[VIDEO]Cooking Masterclass Discussion For the Top 8: Wild And Wacky

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Last week’s show was a hoot and a half. The remaining 8 contestants on Masterchef were presented with an outdoors only cooking challenge. They had to cook a meal out in the wild, using no electricity, running water or appliances.

Once again, the contestants were divided into Teams and Team Leaders, Natasha and Bri were asked to choose their team members. Seems simple, right?

Well, no it wasn’t because after the teams were assimilated, Chef Gordon Ramsay asked the captains to switch teams. What a television moment that was!

Basically the Team Captains were now forced work with individuals whom they originally didn’t want on their teams. Yes, it was intense.

In the end, Natasha’s team won with their food presentation consisting of braised rabbit ragu with quail eggs pasta. It was yummy!

Bri’s Team lost with their final product consisting of roasted pigeon, which had been deboned, with fargo risotto and honey glazed carrots. It’s better than I could have done!!

Gordon says that cooking pigeons is more far more difficult than cooking rabbit, so there you have it!

And so, Bri’s team faced the pressure test – making chocolate eclairs. I tried this a few times. It is tedious work – not difficult – but tricky if one is not experienced.

One person from the blue team was declared safe by the red team and it was Krissi. Apparently, they felt that she was the weakest blockade in their race to the finale.

Luca said that “we are going to lose somebody big today” because all three (Jessie, Bri and Jordan) are front-runners.

Boy, some of these eclairs were raw and unattractive. Jessie’s first ever pressure test was a dismal failure as there was barely any filling in the eclairs.

In the end, however, Jordan and Jessie were declared “safe” and Bri, with her undercooked eclairs, was eliminated.

Wednesday July 31st’s Top 7 show is packed full of surprises according to Masterchef.Com:

“The “hunger games” takes on a new meaning when the home cooks travel to a remote field where they will split into two teams and compete in MASTERCHEF’s first-ever overnight challenge. The contestants will have only a limited box of supplies to cook for sustenance, as well as an impressive lunch for the judges. The winning team is safe from elimination, while the losing team faces an intimidating spun sugar dessert pressure test. Find out who comes out on top in a challenge that will test the survival of the fittest.

In the next mystery box challenge, the home cooks get a surprise visit and create a dish inspired by their loved ones. The home cook with the best dish will have an advantage in the elimination round and select the pairs of contestants who will compete in the tag-team sushi challenge. The teams will have one hour to recreate a plate of sushi with one cook preparing the dish at a time. The team with the least impressive sushi platter will face an emotional elimination”

Check out the video below and make sure you tune in at 8:00 PM on Fox. Two hours of just great entertainment and awesome food! And, oh yes, the stress, watching the cooks flitter about under the time constraints. Fun to watch, but not for them.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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