MasterChef (U.S. season 4)

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MasterChef (U.S. season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Release
Original network Fox
Original release May 22 (2013-05-22) – September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11)
Season chronology
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Season 4 of the American competitive reality TV series MasterChef had a premiere on Fox on May 22, 2013.[1][2][3][4][5]

Luca Manfè was the winner of this season, making him the first male winner and previous season returnee to win MasterChef after failing to make past the audition round in season 3.

Top 19[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status Winnings
Luca Manfè 31 Astoria, New York Restaurant Manager Winner September 11 10
Natasha Crnjac 26 San Diego, California Stay-at-Home Mom Runner-Up September 11 13
Jessica "Jessie" Lysiak 27 Social Circle, Georgia Yacht Stewardess Eliminated September 4 10
Krissi Biasiello 34 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Paralegal 3
James Nelson 26 Victoria, Texas Retail Sales Eliminated August 28 5
Brianna "Bri" Kozior 22 Doylestown, Pennsylvania Theater Assistant Eliminated August 21
Returned August 7
Eliminated July 24
5
Jordan Roots 29 Minneapolis, Minnesota Delivery Driver Eliminated August 14 2
Eddie Jackson 32 Americus, Georgia Personal Trainer/Former Pro Football Player Eliminated July 31 7
Bethy Rossos 28 Estacada, Oregon High School P.E. Teacher Eliminated July 17 5
Savannah Sturges 27 San Diego, California Middle School Special Ed. Teacher Eliminated July 10 3
Lynn Chyi 27 San Diego, California Systems Administrator 4
Jonathan "Jonny" Blanchard 28 Marlboro, Massachusetts Carpenter Eliminated June 26 1
Elizabeth "Beth" Kirby 29 Chattanooga, Tennessee Writer, Photographer 3
Albaya "Bime" Cruz 35 Taunton, Massachusetts Boxing Coach Eliminated June 19 2
Howard Simpson 26 San Diego, California Barback 1
Kathleen "Kathy" Prieto 29 Bronx, New York Office Assistant Eliminated June 12 0
Malcolm Green 27 Cambridge, Massachusetts Unemployed Eliminated June 5 1
Adriana Guillen 26 New York, New York College Admissions Rep. 0
Sasha Foxx 42 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Singer Eliminated May 29 0

Elimination table[edit]

Place Contestant Episode
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1 Luca IN IN WIN WIN IMM LOW PT IN IN WIN IN LOW NPT IN IN PT IN IN WIN WIN IMM IMM HIGH IN WIN HIGH WIN WIN IMM WIN LOW IN WINNER
2 Natasha WIN IMM WIN IN IN LOW WIN IN IN NPT IN WIN WIN IN IN WIN HIGH WIN WIN HIGH WIN IMM IN WIN WIN IN IN IN PT WIN HIGH WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Jessie IN WIN WIN IN LOW WIN IMM IN WIN WIN HIGH IN NPT IN WIN WIN IN IN LOW HIGH LOW IMM IN LOW WIN HIGH HIGH WIN IMM PT WIN ELIM
4 Krissi HIGH IN PT IN IN PT IMM IN WIN NPT IN LOW IMM IN LOW PT HIGH IN NPT IN WIN IMM WIN IMM LOW IN IN IN PT ELIM
5 James IN IN NPT HIGH IN WIN IMM IN IN LOW IN WIN NPT IN LOW WIN IN LOW WIN IN IN IMM IN IN PT WIN IMM IN ELIM
6 Bri IN IN WIN IN IN PT IMM IN IN WIN IN IN IMM WIN IMM LOW IN WIN ELIM RET IN WIN ELIM
7 Jordan IN WIN NPT IN IN NPT IMM HIGH IN PT IN IN WIN IN IN NPT IN LOW PT IN IN IMM HIGH ELIM
8 Eddie IN IN PT IN IN WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN IN IN WIN HIGH IN WIN WIN IMM WIN IN ELIM
9 Bethy IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN IMM IN IN LOW IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN ELIM
10 Savannah IN IMM LOW IN IN WIN IMM IN IN WIN IN IN WIN HIGH IN ELIM
11 Lynn IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IMM IN LOW WIN WIN IMM PT IN ELIM
12 Jonny IN IN LOW IN IN WIN IMM IN LOW NPT HIGH IN ELIM
13 Beth IN IN WIN HIGH IN LOW WIN IN LOW WIN IN ELIM
14 Bime HIGH IN WIN IN WIN NPT IMM HIGH IN ELIM
15 Howard IN LOW NPT LOW IN WIN IMM IN ELIM
16 Kathy IN IN PT IN LOW LOW ELIM
17 Malcolm IN LOW WIN IN ELIM
18 Adriana IN IN ELIM
19 Sasha IN ELIM
     (WINNER) This cook won the competition.
     (RUNNER-UP) This cook finished in second place.
     (WIN) The cook won an individual challenge (Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test).
     (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge and directly advanced to the next round.
     (HIGH) The cook was one of the top entries in the individual challenge but didn't win.
     (IN) The cook wasn't selected as a top or bottom entry in an individual challenge.
     (IN) The cook wasn't selected as a top or bottom entry in a team challenge.
     (IMM) The cook didn't have to compete in that round of the competition.
     (IMM) The cook was selected by Mystery Box Challenge winner and didn't have to compete in the Elimination Test.
     (PT) The cook was on the losing team in the Team Challenge and competed in the Pressure Test, and advanced.
     (NPT) The cook was on the losing team in the Team Challenge, did not compete in the Pressure Test, and advanced.
     (RET) The cook won the Reinstation Challenge and returned to the competition.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an individual challenge, but wasn't the last person to advance.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an individual challenge, and was the last person to advance.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge and the only person from their team to advance.
     (ELIM) The cook was eliminated from MasterChef.

