Top 13/12 Compete
Last week, we dealt in mystery Mystery
Boxes, filled pasta, a visit to McKinley High on the Paramount lot, and
not-Lemon Meringue Pies. After all that... we're down to 13 after Bime
got targeted by Krissi... and rubbed out.
Round 4 starts... NOW.
MYSTERY BOX #4
Inside the Mystery Box today... a giant
pig head! Seriously, these things are delicacies. They have all been
furnished with a pantry box and a limited pantry to make their head (or
whatever they make of it) shine. Like the pig's eyeballs! Oh, by the
way, the heads have been broken down for you: ears, tongue, cheeks, and
And you have 90 minutes. Don't hog your
The top 3...
- Lynn: Braised Tongue & Cheek with
- Jessie: Braised Cheek & Ear with Black Eyed Peas & Roasted Corn
- Jonny: Tongue & Cheek Tacos with Tomato Jam
A hard one to judge, this one...
Winner.... Lynn Chyi!
ELIMINATION TEST #4: Asian & American Comfort
Lynn's three choices... will be delivered
by season 3 MasterChef CHRISTINE HA! Her new cookbook, "Recipes from My
Home Kitchen: Asian & American Comfort Food", is available now, go get
Her choices... favorite ingredients:
chicken, catfish, and a live Dungeness crab.
Lynn's first advantage: he will not have
to cook any of these three. He's safe. His second... He can choose one
ingredient for one cook and another for the rest. He targets Krissi
with... CATFISH. The rest of the cooks are going to go with... DUNGENESS
CRAB! If you remember, this ingredient was given to Christine last
season, and she made it her own.
But there's one more surprise. You will
be made to cook your crab... BLINDFOLDED. Sixty minutes in the dark.
... JUST KIDDING! Blindfolds off. Reset
the clock and let's do it again!
Krissi: Fried Catfish with Bacon Cheddar
Mashed Potatoes with Asparagus - too earthy. Needs elevated flavor. And
Joe spit it out. Lynn may have signed your death warrant. Joe? "At this
point, you're wasting my time, and I don't like to have my time wasted.
For me, you're done. Thanks, Lynn. At least you let me know who's here
Natasha: Ginger Crab Cakes with Beet
Salad - nice and poppy.
Bri: Summer Crab Stack with Pea & Avocado Mash and Corn Puree -
James: Spicy Crab Creole with Rice & Seafood Broth - right kind of heat.
Beth: Mascarpone Crab Cake with Grilled Peach & Avocado Salsa - "It's
Luca: Crab Risotto with Asparagus & Lemon - Too salty. It's a disaster.
Honorable mention goes to... someone
with bold, exotic flavors... Natasha. But the WINNER of this Elimination
Now the bad news. The bottom three for
ALL THE RIGHT REASONS... Beth, Luca, and Krissi.
Someone has reached their level of
crabbiness and may very well get catfished.
That person... BETH KIRBY, hang up your
Krissi... one more chance.
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.
Time for the requisite MasterChef
wedding. The guests of honor... Anya & Aaron. Aaron is a foodie
scientist. Anya is his foodie fiancee. Anya has some rules to go over...
No peanuts, beets, radishes, celery root, fennel, Indian food, bell
peppers, dill, cilantro, or olives. The good news, we get some help in
the form of Graham cooking an appetizer and Gordon cooking dessert.
The final 12... have the entree.
TEAM FIELD CHALLENGE #4: Wedding Crash
Of the 103 wedding guests, there are 15
vegetarians, so it's up to you to make sure that everyone gets something
REDS (Natasha): Eddie, Jordan, Bethy, Savannah,
BLUES (James): Lynn, Jessie, Jonny, Bri,
There's one more snag. Natasha & James
have to pick one person who will NOT be cooking. If you lose today, that
person will not cook in the Pressure Test. Natasha picks Krissi, while
James jilts Bri.
The appetizer, prepped by Graham, is
Spring Pea Essence with Whipped Creme Fraiche. Gordon has for dessert
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brown Bread Ice Cream.
You have 2 hours to conceive, prep, and
cook an entree that satisfies all the diners AND matches the standards
of our two megachefs.
The Blues are going to prep a rack of
lamb with parsnip puree and grilled mushrooms over goat cheese creme
fraiche. The Reds... are going with a halibut beurre blanc and an
eggplant tomato stack.
The Reds are turning ugly... Natasha
needs to be more vocal and less arrogant. The Blues, on the other hand,
are moving smoothly. The judges are worried that they've gone too far
Graham serves his soup, and now
expectations are high... er than before.
Seared Halibut with Baby Carrots
Tomato Eggplant Stack
Lamb Medallion with Parsnip Puree
Grilled Mushroom over Goat Cheese Puree
Meanwhile, Lynn's dish is wiped on with
puree. The Blues are replating, while the Reds are serving their fish.
Eventually, the lamb comes out as well. Natasha is stepping up. Lynn...
is starting to feel the heat, sweating on the food and the plates. Can't
have that. The Blues are five tables behind... And now he's wiping the
plates with the same rag he's wiping his brow. Yuck! Graham had to step
in and reset the team.
While Gordon works on dessert, Joe does
what Joe always does... canvass the room.
The votes are in... and the winner...
... RED TEAM! Natasha's going to take the
W and some champagne.
PRESSURE TEST #4: Macaroons
Deciding who competes in the Pressure
Test? The judges. They get one save each. Joe picks Jessie, Graham Luca,
and Gordon James. It's going to be Jonny and Lynn for the right to cook
This Pressure Test... The cookies are
light and thin with just the right amount of crunch. In the middle, the
right amount of filling. You have to make 12 of them AND they have to be
at least two flavors AND they all have to fit inside your box.
You have the exact same ingredients
(flour, almond powder, eggs, sugar, and vanilla bean) and limited pantry
You have 30 minutes to bake your
macaroon. Jonny's macaroons are too thick. And then his cookies crumble
as he jams them in the box. Lynn... piped the macaroons too thick
- Lynn: Five raspberry & five salted
caramel macaroons - the raspberry was whole. Other than that, they look
- Jonny: Chocolate Peanut Butter mousse & raspberry mascarpone
macaroons... jammed inside the box. But the flavor is there.
The person leaving MasterChef tonight...
is JONNY BLANCHARD. They were nowhere near the beautiful standard.
Eleven left but any one of them could be
next. The next elimination... and a very special Mystery Box... next
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