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Masterchef Recap: Episode 3.4 – The Top 18

Top 18!

This is the REAL start of the competition because if you didn’t make it this far, no one will remember you. The top 18 home cooks amateur chefs enter the Masterchef Kitchen for the first time except they also were there last week, so what? Ramsey waxes poetic about how you won’t find a better, more state of the art kitchen anywhere in the world.

Australia coughs politely but doesn’t have time to protest between their six Masterchef episodes a week. (SIX! Including a weekly Masterclass! I’m jealous.)

Tonight’s cocktail is called The Sweet and Sour Graham, because Graham can’t decide if he wants to be Simon Cowell or Paula Abdul, and weirdly enough it leaves Ramsey to play Good Cop more often than not.

1 1/2 ounces Peach or Orange Voda
Splash of Triple Sec
3 ounce Strawberry C Odwalla
Top with club soda and garnish with a strawberry

Three minutes in, Graham plugs the 3-piece Masterchef Knife collection and then they introduce a Mystery Box challenge. They can use only the ingredients in the box. The winner gets a huge advantage.

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TV Recap: Masterchef US 3.01 & 3.02

It’s that time again! Masterchef is back in the States. This is the show were amateur chefs compete in order to win some cash, a cookbook deal, and enough notoriety to launch their culinary career. (Do I sound like Padma?) But before we begin, let’s mix up a drink, shall we?

I’m dubbing tonight’s drink a SOUR JOE. It will wipe that sneer off anyone’s face!

2 oz Jameson (or preferred whiskey)
2 oz Club Soda
1 oz Sweet & Sour Mix

Mix in a shaker, serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Voila!

(Note: Stoney didn’t invent the cocktail with a recap — I’ve seen it all over the place, and even on TWOP–but she and her crew of recappers are hilarious and awesome, so I suggest you check out Hey, Don’t Judge Me.)

All right, let’s get down to business. Since these are the fairly lackluster Top 100 Episodes, I’m going to do both in one go.

Episode 3.01:

EXT. A Shipyard Covered in Onion Crates

Camera montage of people talking about their love of food. Including a quirky girl with a big silver butterfly bow in her hair. Also a blind chick. But her dream is the same, y’all. Who said it wasn’t? They deserve a gut punch.

Music from some John Williams rip-off soundtrack. Ramsey tells us thousands of people applied but this group succeeded. Do they have what it takes? They applaud to say yes.

Joe shows the contests what $250K in cold, hard American cash looks like. Graham tells everyone cooking isn’t the path to fame, but the winner will get their own cookbook. YAY! Ramsey says the real prize is a trophy. I’m pretty sure the Aussies don’t get a trophy. (The Junior Masterchefs do though.. Also we need that show please.)

Graham flashes the apron. It’s not as dirty as it sounds. They tell the cheftestants they need to work for their chance to get one. Good luck, guys. This part is American Idol vicious.

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