MasterChef September 7, 2022 Eliminated Emily Hallock & Shanika Patterson (Recap)
Hey “MasterChef” fans. Tonight, September 7, 2022, another two, new episodes of MasterChef’s current season 12 did hit the air with judges: Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez and Joe Bastianich, and two more contestants were eliminated when it was all over.
The first episode kicked off with the contestants learning that they had to compete in two separate elimination challenges, and each challenge would send one person home. In the first challenge, they had to make a baked Alaska dish. They were given 75 minutes to complete this challenge. The judges mentioned that this is a very technical dish of mixing hot with cold. If one thing goes wrong, the whole thing will fall apart.
Michael told the private cams, “I’m not familiar with baked Alaska, but I will do whatever it takes to get into the finale.”
Dara told the private cams, “I’ve made baked Alaska multiple times. So, I’m ready to show the judges what I’m capable of. I’m ready to get into the finale.”
Shanika told Gordon she was making a strawberry lemon basil ice cream dish. Gordon gave her advice and wished her good luck.
Emily told Aaron and Joe about her dish. They wished her good luck. Shanika started panicking halfway through this challenge because she was falling behind everyone else. Gordon kept telling her she needs to get her ice cream in the freezer or it won’t set in time.
Christian told Aaron and Joe he was making a praline pecan baked Alaska dish. Aaron told him, “Don’t underestimate how long the pasta will take. Good luck.”
Michael told Gordon he was making a banana foster baked alaska dish. Gordon told him, “Don’t go too sweet and make sure the ice cream is set. Good luck.”
Dara told Aaron and Joe that she was feeling really good about her dish. They wished her good luck. At one point, the judges mentioned that Emily’s combination of flavors is very risky, particularly with the goat cheese element.
Emily worried about her ice cream not setting. “This is the most pressure I’ve felt in a kitchen thus far,” she said. Once again, Emily said, “My ice cream is melting on the bottom and sliding off” with just a couple minutes left to go. Dara said she was really, really happy with the way her dish turned out.
Dara presented a Peach Melba Baked Alaska dish. Joe said, “It’s very delicate and soft. It’s very good.” Aaron said, “The ice cream really caught my palate. It’s amazing.” Gordon said, “Good job.”
Shanika presented her Strawberry Lemon Basil Baked Alaska dish. Joe said, “The sponge taste is good. The flavors make sense. It works.” Aaron said, “It’s really well done.” Gordon said, “The flavor of the ice cream is delicious. Good job.”
Christian presented a Praline Pecan Baked Alaska dish. Joe said, “There’s something magic about pralines and bourbon. It’s delicious.” Aaron said, “I kept wanting another bite.” Gordon said, “It’s a near-perfect baked alaska. Good job.”
Emily presented a Goat Cheese Cherry Baked Alaska dish. Gordon said, “It’s melting.” Aaron said, “It’s melting, but I did like the goat cheese.” Joe said, “It’s not an ice cream dessert. It’s a cream.”
Michael presented a Bananas Foster Baked Alaska dish. Joe said, “It’s a little dense. It’s good enough.” Aaron said, “It’s a little too sweet.” Gordon said, “The ice cream is good, but it’s too sweet.”
After all of that, the judges decided that Christian and Dara had the best dishes. They also revealed that Shanika is safe too. So, the bottom two dishes belonged to Michael and Emily, and they decided that Emily’s was the worst. So, she was eliminated at this point.
Gordon told Emily, “The hero of this dish was the ice cream, and your ice cream wasn’t set, but you’re a phenomenal chef.” Emily said, “I’m leaving this competition with my head held high.”
Next, the contestants competed in their second challenge of this first episode. During it, they had to replicate one of Gordon’s signature dishes, and they had to cook it at the same time as him. The dish was Lobster Tortellini with Tomato Puree and Basil Puree. Once Gordon was done, the contestants only had an extra 30 seconds to plate their dishes.
During this challenge, Michael started falling behind with the pasta dough. Dara was confident in taking directions. Shanika started to fall behind on cutting up the veggies.
Michael ran into more problems with his pasta dough. It was too dry. He said, “I have to fix this pasta quickly or else I’m going home.”
Shanika started falling behind on rolling the pasta dough through the machine. Shanika ran into trouble again with folding the tortellinis. When the time was up, Shanika said, “I am disappointed.”
