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Masterchef Season 2

Tracy Gets a Surprise from the Judges on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 9th 2011 3:00AM
MasterChefThe competition is heating up on 'MasterChef' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox), and as the judges considered who to put through to the final five, some tough decisions had to be made.

Though Gordon Ramsay praised Tracy as being "amazing across the board," she was still the contestant that the judges decided to send home -- but her journey wasn't quite over with a simple farewell.

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Another Shocking Elimination Ceremony on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:34AM
'MasterChef'On Monday night's episode of 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX), the judges shocked everyone by sending no one home. Adrien and Christian were the last two chefs standing before the judge, which means both of them had to work extra hard Tuesday night to ensure they wouldn't get noticed again for all the wrong reasons.


The box challenge presented the contestants with surf and turf and elevated Adrien toward the top, alongside Suxy and Jennifer. To help Christian with his attitude toward Jennifer, Gordon Ramsay had him evaluate her food. After giving it lukewarm reviews, Ramsay yelled at him a bit and then declared Jennifer the winner.

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Four Chefs Compete in the Pressure Cooker, Who Leaves 'MasterChef'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 4:02AM
'MasterChef'Once again, the remaining contestants on 'MasterChef' (Mon., 9PM ET on FOX) faced a team challenge that saw them feeding the toughest of all possible food critics: children. This time around, they had to concoct a meal of burgers and fries without using either beef or potatoes.


It was a close result between Christine's team and their chicken patty/corn nuggets and Christian's team with their turkey burger/apple slices meal. But Christine's team won, sending Christian, Derrick, Jennifer and Adrien to face elimination.

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Gordon Ramsay Calls One Dish the Worst He's Ever Tasted on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 2:12AM
Gordon Ramsay, 'MasterChef'A plot to help certain contestants while hindering others by the winner of the mystery box challenge backfired in a big way on 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX).

And while Joe Bastianich has been largely the bad guy on this show, Gordon Ramsay let out a little of his 'Hell's Kitchen' persona on what he dubbed the worst sauce he's ever tasted.


The box challenge led to some intriguing choices, and while the judges did decide to sample Ben's banana and scallops concoction, they were most impressed with Adrien's dish. That gave him some power in the next challenge, which featured pork as a main ingredient.

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Contestants Have to Cook for the Judges' Mothers on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 20th 2011 3:43AM
'MasterChef'Giuseppe and Tracy were the team leaders going into Tuesday night's installment of 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX). They faced a daunting challenge as well, as the judges for this next phase of the competition would be the usual judges' mothers.


Tracy made the bold decision to serve fish -- even though Gordon Ramsay's mother admitted she doesn't like fish -- and it paid off. Meanwhile, Giuseppe's team came up just short, though it looked like things were pretty tight throughout.

In the Pressure Test, the dish was Eggs Benedict and suddenly the former team leader found himself floundering. He wound up in the bottom two alongside Derrick. Giuseppe's undercooked dish faced off against Derrick's sloppy and dry-looking Eggs Benedict.

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One Horrible Presentation, One Horrible Dish, One Elimination on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 19th 2011 2:41AM
'MasterChef'It was a night of decadence and disaster on 'MasterChef' (Mon., 9PM ET on FOX). As the Top 11 competed in the box challenge, they discovered a second box with the judges; one that revealed four pound lobsters. Later, the winner of the lobster challenge chose truffles, and boldly chose to compete in the second challenge as well.


Christian had perhaps the hardest time in the opening challenge, because he felt he deserved to be one of the three finalists. As only the finalists' dishes are actually sampled, Christian must have felt passionately enough about it to disrespect the competition by tasting his own dish.

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Joe Bastianich Goes Off on Adrien's Terrible Plating on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 3:53AM
Adrien Nieto, 'MasterChef'Gordon Ramsay may have the reputation in America of being this hard-nosed drill sergeant who tears down contestants on game shows, but judge Joe Bastianich is certainly giving him a run for his money on 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX). That said, though, we can't blame it for losing his cool at a contestant this week.


In the elimination challenge, Adrien Nieto once again presented a dish that looked like it had been plated by a child bringing a dinner-in-bed to Mommy on her birthday. With the side dishes in bowls, the presentation was cluttered and unappealing and not even close to how it was supposed to look.

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A Pressure Test Twist Sees Only Two Chefs Facing Elimination on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:38AM
'MasterChef'Last night, Tracy and Esther were sitting pretty as winners on 'MasterChef' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX), but winner quickly turned into team leader as the contestants stumbled upon a beach-side challenge.

As team captains, Tracy and Esther were tasked with choosing their teams for the challenge of making sausage sandwiches for a group of 100 bikers.


When mealtime came, Tracy's Blue Team was serving up their sandwiches, while Esther's Red Team wasn't ready yet. By the time the challenge was over, the Blue Team had cemented their victory and the Red Team was facing another Pressure Test.

