MasterChef: Magical Five

Gordon calls the home cooks the magical five, then proceeds to say “magical” at least two additional times throughout the episode.  Interesting.

It’s kind of a Mystery Box Challenge for these top five, but when each lifts their box from their randomly selected work station, the discover a single ingredient and a different one for each home cook.  Katrina has a single pear.  Claudia has a single tomato.  Stephen has a sing portabella mushroom.  Nick has a big piece of chocolate.  Derrick has a wedge of blue cheese.  Using a staple pantry basket, the home cooks must create a MasterChef quality dish highlighting their ingredient.  Top three:

Stephen, who used mushrooms five ways in this preparation. The urban gardener thrived in this challenge.

Stephen, who used mushrooms five ways in this preparation. The urban gardener thrived in this challenge.

Claudia, who dreamed about tomatoes and this moment the night before.

Claudia, who dreamed about tomatoes and this moment the night before.

Derrick, who hates blue cheese, but used childhood inspiration to make this dish.

Derrick, who hates blue cheese, but used childhood inspiration to make this dish.

Claudia won her ticket into the top 4, proving that dreams come true!  She also got to gather a basket of 20 of her favorite ingredients for one of the home cooks to use.  One basket but four home cooks up for the challenge begs for some help.  In comes Courtney, last season’s winner, who I cried tears of joy for when she took the MasterChef title, with her upscale dessert basket.  In comes Luca, the winner of the season prior who I also cheered on to victory, with his Italian basket.  In comes Christine Ha, the winner of the season before that and before I watched this show.  I NEED to see her season because this woman literally blows me away.  She brings an Asian basket into the mix.

Claudia gets to assign these baskets.  She gives her Mexican basket to Nick, the Asian basket to Stephen, the least-intimidating Italian basket to Katrina, and the hardest basket– the dessert– to Derrick.

Here’s what they make:

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Derrick may have been calm, cool, and collected, but his dessert was safe in the eyes of the judges.  Nick struggled a lot in his discomfort with the ingredients, but knocked it out of the park and joins Claudia on the balcony.  Stephen was just barely able to restrain himself with all these ingredients, but was successful.  It comes down to Katrina with her raw veal and Derrick’s safe dish.  Katrina is sent home.

I was so worried for Derrick, but he deserves that space in the top 4!  I’m gearing up for a final battle of Derrick v. Stephen… what do you think?!

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