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'MasterChef' recap: Hugging it out over surf and turf

Season 5 | Episode 7 | “Top 15 Compete” | Aired July 7, 2014

Tonight on MasterChef, enemies became friends, and friends, well, got a lot less friendly.

Sworn enemies Ahran and Leslie were paired up in a classic “Surf and Turf” challenge, but did they make it through without yelling at each other? And what about Francis B. and Christian? They seem to get along well, but what happens to their relationship—and their cooking—when they are forced to create a dish together?

Someone goes home tonight, and it is absolutely not someone you would ever expect!

Read on to see which duos deliver perfectly matched up surf and turf, and who goes home over an overly greasy egg roll. You never know what’s going to happen in this MasterChef kitchen!

Paired-Up Challenge: Courtney Assigns the Pairs

Whenever a chef gets an advantage in the kitchen, he or she always tries to find a way to take out his or her competition. Sometimes this means giving the best chef in the kitchen a difficult ingredient or time limit. In this situation, Courtney has the opportunity to challenge two of the best chefs to work together: Christian and Francis B. Courtney pairs up these two, thinking that their egos will clash and their dish will suffer. Does her plan work?

Courtney also wants Leslie out of the Leslie GIFcompetition. Some would say it’s because she doesn’t like his attitude, but I think she knows he is the most experienced chef in that kitchen, and that he is a threat to her chances of winning. So who does Courtney pair up with Leslie … ? Ahran!

This is could be bad. This could be really bad if it turns out to be anything like the wedding episode…

Then the rest of cooks get paired up:

Dan + Cutter, Jaimee + Elizabeth, Daniel + Willie, Francis + Elise, and Victoria + Christine.

The challenge: Surf + Turf

The time: 60 minutes (five minutes to plan, 55 minutes to cook).

The dishes must be one cohesive dish, not two separate items on a plate.

The teams race to the MasterChef kitchen, quickly throwing their dish ideas together. Leslie defers to Ahran’s idea of a Pork Belly Kimchi Tostada, and Francis B. and Christian agree to do an all-American Steak + King Crab Cream Sauce. Dan starts planning his dish with Cutter, but instead of gathering ingredients, they being to argue. Dan’s idea is not a whole dish … It’s not a mash-up of surf and turf. As Dan and Cutter argue, the clock winds down and they are left with only seven ingredients in their basket.

Daniel and WillieAs each team starts cooking, Gordon checks on Leslie and Ahran. Surprisingly, they are working very well together. Ahran is giving straightforward directions, and Leslie is following them and letting her lead. It is a beautiful sight to watch them mend their differences and cook together.

At the end of the challenge, all seven teams plate beautiful, well designed dishes—except Dan and Cutter. Because they ran out of time and had only a few ingredients, their plate looks lackluster and simple compared to the others.

Who shined in this challenge?

Victoria + Christine’s Pork Belly–Wrapped Monkfish and Green Apple Risotto

Jaimee + Elizabeth’s Red Snapper and Lamb with Carrots and Feta

Ahran + Leslie’s Pork Belly–Stuffed Kimchi Fried Rice Tostada

Willie + Daniel’s Seared Ahi Tuna and Miso Fried Chicken

Who was in danger?

Francis L. + Elise’s Blood Orange Lamb and Crab RisottoVictoria and Christine

Francis B. + Christian’s King Crab Cream Sauce Moroccan Rib Eye

Cutter + Dan’s Seared Venison and Seared Tuna

Victoria and Christine come out on top with their winning risotto. Not surprisingly, Dan and Cutter’s dish not only sends them to the bottom four, but sends their dish straight to the garbage. Joe doesn’t even take a bite: He goes straight for the trash bin.

Dan and CutterTwo more chefs have to be sent to the pressure test. Is it Francis L. and Elise? Or is it kitchen “favorites” Christian and Francis B.?

Shockingly, it’s Christian and Francis B.—their steak completely underwhelms Gordon Ramsay. Their dish lacked all of their flavorful New Orleans, Miami, multicultural flare. What happened? How did they cook something so bland and unoriginal?

The difficulty in becoming an early frontrunner on a show like this is staying consistent. If a chef brings a lot of creativity and flavor in the first few challenges, can he or she continue to cook that way throughout the season? Unfortunately, Christian and Francis both lost their edge this week, and now have to cook in the dreaded pressure challenge.

The Pressure Challenge

The teams are disbanded. Now it’s just man to man to man to man. One of these home cooks will be going home after this test. The dish they must cook? A FRIED VEGETARIAN SPRING ROLL.

A spring roll? Sure, we’ve all eaten them at some point in our lives, but have you ever made one? There’s the veggies, and the sauce, and the roll itself … but how do you cook one?

Dan, being born in China, has the biggest advantage in this challenge, much to the detriment of Cutter, who is still upset from losing the first challenge.

What the judges are looking for:

A light, golden, crispy, well-stuffed and flavored vegetarian spring roll, with an amazing dipping sauce.

These chefs have 60 minutes to cook six spring rolls and a delicious sauce.

Spring Roll Results

Christian: Best spring roll of the night—great flavor.

Cutter: Underfilled, too sweet, no heat or acid.

Francis B.: Overly greasy from pan-frying them.

Dan: Delicious sauce.

Despite Cutter having a “trashed” dish in the first test and an overly sweet spring roll in this challenge, he is saved, and is not sent home tonight.

Dan, with his inedible surf and turf, is also safe and does not go home, because he makes an incredible sauce.

Christian cooked a great steak and the best spring roll of the night. He is also safe.

At the end of this pressure test, it was Francis B. whom the judges wanted to send home. Even though he is a great chef, he struggled with consistency. He was on top one week and on the bottom the next week.

Everyone is the kitchen was shocked to see Francis go, as he was labeled an early frontrunner in this competition. Best of luck to Francis B.

My Favorite Moment: Leslie & Ahran Hug It Out

HugMy favorite part of tonight’s show was the reconciliation of Leslie and Ahran. Joe said it so perfectly: This was a “marriage of two cultures, coming from two generations, coming together to make one delicious dish …”

After the eruption of anger and emotion that flared up during the wedding challenge, it was nice to watch both Ahran and Leslie put away their differences and come together to cook something absolutely beautiful. Ahran even posted on Twitter to explain that she and Leslie have actually become friends, and that they have put their disagreements behind them.

Next week:

It’s another team challenge, but instead Elizabethof being on a military base or a beach for a wedding, they have to cook in a diner! You won’t want to miss the remaining 14 chefs flip pancakes and scramble eggs in a classic American diner.

P.S. Did you think the judges were right in sending Francis B. home?

MasterChef airs Mondays at 8/9C 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

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