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The Next Eliminated Contestant on 'MasterChef' Is ... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 2:18AM
Gordon Ramsay, 'MasterChef'With the Top 16 determined, the stakes were bigger than ever on this week's 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX). And so was the number of people the contestants had to cook for. Split into two teams, they were tasked with preparing a five-course meal for 350 people at a Los Angeles cafeteria.


The losing team in this challenge would face off in a pressure test that would see one of them going home. To make things even more dramatic, the teams were tied going into the dessert round, where the Red Team beat the Blue Team with a fresh fruit dish.

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Contestant's Dish Compared to Baby Food on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 21st 2011 1:08AM
Jennie Kelley, 'MasterChef'It was a topsy-turvy night for one contestant on 'MasterChef' (Mon., 9PM ET on FOX) as the Top 18 contestants settled into the competition. With two cooking challenges, one chef found his or her dishes sitting toward the top of the heap, only later to have the second dish quite literally flung around the plate in disgust.


The mystery box challenge opened the night, and only three dishes would be tasted by the judges, based on their appearance.

Jennie, Suzy and Cristian were selected, and all three got mostly rave reviews from the judges. Cristian won the challenge, and immunity for the week, but it should have spelled smooth sailing for the other two as well tonight, right?

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The Blood Flows During A 'MasterChef' Challenge (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 15th 2011 2:40AM
master chefThe blood of superstar chefs-in-training started flowing fast during the latest 'MasterChef' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX) challenge.

As judges Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich considered their own cuts, the contestants were put through a grueling test of basic kitchen skills that proved to be harder, and more dangerous, than it first looked.

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Contestant Goes Bananas for Pumpkins on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 14th 2011 12:29AM
MasterchefYou have to be a pretty nerdy foodie for superchef Gordon Ramsay to call you "the ultimate food geek!"

On 'MasterChef,' (Mon., 9PM ET on FOX) excitable contestant Ben Starr proved that he was one of the world's biggest food geeks as he wowed the judges with his tasty, pumpkin-flavored concoctions and his pumpkin-inspired chef's get-up.

Ben earned the moniker "Pumpkin Man" with a hefty serving of fish tacos made with his own pumpkin IPA, and his hit signature ingredient, "crispy fried pumpkin!" The wacky, bright orange chef's hat and matching pumpkin print apron didn't hurt, either.

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Fox Makes Changes to its Summer Schedule

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 9th 2011 6:00AM
Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay fans will be delighted to know that soon they'll be getting back-to-back doses of the potty-mouthed British chef, Monday nights on Fox. And antiques fans can set a date with the Keno twins for the launch of their new show.

Following disappointing ratings for the Season 2 premiere of 'MasterChef' earlier this week, Fox execs have tweaked the summer schedule to give the cooking show a boost. It will now air before ratings powerhouse 'Hell's Kitchen,' which returns for its ninth season in July.

According to Deadline.com, Fox had originally planned to air 'MasterChef' Mondays and Tuesdays at 8PM ET, an hour earlier than last summer. But, after ratings plummeted a whopping 33 percent on Monday, and went up only 10 percent the following night, Fox is moving the series to the 9PM ET slot, which is where it aired last year behind 'Hell's Kitchen.'

The move on Monday will be made right away, with a 'MasterChef' rerun airing Monday June 13 at 8PM ET, leading into a new episode at 9PM ET. Come July, Fox hopes that 'Hell's Kitchen' viewers will stay with the network for a second helping of Ramsay.

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Gordon Ramsay Refuses to Share a Sausage Roll on 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 8th 2011 1:35AM
Gordon Ramsay, 'MasterChef'Gordon Ramsay got a little selfish on the second episode of 'MasterChef' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX) this week. Even after Dustin insulted him by saying he was English.

"I'm f****** Scottish!" Ramsay shouted. But at the same time, Dustin was presenting sausage rolls, and Ramsay does love sausage rolls.

The other judges found out just how much Ramsay loved Dustin's sausage roll when he simply continued cutting into it. "Oh Chef, how about some for the rest of us?" Joe Bastianich asked, but to no avail.

"That was f****** delicious," Ramsay said, making the official vote later. Of course, Dustin is moving on in the competition.

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Albert's Alligator Dish Is No Joke on Premiere of 'MasterChef' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 7th 2011 3:05AM
Albert, 'MasterChef' premiereGordon Ramsay returned for a second round of 'MasterChef' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) in the first of a two-night premiere. Tonight, the chefs are fighting for a chance to even compete on the show, so think of it like the early rounds of 'American Idol.'

That may be why judge Joe Bastianich thought Albert's presentation was a joke at first. Certainly, the self-proclaimed redneck was a colorful enough character, with his camouflage shirt, wild hair and missing front tooth.

Add to that his colorful tattoos and offer to show one on his butt to Ramsay and you've got a guy tailor-made for entertainment. Even more surprising, Ramsay responded, "Yes, please." He did qualify it, though. "Not too close. Just from a distance."

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