'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Masterchef's' Gordon Ramsay: 'Have you any idea how competitive dinner parties have become?'


Tucked away at the end of an industrial cul-de-sac in Culver City, Calif., is an undistinguished-looking building whose drab exterior belies the elegant set/kitchen built inside for FOX's cooking competition series "MasterChef."Airing Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, the two one-hour episodes making up the third-season premiere feature the top amateur cooks drawn from nearly 30,000 hopefuls who auditioned from Atlanta to Chicago to Los Angeles.Representing 23 states and a range of professions -- including stockbroker, opera singer, emergency-room physician and food photographer -- they prepare their signature dishes in hopes of earning a spot in the Top 18 and vying for the title of "MasterChef" and a $250,000 grand prize.On hand to pass judgment are chefs Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, comparing flavor, originality, creativity and presentation.On this day late in the filming cycle, the final four contestants split into two teams to prepare an appetizer, an entree and...



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