Welcome back, MasterChef. This Gordon Ramsay series is all about amateur cooks: no experience required. For better or for worse, that means you get some amazing people and some who are amazingly unprepared to be thrust into the spotlight.

Gordon, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot face a new crop of quirky hopefuls in the MasterChef warehouse. We get the usual types: the nervous fumbly ones, the ones who seem just a little bit strange, and the ones swearing up and down they’re the best thing since sliced bread.

Among those getting aprons tonight include gay college student Michael, single mom Monti (who named her son Danger), a professional opera singer, and the unemployed and more than a little arrogant Ryan, who refers to himself as “the Flavor Elevator.” That phrase incites raucous laughter, at least among my viewing party.

The misses include an ex-cheerleader and many people who are way too overexcited. Word of advice: perhaps your MasterChef audition is not the time to break out your personality quirks, funny accents, or unflattering facts about you.

The “OMGWTF” moment of the night comes with the show’s first blind contestant, Christine, who was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that affected her optic nerves, among other things. I can’t keep from cutting myself with my sight, so I have all the respect in the world for this young lady for advancing even this far.

All three judges give her a yes, with Gordon telling her that her Vietnamese catfish is one of the best dishes he’s tasted so far. There’s your feel-good moment of the night, and it’s a pretty fantastic one.

There are still plenty of more aprons to hand out, and more weird to see, including monkeys, horses and hand puppets.

Still have an appetite for more Ramsay? Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef are back-to-back again tonight starting at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX.

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