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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Season 6 Top 20: Knotts’s Berry Farm And Cinnamon Buns 


  Last week, the Top 3 Cooks From The Mystery Box Challenge were:

Katrina, who cooked a Pork Schnitzel with Bacon and Braised Red Cabbage. It was an homage to her Slovanian – German heritage. 

Dan, who cooked a Savory Eclair with a Mushroom Filling.  It truly impressed Judge Christina Tosi

Hetal, who cooked a Coconut Curry Soup that made Judge Graham Elliott shout out positive obscenities. Ha!  

The winner of the Mystery Box Dish was Dan The Man!  He had the advantage of not having to cook in the upcoming elimination test, which was an Apple Pie, the true American Classic. 

But there was a twist here. Dan was given another advantage.   He was asked to fill a bag with apples and hand out apples to those he wished to save from this test. Kind of fun! 

We were then left with 9 cooks, 2 of would will be eliminated at the end of this Pressure Test.  

Granny Smith Green apples were used for this pie and the cooks were left to their own discretion in terms of the other ingredients they wished to use for their pie.  Each cook had a specific vision where they wished to take their pies. For instance, Olivia, almost eliminated a top crust for her pie  until Chef Gordon Ramsay persuaded her not to do so. Thank Heavens!  

And although Veronica made the most bizarre looking apple pie (it looked like a cake),  it was a hit with the judges. 

Christopher’s pie had bourbon and maple filling, but he included 5 tablespoons as a thickener – which stunned Chef Ramsay. However, it tasted fantastic.  

Olivia actually hated her own pie, flavoured with goat cheese and blueberries. Graham Elliott said the goat cheese was a bad decision and.Christina Tosi agreed. 

Derek incorporated brown sugar in his pie but he didn’t include enough apples. 

Steven and Charlie received generally  favourable reviews. 

Mateo made a ginger- caramel apple pie that sounded great on paper but the apples were too thick and the ginger over – powering.  

Sara made a caramel pecan Apple pie that looked and tasted phenomenal. Like really phenomenal. 

Brianna’s pie looked beautiful but the filling was watery – like apple soup (said Chef Christina).

Standout Apple Pie: Christopher

Bottom 3: Brianna, Mateo and Olivia.

Eliminated: Mateo and Brianna 

MCL Aside:  I wonder if they get to keep their aprons even though it appears on film that they don’t.  

This week, the cooks visit Knotts’s Berry Farm and compete to prepare the best crab dish with the winner gaining a significant advantage before the elimination.  Also the cooks must create versions of dishes using corn.  Mmm. I love corn but the crab?  Not so much. Let’s see if they can covert me, huh?  and  and cook Fish and Chips and Hamburgers. Sorry for the Mix – Up. Then, attack Cinnamon Buns. Yes, attack! 

Are there any cooks out there wishing to provide recaps for this great show? Let me know in the comments or Contact section. 

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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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