'MasterChef': Soldier's Plans To Honor His Son (VIDEO)

Joel has culinary dreams beyond " MasterChef " (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on Fox), but earning that coveted apron would move him one step toward achieving the goals. The soldier related a story about his son Jermaine, who drowned while he was on his way from military school. In his son's honor, Joel wants to open a restaurant and name it Jermaine's. He was brought to tears talking about his son and his goal of honoring the memory of his son. He served a Jamaican rice and peas with chicken dish, which only Joe Bastianich seemed underwhelmed by. But with the support of both Graham Elliot and Gordon Ramsay , Joel moved forward in the competition. He was the last contestant of the day, joining a husband and wife who both earned aprons, a cowboy who rode in on a horse, and several other contenders. It's certainly looking like a varied group of contestants coming together for the new season. Follow along with "MasterChef" every Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

Did 'MasterChef' Blind Contestant Earn An Apron?

An inspirational story created an instant fan favorite contestant on the season premiere of " MasterChef " (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Fox). Gordon Ramsay and his fellow judges welcomed blind chef Christine Ha onto the show, and were immediately inspired and touched by her story. Notorious tough judge Joe Bastianich teared up during the show while critiquing her work, telling HuffPost , "I'm surprised more people haven't done it. Her palate's way beyond everyone else's." He believes the heightening of her other senses may actually give her an edge as a chef. That said, both he and fellow judge Graham Elliot agreed that they'd never before encountered a blind chef in a professional kitchen, though they both suspect and hope that Ha's story may inspire more to follow in her footsteps. She earned her apron and access to the show, alongside 11 other contestants in this first part of a two-part premiere. Check out the judges' take on the upcoming season here , and tune in Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox for new episodes of "MasterChef." TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

'MasterChef' Judges Discuss Blind Chef Christine

If you watched Monday's Season 3 premiere of " MasterChef ," you saw something we've never seen on a cooking competition before: a blind chef contestant. Christine Ha is a Texas grad student and the blogger behind The Blind Cook . She lost her sight after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica in 2003. But that hasn't stopped her from pursuing her culinary dreams, and getting that white apron proves she's one step closer. There are always a lot of intriguing personal stories on reality competition shows, but "MasterChef" judges Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich both agree that Christine's story is one of the most inspirational. "She's kind of amazing," Bastianich said. And Elliot agreed: "Her palate is more refined than anyone in the kitchen. So what was a possible downside has turned into a positive for her." I was curious: Had either of them ever met a blind chef? "We discussed it -- never in a professional kitchen," Bastianich said. "And I bet you, on the back of this show, you will see more blind chefs. It's totally something you can do if you're blind ... I'm surprised more people haven't done it. Her palate's way beyond everyone else's. It's kind of amazing. Just the courage and commitment to get to this point." And Elliot echoed that, pointing out that losing one sense heightens the others. "When you think of the senses, you know, sound -- is a pan hot enough to sizzle when you put something in it? -- and smell -- what's in season? -- and, of course, how it tastes. She says one of her biggest things is she doesn't get intimidated because she doesn't get to see what anyone else is making ever." What do you think: Does Christine have a shot at winning this season? Were there any other contestants that intrigued you in night one? Read more with "MasterChef" judges Elliot, Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay here. What to watch this week:

'MasterChef' Season 3: 'We've gotten tougher,' Graham Elliot says

"Our job is to keep bad food from happening to good people," restaurateur Joe Bastianich explains to Zap2It from the ultra-hip kitchen enclave of the "MasterChef" studio suite in Hollywood. And on Season 3 of the popular foodie reality competition, primetime's favorite cooks will make sure of it.Surrounded by chromed-out countertops, closets stocked with the latest in sophisticated foodware and a wine bar ready to accompany the dishes, chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Bastianich offered a preview of the latest installment of the show, which focuses on amateur chefs competing to prove they are anything but average."We've got some really unusual contestants this season," notes Ramsay, specifically calling to mind a blind woman who can hold her own with the rest of them. "She could formerly see, so she remembers the scent and look of foods."Another standout from the first round was a single mom raising her son "on a budget of 10 dollars...

Masterchef Season Premiere “Auditions #1? Season 3 Episode 1

Watch a preview and check out photos of the season premiere  episode of  Masterchef  “Top 3 Compete”Season 2  Episode 19  which airs on Tuesday, August 16 at 8pm on FOX. Synopsis:  In Part One of the two-night season premiere, award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot return to the MASTERCHEF judging panel. After a nationwide search, only the best amateur cooks – including a stock broker, a professional opera singer, a plastic surgeon, as well as the first blind cook to enter the competition – were flown to Los Angeles for a chance to prepare their signature dishes and present them to the judges. Read More...