The captivating episode starts with the remaining 16 cooks walking into the MasterChef Kitchen. They lift the Mystery Box to find they will need to cook with canned food. No one is really happy about this.
During the cook time Jaimee is completely stumped and cannot think of what to make until she finally thinks of soup. On the other hand, Ahran is working well with the ingredients and is making a cake. Elizabeth says she grew up eating canned food so she is not afraid of working with the bland flavors.
Time is up.
The first best dish belongs to … Elizabeth. She made Borscht and the judges say it is seasoned well and it tastes very nice. Borscht, an Eastern European soup made with beets, was a creative idea. The next best dish belongs to… Victoria, a bar tender from Texas. She made Potted Meat Fritters that are cooked perfectly and taste delectable. And the last best dish belongs to … Ahran. She made a Rolled Sponge Cake that is very soft and tastes yummy. And the winner is … Elizabeth.
Her Mystery Box Challenge win means she is safe and gets to meet MasterChef Jr Season 1 winner, Alexander and MasterChef Season 4 winner, Luca! Each winning chef bought one of their signature dishes for the cooks to recreate the Elimination Challenge. Luca brought his Pancetta Wrapped Veal and Alexander brought his famously delicious Passion Fruit Panna Cotta. Elizabeth must choose who will cook which dish. She decides Cutter, Christin, Jaimee, Christine, Ahran, Francis B, Victoria and Tyler will make the panna cotta and the rest of the cooks will be making the veal dish.
During the cook time rather than recreate, Willie is trying to reimagine Luca’s dish! Gordon says that is probably not the best idea on his part!
Even though Courtney has never cooked veal before, she is cooking with confidence and says Elizabeth may have misjudged her abilities. Jaimee puts three panna cottas in the blast chiller to set, but when she goes back to get them she can only find two! Unfortunately for her neither one had set properly.
Time is up. Sadly, Alexander and Luca don’t stay on as judges. They say their goodbyes and good lucks to the home cooks before leaving the MasterChef Kitchen.
Courtney’s Pancetta Wrapped Veal looks stunning. She nailed the cook on the veal and her dish tastes great.
Willie’s veal is rather bad because for some reason he actually cooked the tender veal twice! It is way too dry! Gordon says he may be back at Church on Sunday! 😮
Christin’s Passion Fruit Panna Cotta has problems. He put too much jelly inside and forgot to add fresh fruit on top! Cutter’s panna cotta turned out well, Joe enjoyed the taste. Unfortunately, Jaimee’s panna cotta falls apart! It tastes like pudding! When Tyler brings up his panna cotta, Gordon tells him that he accidently pulled Jaimee’s dish out of the blast chiller instead of his own.
For the first time in MasterChef history a home cook did not serve the judges their own food! Such a big mistake means he is out and going home! Tyler is shocked and devastated. Everyone looks sad about it as he takes off his apron and leaves the kitchen.
I am sure Alexander and Luca would be sad too if they were among the judges. Also if not Tyler’s mistake I think Willie would have been sent home.
In a quick change of mood Gordon announces the best dish belongs to Courtney! Now 15 chefs remain.
I liked this episode because I was happy to see Alexander again. I loved him on the first season of MasterChef JR when I also fell in love with the show. I wish he and Luca stayed as judges.