MasterChef: Cowboys & Fruit Tarts

The home cooks find themselves 70 miles north of the MasterChef kitchen in the land of green rolling hills and cowboys!  Dressed for the occasion are Graham, Gordon, and Christina who drives the judges up in style.  For this team challenge, they’ll be feeding and judged by cowboys.  They’re of course making steak!  The steak is to be accompanied by two sides and a sauce.  Hetal and Katrina, the winners from last week, step up as team captains.

Hetal, as the winner from last week, gets the first pick… only, there’s a twist!  She’ll be picking for Katrina’s team and vice versa.  The teams end up being Hetal, Shelly, Olivia, Christopher, and Stephen on Red vs. Katrina, Claudia, Tommy, Nick, and Derrick on Blue.  Hetal also gets the choice of her teams’ cut of meat– she picks the hanger steak and gives the NY strip to Blue.

Both teams have to make menu adjustments throughout, as Red’s grilled zucchini is deemed a bit “ladies who lunch” by Gordon and the demi-glace on Blue seems more wedding than campfire.  Here’s what they come up with:

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Whether it be due to zucchini delay or Hetal’s panic, it’s a landslide victory for Blue.  The Red team’s headed into the pressure test.

Blue gets to save one member of Red from the dreaded test, and they snag Olivia up to the balcony.  The other four home cooks go from outdoor grilling to delicate baking: it’s a fruit tart challenge!  I can’t imagine how hard this would be to make.  Hetal lets her nerves get to her again, Stephen cries on the floor, but all produce fairly attractive tarts:

Top: Stephen's and Shelly's, Bottom: Christopher's and Hetal's.

Top: Stephen’s and Shelly’s, Bottom: Christopher’s and Hetal’s.

In the end, Hetal and Shelly are sent upstairs for the best two tarts.  Stephen and Christopher await their fate, only to learn that they will both be safe this week!  Thank goodness.  With so many double-elimination episodes, I knew we’d see this day!  The top 10 live to cook again.

Who’s your favorite out of the group?

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