The top 10 have to race to make the longest possible sheet of pasta. Ivy gets a free pass and heads to the balcony. The Green Team – Malia, Jaala & Reid – win and get to dump a giant bowl of pesto on Chef Aarón. The Red Team – Aaron, Sadie & Ben come in second and get to dump a giant bowl of marinara sauce on Chef Gordon. And the Yellow Team – Rhashad, Che & Matthew – came in third and get to dump cheese sauce on Chef Christina. Big mess! Green Team is safe from the next challenge. Instant clean up!
Now Aaron, Sadie, Ben, Rhashad, Che & Matthew have to bake three perfect glazed éclairs.
There is a really cute moment when the judges realize Aaron is snacking on the gold leaf at his station. :0
All six get to work on their pâte à choux, pastry cream and glazes. In the end they all do so well that the judges decide no one is going home. The Top Ten remain, the Top Ten! 😊
The young home cooks return to the MasterChef Kitchen to learn the next Team Challenge will be cooking for strong female figures. Blue Team Captain wins the coin toss and chooses her entire team. She picks Malia, Reid, Che & Sadie. Red Team Captain Rhashad will lead Ben, Aaron, Jaala & Matthew. He gets to choose the protein, and he chooses the salmon. That means Ivy’s Blue Team will be cooking the lamb.
Then the special guests arrive. Some standouts are Christina Wilson the winner of Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef Winners – Claudia Sandoval & Christine Ha, and MasterChef Jr Winners – Beni & Jasmine.
During the cook time Reid gets badly burned my the oil when he drops the lamb in the pan! It really hurts and he gets super upset. ☹ Reid says it felt like a bunch of bees and ants stung him at the same time! Gordon brings him into the pantry to cool down the burn in cold water. Gordon shows him his old scars from oil burns and Reid feels a little better. He chooses to stay in the challenge to coach the others cooking the lamb and the asparagus! At the last minute he runs in with his injured hand to help plate the dishes nicely! WOW! 😊
On the Red Team Rhashad is having problems leading his team in the proper way to cook the fish. The salmon skin is soggy and the underside is too brown! With a little support from Chef Gordon Rhashad helps his team get back on track and the food on the plates.
Red Team made Seared Salmon with Mashed Potatoes and Broccolini and the Blue Team made Rack of Lamb with Mushrooms, Risotto and Asparagus. The salmon is flavorful, but a little bit overcooked and the mash is perfect. The cook on the lamb is nailed and the risotto is amazing … and the wining team by vote is … BLUE TEAM!!!!
The Red Team heads into the dreaded Pressure Test. Chef Gordon demonstrates his famous Pan-Seared Scallop & Apple dish. During the cook time Rhashad cuts his scallops unevenly and Aaron struggles with the set on his apple jelly.
Sixty minutes is up!
Matthew’s dish looks beautiful! He nailed the sear and the cook on the scallops. Gordon loves the lemon on the dish. Everything is seasoned well and Christina agrees the dish tastes great.
Rhashad’s scallops are not uniform. He has some overcooked scallops and some perfectly cooked scallops. He nailed all the other elements on the plate, but he is concerned because the protein is the star and he didn’t get them all cooked the best
Ben seasoned the scallops too soon and they became rubbery and dry. On the positive side – the color of the scallops is great and puree and the jelly is delicious. Christina loves his creative mind, but noticed he missed some technical points in replicating Gordon’s dish.
Jaala nailed her dish even though she couldn’t taste her dish due to allergy. The scallops have lots of color and they are cooked perfectly. Her puree is nice and smooth and the whole dish is seasoned well. Aarón loves her apples the most.
Aaron’s dish is visually sloppy and it is missing the apple jelly, but he nailed the sear on the scallops. Inside they are glistening and taste delicious. Gordon wants more finesse.
JAALA made the best dish! MATTHEW also did well and is safe. And the last home cook staying in the competition is … AARON!
So sadly, tonight Rhashad and Ben are going home. ☹ Nothing stops Rhashad from smiling though. Chef Gordon says, “What an amazing journey, but tonight you fell short. Ben, you’ve been a powerhouse. Rhashad, you’ve lit this room up. Oh dear, you two dudes, come say goodbye. Give us a hug. Man.”
They get cheers and applause from their friends as they walk out. “You keep on smiling.” “Good job!” “You guys were amazing friends!”
Rhashad says, “I am sad to leave the MasterChef Kitchen, but I’m happy because I made it to the top 10 and I got to learn from Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez and Christina Tosi. This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Ben says, “When I first came into this kitchen I was not as strong as I ever thought I’d become. I learned so much new skills and the judges taught me so much. The hardest thing about leaving is saying goodbye to all my great friends I’ve made, but they’ll be my friends for life. I’m going back to Morristown, NJ and I’m going to keep on cooking!”