'MasterChef' recap: Top 14 Compete

By Elizabeth Sudlow,

Before you tune in for Monday night’s episode of MasterChef, make sure you are all caught up on last weeks mayhem with your weekly recap! And last week was one you did not want to miss, as it was a battle of the sexes of no mercy.

Last week the show opened with the top 14 chefs being transported to their team challenge location, which ended up being a small diner. Inside sat Joe, Graham and Gordon casually eating a meal and ushered the contestants top line up to await the announcement of their challenge.

It was then announced that in two teams of seven, the chefs would split the diner and work the busiest shifts of the day. The twist came when the judges informed the chefs that they would be choosing the team captains and chose for the red team Christine and for the blue team Willie. No one thought anything of a girl and a guy being chosen until the judges also told the chefs that they would be picking the teams with a classic boys verses girls competition.

But if you thought that was it, it was not as after the teams split there was one last thing to do. Gordon Ramsey was not happy so he had each team pick one member from the opposing side to swap for a teammate. The ladies chose Christian, who blinked in shock when the news was announced later saying, “Me, by myself, and all women? Who would not love that?” And then the men chose to take Victoria, who had no hard feelings as she knows her only mission on this competition is to impress the judges.

So how does the judging occur exactly? During the meal, the diners usual customers got seated on either the red or blue side and were given one MasterChef dollar, red or blue per section, per patron and if they enjoyed their meal, they tip that team in the jars near the front of the restaurant. The team with the least tips would then go into a pressure test.

image courtesy of Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com

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