It pains me to see Johnny leave the Master Chef arena. He was one of the guys that I was really rooting for as the season panned out but it was that little slip up, that lapse of judgement on his part that sent him packing. He proves that it isn’t always about flavor, but the respect one has for the meal that can be the difference between staying and leaving.
During this episode of MasterChef, the chefs are presented with a very interesting mystery box. Laid out before them was a massive box that filled the center of the judging arena. Within the box was none other than Eva Longoria who is this week’s guest judge. The theme for this week’s mystery box challenge is to make a delicious Mexican themed meal with the ingredients provided. The chefs seem to be very comfortable with the ingredients that have been provided onto them (Pork Tenderloin, Shrimp, Avocado, Mangoes, Corn, Mexican Chocolate, Dried Pasilla Peppers, Fresh Jalapeno, Hot Sauce, Tomatillo, Cotija Cheese, and more) and everything seems to be moving smoothly. There can only be three top-dishes and those in the top three would be:
Bri who presented a Butter and Cilantro Shrimp topped with a Pico de Gallo over a Mexican Grilled Corn Salsa. Bri’s presence in the top three sparked a very nasty reaction from Natasha who states to the camera that she is very sick of Bri and feels that a vegetarian doesn’t deserve to be a Master Chef.
Eddie, with his Chili Seared Pork Loin over Roasted Creamed Corn and a Mango Relish topping. Eva Longoria asked him during the cooking portion of the challenge if Eddie feels others are underestimating him due to the fact that he is an ex-NFL player and he admits that they do but he is now showing off what he can do.
Savannah, who produced a Spice Crusted Pork Loin over Creamed Corn and Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa, impressed the judges with her presentation and they all commented on just how delicious her components turned out.
After deliberating with one another, the judges chose Bri as winner! Go Bri! As winner, Bri was given immunity from elimination (thus giving her an instant pass to the top 10. Furthermore she gets to choose the ingredients for the Elimination challenge. During this elimination challenge, Bri needs to select which chefs will be given baking ingredients that cost just under 5$ and which chef will be given a basket of savory ingredients that cost just under 25$ but that chef also gets only 30 minutes to cook their meal. Bri chooses Natasha for the 30 minute basket. Natasha openly states that she does not care and that “Bri should have been sent home ages ago.”
I don’t know what Bri did to Natasha recently, but Natasha seems to have stopped targeting Krissi and instead going for Bri. Obviously Natasha is feeling threatened by the vegetarian, especially since the judges have been praising Bri’s dishes.
As the chefs prepare their meals, Ramsay notices that Lyn is really beginning to sweat it out. He notices that Lyn’s dessert is just falling apart and Lyn is no longer his usual composed self. Ramsay expresses his concern of Lyn’s future on Master Chef before continuing to test the other dishes.
Once the first thirty minutes is up, the judges announce to Natasha that she may now start cooking her meal. She instantly begins to get into the swing of things, working with her savory ingredients.
When the countdown hits Zero, the chefs must present their dishes to the judges. Luca is first on the chopping block with a Banana Cake with a strawberry compote. He has very little confidence in his dish but after judge Joe cuts into the cake, Luca and Joe see that it baked all the way through – much to Luca’s relief. The judges are all impressed with the quality of Luca’s 5$ meal.
Next up is Lyn. I do not really know what Lyn was planning with his meal, but what he presented onto the judges was something that I couldn’t even call edible. I know that you have to present to the judges, but I don’t think I could actually go as far as to present this to them; especially after I have presented such beautiful dishes in the past.
Krissi presented cupcakes that just fell apart. The were too hard without any moisture whatsoever. Natasha on the other hand provided a fantastic meal with her ingredients proving that she doesn’t always fall apart under pressure.
Savannah’s Meringue pie fell apart and James’ dessert failed to come together. In the end, it would be James, Lyn, and Krissi up for elimination. Whereas Jessie’s shortbread tart allowed her to win this Elimination challenge, sad to say, it would prove to be Lyn’s disaster of a dish that would be his downfall. To the shock of everyone present, Lyn was selected to go home proving that it only takes one mistake to be sent home.