The judges wake up the contestants from their hotel rooms at 3:30 am. Oh, it must be such a treat to be shown on camera at that time. The judges say the contestants need to learn what it means to be a hotel breakfast cook, but I think they just like to surprise everyone in the middle of the night. Still, this was a lot of fun to watch and I loved seeing Christine, the blind home chef, kicking butt.
Christine and Josh are the team captains tonight. Gordon tells them that they should each choose an expediter to make sure the 130 breakfast orders on each team get going. The guests have pre-ordered breakfast, which includes choices of oatmeal, fruit salad, eggs and more, and it has to be served at 7am. Josh selects Monti, while Christine picks Felix.
It turns out that the two expediters have completely different styles. Monti is yelling constantly at everyone in both English and Spanish, while Felix is super quiet. Gordon goes over and barks at Felix to start communicating.
Things get hairy
Joe heads up to some of the rooms at the Radisson to see if the guests are enjoying the breakfast dishes. So far, Josh's blue team's dishes are getting perfect reviews. The red team gets one complaint about a lack of flavor. Gordon finds some portion issues on the blue team after plating. The breakfasts cost $18, so yeah, there should be more than five blueberries on the plate. Then a big complaint comes in for the blue team which doesn't help them. It's a hair in the food. Yuck.
After breakfast, when the guest voting is completed, Joe says the split is 60/40. The winner is Christine's red team. Christine is happy, but Felix is downright relieved at not having to do the Pressure Test. It's the losing blue team who will have that honor. Joe chooses David to escape the Pressure Test, while Graham picks Frank. Gordon's pick to be safe is Monti. Good, I like her. Ryan is another story and he has the nerve to say David has "negative energy in the kitchen." No, that would be you, Ryan.
Mmm, the Pressure Test challenge is to bake lava cakes. The chocolate filling must be flowing nicely and neither runny nor congealed. The contestants start flying with the flour, sugar, chocolate and other ingredients already at their stations.
Anna thinks she has it nailed and Gordon agrees. Josh's lava cake is nicely sprinkled with powdered sugar. Ryan is still plating when the time clock has only ten seconds left. He has to carry over a big hot mess as his lava cake cannot hold its shape. It's downright mind boggling that even after all that, Ryan is still referring to himself as a "magician in the kitchen."
Make yourself disappear
Josh and Anna are called up to be told their lava cakes are suitable, so they can join the others up on the balcony. Ryan and Tali are still standing under fire as theirs are the worst cakes. Tali calls he and Ryan a "dream team" but no, they are a nightmare. After Chef Ramsay's prodding as to who should go home, Ryan volunteers his apron as the one who deserves to leave over Tali. Tali is grateful and heads upstairs.
What did you think of Master Chef tonight?