MasterChef August 23, 2023 Eliminated Nina & Charles (Recap)
Hey, “MasterChef” fans. Tonight, August 23, 2023, another new episode of MasterChef’s current season 13 did indeed hit the air with judges: Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay, and Aarón Sánchez. We saw two back-to-back episodes hit the air tonight. That means two people were eliminated after the two episodes wrapped up.
The first episode kicked off with the contestants learning they were no longer cooking in regional groups. So, they couldn’t be saved from elimination if someone from their region won. They were given a mystery box challenge. It was filled with army rations. They had to make a gourmet dish out of them. Chef Andre Rush showed up to do some guest judging.
Next, Gordon and Andre made some example dishes from the rations to inspire the contestants. The contestants had to use at least three ration ingredients. The person with the best dish won an immunity pin. The person with the worst dish got eliminated. They were given 60 minutes to complete this challenge.
During the challenge, Gordon told Charles, “Your dish is too salty and spicy right now. I’m really worried about you right now. Get it together.” Joe and Aaron told Brynn that she might have a seasoning issue going on with her dish. “Be careful,” Joe said.
Gordon told Nina her dish is too acidic. Joe told Wayne he’s trying to use too many ingredients. Aaron said Wayne might be too ambitious. Wayne said his lamb was undercooked when time ran out. “There’s no way the judges are letting me get away with that,” he said.
At this point, the judges took a look at all the dishes and decided that the top 3 dishes belonged to Grant,Kolby and Brynn.
Grant presented a Cracker Crusted Amberjack with Lentil & Spinach Puree and Pan Fried Gnocchi dish. Gordon said, “The puree is delicious. Great job.” Andre said, “The fish is nice.” Joe said, “This dish tasted like a dish that was cooked in an open pantry. Good job.”
Kolby presented a Pork Meatballs with Tomato & Basil Ragu, Herb & Peanut Salad and Lemon & Applesauce Vinaigrette dish. Joe said, “Great job. It’s just delicious.” Aaron said, “It taste great.” Andre said,”You really elevated this. It was great, delicious, and the sauce was on point.” Gordon said, “Really good job. Well done.”
Brynn presented a Pan Seared Scallops with Saffron & Lentil Paella, Potato Croquettes and Romesco Sauce dish. Gordon said, “You can’t tell that 95 percent of this dish was cooked from rations. Good job.” Andre said, “Everything is vibrant.” Aaron said,”You utilized the rations great.” After all of that, the judges decided that Grant’s dish was the best. So, he won the immunity pen.
Next, the judges revealed that the three worst dishes belonged to Charles, Nina and Wayne. Charles presented a Thai Crusted Halibut with Vermicelli Noodle Salad dish. Gordon said, “The heat in the curry is decent. The noodles were undercooked.” Andre said, “The fish was very dry.” Aaron told Charles to stop trying to do too many things. Just pick a few things and do them great.
Nina presented a Chicken Tikka Masala with Lentil Dahl, Pickled Onions and Lemon & Cilantro Salsa dish. Gordon said, “It was too acidic for me.” Aaron said, “This was not good use of the rations.” Andre said, “This didn’t do it for me. Everything taste the same.” Joe said, “All these ingredients backfired on you.”
Wayne presented a Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Bean Puree, Tzatziki, Tomato Chutney and Hashbrown & Bacon Cakes dish. Gordon said, “I can’t tell you how upset I am with the cook on the lamb.” Andre said, “You’re lucky the lamb was cooked good enough to eat.” Joe said, “The lamb was still very undercooked.” Gordon said, “Everything else was spot on, but you tripped up with the lamb.” Aaron said, “You utilized the rations in a smart way.”
After all of that, the judges said Nina had the worst dish. So, she was eliminated. Gordon said, “You didn’t highlight the rations tonight, but don’t give up.” Nina told the private cams, “It sucks when the vision you have in your head doesn’t quite come out right, but I’ll take being the 13th best cook of this season.”
