Dan found himself overwhelmed when meeting the judges for the first time. Now, instead of watching the judges safely from home on his couch, this Lexington, KY native must put his best fork forward in the MASTERCHEF kitchen.
Watch out! For this challenge, home cooks can be paired with their worst enemy.
Can cooking save a life? Jordan, a first year college student from Wisconsin, lost almost 100 pounds at age 14, finding inspiration in healthier culinary creations.
Ahran reveals to the judges that she feels there is unfair favoritism towards Courtney.
Elizabeth Cauvel plans to use her Brooklyn street smarts to keep her friends close and her enemies closer in the competition.
Cooking means family to Palo Alto, CA native Ahran Cho who likes to help cook for the family when her parents are busy.
Originally from Scotland, this amateur chef is a music video director who enjoys modernist cuisine.
The contestants utilize different strategies to tackle this challenge - Willie picks a few cans that he feels stand out while Ahran thinks that opening the cans is a waste of time.
This Houston-based church musician loves cooking desserts for his loved ones and hopes to appeal to each judge's sweet tooth with his delectable creations.
While waiting for her blueberry pie to bake, Gordon asks Jaimee what possessed her to get a "New Joisey" neck tattoo.
Courtney is on the hunt for some extra yeast and Ahran is enjoying watching her "run around like a fool."
The remaining home cooks are lucky enough to welcome MasterChef Season 4 winner Luca Manfe and MasterChef Junior winner Alexander Weiss back to the kitchen for some helpful hints.
Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot and restaurateur Joe Bastianich give a sneak peek into the challenges and competition of MasterChef season 5.
The Top Two finalists have one last chance to prove to the judges that they have the passion, skill and drive worthy of the MASTERCHEF title. In their final challenge in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the two home cooks will conceptualize and prepare the most important three-course meal of their lives. Later, the judges will reveal America’s next MASTERCHEF, and the deserving home cook will walk away with a MASTERCHEF trophy, a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Find out whose culinary dreams will turn into a reality.
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The judges challenge the remaining three contestants to cook with the same ingredients they used in their initial auditions, while creating an elevated and sophisticated version of the same dish. The home cooks must demonstrate how far they’ve come in the competition in order to earn a spot in the finale and move one step closer to winning a life-changing grand prize.
The final four cooks will split into two teams in the next mystery box challenge, and they will prepare a three-course meal using notable ingredients from all over the United States. The winning team will be safe from elimination, while the members of the losing team will go head-to-head in a chocolate desserts pressure test that will end the competition for one home cook.
The top three compete.
The top four compete.
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The judges challenge the remaining three contestants to cook with the same ingredients they used in their initial auditions, while creating an elevated and sophisticated version of the same dish. The home cooks must demonstrate how far they've come in the competition in order to earn a spot in the finale and move one step closer to winning a life-changing grand prize.
The judges get some very special help from their sons, who stop by the MASTERCHEF kitchen to judge the next mystery box challenge. The judges’ kids will choose the mystery box ingredients and help their dads pick the best and worst dishes.
In a field challenge, the remaining five home cooks visit a ranch where they will each prepare one Southern-inspired dish as part of a special summer luncheon for local charity volunteers. Guest judge Paula Deen will determine which two home cooks will immediately advance to the Top Four, while the bottom three contestants will face a pressure test that will end the competition for one home cook.
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The judges' kids visit.
The home cooks prepare a southern luncheon.
In the next team challenge, home cooks take over WP24, a fine-dining, downtown Los Angeles restaurant, and are tasked to re-create some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, including appetizers and entrees. With limited time to prep, cook and serve a discerning group of diners, the pressure is on in the kitchen, and the judges and the diners have a tough decision to determine the winning team. Later, the losing team faces elimination in another heated pressure test, where the remaining contestants must execute a perfect plate of fried calamari with a side of marinara sauce. Find out which contestant is sent home after another emotional elimination.
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