The 20 home cooks prepared for their first challenge on MasterChef on June 15, 2016 on Fox. For this episode, in which Wolfgang Puck was the guest judge, the cooks prepared a dish for the celebrity chef.
Inside their first MasterChef mystery box was a box full of potatoes. The home cooks had 60 minutes to make a MasterChef-worthy dish primarily out of the potatoes. Of course, they also had the kitchen available with gourmet supplies, proteins and vegetables.
Bill Travers, the oldest contestant on the show, had a late start in making his potato pancakes.
The person who cooked the worst dish had to turn in his or her white apron.
Nathan Barnhouse, 20, was asked to step forward, because his twice baked potato with caramelized onion bacon and potato puree was going to get tasted. Wolfgang Puck said that his potato looked like it had already been eaten.
You have a long way to go,” Wolfgang Puck said.
“It looks sad. Inside is a bit strange. The puree is wet. The cauliflower is sort of smelly, like a dirty sock is in there, and the purple potato almost tastes sort of under cooked. Nathan was one of the youngest chefs on the show.
Cassie Peterson, 25 was next.
“Never has anyone said, This is the worst,” she said.
Christine Tosi, co-host and co-judge with Gordon Ramsay said that Cassie’s meal was too ordinary and commonplace.
Wolfgang Puck said that he wouldn’t eat the meal if it was served to him. He told her that color was very important. Cassie’s meal was primarily brown.
Bill, 62, was next. Wolfgang Puck told him that he had to bake his potatoes longer, but his bacon was good. Gordon Ramsay was worried that his dish, potato pancakes and bacon, was not imaginative.
Cassie was sent home. Gordon Ramsay said that her potatoes were just awful.
Andrea, the 21-year-old student from Miami won the first challenge, so Andrea didn’t have to cook in the elimination challenge. She also had the opportunity to save half of the home cooks from elimination. She saved half of the women, and they all went to the top of balcony to watch the first elimination challenge.
Gordon Ramsay’s 3-Michelin-Star
Yukon gold scaled halibut
Caramelized sweet potatoes
A parsnip puree
Sugar snapped peas and garlic flowers
Nathan was called up to the front again. This time, Chef Ramsay told him that his dish was stunning. He only needed carrots and a bit more sauce to nail the replication task.
Bill’s dish had no sauce and Israeli couscous instead of cauliflower couscous.
Terry Mueller got an honorable mention for his technique, but Nathan won the challenge. The two of them became team captains for the next challenge.
D’Andre Balaoing food was devoid of potential and finesse, so he was called to the front, and Gordon and Christina told Bill that it looked like he was lost. Bill was asked to leave the kitchen and was eliminated from the competition, but 25-year-old D’Andre was still in the running.
Bill was told that he was too set in his ways.