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Season 5 | Episode 14 | “Top Seven Compete” | Aired Aug 25, 2014

Only seven remain: Willie, Courtney, Cutter, Jaimee, Christian, Leslie and Elizabeth. Tonight on MasterChef these top seven team up for a chance to make it into the top six. While every chef is excited to still be cooking, some chefs are feeling bittersweet because they miss their families. Thankfully, they each receive letters from home that boost their spirits. But will the letters be enough to help them get through a tough mystery box and a frightening elimination test?

Read more to find out who tears up when reading her mom’s letter and who tears up when they have to leave the kitchen…

leslie week 14Tonight is another Mystery Box Challenge, but first, these homesick chefs get to read letters from home. Elizabeth opens a letter from her husband and Courtney tears up while reading a letter from her mom. Cutter laughs with joy as he reads a letter from his dad. Leslie’s wife and daughters send him a letter of encouragement telling he can shine! Christian receives a letter from his fiance, and Willie’s grandma imparts to him some touching words of wisdom “You’re attitude determines your altitude.”

Mystery Boxes Unveiled

Anyone familiar with American favorites should be comfortable with this mystery box challenge. What can be more American than apple pie and baseball? These chefs are about to find out. As each chef lifts his and her mystery boxes, dozens of apples come pouring out! Gorgeous, glossy, red, yellow and green apples cover the MasterChef cooking stations and floors. It looks like autumn has exploded in the kitchen! Apples should be easy right? Apple pie. Apple sauce. Apple crumble. Unfortunately, these chefs are not allowed to make dessert! That’s right. No dessert. A savory apple dish must be cooked. There goes everyone’s apple pie dreams!

Top 3

Courtney: Apple-stuffed pork loin, w/ apple pancetta + celeriac salad
– Smart dish, raising the stakes, great technique, good acidity
Leslie: Apple-stuffed pork tenderloin w/ bacon + Gruyere cheese
– Great balance, perfectly seasoned, great technique
Christian: Apple-stuffed pork chop w/ bacon + Brussels sprouts
– Restaurant quality, cooked beautifully, consistently impressive

Mystery Box Winner: Courtney

Elimination Test

Because Courtney wins the Mystery Box challenge, she gets some major advantages: Not only is she safe from cooking in the elimination test, but she gets to choose the pairs for the challenge. Courtney pairs up Elizabeth with Cutter, Willie with Christian, and Jaimee with Leslie. Courtney is planning to weed out her competition, but each chef remaining is in it to win it. I don’t think anyone will be easy to get rid of.

The food challenge tonight? Dim sum. Dim sum is very difficult to make. It’s intricate and highly technical. Each pair must cook a variety of buns, rolls and dumplings in one hour. They also have to switch up who’s cooking every 15 minutes. That’s right, they have to cook small, delicate and flavorful Dim sum in a under an hour.

Communication is the key to winning this tag team challenge. Each chef cooking has to say what he or she is doing. Each chef instructing must be clear about what he or she needs when it’s his or her time to cook. I fully believe in Jaimee and Leslie’s ability to cook individually, but I don’t think they will do well as a team. They both had difficulties leading in team challenges, and they might run into the same issues here.

christian week 14As the hour ticks down Leslie and Jaimee seem to be having the hardest time communicating. Elizabeth and Cutter seem to have an easy time, prepping for one another and moving quickly. Willie has a hard time with Christian yelling, but he bounces back fast.

As each pair puts the finishing touches on their dish both Christian and Elizabeth slip. Everyone is yelling, even Gordon, Graham and Joe. It looks like chaos. All I can hear is Graham yelling “GET THOSE LIDS ON! GET THOSE LIDS ON!” Wow. What a crazy finish!


Jaimee + Leslie: Ribs shredded beautifully. Nice potstickers. Near perfect tray.
Christian + Willie: Lack of finesse. Didn’t steam everything well. Lack of flavors.
Cutter + Elizabeth: Doesn’t look appetizing. Oversized. Lack of filling.

Best Dish: Jaimee + Leslie

willie week 14Wow! Based on the team communication, I would have thought Elizabeth and Cutter would have been in the top tonight. But in an interesting twist, Jaimee and Leslie take home the best dim sum! So, where does that leave the remaining four competitors? Will Willie, Christian, Elizabeth or Cutter go home? Chef Ramsay declares that Elizabeth and Cutter are both safe, but only by a margin. That means we will be saying goodbye to either Christian or Willie.

Sent Home: Willie

Willie is such a kindhearted soul. It has been an absolute joy watching him cook every week. I will miss him a lot.

Next Week

And then there were six. Who will stick it out to the end, and who will go home next week? It’s another fierce team restaurant challenge. These challenges always seem to bring out the worst in everyone, and judging from next week’s trailer, I think Cutter and Leslie bring out the worst in each other. Gordon looked like he was going to be doing some yelling next week. Stay tuned for next week’s top six results!

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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