The guest judge for MasterChef 2016 was a top Latin Judge,  Aaron Sanchez and Claudia Sandova, the reigning MasterChef champion. The MasterChef box was filled with Latin-inspired ingredients.

Claudia and Aaron cooked with the MasterChef home cooks contestants. Alejandro was the obvious choice for having an impressive dish, since he’s Venezuelan. And Andrea is a first generation Cuban American, so she was excited about the challenge.

The judges were impressed with Alejandro’s presentation of Arepas Three Ways. He used two different proteins and transformed the ingredients into  a dish that played homage to his homeland.

The judges were also impressed with Tanorria’s creation. She made a roasted shrimp with poblano creamed corn and avocado crema

Andrea’s dish was impressive, as well. She won the previous mystery box challenge. The judges liked her Spot Prawn Al Ajillo with grilled cactus and stuffed poblano.

Tanorria won the mystery box competition, and she had a few advantages as a result Tanorria got to choose between three desserts for the challenges that everyone had to cook. Pies, puddings, and puffs.

This is not going to be an easy decision, but I know one of those desserts, there are so many technical errors that can go wrong, it’s going to really show who’s really strong and who’s really weak.

Tannoria

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Tannoria didn’t have to cook in the challenge. She chose pie.  Tannoria was also able to spare three cooks from elimination.

She spared David, Diana, and Diamond.

 

Brandi made a Granny Smith apple and cheddar cheese pie with maple bacon and pecans and her pie was the first that they judges tasted.

Terry made a great blueberry pie that the judges loved.

Gordon Ramsey told Brittany that her strawberry and rhubarb pied looked lovely, but tasted bland..

Terry made a great blueberry pie that the judges loved.

Gordon Ramsey told Brittany that her strawberry and rhubarb pied looked lovely, but tasted bland.

“There’s nothing more disappointing than to see something that looks lovely and tastes bland,” he said. “You got me up. You just kicked me in the nuts. Her dish had watery strawberries, rhubarb and an undercooked base”

 

Brandi made a Granny Smith apple and cheddar cheese pie with maple bacon and pecans and her pie was the first that they judges tasted.

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I hope those kids are in bed and not watching this,” Gordon said.

“They are watching this,” Brandi said.

You let them watch horror movies? Because that scares the crap out of me.

 

Gordon Ramsey

There’s nothing more disappointing than to see something that looks lovely and tastes bland. You got me up. You just kicked me in the nuts. Her dish had watery strawberries, rhubarb and an undercooked base.

Gordon Ramsey

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Terry made a great blueberry pie that the judges loved.

But Gordon Ramsey told Brittany that her strawberry and rhubarb pied looked lovely, but tasted bland.

Terry won the dessert challenge. Brittany, Eric, and Brandi were called to the front, and Eric was asked to leave.

 

Terry won the dessert challenge. Brittany, Eric, and Brandi were called to the front, and Eric was asked to leave.

Tonight your pie had some big mistakes. Concept and execution both let you down. Eric, I’m sorry to say you need to say goodbye.

Tonight your pie had some big mistakes. Concept and execution both let you down. Eric, I’m sorry to say you need to say goodbye.

Christina Rosi

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