The “Semi Finals” episode starts with the top 4 home cooks walking into the MasterChef Kitchen to find out they will have to make a dish with a very special ingredient: Chocolate! Tons of Chocolate Chips fall on the kids’ heads. Shayne tries some and tells Gordon they taste good! J The judges treat the home cooks to a perfectly made Chocolate Molten Lava Cake with a berry coulis. Their challenge will be to replicate this dessert. The winner of this challenge will get a big advantage going forward.
Adam and Jasmine are very comfortable baking. Adam loves science and baking is science. He says, “Making a Molten Lava Cake is like a science experiment. You have to have the right proportions. You have to have the right temp on the oven. And you have to have it cooked for the proper amount of time. And if one of those things goes wrong, you’re going to blow up your lab!”Justise and Shayne admit it is not their favorite kind of cooking. Time gets the better of Justise and she does not get her cake out of the ramekin. Shayne has trouble pulling the plate together and gets it down to the front just in time!
35 minutes is up! Time to taste them!
Shayne’s lava cake is stunning and tastes delicious. Unfortunately he did not get the fruit on his plate.
Jasmine’s lava cake plate is the most beautiful of the four. Christina says, “It’s gooey. It’s perfectly molten lava.”
Adam’s lava cake broke and is a bit under cooked. Gordon says he should have turned up the heat at the end to help it along. His fruit and coulis are great though.
Justise’s lava cake didn’t work out and fell apart. Flavor wise it is delicious, but this challenge got to her. Christina says, “You know how to fight, and you know how to recover.”
Jasmine has the best lava cake dessert and wins a big advantage. She can assign each home cook their protein for the elimination challenge; Pork, Lamb, Beef or Goat. Jasmine chooses Lamb for herself, gives Beef to Adam, Pork to Shayne and Goat to Justise.
During the cook time Adam knows how hard it is to elevate the beef and that he will have to take some risks by picking daring cut of beef and sides and do something special with the sauce.
Shayne is confident. He says the pork chop reminds him of a relaxing Sunday dinner at home, but tonight he will be stepping it up. The judges are confused when Shayne cooks two chops but uses a thermometer to check temp on the one he is plating instead of cutting into the spare chop to see if it’s done. Will his chop be undercooked?
Jasmine is making something out of her comfort zone to show the judges that she can cook more than her signature Jamaican flare. When Gordon asks her why she doesn’t go easier on herself, she answers, “Well, because, if you want to go easy, there’s really no reason for you to be here in this competition.”
Justise is taking a big risk cooking her goat leg in a pressure cooker because she is basically cooking blind. She is counting on it to give the goat lots of juices and flavor. Gordon is not sure she will have enough time for a proper curry dish.
Time is up.
Jasmine made Mediterranean Lamb with Herb Couscous, Olive Puree and Pickled Bell Peppers. The rack of lamb has a nice even sear and is cooked perfectly. The olive and fennel flavors are great compliments to her dish. Christina thinks the peppers should have been sliced thinner and Gordon thinks the couscous is an odd choice with rack of lamb. But overall, she nailed it. Gordon says, “It’s definitely one of the best cooked proteins, ever, in this competition. Well done.”
Adam made a Grilled Rib Cap with Mushroom Sauce, Endive Two Ways, Fennel-Endive Puree and Asparagus. This cut was a bold choice, but it needed to be basted, not baked, to render the fat down. And his veggies are under seasoned, but his mushroom is delicious. Gordon says, “It breaks my heart to say this, but this is one of your weakest performances.”
Justise made Vadouvan Goat Curry with Cilantro Scented Rice and Crispy Shallots. It is amazing. The meat is incredible, fragrant, spicy, sweet and sour. She nailed it! Christina says, “You took something that is not normally elevated and you brought it to another level.”
Shayne made Grilled Pork Chop with Maple Soy Glaze, Chipotle Sweet Potato Mash and Apple Slaw. The pork chop is cooked to perfection. Gordon says, “It’s glistening, it’s juicy, I mean seriously that’s fit to go into any top restaurant in New York, let alone London or Paris.” It is seasoned and glazed so well, but the sides are a bit messy. The hero is the protein and he nailed it.
In the end, the first cook in the Finale based on these dishes is Justise! The other home cook will be … Jasmine! That means Shayne and Adam are going home. 😦 This is a hard one, all four cooks are so amazing.
Christina says, “Adam, your ability, your desire to want to take risks and challenge the rules is really impressive. I have no doubt that your dream for your test kitchen is going to come true.” And Gordon says, “Promise you won’t stop.”Gordon says, “Shayne, not only are you one of the most lovable characters, but you and I’ve got a big connect, because you put your heart and soul into everything you do. This is why we started this competition, based on boys like you. Do you know that? Good man.” And Christina says, “You are an outstanding human being.”
Both kids get hugs and cheers when they are walking out and Shayne says, “Come on Adam, we’re fine.” 🙂
Final words from Adam: I’m sad to be leaving the MasterChef Kitchen. But this is definitely going to be a time of my life that I will never forget. I’ve grown so much since I’ve first came here. I’ve gone from being twelve year old science guy from Sacramento, California, to being a bona fide chef. I’m really proud of myself, I’ve done so much more than I ever thought I could. I’ve gotten to cook with some of the greatest chefs in the world. Now I have friends all over the country.
Final words from Shayne: I’ve put my heart and soul into everything in this competition. I represented Texas as best as I can. I mean, who thought a little kid from Texas would make the best vegan burger? Even though we had our bumps in the road, I’ve had so much fun, win or lose. All in all, how many kids can say they got into the semi-finals of the biggest cooking competition in the world? Not many. God had a plan no matter what happen, so I really think that if it was my time to go… it’s my time to go.
I really liked this episode because I was happy to see Shayne and Adam cook for one last time. I was also happy for Justise and Jasmine when they got in the finale. I think all the kids showed a lot of heart and support for each other.
And finally, to Shayne: (I hope you are reading) I just want to say thank you so, so, so much for reading my blog and saying such amazing things about it. When you gave me a shoutout on your Facebook page it made me so happy. You are a great friend. I have been rooting for you since day one. I really wanted you to win the whole thing and I was sad when you left. However, no matter what, you are a winner in my heart based on your amazing attitude. You were nice to all the kids on the show. You always had such a great time. I wish you the best of luck. I know you will get your Food Truck one day and go on to do amazing things.