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Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich put a new batch of talented home cooks through a series of challenges and elimination rounds.
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  • Season 8 Finale And the Winner is...

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    Season 8 Finale  And the Winner is... There are three home cooks that made it into the finale for season eight of MasterChef. Eboni, an addiction counselor from Chicago, Dino, a dancer from Brooklyn, and Jason, a music teacher from Massachusetts head into the finale with high hopes of winning the $250,000 and the MasterChef trophy. Back for the season 8 finale is former MasterChef judge Joe Bastianich. Things heat up real quick, but only one is crowned the winner.

    The Appetizer
    The chefs are introduced, Joe is brought out and the rules are put in place. All of the season 8 contestants are there to cheer Eboni, Dino and Jason on. In addition, their families are there to see them cook the best dishes of their lives. They get 10 minutes to shop in the pantry for ingredients to make four plates of an appetizer, entree and dessert.
    Sixty minutes are put on the clock, and the three get to work. There is some question about Jason's uni custard, as with just five mi...
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  • How Many Tears Are Shed In the Final Challenges?

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    How Many Tears Are Shed In the Final Challenges? The top six contestants on season 8 of MasterChef are brought to tears before a challenge even starts in "Something Fishy." But it's those happy tears that drive the chefs to create some special dishes in a mystery box challenge. Still, two won't make it out of the elimination challenge. In "The Semi-Finals," the top four compete to make it into the finals and things get really heated.

    An Emotional Mystery Box Challenge
    Being away from one's family is tough for all of the MasterChef contestants, but as they remain in the top six, they are the ones that have been kept away the longest. So of course, the judges play with their emotions by placing letters of encouragement written by loved ones in the mystery boxes. Their task is to create a MasterChef-worthy dish inspired by their family members. After five minutes in the pantry, the chefs head back to their stations to find their family members waiting for them.
    Having their...
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  • The Judges Make a Shocking Decision During the Souffle Pressure Test

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    The Judges Make a Shocking Decision During the Souffle Pressure Test There are a lot of tears on season 8 of MasterChef. In "Chopsticks & Pasta," someone in the top seven is sent home, but Gordon and Aaron assure that person that the MasterChef kitchen won't be the end of their cooking journey. In "Pop-Up Restaurant," the judges have a very, very difficult decision to make during the pressure test. But what they decide may shock you!

    Chopsticks Mystery Box
    Inside the mystery boxes are chopsticks, so the top seven must create an Asian-inspired dish with their own spin on it. They have 60 minutes to make something imaginative and not something from a take-out box. The three dishes the judges ultimately try are Dino's cream cheese-shrimp wonton with massaman curry and basmati rice, Jason's pork and prawn dumplings with roasted shrimp broth and Jeff's Vietnamese filet mignon pho with pork meatball in a beef broth.
    Christina and Gordon love Dino's dish. Gordon says it's exactly like him, it's so wr...
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  • Will Jeff's Anger Cost Him the Truffle Pressure Test?

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    Will Jeff's Anger Cost Him the Truffle Pressure Test? The top nine are really bringing the heat into and outside of the MasterChef kitchen in season 8. In "A Mexican Tag Team Challenge," eight of the contestants are paired up for an elimination challenge which has some frustrated. While during "The Great Outdoors," brings the chefs outside for some old-fashioned, elevated, campground cooking.

    A Nostalgic Nutella Breakfast
    Before the chefs get paired up, the top nine compete in a Nutella mystery box challenge. Inside the box are items you would use to make a breakfast with Nutella, including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, hazelnuts and blood oranges. The contestants get one hour to make a stunning MasterChef-worthy breakfast that's reminiscent of their childhood. Most of the chefs are eager to work with Nutella, including Caitlin and Dino.
    There are no mishaps during the challenge, as it goes smoothly for all nine. When time is up, the judges try three dishes. First...
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  • Who Is Brought to Tears During a Gordon Ramsay Chicken Challenge?

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    Who Is Brought to Tears During a Gordon Ramsay Chicken Challenge? After the big cliffhanger, we find out whether Newton or Yachecia heads back to the MasterChef kitchen. The top 11 faces a skills test that throws one of the chefs into a panic attack, while the others are confident they will head to the balcony and make the top 10. The losers of the skills test face a dumpling challenge, where one chef is sent home. Later, the top 10 pair off during a chicken and potato challenge, which leads to a second elimination challenge that sends another chef packing.

