(I’ll do the second episode at a later date…)
The third episode starts and we meet two more contestants. Charlie, is a 25 year old ac technician from New Orleans and Brianna is a hair stylist from Worcester, MA. In their first Mystery Box Challenge they find leftover ingredients from their kitchens at home. The 3 best dishes belong to Katrina with her Pork Schnitzel, Dan with his Savory Éclair and Hetal with her Coconut Curry Soup. They all look delicious but the person with the best dish is … Dan! He wins the first advantage. He is automatically in the top 20 because he doesn’t have to cook in Christina Tossi’s Apple Pie Elimination Test. Dan also gets a 2nd advantage because he is given a bag of 12 Granny Smith apples to save a dozen contestants. He gives safe apples to Kerry, Tommy, Katrina, Amanda, Shelly, Nick, Ailsa, Claudia, Hetal, Jesse, Justin, and Darah. Leaving Brianna, Derrick, Olivia, Sara, Charlie, Veronica, Mateo, Christopher and Stephen to cook for their lives. Mateo, a high school teacher from Atlanta, Georgia is upset because he has never cooked a pie before. Then Gordon adds more tension when says not one but two people will be going home. In the middle of the challenge while the judges are checking on the bakers Gordon is shocked to find out Olivia is not going to make a crust. In my opinion an apple pie without crust is just a bowl of baby food! After the time is up the first pie the judges taste is Veronica’s. Her pie looks like a mess but it ends up tasting great. Next is nervous Christopher. Gordon gets mad because he thinks 5 tablespoons of corn starch is too much. But, surprisingly all the judges say the pie ended up tasting great. Next up is Olivia whose pie was bad due to the odd addition of goat cheese. Derrick is next. His pie is good, but it lacks apples. Stephen’s pie has good filling but the pastry is raw. Charlie’s pie tastes good but the presentation shows a lack of technique. Mateo’s pie is bad according to Gordon because the apples slices are cut too thick and since he added ginger you can hardly taste the apples. Next is Sara, whose baked pie tastes and looks very good. Last up is Brianna. Unfortunately her pie was way too watery from the apples. The one who had the best pie was Christopher, the thirty year old the restaurant manager from LA. The 3 worst pies are made by Brianna, Mateo and Olivia. The first one to go is … Mateo, due the gingery thick apples in his pie. The next one to go is … Brianna because her pie is so soggy, which means Olivia is safe. Now there are 20 chefs left to compete.
I really liked this episode because of the ways they cooked a simple apple pie. I am excited for the next episode where they are going to cook in teams for people at a park. Team challenges are crazy.