Lyn’s farewell stands as a chilling reminder to all the remaining chefs that it doesn’t matter how well you have performed in the past, all that matters is how you perform in the present. This episode on Master Chef starts off with judges Joe and Ramsay riding up to the shores of a beach on Sea-Doos with Graham swimming up onto shore wearing a very revealing-looking wetsuit. Work that body, Graham!
This week’s challenge is to feed over 100 surfers with the pre-chosen meal: Fish Tacos. Jessi, as winner of the last elimination challenge, is this week’s only team captain. As such, she is allowed to create BOTH teams. This means that she as a huge advantage over all the other competitors because she is able to literally choose the best chefs on her team while leaving the others to fend for themselves.
For her team (Blue), Jessi chooses:
Leaving the Red team with:
Jessie also gets to choose which of the chefs will be the Red Team’s captain. She chooses Savannah (who, as it turns out, is from Southern California and claims to know all about fish tacos). Savannah’s team decides to go with Cod as their dish and Krissi volunteers to make a beer-batter to fry the fish in. Jordon volunteers for the sauce whereas Luca will be prepping the fish. Savannah gives her team a prep talk, reminding them that the Blue team doesn’t think that the Red team can win. Full of determination, the Red team starts their meals.
Over on the Blue team, they choose Mahi-Mahi as their fish. James suggests a Pineapple sauce with a bit of heat combined into it. The group begins to put together their meal but after testing James’ sauce, the judges proclaim it to be off putting due to the spiciness. This forces James to try to fix the problem before service begins.
The Red team also runs into some problems when they try Krissi’s beer-battered fish. Jordon proclaims it (to the camera) as disgusting as Savannah politely explains that it has too much hot sauce in it. She tells Krissi that they should instead grill the fish (to which Krissi explains to the camera that this was bull sh*t). With Krissi off the batter, they have her on the grill, grilling tortillas. Savannah explicitly explains that Krissi needs to char the tortillas to near burnt (this will be a key factor later on).
With ten minutes to go, the Red Team is already prepping to serve their guests whereas the Blue Team struggles to get organized. At the three minute mark, they are still trying to get everything together but they are able to pull through at the last few seconds.
Before the elimination can begin, the judges ask the Red Team to choose one person to be safe. This starts a vicious verbal battle between Krissi and the rest of her team. She feels that the other members purposely put her on a lousy station and she insists that Savannah told her to warm the tortillas and not almost burn them. When Bri calls her out on this, Krissi snaps at the entire team before dropping the subject altogether. This is the moment of the competition where I lose my respect for Krissi. I am really growing tired of her attitude problems and I am very sick of her threatening to punch people in the face. While I do vote for underdogs, her personality is too venomous for me to support.
In the end, however, the team chooses Jordon to be safe.
The elimination challenge involves that the chefs cook three different types of chicken; fried, sauteed, and stuffed. To make the test even more difficult, the chefs only have 40 minutes to cook these meals. The chefs all struggle to get their chicken done on time but it is not without causalities.
Savannah’s sauteed chicken was fatty, her fried chicken was without a crunchy crust and it was undercooked, but her stuffed chicken was done rather well minus a goopy sauce that Joe didn’t care for.
Krissi’s chicken breast was cooked and seasoned beautifully on the outside but it was slightly undercooked in the inside. Her buttermilk fried chicken was thoroughly enjoyed by Graham whereas Joe discovered that she didn’t stuff her chicken as much as he would have wanted and the seasoning was just a tad off though in the end, it was passable.
Luca’s sauteed chicken breast was overcooked and dry though it was seasoned very nicely. For his fried chicken, it was cooked 90% through and the crust was very well seasoned. His stuffed chicken was also raw in the center. It was also undercooked and stringy.
Finally we come to Bri. She used a thermometer to make sure her chicken was cooked as she doesn’t eat meat. For Ramsay’s sauteed chicken, it was just slightly, slightly undercooked. It was well seasoned however. Her fried chicken, sadly, was a disaster as it was practically raw all the way through though her crust was well cooked. Finally we come to Joe’s stuffed chicken. He was very pleased with the stuffing and the chicken was cooked all the way through.
With every cook screwing up on at least one plate, it was a difficult decision for the judges. However it was Savannah who would be going home due to the fact that she messed up the most on all three plates. Sadly, Savannah’s time in the kitchen is over. You were so much fun to watch, Savannah! Keep cooking!