached
Lobster with Shaved Fennel Salad. Every year, 6 million of these babies
are consumed in Vegas alone. Tender. Delicate. EXPENSIVE.
You have 45 minutes to replicate.
Luca has shown some incredible technique
and quick work of the lobster. Maybe too quick. Instead of pulling his
tail out of the lobster, he cuts it off. But ultimately, his dish looks
better. But it's all about taste.
- Kathy: for having never done this dish
before, it's cooked to absolute perfection, but she needed another two
to three minutes to plate. The salad was a little acid, however.
- Luca: beautiful presentation. But it's lacking color. It needed 30
seconds. He needed to cook after he killed it. Good effort however.
The person leaving MasterChef tonight...
... by the narrowest of margins...
.... KATHY PRIETO. It's not a total loss,
as Gordon offers her a chance to learn from him in New York.
Well, what happens in Vegas stays in
Vegas. And what happens back in LA goes on this page next week.
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