Last episode saw Bethy pack up her bags and leave the MasterChef competition. This week the remaining eight chefs must face a very difficult team challenge. They must spend the night in the wilderness while using a very limited range of ingredients and supplies to make a gourmet meal for the judges. The team captains for this challenge will be Natasha and Bri for their mushroom dishes from the previous elimination round were heads and shoulders better than the rest.
For having the best dish, Bri gets the first pick for the Red Team. She chooses:
and gets Krissi as left overs. It was during this team-up where Gordon asks Krissi (before she was picked last) which team she would prefer being on. To which she responds Natasha because “I hate Bri. I don’t want a vegetarian as my captain.”
Again this negative attitude is poison to her character. Followers of this recap for this season know that I have been rooting on Krissi for a while as I felt that most of the targeting the other chefs have been doing towards her was unfair and even bullying; but now I have no sympathy for the woman. She may know how to cook, but her attitude and personality is just foul. I really am looking forward to her leaving the show.
However, Krissi will not be getting her wish for Gordon Ramsay and the other judges decide to throw a little wrench her way. To mimic how wild and unpredictable the wilderness can be, the judges decide to switch out the teams. “Great leaders can work with anyone!” This means that Bri is now in charge of Natasha’s team and Natasha gets Bri’s team. Sorry Krissi, looks like you need to deal with a vegetarian as your leader after all!
As for the food itself, the teams will either work with Pigeon or Rabbit as their primary protein. Bri gets to choose which protein her team gets so she chooses Rabbit, leaving the bird for Natasha’s team. The two teams use their very limited supply set (a swiss army knife, crock pot, matches, etc) to begin planning out their dishes.
The Blue Team (Remember, Bri is now leader of the Blue Team) decide to make braised rabbit with quail-egg noodles (an incredible feat to accomplish considering they would have to make the noodles without any utensils and out doors) whereas the Red Team is unable to decide on a dish until the wee hours of the night. They decide to serve roasted pigeon, farro risotto, and baby carrots.
Hiccups occur along the way but none as bad as when Bri accidentally drops one of the plates just seconds before serving to the judges. Luckily the team was able to even out the portions and serve their dish on time. Red Team had some issues getting their food cooked but in the end, they presented an amazing dish.
It was a very difficult call for the judges to make. The flavors on both teams were fantastic and restaurant quality, and the creativity of making pasta outdoors was something that put the Blue Team ahead of the game but in the end, it would be the Red Team to win the challenge due to flavor, plating, and overall design of the dish.
The elimination challenge was an interesting one. The judges explained that the only person who would be safe from elimination would be chosen by the opposite team. The Red Team is at first split between Bri and Krissi. Natasha argues that Krissi is a tougher competitor than the others think, but they disagree and go with Bri. The Red Team is confidant that they can easily wipe Krissi out of the competition later on thus they decide to let the others fight for survival. Krissi misinterprets this as the Red Team thinking that she belongs with them. Boy is she wrong!
The elimination dish for this episode is chocolate eclairs. A difficult dessert for the remaining chefs indeed. By the end of the round, Jordon , Jessie, and Bri present their desserts to the judges. Unfortunately, not one of them was able to present a perfect eclair but it was Jordon whose dessert was less disastrous (too sweet) than Bri’s (undercooked) or Jessie’s (almost no filling). Jordon is safe.
Sadly it would be Bri who is sent home. The judges made sure to remind her how well she did in this competition and that they were all shocked that a vegetarian was able to get so far and impress them so much. With a heavy heart, I say farewell to my Bri. She was someone I did not expect to make it this far and she easily won me over with her spunk and attitude!
Good Luck, Bri!