Top 15/14 Compete
Last week, four home cooks were so bad
that the judges could not decide who to send home, necessitating a
SECOND round of back-round challenges. After burned burger buns and
butter poached lobster... Kathy was left to stew in Vegas. And then...
there were 15... and one judge's mother.
Round 3 starts... NOW.
MYSTERY BOX #3: A Box from Another World
Inside the Mystery Box today... we have a
whole lot of foreign stuff. We're talking stuff from Russia, Spain,
China, all around. Usually they say what's in the box. Today, you're
going to have to figure it all out for yourselves.
And you have 60 minutes to do it. Good
If you're playing along at home, we have
elk, mojama (Spanish salt-cured tuna), Okinawa sweet potato, cod liver,
and Chinese ground moss.
The top 3...
- Eddie: Elk Flank with Japanese Sweet
- Jordan: Stack Salad with Chinese Moss & Baby Eels
- Bime: Elk Flank with Baby Eels & Sweet Potato
This is Bime's SECOND Mystery Box top 3.
Will he nail this one?
Winner.... Steady Eddie Jackson!
ELIMINATION TEST #3: Filled Pasta
Eddie's three choices... agnolotti,
mezzelune, and caramelle.
Eddie's first advantage: he will not have
to cook any of these three. His second... he's going to choose.. the
most difficult of the three... Joe's agnolotti. To help you out, we have
a demonstration by someone near and dear to Joe's heart... Italian
culinary legend and DAYTIME EMMY WINNING CULINARY HOST ... and also
Joe's momma, LIDIA BASTIANICH!
Eddie now has a third advantage. He
decides which two of his competitors will NOT get to witness Lidia's
demonstration. He picks James and Lynn. Men... get out of here. We'll
call you back when we're finished. And if you want to witness this, but
you missed it, Fox.com may post it later. I hope they do. I want to try
this. It's an egg pasta, four whole eggs, five egg yolks, flour, rest
for 20 minutes. Hand cranker, lowest setting, get it translucent. Then
fill it with any kind of meat. You don't food-pro it. Stuff, boil, and
then saute in butter sauce. Full recipe is online. Get it and get
Sixty minutes to make agnolotti to make
Ms. Bastianich proud.
James: Agnolotti Alla Vodka - stuffing to
pasta is good. Taste is good.
Lynn: Short Rib Agnolotti - Underseasoned AGAIN and the pasta is too
Jonny: Squash Agnolotti with Maple Alfredo Sauce - "more of a dessert,
Jessie: Oxtail & Short Rib Agnolotti - Good.
Krissi: Swiss Chard Agnolotti - Good.
Beth: Cheese & Herb Agnolotti with Sauteed Mushrooms - Undercooked. She
couldn't boil water.
Howard: Chicken Agnolotti with Bell Pepper & Jalapeno - a mouthful of
peppers. And Joe isn't buying what Howard is selling. After a stern
speech, he goes on full with "I want pasta cooked properly, because you
know what? The only thing worse than a cook who can't boil is a
narcissist in full denial. Thank you for nothing."
Honorable mention goes to... someone
who's going to be a frontrunner... and Lidia's one of heroes. Krissi,
you're a captain tomorrow. But the best dish of the night and the winner
of this test... Jessie. Polar opposites.
Now the bad news. FOUR people instead of
three are going to meet the judges for final judgment. Those four...
Jonny... Lynn... Howard... and Beth.
Jonny and Beth... were really bad. BUT
the other two were far worse. Lynn was a total mess with everything that
could be wrong being wrong. Howard has no idea how incompetent he was.
And reaching the end of his rope
tonight.... is a guy who knows who he is... Gordon asks him to do the
honorable thing and leave with dignity.
That person... Say goodnight, HOWARD
SIMPSON. You have no place here.
We're going to go to the field in a
moment, but right now let's pause 10 seconds to give stations a chance
to identify themselves over the Fox Broadcasting Company.
Welcome to Hollywood, as the cooks are
going to serve the cast and crew of... McKinley High.
TEAM FIELD CHALLENGE #3: Glee
At the Paramount Studios in Hollywood,
and after a brief VIP tour, we find ourselves in the hallways of William
McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio... Only it isn't Ohio and it isn't
high school. We're on the set of "Glee" for this one. Today, you'll be
serving lunch to the cast and crew, over 100 members.
