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  • Previously on MasterChef,

  • one home cook exploded in the kitchen.

  • I don't think my dish is the worst dish here.

  • I think you're wrong. His arrogance--

  • it's stinking up this kitchen.

  • And a new rivalry erupted.

  • I told Jennifer I think she's a bitch,

  • and I'll cook her under the table any day of the week.

  • At the end of the day,

  • one more homecook's MasterChef dreams

  • came to a bitter end.

  • Jenny, your time is done in MasterChef.

  • Tonight, the cooks are thrown into the lion's den.

  • You're not gonna work like a little pig in my kitchen.

  • Gordon Ramsay has lost his mind.

  • I want that mess cleaned up.

  • Worst dish I've ever seen in MasterChef.

  • And on top of that, that is the worst dish

  • that has ever left my kitchen.

  • Now just 12 cooks remain

  • to battle it out in front of three culinary heavyweights.

  • stupid cake.

  • At stake--$1/4 million,

  • and the title... cake!

  • Of MasterChef!

  • <font color=#00FF00>MasterChef 2x10</font> <font color=#00FFF0>Top 12 Compete</font> Original Air Date on July 11, 2011

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  • The remaining 12 amateur cooks have been brought to the rooftop

  • of an elite Hollywood hotel.

  • Let's go. Come through.

  • They'll be split into opposing teams

  • for today's high-end catering challenge.

  • The losing team will face a pressure test

  • where one more cook's MasterChef dream will die.

  • Welcome to London West Hollywood.

  • This hotel has a special place in my heart,

  • 'cause it houses my Los Angeles restaurant.

  • You are gonna be cooking

  • for a Hollywood party right here.

  • All right.

  • You'll be split into two teams,

  • and each team will have to conceptualize,

  • prepare, and cook different hors d'oeuvres

  • for our v.I.P. Guest list.

  • The courses are...

  • Vegetable, beef,

  • and a dessert.

  • All of you are gonna be cooking

  • in my Michelin-star kitchen downstairs.

  • Yes! Yes!

  • We had two stunning dishes from our last challenge.

  • Based on that, Ben and Christian

  • will be picking your teams.

  • Let's go.

  • Let's go, let's go, let's go.

  • I couldn't have asked to be a team captain

  • for a better team challenge.

  • I can't wait to just start the game and take Ben down.

  • Ben, first choice.

  • Chef, I've seen at least one contestant so far

  • produce a presentation like this.

  • I'm really, really hoping I'm gonna be on Ben's team.

  • I think Christian's amazing,

  • but he's really aggressive in the kitchen.

  • My first selection is definitely going to be Suzy.

  • Suzy. Wow. Wow, wow, wow. First-round draft pick.

  • The fact that Ben chose me first

  • shows that I am one of the top dogs in MasterChef.

  • Christian, who is it, please?

  • Adrien.

  • Okay, Ben Starr. Tracy.

  • Tracy. Wow. All right.

  • I'm gonna go with Alejandra. Okay, good.

  • Jen. Wow.

  • Derrick. Wow.

  • Esther.

  • I'm going with, uh, Giuseppe. All right, Giuseppe.

  • I'm with the boys today. Whoo!

  • I'm last again, almost, and I'm thinking,

  • "please, I do not want to be on Christian's team."

  • I've seen this person produce incredible miracles

  • under pressure, and that person is Christine.

  • Christine.

  • Christine for the full house-- all-girl team.

  • Not all.

  • Okay.

  • Nobody wants to pick me. That's fine.

  • I don't know why, because I'm 2-0,

  • and I perform really well on these team challenges.

  • So all it is is just fueling my fire right now.

  • Ben! Yes, chef.

  • Looks like you've got Charlie's Angels there.

  • I had a feeling Ben was gonna be picking

  • a lot of the girls, which is fine.

  • Girls--um, I like 'em,

  • but they're a little bit more dramatic than guys.

  • And I think when it comes to being in a kitchen,

  • you can't really have a lot of drama.

  • You've got 90 minutes to prep

  • three stunning hors d'oeuvres.

  • We have 90 minutes

  • to cater a Hollywood party.

  • Hello! Can somebody bring a straitjacket over here?

  • Gordon Ramsay has lost his mind.

  • Your time starts now. Off you go.

  • Run.

  • Each team has 90 minutes

  • to devise and create 300 luxury hors d'oeuvres

  • from the ingredients in Chef Ramsay's kitchen.

  • Each one of you is gonna take ownership of a single course.

  • I am not a dictator.

  • If you want your team to produce brilliant results,

  • you have to empower them

  • to do something that they're passionate about.

  • First course is veggie. Does anybody have-- I can do veggie.

  • You can do veggie? Gazpacho.

  • Okay. Beef. Yes? Beef. Me beef? Sure.

  • Do you want rib eye, short ribs, or filet?

  • Filet. Filet.

  • Christine's doing an open-faced Wellington,

  • a little bit of puff pastry, mushrooms, filet,

  • creme fraiche--done.

  • Last course is Esther's beautiful,

  • dainty chocolate profiteroles.

  • Listen, I'm your bitch. I'm here to support you.

  • Let's go, guys.

  • Ben is running his team in a democratic fashion.

  • But on the red team, Christian's making all the calls.

  • All right, vegetable? Gazpacho.

  • Christian has a menu mapped out in his head,

  • and that's what we're going with.

  • Some of his ideas, I'm wondering if they're

  • a little too risky or edgy.

  • Beef--we'll do a little tartare.

  • Yes. A little pepper-- we'll torch it.

  • I'm in charge of the beef tartare,

  • and I've never made beef tartare.

  • I mean, hell, I've never even eaten beef tartare.

  • It's a risky thing, 'cause, you know, it's raw meat.

  • And for the dessert?

  • We'll do profiterole with filling.

  • Okay, let's do this, guys.

  • Christian and Ben, please.

  • Ben!

  • Ben! Yes, chef!

  • Two seconds, please. Christian, let's go. Quick.

  • So Gordon calls me and Ben over,

  • um, for a little powwow to go over our menus.

  • Ben!

  • Let's go, Ben! Come on!

  • Now! I don't have time for this !

  • I just had to yell at Ben to get over there,

  • because he's wasting my time.

  • If Gordon can yell in the kitchen,

  • I think, uh, I can yell in the kitchen, too.

  • Talk to me about the dishes.

  • Vegetable--we have a gazpacho shooter.

  • Christian. They must have been listening to us,

  • 'cause, um, Adrien went with a gazpacho.

  • Okay, so are you two copying each other?

  • No, chef. The list of ingredients here is extraordinary,

  • I mean, really extraordinary.

  • Desserts. On a high-- what is it? Esther is on desert.

  • She's doing very dainty chocolate profiteroles

  • with a lattice of chocolate on top. Wow.

  • Ambitious.

  • Um, a profiterole, again, and, um... Wow.

  • It's the same dishes competing.

  • Have the balls to change... Mm-hmm.

  • If it's not hitting perfection.

  • You're the captains for a reason. Good luck.

  • Thank you. Thanks, guys.

  • Listen, we don't have to change courses here.

  • All we have to do is make sure ours tastes better.

  • Esther, look at me. Look at me.

  • You're not gonna work like a little pig in my kitchen. Yes, chef.

  • I want that mess cleaned up.