'MasterChef' High Five: 'Top 16 Compete'
'MasterChef' High Five: 'Top 16 Compete'
Here's your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight's episode of Masterchef, "Top 16 Compete"

From cafeteria to pressure cooker, from pizza to ravioli, the 16 contestants go from feeding a hungry lunch crowd to perfecting the art of ravioli.

High Five Highlights:

5. White pizza? Joe, who is becoming the most entertaining judge to watch on the show (sorry, Chef Ramsey), calls the choice to serve white pizza in the cafeteria for lunch not only risky but "a little bit opinionated."

4. No pizza? The biggest mistake both teams make during the cafeteria challenge is figuring out how much food to make for the crowd. Both the pizza and the burgers, decided on because the rolls were too big for the original plan to make sliders, run out before all can try them. The blue team loses perfectly good burgers when Max throws them on a cookie sheet with nuts. Ever hear of the consequences of a peanut allergy, young Max?

3. Red team wins despite Suzy's lasagna: Less confident than last night, Suzy is in charge of making the lasagna and just before the winner of the challenge is announced, she bursts into tears hoping that it is not her dish that makes her team lose. They win, much to the Blue Team's dismay.

2.The Art of Lasagna: To hear Joe talk about making ravioli, the contestants deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for mastering the pasta. Each contestant has to make spinach and ricotta ravioli using only a simple butter sauce for the pasta. They will be judged on technique, precision and culinary vision.

1. Where's the wow factor? So many serious errors in pressure cooker round : Esther's filling, Jennifer puts nutmeg in her pasta. It's Tony's tough pasta that gets him eliminated in this round of Masterchef.


- When will TV chefs learn to taste their food before handing it over to the judges? Baby Max learned to do just that in this episode and it paid off for him in the pressure cooker challenge. (Even Chef Ramsey said so.)

- How was Suzy's lasagna? The public said good things about it but every time someone else described it, their words were beeped out. Were the contestants exaggerating at Suzy's expense? Or was it really that bad?

Jennifer Leah Peck
Contributing Writer

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