2010, 8 seasons to date
By Ben Adler
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The contestants take 2 basic skills tests: 1st to chop onions and continue until judges tells them to stop, the judges dissect the chopped onions, if they don't meet the judge's standards, they are eliminated.The 2nd was to cook one egg any style using any ingredients in 30 minutes.
For their first mystery box challenge the contestants had 45 minutes to create a dish using a double cut pork chop with other ingredients.
The auditions continue and as usual the contestants have five minutes to cook their signature dishes in front of the judges. Once they receive at least two votes from the three judges, they receive a white apron.
The top 18 contestants are revealed.
The remaining hopefuls compete for a spot in the top 18.
The top 18 are forced out of their comfort zone.
Find out which hopefuls make it into the "MasterChef" kitchen.
It's the ultimate culinary war when the remaining 20 home cooks compete in the biggest field challenge in MASTERCHEF history: feeding an army of 500 servicemen and women on a desert army base. In their first team challenge, the contestants will split into two teams - the red team and the blue team - to create a hearty meal including one protein and two side dishes. Tempers flare as both teams struggle with consistency, and every dish counts as the troops will vote for their favorite dish and determine the winning team. Later, the losing team will face an intense ...
For their second Mystery Box Challenge, the contestants had sixty minutes to create a dish with live seafood.
After the Battle for the Apron concludes, the Top 20 home cooks in America will face their first Mystery Box Challenge. Each contestant is given 20 staple ingredients that anyone could find in their home and tasked with preparing a dish for the judges -- were the judges to show up at their homes for dinner. The winner of the Mystery Box Challenge will receive a significant advantage in the season's first pressure test, during which contestants must make their versions of an apple pie.
After the apple pie elimination test, the remaining 22 home cooks will face their first team challenge of the season at an amusement park. Once teams are decided, each team will be tasked with creating its version of an amusement park burger and fish and chips dish for thousands of amusement park guests. The winning team will be safe from elimination, while the losing team will have to face the first pressure test of the season, during which the home cooks will make 12 cinnamon rolls. Find out which home cooks will continue to ride in the competition and who will ...
After the Battle of the Apron concludes, the Top 20 home cooks in America meet the first guest judge of the season - culinary icon Wolfgang Puck, who will introduce the season's first Mystery Box Challenge. Each contestant will have 60 minutes to create a dish of their choice that features one of the world's most fundamental ingredients - potatoes! The winner of the Mystery Box Challenge is rewarded with a significant decision going into the season's first elimination challenge, during which they will have to replicate one of Chef Ramsay's signature dishes in less ...
In their first MASTERCHEF field challenge, the Top 18 home cooks are divided in to two teams where they will have to prepare appetizers and entrees for a very special guest and member of the MASTERCHEF family, season 6 contestant Nick Nappi on his wedding day! Not only will they feel the pressure from Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and a former contestant but also Nick's bride and 72 hungry wedding guests. The winning team will earn a significant advantage in the next elimination challenge.
In their first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 20 will have to take 12 of the most popular ingredients found on any American home cook's shopping list and make the judges a MASTERCHEF-worthy dish. Whoever wins the challenge will have a huge advantage moving forward in the competition.
The Top 19 take it to the sandy shore, where they will compete in their first team challenge of the season. The chefs will have to prepare and cook fresh fish for 101 lifeguards who will then vote on their favorite dish. The losing team will have to compete in a pressure test before the judges send one chef home.