And picking your teams... the one and
only "SHUT UP! SHUT UP!" ... JANE LYNCH! She separates based on who's
"beauty" (Jessie) and who's "beast" (Krissi).
REDS (Jessie): Bri, Jonny, Luca, Savannah,
BLUES (Krissi): James, Beth, Bime, Lynn,
Jane isn't happy. She wants
Beth to switch with
Natasha. She wants Jonny to switch
with Lynn. And we've got teams. "Now I'm
going to get a pedicure." And shoot a game show while you're at it.
Hollywood Game Night, July, NBC.
Today's menu... three regular lunches:
fried chicken, grilled salmon, and vegan lasagna. The crowd votes on
their favorites. Most votes wins.
You have 90 minutes to prep and one hour
The blues are moving into action with
Krissi at the helm. Jessie and the Reds are feeling the pressure to
catch up. Meanwhile, Jessie cuts her fingertip through and she needs
medical attention. When she gets it... she almost passes out. That's how
bad it is. That and Jessie can't handle blood. She cuts her nail clean
off. The rest of the Reds pick up the slack. Meanwhile, the Blues... are
Twenty minutes to go, and Jessie is back
in action, but the salmon comes up burned and stuck to the grill, thanks
to the soy and the ginger. Forget about the grill, cook it on a flattop.
Their only hope right now... flavors. Because plating is going to be a
The cast and crew of "Glee" have just
wrapped, and now they're hungry. TIME FOR LUNCH!
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Grilled Salmon with Soy Ginger Glaze
with Pesto Sauce
Spicy Latin Fried Chicken
Balsamic Marinated Salmon
with Spicy Tomato Sauce
And no one expected the chicken to fly.
"As God as my witness, I thought that chicken could fly!" Both teams
race to get more chicken cooked, but that's not the worst of it. The
blue chicken... IS RAW. That is literally death on a plate. Red is back
in it with a fresh batch of chicken.
... and Jane Lynch arrives wanting fried
chicken. Chicken on the fly, right now!
The votes are in... and the winner... by
a score of 90 to 37...
... RED TEAM! This gives Jessie two wins
to Krissi's... zero. But if you go sabermetric with it...
- BLUES won chicken, 30-26
- REDS won salmon, 52-2
- REDS won vegan lasagna, 12-10
The SALMON was your killer.
PRESSURE TEST #3: No-Lemon Meringue Pie
Krissi will decide who will compete in
the Pressure Test. She'll save as many or as few as she'd like. She has
to save at least one, but not more than five of her teammates. Krissi
decides to save Jonny... Natasha... and, of course, herself. "Krissi,
you hypocritical bitch."
This Pressure Test... Lemon meringue pie.
The secret is in the base, a salt crust pastry. The lemon curd, and the
meringue has to be perfect. Get it wrong by even a grain of sugar...
"and it can go absolutely pear-shaped." BUT... you CANNOT use lemons.
You must use another citrus fruit for your curd. You will be given the
exact same ingredients and a not-so-limited limited pantry of citrus
First 15 minutes, make the crust. Then
make the curd. Egg white comes last.
You have 90 minutes to bake your lemon
meringue pie... WITHOUT THE LEMON.
Bime couldn't make his curd work, because
instead of cream of tartar... he used cornstarch for his meringue and
cream of tartar for the curd instead of the OTHER WAY AROUND! Krissi?
"Exactly what I wanted to happen happened."
- James: Blood Orange & Lime Meringue Pie
- Soggy bottom. Not enough curd. Meringue undercooked. But it tastes
- Bethy: Lime Meringue Pie - Visually stunning, but way underdone.
- Jordan: Regular Lime & Key Lime Meringue Pie - Raw crust, but held
together. Good curd.
- Bime: Lime Meringue Pie - DISASTER.
Krissi is up in there LOVING IT.
... Going through the motions, here.
Jordan's safe. James... is saved by two worse pies. Well, one really.
The person leaving MasterChef tonight...
is BIME CRUZ. That watery pie was your Waterloo.
So the question now... who does Krissi
have to smoke next? Round 4 is NEXT WEEK, complete with a pig's head,
and the head of the MasterKitchen from LAST SEASON.
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