Episode 13 The top 14 will be cooking a wedding dinner in a hotel! Evan is the Red Team Captain. He picks Anthony, Ariana, Ben, Beni, Gracie & Sammy for his team.
Grayson is the Blue Team Captain. He picks Cade, Emily, Maria, Mikey & Quani for his team
. They will be working in the hotel kitchen to making Gordon’s signature Beef Wellington & Nathan’s Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb. During the cook time Red Team’s Gracie can’t wrap the Beef Wellington correctly, but Ariana shows her how to do it. Meanwhile, Ben is getting an amazing sear on the lamb. Over on the Blue Team Cade allows undercooked lamb and raw beef to leave the kitchen. The guests send the dishes back and Gordon is not happy. Grayson sends Mikey to take over the meat, but the damage is done.
The winning team is … RED TEAM!!!!!
Back in the MasterChef Kitchen the Blue Team gets to save one kid from the dreaded Pressure Test and they save Grayson, since he was a great Captain. The remaining 6 Blue Team members will make the technically difficult Salmon en Croûte. Quani’s salmon is perfectly pink. His mustard dressing gives it a nice heat and the puff pastry is baked well. Mikey overcooked his salmon a bit and his mustard is too hot, but the pastry has good color and is crisp. Sophia’s fish is overcooked. Gordon expected her to do better, but thankfully, she nailed everything else. Emily’s fish is spot on, and pastry works, but it lacks the mustard’s flavorful punch. Cade is having a tough day. His salmon is not cooked, the pastry is wet and he forgot the mustard! Even though Maria’s salmon is small, it tastes amazing.
Quani, Emily and Maria are the top 3.
Mikey, Sophia and Cade are in the bottom.
Gordon sends Mikey and Sophia to the balcony, so the one going home is … Cade. ☹ He says, “Did you ever have one of those days where everything went wrong? That’s the kind of day I had. But I’m glad to have been here and met all these great folks. I’m going home to work on this pastry fish dish until I get it perfect!” 😊 He gets lots of hugs and compliments before he leaves.
Episode 14 The top 13 are excited to see MasterChef Jr winner SHAYNE back in the kitchen!
Today they will be cooking with some of his most favorite things ingredients: venison, lobster tail, rib-eye, bacon and Cajun Seasoning. The first best dish belongs to Gracie with her Pan Seared Venison. Shayne loves the cook and seasoning and he just wants to keep eating it. The next best dish belongs to Sammy with his Cajun Seasoned Rib-Eye. The sear and cook is amazing. Shayne says, “If you’re cooking at this level, I’d be terrified if you were in my season!” The last best dish belongs to Quani with his Lobster Tail. He poached it nicely in seasoned butter and Shayne loves it so much he wants to finish the whole thing. Shayne and the judges spend a great deal of time trying to choose the best of the best. They finally make their decision. And the winner is … GRACIE … and SAMMY … and QUANI!!! All 3 win!
The ten remaining cooks will be baking a layer cake in the Elimination Challenge. A minimum of three layers are required! Ariana’s Vanilla Cake looks good but it is under baked and the sponge has no flavor. The vanilla buttercream frosting is very good. Ariana goes back to her station tearing up but Evan gives her a warm hug and tells her to stay positive, it’s going to be okay. Evan’s Tres Leches Cake is expertly baked. The layers are moist and taste delicious. Aarón says, “My mind is blown. An eleven-year-old made a cake it took me years to perfect.” Beni’s Coconut Cake is baked well, however some of the shredded coconut pieces are too big. Christina tells her, “When it comes to baking, everything has to be precise, even the size of the toppings.” Grayson’s Strawberry & Cream Cake is very unbaked. The added strawberries threw off the balance in the recipe and ruined the sponge. Ben’s Chocolate Cake is baked perfectly and very sweet. Gordon and Aarón are put off by the sweetness, but Christina loves it. Emily’s Vanilla Cake lacks frosting between layers, but the sponge is nice and tastes pretty great. Anthony’s Chocolate Cake is covered in too much frosting which overpower the delicate sponge layers. His layers are impressive though, he had six of them.
The top 3 best cakes of the night belongs to BEN, EMILY & EVAN!!!
Anthony, Grayson & Ariana are in the bottom.
Anthony is saved because of his great layering, then Ariana is called forward. Her frosting saved the day. that means … Grayson is the next to go home. ☹ Instead of leaving the kitchen directly, Aarón suggests everyone bring out their cakes and have a small going away party for Grayson. And that’s just what they do. 😊
Episode 15 The top 12 cooks arrive in the MasterChef Kitchen to find out they will be working in teams of two today. The judges have paired Ariana & Evan, Ben & Beni, Mikey & Emily, Quani & Sophia, Maria & Anthony, and Sammy & Gracie. Everyone will make a Beef Wellington from scratch, then the teams will have to decide who brings their dish to the judges for tasting. Evan & Ariana are up first. They pick Evan’s Wellington because Ariana’s crust did not have the golden brown color it needed. Evan nailed the cook on the beef, the crêpe is cooked well and the puff pastry is practically perfect. All 3 judges love the taste. Up next, Quani & Sophia. They show Sophia’s Wellington because Quani thinks he might have overcooked the filet. Sophia’s filet is just right and the puff pastry is buttery and crisp. Sammy & Gracie choose to bring up Sammy’s Wellington because Gracie didn’t finish hers. It was still cooking in the oven when time was called. But Sammy forgot the crêpe and the beef is hammered on the inside☹. Ben & Beni have a hard time choosing the best Wellington. They both think they nailed it. So Ben does Eeny, meeny, miny, moe and Beni wins. Her Wellington is a home run. She nailed the cook on the meat the she got the best texture on the crêpe. Emily & Mikey decide Mikey’s Wellington is visually the best, but sadly the beef ends up being overcooked. The other elements are spot on. Gordon says, “What a shame.” And Anthony & Maria pick Anthony’s Wellington because he feels like he nailed it and Maria is not so sure. Turns out, Anthony’s meat is severely undercooked and the crêpe is soggy and the pastry is raw on the inside. Evan & Ariana, Quani & Sophia, Ben & Beni did the best. It is so close the judges can’t pick a winner, but all of them are safe. Emily & Mikey did just enough for safety too.
So Sammy, Gracie, Anthony & Maria will go on to the dreaded Pressure Test, where not one, but TWO kids will go home!
They will make a Homemade Sausage on a Roll. Sammy’s uses two kinds of meat and it pays off. 😊 Christina says, “This is extremely delicious!” Anthony’s chicken sausage is pink and Gordon can’t eat it because it is dangerously undercook. Gracie’s sausage is seasoned well, but it is overcooked and dry. And Maria’s sausage is cooked well, but it lacks seasoning. Aarón says, “I’m just not detecting much flavor here.” Sammy is saved first. Next, Maria is saved because the other sausages were worse than hers. That means Gracie and Anthony are going home. Everyone is shocked. There are hugs all around, and tears. Evan says, “I will miss you guys so much!”