Season Seven is speeding up with two episodes airing every week. The 12th episode starts with the remaining 9 home cooks arriving in the Masterchef Kitchen to meet the newest celebrity guest judge, Chef Kevin Sbraga. He gives them a Mystery Box full of the kind of high-end foods he likes to cook with and as with every episode with a new judge he cooks alongside the home cooks. Nothing really happens when they are cooking. The judges observe and taste as they go and select three dishes they want to try at the end.
The first best dish belongs to David. He made a Tandoori Black Cod that is very moist and packed with flavor.
The next best dish belongs to Shaun who made Lamb Belly and Black Cod. It is cooked nicely and melt-in-the-mouth good. Gordon says its one of the best dishes ever cooked on the show. 😮
And the last best dish belongs to Brandi. She also made Tandoori Black Cod. Gordon loves the plating and says it is very juicy and tastes fantastic.
The winner of the Mystery Box Challenge and of a big advantage is … Shaun. He is now safe from elimination and he gets to choose which cooks will cook with fresh salmon and which cooks will cook with canned salmon in the Elimination Test. Shaun decides that Brandi, Katie, Nathan & Eric get fresh fish and Terry, Tanorria, Dan & David get the canned stuff.
The cooks with fresh whole salmon have to start by filleting their fish. Brandi and Nathan have never done it before. Eric is making such a mess of his fish Gordon says it looks like a bear got at it! 😮
The cooks with the canned salmon have their own challenges elevating the processed food to MasterChef quality. Terry, Dan & Tanorria are making some form of fish cake while David is taking a crazy big risk making risotto in a pressure cooker. None of the judges have ever seen this done before, they think it is going to fail
With 10 minutes left Gordon says “Stop the Clock!” He tells Shaun he can now save one home cook. Shaun chooses to save Eric who doesn’t hesitate to leave his ruined salmon and head up to the balcony.
Time is up!
Brandi made Seared Salmon. It is cooked perfectly. The fish is tender and the skin is nice and crispy. Gordon says she is becoming a very good competitor.
Terry made Salmon Cakes. They are dreadful. He used thyme which didn’t work and over baked them. The judges are disappointed and Gordon says he thinks Terry has gone backwards with this dish.
David made Salmon Risotto. To everyone’s surprise the canned salmon tastes almost fresh and the risotto came out beautifully. A creative and elevated dish.
Katie made Seared Salmon. It is cooked well and tastes yummy but the lentils she added to the plate don’t work.
Dan made Salmon Croquettes with Hushpuppies. His food tastes great. Guest Chef Kevin says his plate has “good heat.”
Nathan also made Seared Salmon. His fish is well-seasoned but a little overcooked. Christina says there are too many different ideas on the plate.
And finally, Tanorria made Salmon Two Ways. She took a risk changing her cooking style but it didn’t work. The plating looked poor, the food was under seasoned and undercooked.
Brandi and David had the best dishes,
and Tanorria and Terry had the worst. Tonight, the one going home is Terry.
People are crying. He gets an exit montage. Now 8 chefs left.
In the next episode we see something new in the MasterChef Kitchen. The top 8 cooks learn they will be in a 3 Part Potato Pressure Test. All 8 cooks will compete for 4 safe spots on the balcony; then the remaining 4 cooks will compete for 2 safe spots on the balcony; then the last 2 cooks will compete for the remaining safe spot on the balcony. In each progressive test they will be cooking with potatoes. Looks like this is going to be exciting!
#1 First they have to make French Fries.
During the cook time Brandi is doing well since she always makes them fresh for her kids. Eric is using the wrong knife to cut his potatoes and the judges notice he is lacking in knife skills. Dan’s fries appear to be too thin. Nathan is carelessly tossing his in the fryer and Gordon tells his to use the spider but he doesn’t know what that is. Katie is waiting too long to cook hers and might not get them done. Time is up.
Gordon is very critical of Eric’s French Fries because his uneven cuts made them cook differently, some were under and some were over. When Nathan tries to be nice to him Eric says “Don’t touch me!” 😦
Nathan’s Fries are not perfect rectangles but they are cut even enough to fry up well.
Katie’s French Fries are raw, no one wants to eat them.
David’s Fries are nice and fluffy and cooked all the way through.
Some of Tanorria’s French Fries look good but a few are too limp.
On the other hand, Dan’s Fries are too crispy. He used Sweet Potato which didn’t please the judges and added way too much pepper.
Brandi’s Fries look amazing and taste great.
And lastly, Shaun’s French Fries look good and they are cooked perfectly.
The 4 home cooks safe are Brandi, David, Shaun & Nathan.
#2 For the next Potato Challenge Dan, Eric, Katie & Tanorria have to make perfectly smooth and delicious Mashed Potatoes. They all struggle to do their best and when time is up…
Eric’s Mashed Potatoes look good but Gordon finds them quite lumpy. It’s a bumpy interchange.
Tanorria’s Mashed Potatoes are seasoned well and very tasty. Christina likes them.
Katie’s Mashed Potatoes are gritty and not well seasoned. Chef Kevin says they look better than they taste.
And Dan’s Mashed Potatoes look nice and taste creamy but, again, Gordon finds them a little lumpy.
Tanorria and Dan did the best so they are safe and head up to the balcony.
#3 Now Katie and Eric have to battle it out for the last spot. They will make Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage from scratch. During the cook time both cooks have trouble creating this dish. Unexplainably, Katie puts raw sage on her plate and Eric may not have let his pasta cook long enough.
In the end, Katie’s Gnocchi are well seasoned and taste good but she is missing the butter sauce and the raw sage does not belong on the dish.
Eric’s dish has a lot of butter sauce but his Gnocchi have not browned on the outside or cooked on the inside.
The judges decide that the last cook to be saved is … Katie!
That means the 26 year fire fighter from New York City, Eric, is going home.
The judges heap praise on him and he gets a nice exit montage. Eric says he thinks Brandi will be the final winner.
7 home cooks left. I like these two episodes because Salmon and French Fries are two of my favorite foods. I liked to see how the cooks handled them! 🙂 Also, I really liked the new guest judge, Chef Kevin Sbraga. I think he would be a great judge on MasterChef Jr. because I think he would be really nice to the kids.
Next up: Tag Team Challenge & Pop Up Restaurant Challenge.