In the second episode, the contestants learned they had to do a team challenge. Grant was safe from elimination for winning the last challenge, but he still had to participate in the tag team challenge. They had to cook a 3-course meal for this challenge, which was: The appetizer: Fresh Tagliatelle with Sautéed Shrimp, Lemon Cream Sauce and Caviar. The entree: Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon with Truffle Mashed Potato, Broccolini and Steak Au Poivre Sauce. For dessert: a Sticky Toffee Pudding with Pistachio Mascarpone, Caramel Sauce and Segmented Orange.
Grant got to pick the teams. He chose Wayne & Reagan, Kennedy & James, Sav & MD, Jennifer & Charles, Kolby & Lizzy and Grant & Brynn. The winning team both get an immunity pen. One person from the worst team goes home. They were given 75 minutes to complete this challenge.
During this challenge, Kennedy told the private cams that James is working too slow. She kept telling him to speed up. She said, “We have so many things we’ve got to get done, and he’s working like a turtle.”
Jennifer revealed that Charles added way too much olive oil to the dough, and Gordon back up her up on that. So, they had to waste a lot of time fixing that. Gordon said, “Jennifer and Charles are in trouble.” At one point, Charles told Gordon,”My brain is shutting down” because he kept making mistake after mistake, and Gordon kept getting on his case.
Grant and Brynn said their white wine sauce was burnt. So, they needed to correct it with less than 5 minutes to go. Jennifer started crying about their dishes when the time was up saying, “It looks so terrible.”
Next, the teams presented their dishes. Kolby and Lizzy were up first. Gordon said, “The shrimp was slighty overcooked. You nailed the steak. The potatoes could be more creamy.” Joe said, “Good job.” Gordon said, “Great job” on the dessert. Joe said of the dessert, “It’s quite good.”
Grant and Brynn presented their dishes. Joe said, “The pasta is ok. The sauce was sour.” Gordon said, “Bad execution. It’s a shame.” Joe said the meat was good, but it had too much pepper. Gordon also said it had too much pepper. Gordon said their dessert sauce was a little clumpy. Joe said their dessert was pretty spot on.
Reagan and Wayne presented their dishes. Gordon said, “The seasoning is beautiful.” Aaron said it had the right consistency. Joe said the meat was a bit overcooked, and the mashed potatoes were spot on. Gordon said everything was great except for the cook on the fillet. Aaron said the dessert was absolutely delicious. Joe said,”Good job” on the pudding.
Kennedy and James presented their dishes. Joe the sauce was quite good. Aaron said,”This is the best by far.” Gordon said, “The shrimp is cooked beautifully. The steak seasoning is spot on, but it is a little overcooked.” Aaron said, “The potatoes are great.” Joe said if the steak wasn’t overcooked everything would have been perfect. Gordon and Aaron said the dessert was great.
MD and Sav presented their dishes. Gordon said, “The sauce is the hero. It’s delicious. Good job. You absolutely nailed the steak.” Joe said, “You guys used great team work.” Gordon said they absolutely nailed the dessert. Aaron said the dessert was exceptional.
Charles & Jennifer presented their dishes. Gordon and Aaron said the pasta was bad. Gordon said the steak was cooked well, but it was way underseasoned. Aaron liked the potatoes. Their dessert was missing the sauce. Gordon said it was overcooked too and that this team just didn’t work.
After all of that, the judges revealed that Sav and MD had the best dish. So, they won immunity in the next challenge along with a guaranteed spot in the top 10. The judges decided that Charles & Jennifer had the worst dish, and they decided to eliminate Charles. Gordon told Charles, “This wasn’t your night, but keep your head up.” Charles said,”I’m upset because I let the pressure get to me. I learned a lot here. I’m happy about the experience I got in the MasterChef kitchen.”
Alright, guys. That is a wrap for this latest, “MasterChef” TV show, recap report, but definitely stay tuned for more.
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