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MasterChef Season 9 Episodes

23 Episodes 2018 - 2018

Season 9 of the reality show sees the return of judges Gordon Ramsey, Aarón Sanchez and Joe Bastianich, who replaces Christina Tosi. Starting from this season, each of the three judges handpicks the 8 cooks that they want on their team: in the event that a cook is chosen by more than one chef, the contended cook gets to choose their mentor. The 24 contestants then go on to compete against each other to avoid elimination and reach the final episode, when the MasterChef is chosen and awarded a cash prize of $250,000.

Episode 1

The Judges Do Battle

Wed, May 30, 2018 60 mins

Part 1 of 2. The Season 9 premiere: Forty-three of America's finest home cooks compete in the Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will face off against each other to earn a spot in the Top 24. This season brings a new twist: Judges Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez and Joe Bastianich each will have eight aprons to hand out to the home cooks whom they deem worthy.

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Episode 2

The Judges Do Battle, Part 2

Wed, May 30, 2018 60 mins

Conclusion. Forty-three of America's finest home cooks compete in the Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will face off against each other to earn a spot in the Top 24. This season brings a new twist: Judges Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez and Joe Bastianich each will have eight aprons to hand out to the home cooks whom they deem worthy.

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Episode 3

The Judges Do Battle, Pt. 3

Wed, Jun 6, 2018 60 mins

Forty-three of America's finest home cooks compete in the Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will face off against each other to earn a spot in the Top 24.

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Episode 4

Home State Heroes

Wed, Jun 6, 2018 60 mins

In the first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 24 must prep, cook and plate one dish featuring an ingredient unique to each of their home states.

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Episode 5

Gordon Ramsay Masterclass

Wed, Jun 13, 2018 60 mins

In the first skills test of the season, Gordon Ramsay teaches the home cooks how to properly break down a crab, before the contestants must replicate his work. The contestants whose skills don't cut it, face an elimination challenge during which Ramsay will show them how to make his signature Crab Benedict dish.

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Episode 6

Trouble Brewing

Wed, Jun 20, 2018 60 mins

The Top 20 venture out of the kitchen and head to the historic Anheuser Busch brewery in Los Angeles for their first team challenge of the season. The two teams must cook a beer-infused lunch for more than 100 employees at the brewery who will each place a vote on his or her favorite dish. The team that receives the least amount of votes will head back to the kitchen for a banana cream pie pressure test that will determine who will be eliminated.

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Episode 7

World Cup Dishes

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 60 mins

The contestants face a mystery box challenge where they must create a dish using one common ingredient—walnuts. The winner will receive three huge advantages. Later, the kitchen welcomes American soccer legend and Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, who will introduce a street food-themed elimination challenge that involves popular food among soccer fans in various countries.

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Episode 8

A Gordon Ramsay Wedding

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 60 mins

The contestants cook for "MasterChef" Season 7 winner Shaun O'Neale's wedding, which Gordon Ramsay officiates. After splitting into two teams, the home cooks have limited time to prepare and cook 51 appetizers and 51 entrees for guests in attendance.

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Episode 9

The Big Not Easy

Wed, Jul 18, 2018 60 mins

The contestants face a mystery box filled with fresh seafood and must create a dish using two items from it. The chefs who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge and be asked to upgrade one of the most popular frozen dinner dishes, Salisbury Steak.

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Episode 10

Rise or Fall

Wed, Jul 25, 2018 60 mins

The remaining home cooks pair up for a skills test to create a restaurant-quality dish featuring five ingredients—only to leave one contestant without a pair. The contestant cooking solo gets a huge advantage in the challenge and gets the opportunity to cook alongside his-her mentor.The chefs who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge and create the ever-challenging cheese soufflé in just 40 minutes.

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Episode 11

The Kids Are Alright

Wed, Aug 1, 2018 60 mins

The Top 14 contestants are split into two teams to compete in a fine dining challenge and are to cook 39 dishes for a group of very discerning judges who have big expectations. Contestants are surprised when diners are revealed and forced to scramble and alter their dishes to accommodate the guests. Ultimately the winning team's recipe will be printed in Family Circle Magazine. The losing team will compete in a cupcake pressure test with special guest and pastry chef Christina Tosi.

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Episode 12

Frying Tonight

Wed, Aug 8, 2018 60 mins

The Top 13 contestants face a mystery box challenge with a stockpot and cooking oil and are tasked with making a dish that features a deep-fried element. An extra layer of pressure is put on the contestants as the judges cook alongside them. The winner of the challenge receives a major advantage in the elimination challenge—a citrus-centered dish.

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Episode 13

Just for the Halibut

Wed, Aug 15, 2018 60 mins

The Top 12 face their third skills test and replicate the proper way to break down a halibut. Those who fail to impress the judges are then tasked with creating a stunning original dish using their broken-down fish. Some contestants yield a bountiful filet, while others offer up a poor portion of protein.

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Episode 14

Sky's the Limit

Wed, Aug 22, 2018 60 mins

The remaining home cooks split into two teams and are tasked with serving 100 dishes to hungry airmen in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the March Air Reserve Base.

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Episode 15

Tag Team

Wed, Aug 22, 2018 60 mins

The contestants compete in the dreaded Tag Team Challenge.

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Episode 16

American Heroes

Wed, Aug 29, 2018 60 mins

The eight remaining home cooks divide into two teams and race against the clock to serve restaurant-quality dishes to 25 California firefighters.

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Episode 17

Waste Not Want Not

Wed, Aug 29, 2018 60 mins

The seven remaining contestants face a Mystery Box challenge filled with waste—literally. The home cook who makes the best dish from food scraps will be safe in the elimination challenge, during which they'll take on another Mystery Box Challenge—but, this time, with all the best and freshest ingredients.

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Episode 18

Restaurant Takeover

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 60 mins

The Top Six face the Restaurant Takeover Challenge at Providence in Los Angeles. The home cooks split into two teams and must feed a dining room filled with 48 guests.

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Episode 19

Cooking With Heart

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 60 mins

The remaining five home cooks receive a heart-warming mystery box challenge, in which the contestants will create a dish inspired by their loved-ones. The home cook who prepares the best dish will receive a major advantage in the elimination test.

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Episode 20

Battle of the Beef

Wed, Sep 12, 2018 60 mins

The Top Five home cooks face a series of pressure-filled skills tests using an incredibly common protein—beef. The judges will decide which contestant will claim a safe spot on the balcony and who will face another culinary test.

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Episode 21

The Semi Final

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 60 mins

The final four are split into two teams, and will need to cook one incredible entrée for the judges' mentors, chefs Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Waxman and Lidia Bastianich.

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Episode 22

Finale, Part 1

Wed, Sep 19, 2018 60 mins

Part 1 of 2. The three remaining home cooks face their final challenge when they are each asked to prepare a three-course menu for the judges. The home cook with the best overall menu will be crowned the winner.

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Episode 23

Finale, Part 2

Wed, Sep 19, 2018 60 mins

Conclusion. In the Season 9 finale, the three remaining home cooks face their final challenge when they are each asked to prepare a three-course menu for the judges. The home cook with the best overall menu will be crowned the winner.

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