Guest judges[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday May 22, 2013
  • Day 1 of Auditions: The cooks who earn white aprons today include Natasha, Brian, Jordan, Adriana, and Krissi. Natasha, Bethy, Lynn, Jordan, and Krissi get all 3 yes's, while Adriana and Brian get 2. George failed to progress.

Episode 2[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday May 22, 2013
  • Day 2 of Auditions: The white aprons that were handed out today belong to Jessie, Sasha, Bime, James, Eddie, and chef Luca. Sasha gets 3 yes's, while Bime, James, Eddie and Luca get 2. Jessie only got 1 yes, but won an apron after winning a fish-filleting challenge proposed by Gordon.

Episode 3[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday May 29, 2013
  • Audition 3 and Boot Camp: Howard and Jonny gain white aprons.
  • The remaining contestants are asked to prepare a meal in an hour using various cuts of lamb. With fifteen minutes left, Joe takes off some aprons due to many mistakes (Brian, James Dudd, and Gabriella). At the end of time, all but eight contestants are divided into two groups. One group is eliminated while the other group consisting of Adriana, Bethy, Bime, Eddie, Howard, James, Jessie, Jordan, Kathy, Krissi, Lynn, Natasha, Sasha and Savannah advance straight to the MasterChef kitchen. The remaining eight contestants will have their dishes tasted to decide who is advancing into the next stage. Malcolm and Seymira was the first pair called forward. Malcolm advanced over Seymira. The next pair to face the judges is Brian and Jonny. The judges advanced Jonny and sent Brian home. Nanci and Bri were up next. Bri was advanced by the judges. Lastly, the pair remaining is Beth and Luca. Gordon then announced that Beth will be the next home cook to advance, however, Gordon declared that Luca will also be going into the MasterChef kitchen, bringing the total of competitors to 19.

Episode 4[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday May 29, 2013
  • Mystery Box Challenge: The mystery box for this episode challenges the contestants to create a meal using simple ingredients. The top three dishes were Bime's, Natasha's, and Krissi's. Natasha emerges as the winner.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Natasha Crnjac
  • Elimination Challenge: The elimination challenge was to test how the contestants treat some of the world's most expensive, high-end ingredients. Natasha was given immunity from elimination, and she was given the advantage of picking the difficult ingredient with which her fellow competitors will have to cook, she picked langoustine. Her third advantage was that she could pick one other contestant to be safe from elimination. Natasha picked Savannah.
  • Immune: Savannah Sturges
  • Gordon announced that both Jordan and Jessie had the best dishes of this elimination challenge, and would become team captains in the first team challenge. Krissi, Lynn, Luca, and Kathy were judged to have done enough to move on.
  • Winners: Jessie Lysiak and Jordan Roots
  • Bottom three: Howard Simpson, Sasha Foxx and Malcolm Green
  • Malcolm was the first to be sent to safety. This left Howard and Sasha as the bottom two. Sasha became the first cook to leave the MasterChef kitchen.
  • Eliminated: Sasha Foxx

