Max’s Recap Masterchef S5x04

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The thrilling episode starts with the remaining 18 cooks walking into the Masterchef Kitchen. Gordon says that Little Gordon is ill and has to leave the competition. Everyone looks sad, but know it must be for the best. 😦

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It’s time for the next Mystery Box and inside the cooks find … live sea food!mc54ls

During the cook time Ahran tells Joe that she believes the judges are favoring Courtney, but he disagrees telling her Courtney a great cook.

Meanwhile, Kira is freaked out because the seafood is moving when she tries to pick it up. She has never cooked live sea animals before! On the other hand, Christian is very familiar with fresh seafood and is handling it all very well.mc54kr

Time is up.

The first best dish belongs to Francis B. who made Spicy Seafood Broth. The judges say it looks stunning, everything is seasoned well and cooked perfectly. The next dish belongs to Ahran. She made Spicy Seafood Stew. Her dish also looks amazing and tastes great. And the last best dish belongs to Christian who made a very tasty Creole BBQ Shrimp. The judges love it and say his dish is spot on. And the winner of the Mystery Box Challenge is … Ahran!

She is safe from the elimination round and gets to pick what baked goods her competitors will have to cook next: Muffins, Cookies or Donuts. She decides the home cooks will have to make a dozen donuts because they are technically difficult to perfect.

During the cook time Courtney realizes she needs to start her dough over and will need more yeast. At first it seems no one has any extra yeast they are willing to share, but finally Francis L. gives her some of his. 🙂

Francis B.’s donut dough doesn’t rise so he goes to plan B and makes Donut Holes instead. And because Kira forgot to melt the shortening her donuts they will probably not taste right. Once again, time is up. The judges tell Ahran she now gets to save one of the cooks before they start the tasting. She saves Francis B. she says, because she thinks she can beat him later.

Courtney’s donuts look very good but when Gordon takes a bite he spits it out! In all her upset to find more yeast she accidently put salt in place of sugar and it made her donuts too firm.

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Leslie’s donuts have a great topping, look stunning and taste absolutely yummy. mc54ms

Kira’s donuts somehow lost the filling and they are more like Kaiser Rolls! Victoria’s donuts are nice and light. Christine’s donuts are uneven, but taste good. Daniel’s donuts are also very good. Francis L., who amazingly managed to make twelve different flavored donuts, did a great job. The judges are surprised and say they are nice and sweet. But, Cutter’s donuts are uneven and have lost their filling. Worst of all, they just taste bad.

Ultimately, the judges decide that Leslie and Francis L. have made the best donuts and Kira, Cutter & Courtney have made the three worst.mc54wd

Ultimately, Cutter is safe and the cook going home is … Kira. Which means Courtney is safe to cook another day.

Now 17 looks left.

I liked this episode because I liked to see the home cooks cook one of my favorite’s foods – Donuts. Duncan Donuts Vanilla Frosted to be exact! 🙂

Max’s Recap Masterchef S5x03

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The exciting episode starts with the remaining 20 cooks walking into a field and finding out they will have to cook for 500 United States Soldiers. On the Blue Team is Daniel, Dan, Jaimee, Leslie, Christin, Stephani, Courtney, Elise, Gordon & Jordon. On the Red Team is Francis B, Elizabeth, Christie, Cutter, Ahran, Francis L, Kira, Tyler, Willie & Victoria.

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During the cook time Red Team decides on Pork and Mac&Cheese. The Blue Team wants to make Chicken with Salad, but Leslie, the stay at home dad from California, wants to make Beef because he thinks it is easier to cook than chicken. He gets overruled.

On the Red Team Cutter, a Petroleum Landman from Texas, is not giving the pork enough heat and Graham tells him to get the meat closer to the flame on the grill. On the Blue Team the chicken is actually raw because Stephani did not cook it right or check it! Gordon Ramsay says the raw chicken is more dangerous than the enemy!

The Red Team’s Mac&Cheese is all sticky so they change their idea to coleslaw and have to recook the raw Pork Chops.mc53mc

It’s time to serve the hungry troops who cast their vote for the better meal. In the end the winning team is … THE RED TEAM.mc53vc

The Blue Team is now in the Pressure Test but Captain Daniel gets to save 3 people. He chooses Dan, the home cook from Kentucky; Little Gordon, a law student from California; and Christin, a Sales Representative from Louisiana.

Everyone else on the Blue Team has to cook a Blueberry Pie. Daniel is upset because he doesn’t like to bake, but Elise, an E-Learning Administrator from Alabama is excited because she likes cooking pie.

During the cooking time Jamiee, the Bakery Assistant from New York City (who happens to have a blueberry pie tattoo!!) is doing very well making her favorite dish.

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Time is up.

Jamiee’s pie crust is perfectly flaky and her pie tastes delicious.

imagesJM905E38 Elise’s pie is raw on the bottom, it has too much flour and Gordon says it’s like eating sand!

mc53ec Jordon’s pie is sloppy and has raw dough in it! Courtney’s pie is very delectable, her pastry is great. Leslie’s pie has a nice combo of flavor. Daniel says Leslie is so old he probably knew Betty Crocker! (Um, she’s not real folks.) Stephani’s pie is horrid. It is falling apart and way too sweet. And finally, Daniel’s pie looks horrible because his pastry is falling apart, but it’s cooked well and tastes good. In the end the judges decide Leslie, Jamiee and Courtney made the best pies, Jordon and Daniel are also safe, but Elise and Stephani’s pies are on the bottom. And the home cook going home is … Stephani. This means Elise is safe.

There are now 19 cooks left.

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I liked this episode for three reasons.

One … I liked the Team Challenge.

Two … I was happy to See Jamiee make something good.

Three … I thought it was funny that Daniel thinks Betty Crocker is real.