This week, the amateur chef contestants on “MasterChef ” were divided into two teams, the red and the blue, and were tasked with feeding a group of 200 Marines at Camp Pendleton in California. Although the contestants on the red team made the mistake of trying to grill 2-inch thick pork chops, which ended up not cooking all the way through, they did manage to salvage the mess by pounding the meat down and re-cooking them until they were done.
Even with this snafu, the red team’s meal was voted the winner over the blue team’s pasta and chicken by the Marines. This meant that the red team was safe, and the blue team members would be the ones competing against each other in the elimination round.
At the beginning of the elimination round, Judge Gordon Ramsay said one team member could be given immunity. Surprisingly, two contestants who were offered the immunity, Felix Fang and Scott Little both refused the offer and decided to take on the challenge instead. Finally, Stacey Amagrande did take the immunity.
The rest of the blue team, Fang, Little, Michael Chen, Tanya Noble, Tali Clavijo, Frank Mirando and blind chef, Christine Ha were told to make and bake an apple pie in 75 minutes.
Ha appeared completely unnerved by the challenge, even stating that she believed she would be the one to be eliminated. In the end, the judges, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot were completely impressed by Ha’s apple pie. Ramsay visually described Ha’s pie to her to let her know that she had done an excellent job and he exhorted her to believe in herself. In addition to Ha’s pie, the judges were also impressed by the pie made by Mirando.
In the end, the judges decided that the worst pies were created by Noble, Chen and Little. Finally, it was announced that it would be Chen, who inexplicably used cheese on top of his apple pie, who would be the chef who would have to leave the competition.