The second episode starts with the top 22 young cooks walking into the MasterChef Kitchen. The judges ask Addison, Sam and Jesse to step forward. They have to frost cupcakes and the one who gets the most perfectly frosted will be safe in the next cooking challenge. Each cook is paired with a judge and the losers will get to dump frosting on their judge’s head! A nice consolation prize! 🙂 The special guest chef judging the cupcakes is none other than, Season 2 winner, Logan! He is looking a bit older since his time in the MasterChef Kitchen 🙂 Logan decides that Addison frosted 10 perfectly, Jesse frosted 11 and Sam wins by frosting an incredible 29 cupcakes! And Sam says he doesn’t bake much! 😮
When Adison and Jesse dump the frosting on the losing judges Logan gives the kids rainbow sprinkles that they throw everywhere! And even though Sam won for Graham he was also drenched in icing and covered with sprinkles! The judges magically cleanup in just seconds and it is time for the Elimination Test. The young cooks have to shuck and cook scallops. Sam is safe and gets to go up to the balcony to enjoy a huge cupcake made by Christina Tosi. During the cooking test Tae-Ho, a 12 year old boy from California, is very confident. Ian is having trouble opening the scallop shell and is crying, but Gordon comes to help him. Annabelle burns her scallops, but Avery helps her by sharing her extra scallops. 🙂 Time is up.
First up is Tae-Ho who made Seared Scallops with Risotto and Brussels Sprouts. He said he got the idea from one of Gordon’s cook books. Everything on the dish is nailed and it tastes amazing. Nate, a 10 year old boy from Philadelphia, PA, made Seared Scallops with Cauliflower. They have a nice sear and are very good, but the mashed vegetable needs more flavor. Chad, a nine year old from New York, made Spaghetti and Meatballs with Scallops. It tastes ok but the sauce way overpowers the taste of the scallops. Eight year old Ian made Pan Seared Scallops with Zucchini Cakes and Microgreens. They look stunning and the scallops are nicely done. Vivian, the eleven year from Arizona, made Parmesan Scallops with Couscous. The couscous is seasoned well, but the scallops are pale because they are undercooked. Derek, the eleven year old from Pennsylvania, made Pan Seared Scallops they are very delicious, but they need more salt. Ten year old, Kamily made California Scallops. Unfortunately, they are not cooked evenly, only seared well on one side. Amaya, the ten year old from New Jersey made Pan Seared Scallops. They are cooked wonderfully. And finally, Annabelle daringly made Scallops Two Ways which Gordon thought might be a mistake. Neither way really work for her because they lacked flavor and they are overcooked. In the end, the judges decide that Tae-Ho has the best dish! Kamily, Chad, Vivian, and Annabelle’s dishes are in the bottom. Gordon tells Kamily and Vivian they are safe, that means Chad and Annabelle are going home.
Tae-Ho shows he cares by holding his hands across his heart. As Chad and Annabelle are leaving all the kids hug them goodbye. Zac tells Chad he did a great job and Tae-Ho says “Remember, your wearing a MasterChef Apron, hold your head high, okay.”
20 young cooks remain.
I liked this episode because I was happy to see Logan and I loved how nice Tae-Ho was at the end.