Episode 5[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday June 5, 2013
  • Team Challenge: For this team challenge, the contestants must feed over three hundred students at Emperor Elementary School. As Jessie and Jordan produced the best meals in the last test, they become team captains for this challenge. On her Red Team, Jessie picks Lynn, Bethy, Beth, Bime, Natasha, Bri, Luca and Malcolm. For the Blue Team, Jordan picks Savannah, James, Eddie, Jonny, Krissi, Adriana, Howard and Kathy. Each team is assigned to create a two-dish healthy meal. In the end, the Red Team scores 58% of the votes, making them the winners of the season's first team challenge.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Beth Kirby, Bethy Rossos, Bime Cruz, Bri Kozior, Jessie Lysiak, Luca Manfe, Lynn Chyi, Malcolm Green and Natasha Crnjac
  • Pressure Test: The Blue Team have to face the pressure test. This week, the judges test the contestants' baking abilities by having them create a delicious cheesecake in 1½ hours. Gordon reveals to Jordan that he could excuse any three of his team members, including himself, from the pressure test. Jordan saves Howard, James and himself.
  • Immune: Howard Simpson, James Nelson and Jordan Roots
  • Bottom three: Adriana Guillen, Jonny Blanchard and Savannah Sturges
  • Jonny was the first to be sent to safety leaving Savannah and Adriana to face elimination. Adriana is eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Adriana Guillen

Episode 6[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday June 5, 2013
  • Mystery Box Challenge: The judges reveal that they'd be cooking alongside Gordon Ramsay himself. The Mystery Box includes such typical Japanese ingredients. The top three dishes were James's, Beth's, and Luca's. The judges decided that Luca is the winner of this week's mystery box.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Luca Manfe
  • Elimination Challenge: Luca became safe from elimination and was given the option of choosing a classic American dessert for his competitors to make. Luca chose cupcakes, and after returning to the kitchen, he received another advantage: he was allowed to take away the mixer of one contestant, forcing that person to mix all ingredients by hand. He removed Jordan's mixer. The contestants were given 90 minutes to produce a box of twelve cupcakes. Bethy and Bime were deemed to have the best dishes and were made team captains in the next episode. Howard and Jordan were also judged to have good enough cupcakes to move on.
  • Winners: Bethy Rossos and Bime Cruz
  • Bottom three: Jessie Lysiak, Kathy Prieto and Malcolm Green
  • Kathy was the first to be sent to safety. Malcolm was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Malcolm Green

Episode 7[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday June 12, 2013
  • Team Challenge: Bethy and Bime are chosen to be team captains of this week's team challenge. This week's challenge for the teams is to prepare 101 New York strip steaks with a sauce and two sides of fresh produce for firemen. Bethy's Blue Team originally consists of Lynn, Jessie, James, Howard, Jonny, Savannah and Krissi; while Bime's Red Team has Jordan, Eddie, Luca, Natasha, Bri, Beth and Kathy. However, Bethy is given the opportunity to steal one of Bime's team members and give him one of her original picks. She steals Eddie and she relinquishes Krissi to Bime. The Blue gains 68 votes out of the 101 firemen, ensuring them safety from the pressure test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Bethy Rossos, Eddie Jackson, Howard Simpson, James Nelson, Jessie Lysiak, Jonny Blanchard, Lynn Chyi and Savannah Sturges
  • Pressure Test: The Red Team must face the pressure test. This week, the judges test their ability to pull off a classic breakfast meal - eggs benedict. Since Bime was the team captain, the judges excuse him from participation. Bime is also allowed to excuse another team member, he picks Jordan.
  • Immune: Bime Cruz and Jordan Roots
  • Bottom four: Beth Kirby, Kathy Prieto, Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac
  • The judges can't pick the worst meal and all four remaining competitors are asked to leave the kitchen as they are to participate in another pressure test to determine which one of them will not be returning to the MasterChef kitchen.
  • Eliminated: None

Episode 8[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday June 12, 2013
  • Continued Pressure Test: Las Vegas Round: Luca, Natasha, Kathy and Beth are brought to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete in yet another pressure test to decide which of them will be sent home. For this pressure test, the contestants cook in Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, BurGR. The two teams are required to create a gourmet burger recipe and prep and cook them for dinner service. Each diner will receive a burger from each team. The teams consist of Beth and Natasha on the Blue Team with Beth as captain, and Luca and Kathy on the Red Team with Luca as captain. The dining judges are revealed to be the remaining contestants who are blind tasting the dishes. The Blue Team receives more votes, winning the second pressure test of the week. Luca and Kathy were left to compete in the last pressure test, a MasterChef cook-off.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Beth Kirby and Natasha Crnjac
  • Pressure Test: The judges bring Luca and Kathy to the top of Caesars Palace to produce a butter-poached lobster with a shaved fennel salad. Luca's is deemed better and Kathy is sent home.
  • Eliminated: Kathy Prieto

