MASTERCHEF “Top 12 Compete” Season 2, Episode 10 – This week the MasterChef contestants had the rare opportunity to cook in the pristine kitchen of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood. As if the pressure of cooking in Chef Ramsay’s kitchen wasn’t enough, the challenge for the remaining 12 home cooks was to cater a cocktail party sprinkled with celebrity chefs, former Bravo stars and Hollywood foodies.
Ben and Christian were both team leaders tonight and it was surprising how similar their menus were. Both teams originally planned to serve a gazpacho for the vegetarian course and profiteroles for the dessert course and ultimately both teams ended up abandoning their profiteroles.
The Blue Team’s dessert looked hideous on screen and Chef Ramsay grumbled about how humiliated he was that it was even leaving his kitchen. The presentation was so tacky that it even made me uncomfortable just having to watch Ben explain the shot-of-fruit-salad-in-a-cupcake-tin to the cocktail guests. Giuseppe, on the other hand, put out a beautiful little fruit pastry, which rightfully landed the Red Team their win, but not by the landslide majority that one would have expected. In previous weeks, I’ve complained about the chef judges’ decision to only taste the “top three” dishes based on appearance and technique during earlier MasterChef challenges. Had that been the policy this week, the Blue Team’s fruit salad would not have made it to the tasting table, yet roughly 47% of the guests in this challenge preferred it over the beautiful tart. Read More...