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'MasterChef' recap: I'm the captain now

Season 5 | Episode 15 | “Top Six Compete” | Aired Sep 1, 2014

Tonight on MasterChef, the top six must complete a grueling restaurant challenge in order to make it into the top five. Up until this point, everyone has cooked in a pressure test except Courtney. Will she be safe again in the balcony, or will her team end up in the bottom?

After seeing many great chefs go home over the last few weeks, it’s hard to guess who will be going home tonight. Will it be Christian, Jaimee, Cutter, Leslie, Elizabeth or Courtney? Based on the trailer, Leslie and Cutter have a hard time working together during the team challenge. Does that mean one of them will go home tonight?

At this point, it all comes down to the food. Who can consistently cook the best food when he or she is under pressure? My money is on Elizabeth or Leslie. Read on to find out which team triumphs in the restaurant challenge and who goes home tonight.

leslie week 15Team challenge: Restaurant takeover

This week, the top six must run a dinner service at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Marquis Hotel. This hotel is famous for playing host to every major rock band in the world. These chefs will be cooking in the gorgeous Cavatina restaurant.

Because Leslie and Jaimee won last week with their dim sum dish, they get to be team captains. Leslie picks Cutter and Elizabeth; Jaimee picks Courtney and Christian. What worries me about this challenge is that both Leslie and Jaimee have been leaders before, and neither of them could pull their team together. In the wedding episode, Leslie’s leadership was usurped (#ImtheCaptainNow), and Jaimee couldn’t find her voice in the football episode. They each have an opportunity tonight to learn from those experiences and do better—but will they?

Each team gets a few minutes to study the menu and learn how to prepare each dish from Cavatina’s executive chef, Michael Schlow. These moments are golden because each contestant is getting a mini-master class with a phenomenal chef. Even if they get sent home, they can say they learned how to make gnocchi like Chef Schlow makes it.

Speaking of gnocchi, tonight’s menu consists of Prince Edward Island mussels, Parisian gnocchi, Mediterranean sea bass and New York strip steak. Each team has one hour to prep and two hours to serve their appetizer course and their entrée. Also, Chef Ramsay will be expediting each order. Gordon is notorious for testing his kitchen, making sure each dish is served absolutely perfectly.

im the captain now gifTensions on the Red Team begin to rise as Cutter and Leslie begin to clash. They almost come to blows, but Chef Ramsay is able to pep-talk them through it. When Leslie was telling Cutter to “look at him,” all I could think of was Captain Phillips: “Look at me. Look at me. I’m the [MasterChef] captain now.”

On the Blue Team, Jaimee gives up her position as team captain to Courtney. But soon after, Courtney gives up her position as team captain to Christian. Once Christian takes leadership of their team, their kitchen gets back on track, and orders start flying out of the kitchen. As time ticks down, both teams both do really well and are able to get out all of their orders.

After surveying the customers’ likes and dislikes, Gordon and Graham confer about which team did the best. They are taking into consideration not just the taste of the food, but how each team overcame its challenges. After deliberation, Gordon and Graham decide:

Winner: Red Team

Finally! Leslie does not have to cook in tonight’s pressure test!

Pressure test

With the Red Team safe in the balcony, that means Leslie, Cutter and Elizabeth have all made it into the top five. Jaimee, Christian and Courtney must now compete against each other to save themselves from elimination. For the first time this entire season, Courtney must cook in a pressure test. Do you think she can handle the pressure?

Tonight these remaining three chefs must cook an incredibly difficult dish. They are tasked with cooking a classic French dessert: croquembouche. Croquembouche is a very tall, cone-shaped treat made with stacked puff pastry bites. Each puff pastry bite must be filled with cream, and stacked with a small bit of caramel to hold the shape together. Spun sugar must also be swirled around the outside of the finished cone.

Every week it feels like the pressure tests are getting harder, and this is by far the most challenging. Most people have never even heard of croquembouche, let alone baked one. Jaimee should definitely have the upper hand in this challenge because she has made one before.


Courtney: Visually beautiful. Only person with spun sugar. Light and delicious.
Christian: Uneven color and shape. Nice crisp puff pastry. No spun sugar.
Jaimee: Great shape. Too much visible caramel. No spun sugar.

Best dish:

Sent home: Jaimee

Jaimee is a wonderful chef, and it was great to see her on the show each week. Gordon says goodbye to Jaimee with a big squeeze and a possible offer to work in one of his restaurants. She may be going home, but that doesn’t mean she won’t find success in other ways. Best of luck to her.

Next week

red team week 15And then there were five. Next week we head into the final few episodes of MasterChef season 5. With only five contestants left, the competition is about to get fierce—really fierce. Everyone seems genuinely comfortable with one another in the kitchen, but that could change at any minute. With only five competitors left, who are you rooting for?

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

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