Max’s Recap MasterChef Celebrity Showdown

The exhilarating special starts with Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi announcing that Celebrities will be competing for 25,000 dollars for the charity of their choice. The losing dish will still get 15,000 for their charity 🙂

The first celebrity cooks are Cheryl Hines, from “Son of Zorn” and Kal Penn from “Super Human.” Cheryl is competing to win money for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, an organization that helps children and families coping with this disease. Kal hopes to win money for The United Nations Agency for Relief and Works for Palestinian Refugees, an organization that helps feed people in desperate need of support. Their Mystery Box Challenge is to cook a dish made with Beer.

Cheryl is making Chicken & Waffles. Kal is making Fish Tacos. Just as the cooking gets started the mischievous Cheryl accidently pokes Kal in the eye with her tongs! Now he is cooking with one eye!

When time is up Gordon and Christina taste the dishes. Kal’s Halibut Tacos with Beer Marinade, Citrus Coleslaw and Chipotle Beer Aioli are first. Unfortunately, one of the tacos is soggy! But the rest are nice and crunchy and the fish is cooked well. Cheryl’s Beer Battered Chicken and Waffles are next. The fried chicken is cooked perfectly and tastes very good, however the waffles are too sweet for the judges. And the winner is KAL!

The next cooking competition is between two married couples. Nene and Gregg Leakes from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” want to give the money to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Trai and Grace Byers from “Empire” want to give the money to Saving Our Daughters, an organization that empowers young girls to overcome bullying. They will have to cook in a Tag Team Challenge to replicate a “MasterChef Game Day Party Platter” with Chicken Wings, Jalapeño Poppers, Sliders, Pig in a Blanket and Guacamolee & Chips.

After sixty minutes of working together the platters are ready to be tasted by Gordon and Christina. The Leakes’s platter looks good. Their Poppers are spicy and the Pigs in a Blanket are tasty. Their burgers are a little overdone but still taste fine. The Byers’s platter also look good. Their burgers are cooked perfectly and taste delicious. Their Poppers and Pigs in a Blanket are amazing. The winners are THE BYERS!

The next competition is between two sets of famous twin brothers. Joel and Benji Madden from the Rock Band Good Charlotte will be competing for MusiCares which provides financial assistance to struggling artists and musicians. Rondi and Tike Barber, both veteran NFL players will be competing for KultureCity an organization that supports autistic kids. Each team will have one hour to bake a perfect box of twelve cream puffs.

The Barber Brothers are confident because they are used to competing. The Madden Brothers have trouble with their dough and fall behind. But when time is up both teams have filled their boxes with cream puffs. The Barber Brother puffs are  little ugly, small and not completely filled. The Madden Brothers puffs look great and nicely filled but they have an egg shell in one of them. The winners are THE MADDEN BROTHERS!

Then we see an epic preview of Masterchef Junior Season 5! 🙂

The last cooking challenge of the two hour special is Gordon & Anthony Anderson (from “Blackish”) verses Christina & Jordana Brewster (from “Lethal Weapon”). The red apron wearing men will be playing for The Watts and Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club in California. The blue apron wearing women will be playing for No Kid Hungry, an organization that combats childhood hunger in the United States. Both teams will cook the ingredients under identical Mystery Box’s and create one stunning dish.

When the time is up the judges are revealed. The last MasterChef season winner, Shaun and 2 new MasterChef Junior contestants from the up-and-coming season, 13 year old Shayne and 11 year old Justise.

Gordon & Anthony made Veal Parmesan. Justise says, “I don’t like it … (cut to commercial) … I love it!” They also made an apple pie, which is actually undercooked. 😮

Christina & Jordana made Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce. Shayne says, “Visually, it looks stunning! It makes me hungry!” He loves the taste. They also made a dessert, one of Chef Ramsay’s specialties, a Sticky Toffee Pudding. All 3 judges love it and the winners are the Blue Team, CHRISTINA & JORDANA!

This show was fun to watch. It was a great warm up for the next MasterChef Junior Season which starts Thursday, February 9th at 8 pm! I’ll be there! And recapping every episode!