EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'MasterChef' recap: A wedding to remember

Season 5 | Episode 5 | “Top 17 Compete” | Aired June 23, 2014

Tonight’s episode of MasterChef takes us to the shores of sunny California for a bold and daring team challenge. Two teams, comprised of the top 17 chefs, will be cooking for 120 people in just two hours. The theme? Upscale ocean fare. The menu? Scallops and sea bass. The event? A wedding.

A wedding? The top 17 will be catering a wedding? No way!

Put your aprons on, grab something blue, and let’s take the plunge into this matrimonial episode of MasterChef!


Team Challenge Recap

Gordon, Graham and Joe call forward last week’s doughnut challenge winners, Francis and Leslie. Francis becomes the Blue Team captain, and Leslie becomes the Red Team captain. They each pick the remaining chefs to be on their teams, the clock is set for two hours, they assemble their menu and everyone gets cooking!

Team Francis:

  • Willie, Courtney, Cutter, Victoria, Elizabeth, Dan and Elise
  • Francis puts a gourmet menu together very quickly; his team is given their assignments and they get to work with ease
  • Appetizer: Seared scallops on a bed of arugula, papaya and jicama
  • Entree: Lemongrass beurre blanc sea bass served with white asparagus over purple cauliflower puree

Team Leslie:

  • Leslie, Christian, Francis, Tyler, Daniel, Christine, Ahran, Jordan and Jaimee
  • Leslie’s team has a much harder time preparing their menu; Francis and Christian begin making suggestions, and Leslie defers to their choices
  • Appetizer: Seared scallops and mango over an avocado-pea puree
  • Entree: Sea bass over spicy broccolini and an heirloom tomato and cucumber salad

Francis’ Blue Team continues to work well together in this challenge, while Leslie’s Red Team starts to melt down under the pressure. Within minutes, Leslie is replaced as team captain by Francis B.

Gordon reminds each team that they are there to serve a “gourmet dining experience on the beach.”

As the chefs put the finishing touches on the scallop appetizers, Joe takes out the first plates and serves the bride and groom. When asked which dish they prefer, the bride says she likes the Blue Team’s dish, and the groom says he likes the Red Team’s dish.

As the guests enjoy their appetizers, the chefs finish up the main course and begin plating. Again, when the bride and groom are asked which team’s dishes they like the best, the bride chooses Blue and the groom chooses Red. This trend continues with the guests as well, as both dishes are equally enjoyed by all.

By the end of the meal service, the Red Team runs out of sea bass. Christian blames Tyler for eating the missing portion, but it is not revealed what actually happened to it. Gordon gives the Red Team team a good verbal chewing out.

To announce the winner, the bride tosses a bouquet to the winning team. What’s the saying? “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?” It’s the Blue Team for the win!


Pressure Test Recap

Back in the MasterChef kitchen, the Blue Team is safe, and the Red Team must cook in the pressure test. One cook will be sent home tonight.

Out of the nine people on the Red Team, only three have to cook: Leslie, Jordan and Francis B. What is the dreaded challenge? Steak frites.

Gordon, Graham and Joe are looking for a perfectly cooked, medium rare steak with a side of crispy fries.

masterchef steakTheir definition of a perfect medium rare is when a) The knife slides through like butter, b) The color of the steak is a rich ruby in the center, then fades out to brick red, then pink, then to the crust, and c) It’s well seasoned and seared.

Each chef cooks the steaks and fries with confidence, but only one chef cooks the steak perfectly.

Pressure Test Results + Elimination

Leslie: Perfectly cooked, medium rare steak, +1. Soft, wilted fries, -1.
Francis B: Overcooked, medium steak, -1. Crispy fries, +1.
Jordan: Overcooked, medium steak, -1. Weak fries, -1.

Unfortunately, Jordan was sent home.

See what these remaining 16 chefs cook up next week as season 4 MasterChef winner Luca Manfe and season 1 MasterChef Junior winner Alexander Weiss return to the kitchen! You don’t want to miss it!

How do you like your steak? Medium rare? Medium well? Or well done?

MasterChef airs Mondays at 8/9 C on Fox.


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

You May Like