Here's your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight's episode of Masterchef, "Top 13 Compete"
More of the same on this week's episode of Masterchef
except as we pair down on contestants, the players get petty and the judges get angrier.
High Five Highlights:
5.The vegetarian challenge.
Tonight's first challenge was to cook a vegetarian meal which, before taste, is judged on concept, execution and final presentation. This is the criteria for the judges to decide which three dishes to choose to taste.
4. The competition grows.
With young Max gone, you might think the contestants would have no one to bad mouth. And you would be wrong. Christian lashes out to the camera about Jennie, who says her goal is to be seen as a chef, not just a dumb blonde, but he names Adrien as his actual competitor when the judges ask about the competition.
3. And the winner is...
Good call on Christian's part as both Adrien and Jennie's dishes end up as the top three. Christian is told his dish sucks but disagrees, talking back to and arguing with the judges. Alejandra's stir-fry joins Adrien's rice dish, complete with fried egg and a "killer" sauce and Jennifer's eggplant. Jennie, not as dumb as she is blonde, wins and gets to choose the dish for the next challenge.
2. Welcome Back.
The next challenge brings back Whitney Miller, the first Masterchef. For those of you who, while watching previous episodes this season, wondered "Where are they now?" about last season, this challenge is for you. Miller has a new cookbook out and the contestants must recreate her Crispy Catfish (complete with fries, cole slaw and tartar sauce) without a recipe.
1. Christian and Ben succeed...
but you probably didn't notice because you were too busy thinking about how the contestants who didn't do well were slammed by the judges. Alejandra's use of garlic puts her in the bottom three after doing so well in the first round and Joe's verbal, and somewhat physical, attack of Adrien's presentation and inability to pay attention to the rules of the game, leave the other chefs, and you at home, looking down at the floor in shame.
- Joe rearranged Adrien's plate. Ramsey told Christian his talent does not match his arrogance. (And Ramsey should know having built his career on just that.) Then, he tells him to take it "like a man". Are the judges too harsh on the competitors this season? Are the contestants less talented? Do we need the harsh critique to make good television? Or is all the judging well deserved?
Jennifer Leah Peck
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