Tonight, more than 100 cowboys and cowgirls in Horse Town, USA, gather for the “MasterChef” rodeo, where the top 14 chefs divide into two teams to create the best steak and sides. . The team that fails to meet cowboy standards faces elimination in the all-new “Cooking for Horse Town USA” episode of “MasterChef” airing Wednesday, August 3 (8:00-9:01 p.m.). ET/PT) on Fox. Follow our “MasterChef” Season 12 Episode 10 recap below.
Season 12 of “MasterChef” is all about redemption, when All-Star contestants from the past 11 seasons return to the show to see if they’ve learned from their past mistakes. For the first time ever, “MasterChef” reopens the door to some of the most memorable and talented cooks in the competition’s history, including two “Junior Edition” cooks who are now competing as adults. Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Bastianich return as judges.
Meet the Top 20 Returning Cooks in Season 12
20:00 — Previously on “MasterChef”! The top 15 were challenged to replicate delicious desserts in a ‘Bake to Win’ smackdown. Tommy Walton ultimately failed to impress the judges and the 59-year-old was sent back to Chicago in 15th place after finishing 7th in Season 6. Meanwhile, Dara Yu won the challenge, earning an immunity pin for tonight. But enough about last week, let’s see who can impress the judges tonight!
8:05 p.m. – Things look like a small country as home cooks arrive at the “MasterChef” rodeo. The judges arrive in a horse-drawn carriage and reveal tonight’s team challenge: Feed over 100 cowboys and cowgirls. After landing in the Bottom 3 last week, Bri Baker and Shelly Flash seek redemption when Gordon appoints them team captains. Shelly’s blue team is made up of Brandi Mudd, green christian, Amanda Saab, Willie Mike, Emilie Hallock and Shanika Patterson. Bri’s red team includes Fred Chang, Dara Yu, Michael Silverstein, Gabriel Lewis, Derrick Fox and Bowen Li. Derrick is a bit salty at being picked so late and says if Shelly had put her ego aside, she might have done well today. Will Shelly regret not choosing her season 6 teammate who won a similar team challenge back then?
8:10 p.m. — Today’s menu consists of bone-in steaks, but the teams have to find a starch, two vegetables and a fantastic sauce themselves. The judges must see 101 dishes in total. Whoever wins the most votes from the guests will win this contest. Someone from the losing team will be eliminated. They’ll cook on blazing open fire grills so they can cook like cowboys do. Bri rallies her team to come up with a menu, determined to bounce back after landing in the bottom three on three occasions. The red team looks ready to rumble. Strong Blue Team personalities are already clashing (Christian seems like he’d rather be anywhere but here).
8:25 p.m. – Derrick’s biggest concern on the red team is that Bri isn’t assertive enough. He kind of takes over the kitchen early on and starts telling people what to do. Gordon steps in and shows Bri how to divide and conquer. He’s unimpressed with how the team has been split up, leaving Dara alone chopping an endless pile of yams while others mull over a simple coleslaw. The red team will serve grilled rib eye with honey bourbon barbecue sauce, coleslaw, maple yams and grilled chipotle corn. The judges praise the doneness of the steak, but there are too many apples in the coleslaw. Meanwhile, on the blue team, Christian is upset that Shelly told him to check the temperature of the steaks before plating them. He finds it disrespectful that she even consider the possibility that he undercooked the meat. Christian is a drama queen! To his credit, he cooked the steak perfectly. Shelly isn’t bothered by her temper like many others are.
8:30 p.m. — The blue team serves New York Strip Steak with compound butter, BBQ beans, baked Brussels sprouts and coleslaw. Gordon says there must be a crispy doneness to the steak. The beans are delicious, but the coleslaw needs to be spiced up. Compound butter is not interesting enough. A better sauce (as Brandi suggested earlier) is needed. Rather than making a new sauce, it looks like Shanika is just going to add rosemary to the compound butter. It doesn’t look promising.
8:40 p.m. — During the first sightings, the red team is much more organized than the blue team, but suddenly Gabe starts to overheat near the grill. Gordon orders him to drink plenty of water and cool off. Bowen takes over the Grilled Corn Station, but he doesn’t understand the basics of corn seasoning. Frustrated, Gordon shows her. While on the blue team, Shelly had Brandi sweeten the beans, going against Willie’s recommendation. Gordon tastes them and instantly says they are way too sweet. Shelly is in the wrong place right now, and Brandi is frustrated that her neck is now in danger for messing up the beans. Finally, the guests arrive and it’s time to serve steaks.
8:45 p.m. – Gordon starts throwing Bowen’s cold corn across the rodeo stadium. He’s asking for hot corn for the cowboys! Bowen recovers, but clearly corn isn’t his thing. Joe and Aaron walk around asking the diners’ opinion. The first votes are divided. In the meantime, it is the personalities that are shared within the Blue Team. Shanika is sick of hearing Brandi complain about Brussels sprouts and everything. “If she cries today, I swear to God,” Shanika whispers to herself. On the red team, Gabriel is back at work and seems healthy. The only thing Derrick worries about is making Shelly pay for not picking him on his team. His goal is to cook 101 perfect steaks and send him packing.
9:01 p.m. – The people eating seem to like the red team steaks and the blue team side dishes (aside from the tasteless butter). The steak should be the hero here, so it looks like the red team has the advantage. The votes are counted and the red team has won. The judges take a few minutes to deliberate before giving low marks to Shelly for her lack of voice, Brandi for being “everywhere” and Amanda for making coleslaw. In the end, Shelly is eliminated. It was a tough challenge, and the 38-year-old from Brooklyn didn’t strategize about picking the right dish. Then she failed to select and manage a functional team. Shelly still feels blessed to have had the opportunity to come back for a second chance.