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'Masterchef:' And then there were 20 cooks

Chef Joe Bastianich judge on Masterchef
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The first Mystery Box challenge was played out on Monday’s episode of “Masterchef”, and not only would the winner receive a huge advantage for the elimination challenge, but also at least 1 home cook would go home. The Mystery Box contained ingredients suitable for a fabulous dessert, all the cooks hoped their creation would propelled to a win, and as the judges went around tasting and observing, it became apparent where some excelled and others faltered.

Then judgment time came and the first 2 cooks were called to the front, Cutter and Astrid, and then 2 more cooks were called Courtney and Willie, chef Ramsay then pointed out that 1 of these sets have the best and the other have the worse, and at the bottom were Cutter and Astrid and this last cook was eliminated. That meant that the best was between Courtney and Willie, and Courtney was the winner of the Mystery Box challenge and she received the advantage first of not cooking on the elimination challenge, second, she would choose what the others would need to cook between cheeseburger, meatballs, or meatloaf, and third, she would save 10 other cooks from cooking as well.

The choice was meatloaf and she saved those whom she felt she could defeat later on in the competition. The varieties of meatloaf were traditional, but some were just outrageous to even look at and frightening to imagine what they tasted, such as the Oriental version of meatloaf that Dan prepared, or the meatloaf with couscous and blue cheese sauce courtesy of Stephani, and there was Whitney’s Asian style meatloaf with a mango glaze…

The top dishes belonged to Francis, Daniel, Christine, and Willie, the bottom 3 were Dan, Stephani, and Whitney, this last one was the second contestant eliminated last night; that means there are 20 cooks in the running, and there are several who could easily take the grand prize, this is going to be a fascinating season.

“Masterchef” runs on Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.

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