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Triple trouble for the top 8 on 'MasterChef'

Season 5 | Episode 13 | “Top Eight Compete” | Aired Aug 18, 2014

Last week on MasterChef, we saw two hopeful chefs go home: Victoria and Ahran. Both of them are phenomenal chefs, and it was really hard to see them go. Especially Ahran. She is so creative for someone so young. I’ll never forget how well everyone reacted to her tiramisu lasagne—yummy!

At this stage in the game, it’s really hard to see anyone go home. This week is no different. We have spent the last three months with these chefs, watching them cook amazing food in very difficult challenges. Tonight, the remaining eight chefs face their most difficult challenges yet: a team mystery box and three pressure tests! Read on to see who made it through to the top seven and who was sent home.

First Challenge: Pick Your Partner

For the first time in this season of MasterChef, each chef gets to pick his or her own teammate. Right away, everyone wants to be on Elizabeth’s team. Elizabeth is one of the strongest chefs in this competition, and I am happy to see her getting the attention that she deserves. Even though Leslie and Elizabeth have not always seen eye-to-eye, Leslie pitches himself well, and Elizabeth picks Leslie! Smart move, Leslie!

Elizabeth + Leslie
Willie + Cutter
Christian + Courtney
Jaimee + Daniel

Chicken 101 with Chef Ramsay

Chef Ramsay breaks apart a whole chicken into its different pieces like the pro that he is. There are the legs, the wings, the breasts and the oysters. Each team is then released into the pantry to grab their “mystery chicken boxes” and their dish ingredients. The big twist in this challenge is they have to select ingredients without knowing which part of the chicken they get to cook. Will they get the wings or the oysters? No one knows. The strategy here is to pick ingredients that are very versatile.

Leslie and Elizabeth pick a dish that can be cooked with three out of the four cuts. This is very smart. They end up getting the oysters. Cutter and Willie get their desired cut, the breast. Daniel and Jaimee get the wings, which they are apprehensive about. Christian and Courtney get the legs, which is exactly what they wanted.


Jaimee + Daniel: Sage and rosemary chicken wings w/fingerling potatoes
Willie + Cutter: Lemon pepper chicken breast w/root vegetables + asparagus
Courtney + Christian: Tarragon garlic chicken legs w/heirloom salad + white beans
Elizabeth + Leslie: Marinated chicken oysters w/cumin curry + ginger carrots

Top 2 Teams: Elizabeth + Leslie, Courtney + Christian
Bottom 2 Teams: Cutter + Willie, Jaimee + Daniel

gordon week 13Triple the Pressure: Eggs Three Ways

This week there will be three pressure tests. THREE. Thank goodness Leslie is safe this week! Whoever wins the first, second and third tests will be safe, leaving the person who loses the third test in the bottom. Based on the chicken challenge, Jaimee, Cutter, Willie and Daniel will be cooking in these pressure tests.

The first test: a perfectly cooked poached egg. Each chef only gets one egg to poach. Gordon says that the perfect egg takes three and a half minutes to cook. The water must be well seasoned, and a drop of vinegar must be added to help keep the white together. Willie takes the “Amazing Grace” approach to timing his eggs: singing through the song exactly three times. Let’s see if it works!

Best poached egg: Willie—it worked! Nice job, Willie!

Their next pressure test is egg-yolk ravioli: a perfectly creamy yolk wrapped in freshly cooked pasta pillows. I think whoever has the most experience with pasta dough will do the best in this challenge. My money is on Jaimee.

Best egg ravioli: Cutter—Cutter is safe again!

The last test is a cheese soufflé. That means either Daniel or Jaimee is going home tonight. Jaimee didn’t ace her ravioli, but she may knock this soufflé out of the park.

Best cheese soufflé: Jaimee—nicely done!

Sent home: Daniel—noooooooooo!

Daniel is such creative chef. It’s gutting to see him go because he always brought great flavors to his dishes. He also hosted some amazing giveaways on his personal Twitter page for fans who were watching the show. Daniel is a gem. Here’s a great thank-you video he posted on his Twitter earlier tonight.

Next Week

And then there were seven. We only have a few weeks left until we find out who will be crowned the MasterChef season 5 winner. Now that there are only seven chefs left, each week is getting more difficult. Next week is the very quick and challenging switch-up, where each team has to take turns cooking to make one cohesive dish. Based on the preview, it looks like a high-speed episode you won’t want to miss! What did you think of tonight’s episode? Have any of your favorites gone home yet?

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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