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Ben Makes Shepherd's Pie For Gordon Ramsay on 'Master Chef' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 10th 2011 5:30PM
Gordon Ramsay eats Ben Starr's shepherd's pie on 'Masterchef'Ben Starr wanted to impress Chef Gordon Ramsay by showing him he could make British food on 'Masterchef' (Tuesdays, 9PM on FOX). He made a risky choice, preparing shepherd's pie, a dish with which Ramsay is no doubt very familiar. He'd have to compete with Jennifer Behm's meatloaf and Adrien Nieto's meatball trio.

Ramsay loved Behm's meatloaf, while judge Graham Elliot thought Nieto's meatballs were too salty. "This dish is screaming for one thing," said Elliot. "A giant glass of water. It's so salty."

Then it was up to Starr. "We have brown veal, onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms sautéed in butter," he said, introducing his dish. "On top we have garlic mashed potatoes finished with a reduction of red wine beef stock with a little bit of worcestershire sauce to remind you of home."

Starr's gamble seemed to pay off. "I've never had a shepherd's pie with veal in it before," said Ramsay. "It's delicious. You've got the spice of the savory mince, but you've glamorized it." Well played, Ben.

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