‘MasterChef’ Recap: Top 4 compete

By Alec Campagna,

Tonight’s MasterChef had something that previous episodes lacked — international flair. Aiding judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich were MasterChef judges from Israel, France, and India. The four remaining contestants — Suzy, Adrien, Jennifer, and Christian — had 90 minutes to prepare “the most inspired dish” they had ever made.

Since Suzy won the most recent challenge, she had the benefit of selecting her partner in the challenge. Despite their rocky chemistry, Suzy selected Christian to join her on the red team, leaving Jennifer and Adrien partners on the blue team.

The red team decided to prepare an elegant Thanksgiving feast for all six judges, which consisted of duck and raspberry coulis. All six judges seemed impressed by the duck but questioned the Thanksgiving theme. Additionally, the consensus was that there were too few offerings on the plate. To make matters worse, Christian revealed that he was “embarrassed” by the dish. Bastianich pointed out the obvious when he noted that there was an obvious lack of chemistry amongst the red team.

Next up was the blue team who made prawns with lobster, corn, and avocado. Their plating impressed the judges much more than the red team’s had. However, their dish was not perfect. In the heat of the moment, the blue team neglected to properly clean the prawn. Regardless of that error, with a unanimous vote, the blue team won the challenge.

That left Suzy and Christian to battle each other in a 90-minute pressure test. Tonight’s pressure test was to prepare a scrumptious lemon meringue pie. Upon hearing the news, Suzy beamed, while Christian was quiet. Suzy has frequently made pies, whereas Christian has never before made a lemon meringue pie.

Suzy’s pie was the first to be judged. The appearance of the pie in the dish displeased all of the judges; however, when it was removed they were quite fond of its appearance. They enjoyed the flavors that Suzy had cooked up but wished that there had been more meringue.

Christian seemed to have had the opposite problem as Suzy. His pie looked magnificent while still in the dish but not nearly as appetizing outside. Bastianich remarked that it “look[ed] like scrambled egg whites.” Appearances aside, Christian was complimented on his pastry but was critiqued on his meringue.

After deliberating, the judges informed Suzy that her journey had ended. Through tears she thanked every judge for the opportunity and predicted that Adrien would win the entire competition.

Three contestants remain.

MasterChef airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

 
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