I admit I watch all the cooking competition on the major networks. And last night for the first time MasterChef had a two hour celebrity special.
Kaitlin Doubleday v. Ta’Rhonda Jones (both from Empire)
They have an Empire themed box. It’s pretty much all high end luxury foods, lobster, champagne, etc. Kairlin claims to be making a buerre blanc sauce. If true, she really downplayed her culinary knowledge. For some reason I am already bored by this show. It is frantically edited and the audience annoys me. Ta’Rhonda starts murdering her filet way too early. Kaitlin has serious knife skills. She totally underplayed her skills. Her lobster was a bit overcooked. Ta’Rhonda pulls out the win.
Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca v. Boris Kodjoe and his wife Nicole
The couples have to work in a tag team to create 12 cupcakes in one hour. Both couples are very competitive. Boris and his wife are making German chocolate with Nutella. Oddly, Nutella is a sponsor and they did not mention the brand of “chocolate hazelnut spread” they are using by brand. Terry and his wife are doing some sort of movie theater candy theme with unidentified flavors.
Boris leaps over the counter and does a major wipeout during the tag in. Still his team seems to know the most about what they are doing. Until Boris used granulated sugar for the frosting. His wife had to make it over with confectioners sugar. Until she didn’t have time to Boris does it. They also seemed to abandon the Nutella entirely. Oh wait, it was in their frosting. Their cupcakes won by a mile. But since they are close friends, Boris and his wife decide to split the money with the Crews.
Gigi Hadid v. Devon Windsor (Battle of the Victoria Secret models)
Basically, this is the reason I am recapping this show. Gigi has been on six Vogue covers (worldwide) in the past year. She says she is a big foodie and when she signed with her modeling agency she said she wanted to be on MasterChef. Kind of surprising for someone whose mother suggests one and a half almonds for a meal. Gigi is playing for The Global Lyme Alliance. Gigi gets very emotional discussing how her mother, brother and sister are all affected by Lyme disease. Anwar is in the audience. No sign of Bella or Yolanda.
Devon is playing for St Louis Children’s Hospital because they cure kids who have diseases. Yep, she’s a model. Gigi’s signature dish is a burger, Devon’s is a pasta. For some reason I feel like I have seen this show before but that doesn’t seem possible. Both girls brought in their own ingredients. Christina has to run out to stop Gigi from using the mandolin without the safety guard. Both dishes were beautifully plated and amazing. Gigi won. As someone mentioned to me today, perhaps Yolanda is now pushing of Gigi to get the lifestyle show that Yolanda wanted?
Then three former Masterchef winners ( Claudia, Luca and the blind winner Christine ) took on three current Masterchef Junior contestants (Addison, Zac and Amaya).
I hope this is not a spoiler that Avery doesn’t make the finals on MasterChef Junior. We will find out this Friday. She’s sort of a long shot and the final two are likely Zac and Addison, but I would love to see Avery win even though I like all the other kids too. I suppose if she had won she would have been there. Well, unless she is on tour. The kids are playing for Food on Foot.
Christine is now a judge on Masterchef Vietnam. They are playing for the LA Food Banks.
They all have to make Gordon’s Salmon Wellington. They will be cooking as three member tag teams. Both teams did well the adults did a better job. And they actually won. I thought they might give the win to the kids just because, but they did not.