MasterChef season 13 eliminations: Who was eliminated tonight? (August 23, 2023)

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Judge Aarón Sánchez, host/judge Gordon Ramsay and judge Joe Bastianich. MASTERCHEF premieres Wednesday, May 24 on FOX. © 2019 FOXMEDIA LLC. Cr: FOX.
MASTERCHEF: L-R: Judge Aarón Sánchez, host/judge Gordon Ramsay and judge Joe Bastianich. MASTERCHEF premieres Wednesday, May 24 on FOX. © 2019 FOXMEDIA LLC. Cr: FOX. /

The MasterChef: United Tastes of America competition is heating up with our chefs fighting for a spot in the top 10. Tonight, we had a special double episode air on FOX, and we broke down who won each episode’s competitions and which chefs were sent home. We also caught up with one of the chefs that was eliminated from tonight’s show.

Gordon Ramsay announces that we have a special guest judge tonight, Andre Rush. Officially, the regions are no more with Aaron Sanchez announcing that each cook will be battling for themselves with a mystery box full of military rations. Ahead of the chefs having to create their own dishes, Gordon and Andre take the military rations and make their own meals as a demonstration.

Who won the challenge on MasterChef: United Tastes of America?

After the judges went around and inspected the chef’s dishes, Gordon announced that three dishes incorporated the rations the best.

Grant: He made Crusted Amberjack with Lentil & Spinach Puree and Pan Friend Gnocchi.
Kolby: He made Pork Meatballs with Tomato & Basil Ragu with Lemon and Applesauce Vinaigrette. (When he heard his name, he screamed out some cuss words in shock. It was funny.)
Brynn: Pan Seared Scallops with Saffron & Lentil Paella, Potato Croquettes, and Romesco Sauce.

The judges head to the back to talk about each of the dishes and what they thought elevated the military rations the best. Gordon announced that tonight’s winner of the MasterChef immunity pin is Grant.

Who was eliminated from MasterChef: United Tastes of America?

Of course, with the teams being split now, Grant only won immunity for himself, meaning everyone was eligible for the bottom three. Our bottom three dishes chefs were Charles, Nina, and Wayne. Joe said Wayne’s plate looked like the Terd emoji, and he also didn’t cook the lamb fully.

The judges talk it over and send home Nina, which shocked everyone because she seemed to be a front-runner.

In the second episode of the night, MasterChef: United Tastes of America, our remaining cooks are battling it out with a tag team challenge. The tag team challenges see two chefs cooking a three-course meal for the judges while we get the famous “switch” thing happening through their allotted time. The competition winners will not only find themselves with immunity but also secure a spot in the Top 10.

As a result of winning the last competition, Grant is in charge of picking the teams. Before the challenge, Grant announces that the nice guy is gone with him matching up some folks that might not mesh well together. He pairs Wayne and Reagan, Kennedy and James, Sav and MD, Jennifer and Charles, and Kolby and Lizzy with Grant taking Brynn as his partner.

Who won the challenge on MasterChef: United Tastes of America?

The chefs are going to combine to make these three courses. First, Fresh Tagliatelle with Sauteed Shrimp, Lemon Cream Sauce, and Caviar. Second, Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon with Truffle Mashed Potato, Broccolini, and Steam Au Poivre Sauce. And for dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Pistachio Mascarpone, Caramel Sauce, and Segmented Orange.

Gordon announces that there are two teams in the top for the week, with one being Sav and MD and Kolby and Lizzie being the other. However, after bringing the two teams up, Gordon announced that MD and Sav had won this week’s competition and the immunity pin.

Who was eliminated from MasterChef: United Tastes of America?

Not much of a surprise to anyone Charles and Jennifer are the team in the bottom this week, with one of them going home. Gordon said that if Jennifer would’ve been working in his restaurant, he would’ve fired her tonight. He says that Jennifer did just enough to stay and that Charles would be eliminated from the competition.

Hidden Remote sat down to talk to MasterChef contestant NIna to discuss her being eliminated from the show.

Hidden Remote: This week’s mystery box was the military rations, what were your initial thoughts when you saw the mystery box? 

Nina: So when I pulled the box off, I was like, yes, I’m on this, and I’m gonna nail it. I pride myself on being able to put together meals in a quick time frame based on a whole bunch of random stuff that’s in my freezer or my yard, or people bring you weird stuff all the time. I felt pretty confident about it.

Hidden Remote: With the rations you made chicken Tikka Masala, why did you choose that to make?

Nina: This is one of those things I realized after I had sort of misinterpreted the challenge when I heard them talking about it. I know what MREs taste like, for the most part. And when I heard them talking about that they are mostly salty and acidic, you know, for the preservation qualities, my first thought of my brain was like okay. How can I make something that hides this stuff really well?

After the fact, I realized the dishes that the judges chose to highlight had instead elevated the ingredients in the MREs and actually did highlight those things, which was not my mindset. Looking back, it probably would have worked out better if I had chosen to do things that instead feature those ingredients rather than trying to just sort of slide them in under the radar.

Hidden Remote: You get put into the bottom three, what was it like sitting there as the judges tried your dish?

Nina: I guess I wasn’t surprised to hear my name called for the bottom three simply because Gordon had tasted my sauce sort of halfway through when it was in its way too acidic form, and I know that stuck in his brain because even after that happened, I feel like I fixed it pretty well.

I was surprised to hear him say my name is the one going home because I’m like, at least my dish was edible. It might not have looked great, but it at least tasted okay. I know presentation is a big thing, and if I could get everything else on my plate, maybe that would’ve saved me.

MasterChef: United Tastes of America airs Wednesdays on Fox at 8 PM EST. 

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