DareDevil is making a Thai crab salad for her app, a braised pork belly for her entree, and a coconut and lime sorbet with a ginger tuile for dessert.
They scurry back out of the pantry, and into the spaceship kitchen, and the cooking has officially begun. The crowd is really into it…
You’d think that Stace-aholic was watching a cage fight.
Man, that would be an awesome twist to the MasterChef finale, wouldn’t it? I mean, even if they were simply cooking in a cage, it’d be cool. Like way more epic.
The judges are hoping that the contestants show a little of their roots, but also demonstrate their evolution. I think both are attempting that. For Josh, the pecan pie is still pretty damn Southern, as is anything (lobster included) and grits, but the rack of lamb w/ green curry is not at all. For Daredevil, obviously there’s the Thai crab salad, but she’s branching out more w/ the braised pork belly.
Did Josh just say he was making a bacon-pecan pie? Holy crap. The judges fear that all three of his courses may well be too heavy, but they’ll have to wait and see.
Bastage tells the other two judges that DareDevil’s chosen techniques are probably driven by her handicap, since she can’t see a perfectly medium rare rack of lamb, so she’s steaming and braising things so she doesn’t have to worry about that.
Gordie stops by to check on Josh. As always, he’s feeling confident. Otherwise, there’s nothing really valuable in their little conversation.
Bastage and TG head over to check on DareDevil. Ok, so does it bother anyone else that Bastage always tells DareDevil it’s him when he stops by? He and TG both say “hi” right away already, so why does he say “it’s Bastage and TG?”
“I can hear TG’s labored breathing, and Bastage, I can hear how shiny your head is.”
Bastage, when back w/ TG and Gordie, compares the entrees, stating that it’s “starred European restaurant food” vs “hawker stand street food.” I feel like Bastage has already made up his mind.
At the halfway point, the judges make another round. Bastage is SHOCKED at the idea of Josh putting bacon in his pecan pie crust. He suddenly seems to be taking a step back, and is a little worried about Josh’s dessert.
Now only 30 minutes left! And then Josh commits a grievous foul. He purees his lobster, shell and all, and according to the judges, probably ruins his appetizer.
Bastage is starting to regret his pick…
Josh says he knows what he’s doing, that putting the lobster shell in the blender will extract all the flavor from the lobster, and he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. Including the judges, apparently.
Becky apparently is the color commentator for the evening. I think she’s pulling for Josh, but she has plenty of things to say about how great both dishes look just so we know she knows what she’s talking about.