MasterChef Season 8 Episode 7 is called “Breakfast, Lunch & Winner.” It starts with the top 16 home cooks walking into the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. They will work in teams making breakfast in the Belvedere for the hotel guests. Cate and Yachecia were the best home cooks during the previous lamb challenge, so they will be captains.
Cate’s Red Team is Eboni, Brien, Newton, Gabriel, Necco, Daniel & Adam. Yachecia’s Blue Team is Jason, Jeff, Jenny, Dino, Jennifer, Reba & Catlin.
The teams will need to work together to create 5 different breakfast dishes, served to order: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Potato Waffles & Lobster, Classic American Breakfast, Three Egg Omelet.
During the cook time Cate has trouble leading the Red Team. Adam serves raw lobster, Cate ruins an omelet and their plates are not coming out fast enough. Gordon fires Cate as a captain and everyone agrees that Eboni should take over. She gets everyone working together and the plates look great and are getting out to the tables.
Over on the Blue Team Jennifer is slow on frying the eggs and the food that is ready to go gets cold and has to be thrown out. Jeff tries to serve a dish with uncooked eggs and gets into a shouting match with Gordon! They never really recover no matter how many chances they get. Red Teams wins. Blue Team loses they are going to the dreaded Pressure Test.
Yachecia has to choose between saving herself or six members of her team. She says “the captain goes down with the ship” and decides to save six home cooks: Jason, Caitlin, Jenny, Reba, Dino & Jeff. That means Yachecia and Jennifer will battle to stay. They will make a MasterChef-Quality Fish & Chips.
During the 45 minute cook time Jennifer realizes she forgot to bring lemon from the pantry. She asks Yachecia for help and Yachecia gives Jennifer her extra lemon. Time is up
Yachecia’s fish ‘n chips look nice and crispy. The fish is cooked well and has a good flavor but her fries are too thick and a little greasy. Jennifer’s fish is cut too thick, but tastes okay. Her fries are cut and cooked perfectly. But the fish needed to shine.
In the end, Yachecia is safe. Gordon says, “Oh Jennifer, honestly, you’re going home way too early, in our eyes.” Aarón says, “If you ever need some time to get better at your skills, my doors are always open.”She says, “This Louisiana girl, who made it to the top 16 of MasterChef — if I can do it, anybody can do it. So if you ever have any question in your mind that you’re not good enough or you’re not doing something and your unhappy, change your life. No more debt collecting. I’m not gonna be knocking on doors. I’m gonna go back to New Orleans and I’m gonna go to Aarón’s restaurant. I’m gonna take him up on that offer and hopefully one day I’ll have a restaurant and it will be right down the street from him.”