June 13, 2011 07:13 PM by Lisa Princ
Masterchef kicked off tonight with the remaining of the hopeful contestants getting their last chance to impress the judges. Susie, a neurosurgeon was up first, but would her sea bass impress? While Susie tried to get a response out of Joe as he tried it, she was shocked to see his poker face. In the end, Joe said not only was she getting a yes, but that she could be one of the finalists, which was great news for Susie who went against her parents’ advice to try her hand at cooking.
After a few bad auditions, including one contestant that Gordon told would have a great future in the restaurant world – as a customer! Max, and 18 year old “rich kid” was up next with his taste for fine cuisine. His fried oyster and steak tataki looked good, but was it enough for the judges? Gordon thought it worked and voted yes, but Graham was not impressed with the dish. It was up to Joe, who told Max to work on his skills as he gave him an apron!
And it seemed many of the hopefuls tonight on Masterchef were out to impress Joe with their Italian cooking, but none seemed to impress. Giuseppe, a 38 year old, who was born and raised in Italy was up next and excited to meet Joe. Giuseppe made stuffed mussels that seemed to impress Joe as he had two helpings. After tasting his dishes, Gordon asked him to bring his family in, and when Giuseppe brought his wife and son back in, Gordon handed his young son and apron to give his father!
Cristin, a teacher, was next up with her “sweet balls” which looked like meatballs, but included pound cake in the recipe. Gordon said it was a tough decision as he tasted it, but Joe loved them and said how hard it was to make a good meatball to begin with, giving her a yes. Shockingly, Graham, who seemed to devour the meatballs gave her a no. With only Gordon left, he questioned her ability to cook and gave her a no, leaving Cristin sent packing.
After a few more aprons were given out, we met Edgardo, another teacher, who was hoping that his dungeness crab with mango and cucumber salad would impress. The judges loved his use of fresh ingredients as they gobbled up the crab and sent him through to the next round. Adrien, a server wanting to be a chef was up next with an impressive Mexican surf and turf dish. Joe did not think he executed, while Graham saw his passion and Gordon was amazed by the spices, giving Adrien an apron.
After a few more hopefuls were turned down, Joe was up on Masterchef to try his hand at pleasing the judges with his southern cuisine. Joe’s dish was made up of alligator, which looked like a chili with rice and he told the judges a tale of how his wife became injured and he had to take over the cooking. Gordon asked Joe to bring his wife Connie in the room before the debated. Graham said yes, while Joe gave him a no and Gordon asked Connie to give her husband the apron.
For the very last audition was Ben, a travel writer, who was creating a fish taco. Ben was not short on personality that was for sure – he even made an impression on his fellow hopefuls. Joe, donning a pumpkin hat and apron courtesy of his mother, made some very delicious looking tacos. When Joe went up to taste he noticed something on the side of his work station, and it turned out that Ben forget to add his crispy fried pumpkin to the tacos. The judges loved him and he got the final apron of the evening! That completes the 38 aprons, and tomorrow they will be narrowed down to 18! Tune in tomorrow to Fox for a brand new episode of Masterchef!
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