    Crustaceans Crushers
    Shortly after the Vegas challenges, 10 of the home cooks head back to the MasterChef kitchen and eagerly await whether Newton or Yachecia will be joining them for the next skills challenge. Eventually, Yachecia walks in and they get instructions for the crawfish challenge.
    Gordon demonstrates how to properly remove the meat from the crawfish. And then the top 11 get 20 minutes to present as many perfectly removed crawfis...
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  • Whose Luck Runs out in the Vegas Pressure Test? The Answer Will Surprise You

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    Whose Luck Runs out in the Vegas Pressure Test? The Answer Will Surprise You MasterChef takes over Las Vegas as the Top 12 head to Caesars Palace to celebrate the luxury resort's 50th anniversary. But it's after the party where things really heat up in the make-shift MasterChef kitchen at Nobu Hotel as two chefs go head-to-head in a pressure test sure to leave any fan on the edge of their seats.

    A Celebration to Remember
    Heading into the team challenge, the Top 12 get dressed up for the Caesars Palace 50th anniversary party. They are tasked with creating a dish to wow some of the top entertainment and hospitality VIPs of Vegas, including season 7 winner, Shaun. The team captains are Dino and Daniel, as they won the previous challenge.
    Since Dino's dish was the best in the last challenge, he gets to choose his protein OR choose his team. The proteins are either sea bass or rib cap. Dino decides to pick his team, so Daniel picks his protein first. He chooses the fish, which makes Dino happy.
    Dino then ...
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  • Which Champion Returns to Inspire the Contestants?

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    Which Champion Returns to Inspire the Contestants? A sweet and savory ingredient trips up some of the best chefs in season eight of MasterChef during the elimination challenge. But first, in "The MasterChef Returns," the champion of season seven comes back to the kitchen for a mystery box challenge with ingredients that won him the competition.

    Welcome Back
    For the mystery box challenge, the judges and contestants welcome back Shaun O'Neale from season 7. For the past year, he's been traveling the world, including spending time on the MasterChef cruise and promoting his new cookbook. But for a little bit, he's back to his station in the MasterChef kitchen, cooking alongside the final 13 contestants of season 8.
    Shaun presents the mystery box ingredients to everyone, which includes pears, parsnips, butternut squash and venison tenderloin, which he cooked during the finale. During the 60 minutes, the chefs get to use a staple pantry box too to elevate their dishes...
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  • Who Flips Out During the Cannoli Challenge?

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    Who Flips Out During the Cannoli Challenge? There's 14 contestants left in season 8 of MasterChef, and as Gordon points out, the strong are getting stronger, and the weak are getting weeded out. And that's just what happens during the cannoli pressure test. And while just one person is sent home, I feel that three weak links should have been sent packing out of the MasterChef kitchen.

    What's In My Dish?
    Any great meal starts with great ingredients. So, the judges invited local food purveyors, who provide ingredients for the show (such as meat, fruits, dairy, spices and more) to the MasterChef kitchen for a meal cooked by the remaining contestants. The judges pick the youngest chefs (Caitlin and Adam) to lead the blue and red teams, respectively. Each captain gets to pick the members of their team. Caitlin picks Daniel, Cate, Jenny, Gabriel, Reba and Jason. Adam picks Brien, Eboni, Newton, Yechecia, Dino and Jeff.
    The ingredients for the dishes are from the guests ...
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  • Who Caves Under Pressure in the Restaurant Challenge?

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    Who Caves Under Pressure in the Restaurant Challenge? The team restaurant challenges on MasterChef really allow the contestants to become leaders in the kitchen. At times, I feel, it separates the more skilled chefs from the rest of the group. In "Breakfast, Lunch & Winner," Eboni really steps up her game when her team flounders. But how does Yachecia handle the pressure from her teammates when they start to fumble too?

    A High-Class Breakfast
    The top 16 chefs meet up with the judges at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills to take over its restaurant for the morning. The Belvedere not only caters to hotel guests, but some travel across cities for the food, so the contestants have their work cut out for them.
    Cate and Yachecia are crowned team captains. When asked about who they don't want on their teams, Cate says she doesn't want Jeff, while Yachecia says she doesn't want Jennifer. In the end though, it doesn't matter, as the remaining contestants get to pick which team they want to be o...
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  • Who Gets Silenced By the Lamb?

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    Who Gets Silenced By the Lamb? There seems to be a lot of Gordon Ramsay master classes in season eight of MasterChef. In "Silenced By the Lamb," Gordon demonstrates not once, but twice, to the top 17 contestants. In the skills test, Gordon shows the chefs how to French trim a rack of lamb. But just how many of the contestants actually pay attention to remain safe from the elimination challenge?

    Colorado's Finest Lamb
    The top 17 are treated to a Gordon demonstration of how to perform a French trim on a rack of lamb. He makes a point to really clean the bones to perfection. When he's done, the contestants get 20 minutes to replicate his performance. The ones who complete the challenge to the judges' standards are safe. The others will have to stay in the MasterChef kitchen and face an elimination challenge.
    Newton seems confident, as he mentions that he works with meat on his farm all the time. Eboni is also confident because she cooks lamb every Sunday, howeve...
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