Every season of MasterChef sees our competitors coming together for more than one team challenge. And for Season 13, we are at our first team competition in “Trial by Fire: Field Competition.”
For this challenge, the MasterChef cooks need to whip up a meal for firefighters and emergency personnel taking part in a training exercise. There are 101 individuals that these chefs need to cook for. And there are two teams, with Jennifer pairing up the regions.
Jennifer, who is part of the South, decides that they are pairing up with the Midwest (they are the red team). This means the West and Northeast will be working together (they are the blue team). For the team captains we have Jennifer for the red team and Brynn is captain of the blue team.
The teams have 75 minutes to cook up these meals and they have 30 minutes before they have to present a sample plate to the judges. But of course, once they get into their kitchens this is where things fall apart (although not right away).
MasterChef takes on their first field challenge in episode 7
Some of the challenges the teams are contending with include the wind, timing, the heat on the grill, etc… Plus, we also have some very strong personalities on the teams, which is always an added challenge for the teams.
During the judges tasting, the blue team had some faults, but they pointed out that there was some potential. And at the same time, it also felt like Brynn was a little flustered by the notes, as Gordon Ramsey had to ask her to slow down a bit.
For the red team, the meat seemed to be a win, but the mashed potatoes were still raw. And the judges were not happy.
After judges feedback, both teams needed to chat with each other to get things turned around. But even watching from the sidelines, the judges are still seeing problems in each kitchen. And based on what we are seeing, this spells problems for when it comes time to actually feed the 101 guests.
On the red team, there are cold carrots and Gordon isn’t happy. And the blue team is apparently not getting their meat cooked all the way, in fact they had raw pork chops sent back to the kitchen. So from the start of the service, the cooks are struggling to get things served the way they should be.
With so many issues getting things cooked in the kitchen, they are not only getting backed up, but Gordon is having to tell everyone what they need to do. This means that the team captains are failing to really lead their teams.
Honestly, seeing Gordon Ramsay throwing a steak at the wall and asking someone to care was definitely not something you want to see in a challenge like this. And yet, that’s exactly what we got.
In the red kitchen they ended up running out of mashed potatoes before they can serve everyone. And they served raw steaks to some people. Over on the blue team, it seems like there were some dry pork chops, some raw chops, and they actually ran out of time before they could finish serving the entire dining room.
For the blue team, not serving everyone was definitely a failure when it came to this particular challenge.
At the end of the challenge, the firefighters and emergency responders voted for their favorite dish. So which team came out on top in the voting?
The red team ended up winning this challenge, which made sense since they ended up serving all of their dishes, which gave them an edge in the voting too.
Following the announcement of who won the challenge, it is time for the judges to send someone home. And after a difficult service, the person going home from the blue team was Ryan, since he was the person on the grill.
Do you think the MasterChef judges made the right choice?