MC3, Ep. 14
Each cook has to select one item for the Mystery Box Challenge. Those choices included: pork chops, chocolate, condensed milk, portobello mushrooms. The dishes of Tali, Tanya, Anna and Scott, Cowboy Mike and Stacey get all of them sent home,
The challenge is a shootout between Josh and Ryan on a fruit tart, which Ryan had never done before and Josh looked none too comfortable with. The judges were the other six cooks (Becky, Frank, Monti, Christine, David, Felix). They decided on a blindfolded test that Josh’s was superior by a score of 6 to 0. Ryan was eliminated and most were pleased to see him go.
MC3, Ep. 14
The team captains ended up with their own gender:
Becky – Christine and Monti
Frank – David and Josh
The challenge was to cook at the Michelin 1 star Hatfield’s Restaurant for 44 selected guests and Quinn and Karen Hatfield themselves. Ramsay appointed himself as the expeditor. The result was a close decision for the women, with the Hatfield’s preferring the men but the other diners preferring the women.
Frank was asked who he would save if he had the opportunity to do so. When it was theoretical, he selected Josh but when it became real he chose himself. I think that is fair because Frank has typically outperformed Josh. So that meant the Pressure Test became David versus Josh. Each was given 3 perfect WalMart filet mignon steaks and asked to cook one rare, one medium rare and one well done.
Josh was the clear winner for the rare steak. David was the clear winner for the medium rare steak. They pretty much tied, both far below par, for the well done steak. The judges had to decide. They sent David home, which was quite fair.
David was given a significant parting gift from Graham, the opportunity to select either of Graham’s two Chicago restaurants and work there.
MC3, Ep. 15
This episode started with a Mystery Box Challenge, but it was phony as the boxes were all empty. The remaining 5 chefs were asked to go to the pantry and select 15 ingredients for making their dream dish. When they were ready to start this, Ramsay threw them a big twist by asking each one to give their ingredients to the chef in front of them. So everyone had to make their own new dish based on someone else’s ingredients. The final dishes which were judged in the top 3 were:
Monti - Tom Kha Gai Chicken, Coconut Milk and Lemongrass
Josh - Savory Bread Pudding with Pork, Onion Rings and Mozzarella
Christine - Pan-Seared Chicken with beet and Goat Cheese Salad
The winner was Josh, whose special advantage did not include immunity but was as follows:
1. He got to pick one of 3 special dishes which had been created by Graham for VIPs.
2. He received a market full of all ingredients to make the dish he chose.
Those 3 dishes were:
For Oprah Winfrey – wheat/corn bisque and red pepper jam
For Jay Z – Alaskan King crab, vanilla crème fraiche, celery gelee, pomegranates
For Barack Obama – white tuna sashimi,
Josh chose the Obama dish, so all 5 cooks had to make that in 30 minutes. The end results of tastings and observation by the judges were:
Monti – problems with slicing of tuna and total taste
Josh – problems with slicing of tuna, failed to take advantage of his break
Christine – a fine dish
Becky – in trouble with a marginal dish
Frank – a fine dish
So the bottom 3 were Monti, Josh and Becky. Monti was sent home.