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Masterchef Recap: The Battle Of Sweet Versus Spicy

June 28, 2011 05:59 PM by Lisa Princ

Fox‘s Masterchef is back tonight without Alvin and his molecular cooking. But when they are put to a sausage challenge, would the sweet or spicy take the win? And who was sent packing? Read on for all the details of tonight’s episode!


Masterchef kicks off tonight on the beach as the contestants await their challenge. Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot arrive on motorcycles while Joe Bastianich comes cruising in on his scooter, in his suit and all! For the challenge today the contestants would be broken up into two teams and cooking homemade sausage for 100 bikers! Each person would be tasting both team’s sausages and voting on which team did the best, with a pressure test and elimination on the line!

Because Tracy and Esther had the best dishes last night, Gordon nominated them as team captains. Tracy chose her blue team to be Alejandra, Cristian, Jennifer, Erryn, Suzy and Giuseppe. Esther’s red team was Derrick, Adrien, Jennie, Ben, Christine and Max. Of course Max got cocky telling the cameras he didn’t care that he was chosen last, that he hated the beach and that he would prove he was the best tonight.

The blue team decided on a sweeter Italian sausage with a pepper as a topping, but Tracy changed her mind at the last minute to onions for the topping. The red team chose a beer cooked spicy sausage but Gordon worried about the texture of the sausage as he said it was more “hot dog” consistency. Esther had no problems dishing out the orders but Tracy seemed to have a better communication going with her team.

At the last minute, the red team could not get it together with their sausage machine and they ended up making sausage patties instead – but would it hurt them? The red team, despite their struggles started to rack up the votes which made Tracy realize that her sausages were too sweet for the bikers and they changed their topping to hot peppers instead of caramelized onions. The teams then became neck in neck with the votes.

As soon as more of the bikers started to taste the blue team’s sweet sausage with a new spicy topping, the blue team started to rack in many more votes. In the end, the blue team pulled off the win keeping them safe from elimination and the red team facing the pressure test. Of course, we had to endure more of Max’s blame game as he was certain it was Esther’s fault completely.

For their pressure test on Masterchef, Gordon announced that only two contestants would be competing in the pressure test. Gordon then asked Esther which two contestants were the weakest links on her team and Esther said that Max and Christine were as they were the ones casing the sausage who messed it up. After sending the remaining team members to safety, Gordon questioned Esther if she wanted to trade places with either Max or Christine, or if she had a clear enough conscience to walk up the stairs to safety.

After thinking it over, Esther decided to walk herself to safety and let Max and Christine duke it out. The theme for the pressure cooking challenge was Filet Mignon, cooked three ways – rare, medium and well done. The entire time Max was checking the steak temperatures, which meant he was piercing the steak and letting all the juices out. Who would take it? The southern mom or the spoiled rich kid?

When it was time to judge the steaks, Graham tasted the rare steaks and he loved Christine’s rareness but said she had not seared it enough. Max’s had a better sear, but it was not rare enough for Graham. Next up were the medium steaks and Joe was judging these with Christine up first. Christine’s medium steak was a little redder than Joe would have liked and so was Max’s. Joe said both steaks were seasoned nicely despite the fact that neither of them were cooked enough.

Gordon was up last on Masterchef to judge the well done steaks and as he cuts into Christine’s it is not well done and still very rare. Max’s well done steak was just shy of being perfect, Gordon said with 50 seconds more it would have been 100% perfect. Gordon then commended both of them on the job well done but someone had to win – and the winner was Christine! That meant that cocky and arrogant Max was leaving the competition.

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7 Responses to “Masterchef Recap: The Battle Of Sweet Versus Spicy”

  1. Jack Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    From what I saw, the main reason why the Blue Team won was because of one of the judge “Joe Bastianich” telling the Blue team in the middle of the contest that the main reason why they were losing was because their onions were too sweet, which what made them change their toppings midway. I can’t stop thinking what if Joe didn’t mention anything to them about their toppings being too sweet? They probably wouldn’t have changed anything and they probably would have lost. It feels like one of the judge helped in making the Blue team win. Again, this might not be the whole thing as they cut out a lot of stuff to fit the time slot for Masterchef.

  2. benjii Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    This result was a joke, firstly i need to say i’m belgian chef. Sending max home for his cooking was a big mistake! Without tasting the steaks just on the color it was clear for me that Max did a much better job than christine!!! It’s impossible that ramsey didn’t saw that. I am so disapointed in Gordon Ramsey, i lost so much respect for the guy! C’est de l’arnaque cette √©mission!!!

  3. Renee Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I love this show, but after watching last night, I don’t think it is being judged fairly. Joe telling the blue team how to fix their problem and get more votes was “extremely unfair”. Then only having 2 people (that another contestant picks) competing in the pressure test was “extremely unfair”. Esther was the red team leader and, in my opinion, responsible for the loss… she should have been in the pressure test and not the one choosing the bottom 2. Overall Max was a far better chef than Christine, but the Judges seem to have been favoring the women a lot. Maybe they should have a woman judge to make it more fair. Joe has been my favorite judge up to this point and I am very disappointed in him.

  4. Naome Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I am so disappointed it was clear that Christine did not do a good job she was making the sausage and Max should not have been the one chosen to be eliminated he was not given any task that he could be held responsible for, he certainly was a threat and I am beginning to think the judges didn’t want him to win..As for the Blue Team that was not a win as Joe helped them this is a shame that a competition is so unfairly judged.

  5. mary rose Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    If you watched the first season, one of the judges told a team to change their topping(because it wasn’t going over well). They ended up winning the challenge as well. Christine had no reason to be mad at Esther. She said she knew how to case sausages.

  6. annie Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    The judges should judge, not help/hurt individuals or teams by suggesting anything.
    Max was so arrogant that I am glad I don’t have to watch him anymore. He thought he was great.
    But, the pressure test for only two did not seem fair.

  7. John Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the other comments. The decision to keep Christine was clearly because she’s emotional and will cause drama with Esther. Max was cheated out of this victory. I also couldn’t agree more that Joe shouldn’t have helped the Blue Team.

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