June 04, 2012 10:15 PM by Gina Hall
MasterChef Season 3 kicks off tonight with the master chef, himself, Gordon Ramsay, back again to give one amateur chef the chance of a lifetime and $250,00 to boot. He’s joined by restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot to make someone’s dreams come true and to send the rest of them packing. So shall we meet some of our contestants?
100 home kitchen wizards gather in Los Angeles to impress the hard-to-wow Gordon Ramsay. This year’s winner snags $250,000, their own cookbook and the MasterChef trophy. Each contestant shows the judges their dish in one hour and either receives a MasterChef apron or goes home. It always amazes me how much people will play to the camera. There are actual tears in the eyes of some of these contestants at the sight of Chef Ramsay. I’d be willing to bet that, for them, this day outshines their wedding or the birth of their children.
The first victim is Michael, a college freshman. He’s gay and came out to his father right before coming to the show. His Chinese Dumplings with Scallion Salad, Three yays from the judges and he gains an apron. It seems like being in this competition will validate his entire existence, so reality shows can do some good for some.
After a brief montage through the crappy cooks, we get to Monti Carlo, yeah, that’s her name. She’s a single mom with a son named Danger. Yeah, that’s his name. If a person has ever set up their life to be on a reality show, it’s this woman. The judges are split, but since she’ll make for good TV, they give her an apron.
Samantha, a catholic school senior whips up a Mini Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Basil and Raspberries. Again it splits the judges and it hinges on Chef Ramsay. He drags her whole family into the studio only to tell her he wants to see her come back next year.
Ryan makes Red Wine Short Ribs with Corn Pudding and Parsnips. Ryan gets a MasterChef apron. So does Josh, who is seven feet tall and makes Shrimp Etoufee with Jasmine Rice. We montage through some losers who get sent packing as well.
Finally we get to Christine, a graduate student from Houston, Texas. She’s blind, you read that right, because you can see. She lost her sight after she was diagnosed with auto immune condition and she has a heightened sense of taste, it’s her superpower. Unfortunately her rice doesn’t turn out, so she skips serving it with her Vietnamese Catfish with Pickled Vegetables. Even though they think it’s missing the rise, the judges all say yes and she gets her MasterChef apron. Wipe a tear from your eye.
Join us tomorrow for the conclusion of the audition rounds and some more judgmental MasterChef commentary.
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