‘MasterChef’ Episode Guide (July 20): Third Mystery Box Challenge

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‘MasterChef’ Episode Guide (July 20): Third Mystery Box Challenge

“The Good, The Bad and The Offal” (07/20/16) – The contestants are introduced to special culinary guest judge Edward Lee, chef and owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY, who reveals the third Mystery Box challenge.

Contestants lift their boxes only to find a $20 bill. They will each have five minutes to shop for ingredients priced in the pantry without spending more than $20. Then they will have 45 minutes to prepare four entree dishes to present to the judges.

Not only will the winner and the winner’s dish be featured in Family Circle magazine, but he/she also will avoid having to participate in the elimination challenge. Find out which contestants survive in an all-new episode of “MasterChef” airing Wednesday, July 20 (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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