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

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Joe Bastianich
Graham Elliot
Gordon Ramsay
Announcer Charlie Ryan
Creator Franc Roddam (based upon "MasterChef")
EP Elisabeth Murdoch
Eden Gaha
Robin Ashbrook
Gordon Ramsay
Adeline Ramage Rooney
Pat Llewellyn
Ben Adler
Packager One Potato Two Potato (an All3Media company) and Shine America
Origins Los Angeles
Web fox.com/masterchef
Airs 8p ET Weds, Fox

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Top 16 Compete
June 12

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.

RED TEAM (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 leaving....

.... for a rubber match. Let's pause 10 seconds to give stations a chance to identify themselves over the Fox Broadcasting Company.

(10 seconds)

Time for the RUBBER MATCH! But first, we head to...



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.

BETH/NATASHA: A "hangover" burger with Gruyere, Prosciutto, and a fried egg.
LUCA/KATHY: A minimalist burger with caramelized onions.

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 with it.

Customers are arriving now at BurGR.  If there ever was a time to fix the burger, it would be now.

BETH/NATASHA: Beef Burger with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, Arugula & Aioli... No Fried Egg.
LUCA/KATHY: Beef Burger with Caramelized Onions and Arugula

"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.

To see this episode in its entirety OR to apply to be a contestant on season 5 of MasterChef, go to fox.com/masterchef.