August 28, 2012 10:00 PM by Gina Hall
Christine Ha, Frank Mirando, Josh Marks and Becky Reams are ready to face off tonight in one of their most intense challenges yet. They’ll pair up with some of the most well-known chefs who will judge them along with Gordon Ramsay. Who will stay for another shot at the apron and who will be leaving the “MasterChef” Kitchen and going home.
The home cooks will prepare a three-course meal for six people tonight, the “MasterChef” judges and Chef Guy Savoy, Chef Daniel Boulud and Chef Alain Ducasse. Since Christine Ha won the challenge last week, she gets to pick her teammate. Christine chooses Becky Reams, and they are the Red Team. The Frank Mirando and Josh Marks are the Blue Team. They have 90 minutes to serve their appetizers and then 30 minutes to serve their entrée and 30 minutes for dessert.
The Red Team makes Thai Seafood Soup with Daikon and Micro Herbs. Chef Savoy says it needs seasoning. The Blue Team made Spring Vegetable Terrine with Spot Prawn Mousse and Pea Puree. Chef Boulud says it was limited in the flavor, but good texture. Chef Savoy calls it dense. The judges like the Red Team better.
Entrees are up. Red Team made Duck Breast with Crispy Bamboo Rice, Chinese Broccoli and Daikon. Chef Savoy says the rice is too crispy and too sweet. Blue Team made Stuffed Lamb Saddle with Couscous and Roasted Vegetables. Chef Savoy said the lamb is perfect.
Dessert is up. Christine Ha and Becky Reams made Coconut Verrine with Coconut Cake, Tropical Fruit and Guava Coulis. Chef Ramsay likes the acidity. Frank Mirando and Josh Marks of the Blue Team made White Chocolate Mousse with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb. Chef Ducasse doesn’t care for the mousse.
The judges confer and the winning team is Red Team. Josh and Frank face the Pressure Test. Josh has been up against the Pressure Test four times and might be better equipped to handle rather than Josh.
The guys are making White Cheddar Cheese Soufflé, Raspberry Soufflé and Chocolate Soufflé. SThe have one hour to make three perfect soufflés. Sounds really hard. Aren’t souffles the things you see in cartoons that if you even make a small sound, collapse? When time runs out the judges taste each of the souffles. They say nothing as they taste, leaving Frank and Josh in suspense. The judges then leave to discuss.
The cheese soufflé, the top honor goes to Frank. The raspberry soufflé, the winning soufflé goes to Josh. So, here we are…1 to 1 and it is all down to the chocolate soufflé. Finally the chocolate one is up. The judges agree that Josh’s is the best, so it will be Frank is going home! Did you think that would happen? Was he the best or does the best remain to be seen?
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