The electrifying episode starts with the 7 remaining home cooks walking into the Masterchef Kitchen. It’s time for this week’s Mystery Box Challenge and inside is a hot cup of coffee! They have to cook a Master Chef level dish with coffee beans as the star ingredient. During the cooking time Stephen is at the station in front of Derrick who can see everything he is cooking. When Gordon asks Derrick if he is intimidated by Stephen’s beef dish, Derrick responds that he respects Stephen as a cook, but he is not too impressed. Derrick thinks his fancy-schmancy dessert is going to be a winner.
When time is up the first best dish belongs to Derrick who made a Carmel Latte Panna Cotta. It looks fabulous. The judges say it has a nice texture and tastes wonderful. Gordon says he wouldn’t change a thing. The next best dish belongs to Hetal. She made a Coffee Chocolate Cake. It is really scrumptious and the coffee flavor pops. Graham says her plating is amazing. And the last top dish belongs to Nick who made a Vanilla Coffee Cake. It looks great and tastes delicious. Christina is impressed by the way Nick layered the coffee flavors into his dessert. In the end the judges decide that the best of the best belongs to … Nick. His first Mystery Box win! Derrick, who was so sure his dish was in a different league than Hetal and Nick’s looks quite irate (see pic at top of blog post).
Now it’s time for the Elimination Test. Since he won the Mystery Box Nick is safe from elimination. The judges have already decided that the home cooks will work in teams to make a Party Platter. Nick gets to pick who will be cooking with who. He strategically pairs Claudia & Hetal, Tommy & Katrina, and Derrick & Stephen. Initially there is a lot of trouble between Derrick & Stephen. They start out fighting with each other, but in the end they work well as a team. Hetal & Claudia start out well, but fall apart in the end because they don’t manage their time well. And finally, Tommy & Katrina are having trouble the whole sixty minutes! Katrina keeps yelling at Tommy who can never work quite fast enough to get the job done.
At last time is up and the first cooks to present their work are Derrick & Stephen. Their platter looks stunning; the chicken is delicious, the shrimp is wonderful, the burger is cooked well, and the chips are nice and crunchy. Next, Claudia & Hetal’s platter presentation is so awful it looks like someone has already eaten it. The mushrooms on the burgers are burnt, the shrimp is not even cooked and the rest of it is “just okay.” Christina says it could be their funeral platter. Finally, Tommy & Katrina’s platter also looks dreadful. The chicken is appalling, the burgers taste okay but look terrible, the chips are very soggy and Graham says the shrimp are disgusting! A total fail 😦
Not surprisingly, the judges decide the best Party Platter belongs to … Derrick & Stephen. Hetal & Claudia are safe because their platter was a tiny bit better than Tommy & Katrina’s, who are left in the bottom. One of them is going home. Gordon says the one who is safe is … Katrina. Which means Tommy’s time in the Master Chef Kitchen has come to an end. Before Tommy says his final goodbyes he predicts Derrick will be the final winner. As the fashion designer/home cook from Chicago dramatically dances and spins his way out the Master Chef doors Graham calls it the “Greatest exit of all time.”
I liked this episode so much because I enjoyed seeing how the cooks handle finger foods, like Pigs-in-a-Blanket. We tried them at home and they were easy to make and actually super delicious. Next week – THE RESTAURANT TAKEOVER!