After Season Five try-outs took place around the country the top 22 cooks selected are: Ahran, Astrid, Christin, Christine, Courtney, Cutter, Dan, Daniel, Elise, Elizabeth, Francis B, Francis L, Gordon, Jaimee, Jordan, Kira, Leslie, Stephani, Tyler, Victoria, Whitney & Willie. It time for the first Mystery Box Challenge and inside is an assortment of baking ingredients. At the end of the Mystery Box Challenge one cook will be going home before they even get to the Elimination Test!
During the cook time, Astrid from Louisiana says she does not bake! We hear Jamiee’s story about how she was picked on as a kid for being shy. She loves to bake pies though. She even has a mixer tattooed on her arm.
Elizabeth starts badmouthing Leslie because he is rich and lives in Malibu. She says his wife works and he doesn’t, as if there is something wrong with this. Leslie gets very mad at her sexist commentary.
Time is up and the judges call Cutter, Astrid, Willie and Courtney to the front. The worst 2 dishes belong to Cutter and Astrid, so one of them will go home. Cutter made Cappuccino Pudding. It looks dreadful and he did not cook it correctly. Astrid made Lemon Bars. Unfortunately, the bars are raw inside and taste horrible. The first home cook going home is….Astrid.
Now the judges taste the 2 best dishes by Courtney & Willie. Courtney made a Honey Cake that looks stunning, tastes scrumptious, and has a nice crunch. Willie made a Gingerbread Cake that looks great and tastes luscious, but Joe thinks the ginger is a little overpowering. And the winner of the first Mystery Box Challenge is … Courtney!
Now it’s time for the Elimination Test. Courtney’s win means she is safe and gets to decide what the cooks will have to make next. She gets to pick between 3 things you can make with ground meat: meatballs, meatloaf or hamburger. She picks meatloaf. Courtney also gets to save 10 more cooks from elimination. Courtney chooses Leslie, Jamiee, Gordon, Elise, Cutter, Francis L, Kira, Ahran, Elizabeth & Christin., leaving 10 cooks to compete.
During the cooking time Stephani, a Food Server from Michigan, wants to put Blue Cheese on her meatloaf and Gordon questions whether this is such a good idea. Jordon, a student from Wisconsin, decides to season his meatloaf after it is cooked, which might be a little too late. And Willie, a Church Music Director from Texas, who is feeling sad Courtney didn’t save him because he was one of the top two in the Mystery Box Challenge is doing just fine making his meatloaf.
Time is up. Francis B’s meatloaf tastes delicious and the sauce is amazing. Joe says the sauce is a “MasterChef’ idea!
Stephani’s meatloaf with Blue Cheese and couscous is way too dry. Gordon can’t even eat it and to everyone’s surprise he spits it out!
Whitney’s dish is also dreadful. Gordon says it is like a flavorless TV dinner.
Christine, an Investment Director from New York, made a meatloaf that tastes awesome. Jordon’s dish was not properly seasoned and Gordon says it shows how inexperienced he is. Daniel, a Video Game Developer from California, made a good dish. Joe says he likes everything about it. Willie’s dish tastes great again, his seasoning it spot on. And lastly, Gordon says Dan’s dish is “Absolutely … disgusting!” The meatloaf is very wet and soggy.
In the end the judges decide Francis B made the best meatloaf dish and Dan, Whitney and Stephani made the worst.
Dan is the first to be safe and the cook going home is … Whitney, the Call Center Representative from Ohio. That means Stephani is safe and now 20 cooks remain.
I liked this MasterChef episode because I liked getting to know the new contestants. It was fun to see how the cooks tackle a simple dish like meatloaf.