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!
- 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
- 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.
Their 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.
How do you like your steak? Medium rare? Medium well? Or well done?
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