Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to today to witness 18 home cooks run around like crazies in order to avoid being reamed out by Gordon Ramsay in public. That’s right, people, it’s a MasterChef wedding – and in more ways than one. Not only are the Top 18 going to be catering a wedding, but that wedding is for MasterChef season 6 alum, Nick Nappi. Our boy Nick is getting married… tomorrow! He and his fiancée look very happy and in love, but who cares? Like most weddings, we’re just here for the food.
As last week’s winners, Nathan and Terry are deemed the team captains for this challenge. In a very tricky twist, Gordon announces that they will not be selecting their own teams, but rather the rest of the chefs are asked to pick a side and reveal which of their two captain options they’d prefer. It’s no surprise when the majority of home cooks flock to Terry’s side, but it is still upsetting to hear Nathan equate this ordeal to always being picked last in high school. (Terry has kind eyes, so I get where the other cooks are coming from.)
Well, we can’t have uneven teams for Nick’s big day, so Gordon makes Terry send three cooks over to Nathan’s team to even things out. It sounds like it would be super awkward, but like I said, there are kind eyes involved. Terry sends D’Andre, Shaun, and Alejandro mainly because he believes they’re big personalties who won’t be easy to work with. D’Andre and Shaun, I get, but Alejandro? He’s just a sweet boy who loves his mama!
Now that the teams are even, Terry’s Red Team and Nathan’s Blue Team can get to cooking. They have two courses to make, 150 mouths to feed, and a very short amount of time to do it. Oh, and, Gordon informs the cooks that there will be no Pressure Test following this challenge — someone on the losing team is going home based solely on their performance here. Weddings are so exciting, aren’t they?
Red Team: Pan-Seared Scallops with Asparagus and Lemon Buerre Blanc
Blue Team: Pan-Seared Scallops with Romanesco and Blood Orange Vinaigrette
The bride and groom asked for a scallops appetizer, and so a scallops appetizer they shall get! Almost immediately, the very different leadership styles between Terry and Nathan show: Terry is calm, collected, and willing to take input from his team while still remaining in charge. Nathan is mainly just yelling at people to be quiet. So, yes, the blue team is off to rough start in the appetizer round. Since scallops are delicate and don’t take much time to cook, timing is everything. When Gordon walks over and sees Barbara already searing the scallops before the ceremony has even started, he is understandably concerned. It is his first of many warnings to Nathan and the Blue Team that they need to regroup and focus. His warnings have a lot more curse words in it than that though. My favorite: “The speeches are about to start and I’m f—ing speechless.” Gordon is mad, you guys!
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With Nathan in a tailspin, Shaun attempts to take control of the situation, but problems continue to plague the Blue Team. They can’t plate fast enough, Barbara’s vinaigrette tastes terrible, some of the scallops are still raw… your basic team meltdown kind of stuff.
NEXT: To the main course!