The hunt is on for chefs looking to represent their region of the country during MasterChef Season 13, United Tastes of America. And in the second round of competition, it is all about the Midwest.
For this episode, our MasterChef judges have brought back another judge in their TV family, Graham Elliot. Elliott has been a judge for both MasterChef Junior, and our classic MasterChef season, so it just makes sense to have him return as a guest judge for the regional heats. And since he is an expert in midwestern cuisine, it really does make sense that he is their guest judge for this round of cooking.
After the Northeast was able to earn five aprons (which leaves 15 aprons to be handed out), it should be interesting to see how the Midwest handles the competition. And right off the bat, the very first chef to cook for the judges earns a MasterChef apron. It’s a strong start to the Midwest competition.
Graham Elliott is the guest judge for the Midwest regional on MasterChef
A but surprisingly, even the second chef who goes before the judges ends up with an apron, and it all came down to Joe Bastianich (Gordon Ramsay was a no). Honestly, it was a very strong start for not only this group of chefs, but the Midwest in general.
While the third chef to go before the judges did not earn an apron, he was invited back by Gordon Ramsay to try again on next year’s MasterChef. With the next two chefs, it was a no as well. But then the sixth chef got a yes. And according to Joe, after handing out three aprons, there are only two left for the Midwest chefs.
Right away, the seventh chef, who actually owns a media company, walks away with an apron too after cooking an elk dish that earned him four yeses.
With only one apron left, our judges are being even more critical of the final dishes. And they were able to find one more chef to hand an apron to. And this means that the Midwest has delivered five chefs to compete for the United Tastes of America MasterChef title.