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  • (All) Masterchef! Masterchef!

  • Masterchef!

  • (Gordon Ramsay) From coast to coast,

  • city to city,

  • and town to town...

  • Thousands upon thousands of talented amateur cooks

  • lined up...

  • I'm an insurance salesman.

  • I'm an at-home mom.

  • (Gordon) To take part

  • in the most intense culinary competition on earth,

  • as the smash hit from across the world

  • comes to America.

  • (Woman) If I got on the show,

  • it would be a fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me!

  • I'm so excited!

  • (Gordon) They'll compete to win a quarter-million dollars...

  • [All cheering]

  • Sear their name in culinary history

  • with their very own cookbook...

  • I'm ready to bring it.

  • Let's do it!

  • (Gordon) And become the first American ever

  • to go from amateur cook to masterchef.

  • At every step of the competition,

  • they'll be judged by three of the toughest figures

  • from the culinary world.

  • I'm Graham Elliot from Chicago.

  • At 27, I became America's youngest four-star chef.

  • Believe me, I know a thing or two about cooking

  • and eating.

  • My name is Joe bastianich.

  • I own 20 of America's best restaurants

  • and three award-winning Italian wineries.

  • I don't care if your roommate tells you you're a good cooking

  • your kids--we're gonna tell you how it really is.

  • And, of course, there's me,

  • Gordon Ramsay.

  • I've been in the restaurant business for 20 years

  • and have 28 restaurants worldwide.

  • Now I'm looking for the one person good enough

  • to become America's first masterchef.

  • This is such an honor

  • that you're eating my food right now.

  • I can't even tell you.

  • (Gordon) Let's go.

  • They'll compete under extraordinary pressure...

  • 20 minutes left, folks!

  • Cook like your life depends on it!

  • Are you joking around? 'Cause if you're taking this serious,

  • you would have seasoned the food.

  • No, I'm taking it very serious.

  • (Gordon) All while facing challenges

  • designed to stretch their creativity...

  • Your future will be determined

  • on how well you cook just one stunning egg.

  • Test their palates.

  • Identify ingredients

  • inside that pot.

  • Cumin. Your guess is cumin.

  • (Gordon) And prove they can cook the meal of a lifetime.

  • (Man) I know how important this day is,

  • so I don't want to give them one dish

  • to complain about.

  • It's a wedding, guys. You can't just say,

  • "I don't know where the salmon is." Come on!

  • (Gordon) They'll learn how tough it is to feed an army.

  • You still got food in the ovens!

  • (Man) Oh, my God.

  • Oh, by the way. It's cooked perfectly.

  • And as the competition heats up...

  • Ah, [Bleep].

  • Most of them will go down in flames.

  • Boring, boring, boring.

  • Take off your apron. You're out of the competition.

  • Cook like you're cooking for the emperor.

  • (Gordon) And after weeks of sweating,

  • slicing, dicing...

  • Come on!

  • Glorious victories...

  • (Graham) That dish gives me hope.

  • It's inspiring.

  • (Gordon) And epic failures...

  • It's a bad dish. You know it, I know it.

  • Only one of them will become America's first...

  • MASTERCHEF.

  • Tonight, from the tens of thousands of hopefuls,

  • only a select few were invited to Los Angeles to compete.

  • Oh, my God! Aah!

  • We're going to Hollywood, baby!

  • I'm gonna be cookin' for Gordon Ramsay

  • in Los Angeles.

  • They come from every possible background.

  • I'm a software engineer.

  • I'm a mother of three children.

  • I'm an attorney. I'm a construction worker.

  • I'm a physician.

  • (Gordon) They will present a single dish...

  • Vietnamese chicken and rice.

  • Catfish arcadia.

  • It's our loaded baked potato.

  • It's called funeral potatoes.

  • For one chance to prove they have the skill...

  • That's out of control.

  • That's the best thing i've had today.

  • And the passion to make the final cut,

  • because of the 100 people in this room,

  • only 30 will earn one of these--

  • a Masterchef apron.

  • As thousands of amateur cooks compete...

  • [Crying]

  • (Gordon) To become America's first...

  • [Dramatic music]

  • MASTERCHEF.

  • (Female announcer) It's day one of the Masterchef competition.

  • We've traveled across the country

  • in search of America's greatest amateur cook.

  • In this room are the people that made a big impression

  • with their flair, passion, and potential.

  • But just 30 of them will win an apron

  • and stay in the competition.

  • I'm gonna be America's first masterchef

  • because I believe in myself.

  • People say there's people who cook to live,

  • and there's others who live to cook.

  • And, uh, I live to cook.

  • Yes.

  • (Jake) I want to say to the other people in the competition

  • to bring it, because I am [Bleep] For real,

  • and it is on like Donkey Kong, you know?

  • I am definitely here to compete.

  • [Cheers and applause]

  • Welcome to Masterchef. I'm Gordon Ramsay.

  • I'm Joe bastianich.

  • And I'm Graham Elliot.

  • This is a unique opportunity.

  • For one of you, you're gonna be crowned

  • the first-ever American masterchef.

  • [Cheers and applause]

  • Cook the dish of your life.

  • Show us why you're here.

  • We've been doing this a lifetime.

  • I've opened up some of the greatest Italian restaurants

  • in this country.

  • You have a unique opportunity to make the transition

  • from home cook to masterchef.

  • If you absolutely commit

  • and let that passion show,

  • you guys'll make it.

  • The main goal today

  • is to win one of these--

  • the Masterchef apron.

  • Getting this means that you're gonna be moving forward.

  • And the way that you do that is to make a dish.

  • that is delicious and amazing

  • in one hour.

  • Becoming America's first-ever masterchef

  • comes with a unique prize.

  • First of all,

  • a quarter-million dollars.

  • [Cheers and applause]

  • He busts out and he says,

  • you know, "it's a quarter of a million dollars."

  • We're like...

  • "Holy moly, that's a lot of money."

  • Secondly, publish your very own cookbook.

  • [Cheers and applause]

  • You've come a long way to get here.

  • But this is where the rubber meets the road.

  • -I don't care

  • if your roommate tells you you're a good cook,

  • your kids, your moms.

  • We're gonna tell you how it really is.

  • Think of the best dish you've ever tasted

  • in your entire lives.

  • I'll guarantee you, I've tasted better.

  • Make this count.

  • As amateur chefs,

  • there can only be one masterchef.