‘MasterChef’ Episode Guide (July 27): Teams Prepare 30 Dishes for the Birthday Boys and Girls

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‘MasterChef’ Episode Guide (July 27): Teams Prepare 30 Dishes for the Birthday Boys and Girls

“A Piece of Cake” (07/27/16) – The remaining 12 contestants are broken up into two teams to prep, cook and plate 30 dishes for teenagers celebrating their Sweet 16 birthdays.

Each team receives a surprise box with 16 different ingredients and one protein.

They’ll have 60 minutes to prepare and present their dishes to the diners, who then will vote on their favorite dish. To kick off the challenge, judge Christina Tosi exhibits her signature three-layer cake for the contestants.

Find out who bakes their way through the pressure and who melts down in an all-new episode of “MasterChef” airing Wednesday, July 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the “MasterChef” kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Chefs Ramsay and Tosi, but throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at “MasterChef’s” open casting calls in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. However, only one talented home cook will join “MasterChef” winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of “MasterChef” titleholders.

Representing 15 states across the country, this season’s 40 contestants – including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more – take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the “MasterChef” Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the “MasterChef” title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the “MasterChef” Battle for the Apron concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous “MasterChef” contestant, steak dishes for over 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous “MasterChef” tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted “MasterChef” title.

“MasterChef” is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Michael Brooks, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

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