Michael was up first with his dish. Gordon said, “The pasta is too dry. It’s flat due to no lemon juice.” Joe said, “It taste bad.”
Shanika presented her dish. Gordon said, “Visually, it looks unfinished.” Joe said, “It’s kind of overseasoned.” Aaron said, “The lobster’s dry.” Gordon said, “Yeah, you struggled.”
Dara presented her dish. Gordon said, “It looks beautiful. It’s glazed beautifully.” Joe said, “I taste all the components of Gordon’s dish. It’s great.” Aaron said, “You did it perfectly.” Gordon said, “It’s a really strong dish. Well done.”
Christian presented his dish. Joe said, “The pasta is underseasoned, but pretty tasty.” Gordon said, “The filling inside was delicious. Good job.”
After all of that, the judges decided that Dara, Christian and Michael should be in the finale. So, poor Shanika was eliminated. Gordon told Shanika, “Your poise and confidence was exemplary.” Shanika said, “If asked, would I do this again? Hell yeah.”
The second episode presented the first hour of a two-hour finale episode, which is going to continue next week. During this first hour, the finalists Michael, Dara and Christian were introduced to a LIVE crowd with their family and previously eliminated contestants on hand. It was announced that the winner will receive $250,000 dollars, a trophy and title of MasterChef champion. The winner also gets a complete kitchen makeover, which is a bunch of new and expensive kitchen tools.
For this finale challenge, the final 3 had serve up a 3-course menu consisting of an appetizer, entree and a dessert.
They started off with the appetizer round and were given 60 minutes to complete it. During it,Christian told Gordon he was making a crawfish salad dish. Gordon gave him some advice and wished him good luck.
Dara told Aaron she was making a crispy skin red snapper dish. She said it was inspired by a last trip with her father to Japan.” Aaron wished her the best of luck.
Michael told Joe he was making a cold smoked trout dish. Joe told him, “You’re really putting yourself under a lot of scrutiny with this dish.”
Close to the end of this challenge, Dara started panicking because her sauce started to break. She said, “This is horrible! I can’t make the sauce again. I only have 6 minutes left.” She ended up trying to make the sauce again because her damaged sauce would ruin everything.
After time ran out, Michael was up first to present his Cold Smoked Trout with Pomelo & Cucumber Aguachile, Salsa Macha and Pickled Cucumbers dish. Gordon said, “Visually, it’s stunning. It’s fresh and vibrant, but it needs a touch more salt.” Aaron said, “I love it.” Joe said, “It’s good, but it lacked salt.”
Dara presented a Crispy Skin Red Snapper with Grilled Asparagus and Miso Béarnaise Sauce dish. Gordon said, “Visually, it looks intriguing. The fish is cooked beautifully, but the sauce is not great.” Joe said, “It’s delicious. It worked for me. The seasoning was very consistent throughout.” Aaron said, “I really appreciated this dish.”
Christian presented a Fried Green Tomato with Crawfish Salad, Remoulade Sauce and Caviar dish. Gordon said, “The tomatoes are delicious. I love the crunch. Everything works.” Aaron said, “It’s completely unique and delicious.” Aaron said, “I liked everything about it. Good job.”
Next, the finalists were given 60 minutes to make their entrees. They brought back past judge Graham Elliot for this round. Michael said he was making a crab cake and loin of lamb dish. Dara said she was making a Chinese style short ribs dish. Christian said he was making a cajun fillet dish.
During this round, Dara told Graham and Gordon how things are going with her dish. They gave her some advice.”
Michael told Aaron about his progress. Aaron said, “If I were you, I would put some sear on the lamb. Best of luck.”
Christian told Joe about his cajun fillet dish. Christian felt very confident in it. Christian told the private cams, “I have to make sure all four steaks are cooked medium rare, and it’s a big risk. I can’t mess this up.”
The judges mentioned that they were concerned that Michael was trying to make too many dishes at under 15 minutes left to go. At this point, they hit us with the “To Be Continued” message. So, the end of this finale episode will air next Wednesday night, September 14, 2022 at approximately 7 pm central standard time on FOX. How do you feel about Emily and Shanika getting eliminated? Let us know in the comments section.
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