The 3rd episode of Season 7 begins with the top 20 cooks walking in the MasterChef Kitchen to meet guest judge Wolfgang Puck! He gives the excited home cooks their first Mystery Box Challenge and it is … Potatoes! They have 60 minutes to cook a potato dish that will wow the judges. The judges walk around to check on the dishes and Wolfgang is curious about Andrea’s Tortilla Española. He thinks she has the flavors right 🙂
When there is only ten minutes left Gordon stops the clock to tell the contestants that 1 chef will be going home after this challenge! Yikes! Pressure!
Time is up. The judges call the 3 worst dishes forward. The first one belongs to … 20 year old Nathan, a Tuxedo Salesman from Slippery Rock, PA. He made a Twice Baked Potato. Wolfgang says it looks like someone ate it already. 😮 And the potato is undercooked.
The second worst dish belongs to … 25 year old Cassie, a Bakery Clerk from Clear Lake, IA. She made a standard Steak and Potatoes that lacks in presentation. Wolfgang says if he ordered it at a restaurant he would send it back because it has no color!
And the last worst dish belongs to 62 year old Bill, a retiree from Pauma Valley, CA. He made Potato Pancakes that Wolfgang says are too plain and too crunchy. Underwhelming.
And the first home cook to leave the MasterChef Kitchen is … Cassie.
Next, the judges decide the best potato dish belongs to … Andrea! Not only is she safe from elimination, she also gets to save half the contestants. She must choose between the men and the women. Andrea decides to save the women cooks and they all dance up to the balcony together.
For the Elimination Challenge the men have to replicate one of Gordon’s 3 Star Michelin Dishes. They watch him closely as he makes a fancy fish dish. It is Halibut with Carrot and Potatoes but they don’t know the exact ingredients. They just have to make educated guesses by the look and taste!
During the cooking time Bill is struggling finding his knives and figuring out the right ingredients. Terry is doing very well, but Dan burns his fish.
Time is up. Now the judges will taste each dish. Nathan’s looks stunning. It is cooked nicely and almost everything is right on his dish.
Bill’s dish is just bad. It is missing a lot of the ingredients and doesn’t taste very good.
Eric’s dish looks really good but the judges say it is very sweet.
David’s dish has the wrong fish, but it tastes good.
D’Andre’s dish is not up to par. His puree is soggy and his fish is way overcooked.
Terry’s dish is spot on! He got everything on his dish just right.
And finally, Dan’s dish looks terrible. Gordon says its looks like someone puked on it! But despite this gross presentation it is cooked well.
The judges decide the 2 best dishes belong to Nathan and Terry. They will be Team Captains next episode.
The 2 worst belong to Bill and D’Andre. And the next cook going home is … Bill. D’Andre is safe for now!
18 chefs are left.
I liked this episode because I liked to see Wolfgang Puck and to see how good the home cooks really are.