The “Tag Team” episode starts with the top 8 home cooks walking into the MasterChef Kitchen. They meet the next guest judge, Southern food specialist Chef Edward Lee.
And there is a GIANT Mystery Box that reveals the young home cooks’ families. There are happy reunions and hugs from Peyton’s Mom & Dad, Adam’s Mom, Dad & Big Brother, Jasmine’s Mom, Dad & Big Brother, Afnan’s Mom & Dad, Shayne’s Mom, Dad & Brother, Justise’s Mom, Dad & Little Sister Journey, and Cydney’s Mom, Dad and Twin Sister. The families head up to the balcony to watch their kids cook.
The next Mystery Box Challenge reveals a Blue Apron Food Delivery Box inside. This on contains chicken breast, wild caught Alaskan Salmon, carrots, red onion, baby bok choy, butternut squash, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and rainbow chard. But no recipe. The kids have 45 minutes to use the ingredients to make a dinner a whole family can enjoy. And the home cook that makes the best dish gets a hug advantage in the next challenge, plus their recipe will be published on the Blue Apron Website!
The judges check in with the cooks while they cook and choose three dishes they want to taste.
The first best dish belongs to Afnan. He made a Pan Seared Salmon with Curried Rice Pilaf, Braised Bok Choy and Swiss chard that looks stunning. Everything was inspired by his Mom & Dad. Gordon it has amazing flavor and he is cooking like a pro. Chef Edward loves the spice but notices the fish is a bit over cooked on the ends.
The next best dish belongs to Justise. She made Pan Seared Salmon with Bok Choy, Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Purée. Her sister loves textures, her mother loves fish, and her father loves everything, so she made it with them in mind. The cauliflower has a great acidity that Christina says she will be talking about for a very long time. The salmon is a hair over cooked, but it is a near perfect dish.
Adam has the last best dish. He made Crispy Salmon with Brown Rice, Rainbow Chard, Bok Choy and Apple Cider Vinaigrette. His mom grew up in Istanbul and his rice has a lot of Mediterranean roots in it. Chef Edward Lee says the balance between the creamy and crunchy textures in the rice is amazing. The fish cooked perfectly and the vinaigrette tastes good. Christina says the veggies and rice are so good they almost out shine the fish.
And the winner is … Justise! She gets her recipe on Blue Apron and she gets to pick the teams for the upcoming Sushi Tag Team Challenge.
Justise picks Shayne as her partner to bring a flare to the kitchen and good listening skills. Then she pairs two very strong cooks: Jasmine & Adam, the youngest cooks: Cydney & Evan and the remaining cooks: Afnan & Peyton.
During the sixty minute cooking time recreating the Sushi Platter proves really stressful for all the teams. Communication and working together is key. Afnan doesn’t seem to be listening to Peyton.
Adam & Jasmine are both head strong leaders and have a hard time agreeing on technique.
Shayne & Justise are doing amazing because they are talking about who will do what before they switch.
And Evan & Cydney are getting behind and starting to panic. Time is up!!!
Adam & Jasmine’s platter is visually stunning. The shrimp tastes great and the tempura has a good crunch to it. Overall, good job.
Afnan & Peyton sadly did not do well on their platter. Gordon says that the biggest mistake was they started jobs but didn’t finish them. The sushi roll cuts are too thin and the nigiri rolls are missing the wasabi. The tempura is nice and crispy, but the batter is a little thick. And the shrimp is just okay.
Shayne & Justise’s platter looks great. Chef Edward Lee says their California roll captures the essence of sushi. Can’t really get better than that. He is impressed that kids their age could cook so well. Shayne says, “Honestly, in this kitchen, age does not matter.”
Cydney & Evan platter looks sloppy. Gordon says there is uneven slicing and the rolls are too big. But the shrimp is cooked beautifully. Cydney starts to cry but Gordon comforts her by telling her to push through and be strong. He says they have both done better, but today the food was a mess.
In the end, Adam & Jasmine had the best sushi platter of the day. Shayne & Justice also did very well and made it to the top six.
And Evan & Cydney are safe. That means Afnan & Payton are going home. L Gordon says, “Oh dear, Peyton, Afnan, two of the strongest, two of the most talented. You’ve done well, both of you remember what you’ve achieved in this kitchen. Keep your heads up high, and promise me you are going to keep cooking.”
When they are walking out all the kids are cheering for them from the balcony.
Afnan: I’m really sad about going home, but I made it into the top 8. And I know I made my family proud. … I’ve had so much fun here and I’ve made amazing friends. … Just because I’m leaving here to today doesn’t I’m going to stop cooking. I’m going to open a modern bistro.
Peyton: Before this competition I did not have as much confidence, but now I can cook anything. … I got iced by the gingerbread man. And I also loved cooking for famous guest judges. … I’m going to go back to New Jersey, I’m wear my apron and cherish this experience for the rest of my life.
I like this episode because I really like to see how the kids work together on the tag team challenge. I think Shayne & Justise did amazingly together and Adam & Jasmine were impressive. It’s always fun to see the families show up. Happy the kids got to see them.
6 home cooks left!