Episode 9[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday June 19, 2013
  • Mystery Box Challenge: The a mystery box features various ethnic foods from Russia, Spain, China and several others. In addition, the judges also refrain from telling the home chefs what exactly the ingredients of the mystery box are. The top three meals consist of Eddie's, Jordan's, and Bime's. Eddie's meal is deemed the best and he's given advantages in the next challenge.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Eddie Jackson
  • Elimination Challenge: The theme of this week's elimination challenge is pasta with a filling. Eddie's first advantage is that he is not required to cook and safe from elimination. His second advantage is to pick which of the stuffed pastas his fellow competitors would have to make. Eddie chooses agnolotti. The judges invite Joe's mom, Lidia Bastianich, to provide a live demonstration. Eddie's third advantage is that he can pick two contestants who would be forbidden to watch Lidia's demonstration. He picks Lynn and James for this. The judges awarded Krissi and Jessie with having the best meals, making them team captains in the next team challenge.
  • Winners: Jessie Lysiak and Krissi Biasiello
  • Bottom four: Beth Kirby, Howard Simpson, Jonny Blanchard and Lynn Chyi
  • Beth and Jonny are both told they are safe from elimination leaving Lynn and Howard in the bottom two. Howard leaves the competition.
  • Eliminated: Howard Simpson

Episode 10[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • Team Challenge: For this week's team challenge, the contestants cook for the cast and crew of Glee at Paramount Studios with Krissi as the Blue Team captain and Jessie as the Red Team captain. Jane Lynch picked the teams based on "beauty" (Jessie) and the "beast" (Krissi). Jessie's "beauty" Red Team contains Savannah, Bri, Lynn, Beth, Luca and Eddie. Krissi's "beast" Blue Team is made up of James, Bime, Natasha, Jonny, Bethy and Jordan. They had to make three entrées and sides. The Glee cast members vote for their favorite. The Red Team won 90 of the 127 votes, sending the Blue Team to the pressure test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Beth Kirby, Bri Kozior, Eddie Jackson, Jessie Lysiak, Luca Manfe, Lynn Chyi and Savannah Sturges
  • Pressure Test: Krissi had the choice to decide which of her teammates she will save, saving at least one person and no more than five people. She saved Jonny, Natasha and herself. The challenge had the contestants make a lemonless version of lemon meringue pie.
  • Immune: Jonny Blanchard, Krissi Biasiello and Natasha Crnjac
  • Bottom three: Bethy Rossos, Bime Cruz and James Nelson
  • Jordan was first sent to safety. James was safe, leaving Bethy and Bime as the bottom two. Bime was sent home.
  • Eliminated: Bime Cruz

Episode 11[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • Mystery Box Challenge: The contestants lift their boxes to reveal a pig head for their mystery box challenge. The top three dishes were Lynn's, Jessie's, and Jonny's. Lynn was winner of this week's Mystery Box.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Lynn Chyi
  • Elimination Challenge: Lynn became in control of the next elimination challenge. This week, the theme of the elimination test revolved around the favorite ingredients of MasterChef Season 3 Winner, Christine Hà. Lynn's first advantage was that he did not have to compete in the challenge and was safe from elimination. Then, the judges presented him with three of Christine's favorite ingredients, and Lynn was able to pick the ingredient that one particular contestant would cook with and also choose one other ingredient that all of the other contestants would cook with. He chose Krissi to make a catfish dish, while the rest of contestants were given a crab as their main component. They were given 60 minutes. The top two dishes belonged to James and Natasha, giving them the roles of team captains in the next team challenge.
  • Winners: James Nelson and Natasha Crnjac
  • Bottom three: Beth Kirby, Krissi Biasiello and Luca Manfe
  • Luca was declared safe, leaving Krissi and Beth as the bottom two. Beth was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Beth Kirby

Episode 12[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • Team Challenge: The two teams are in charge of preparing a meal for a wedding. First, the competitors receive a long list from the bride about her dislikes. The teams must produce two stunning entrees that would match the quality of the appetizer and dessert - a non-vegetarian and a vegetarian dish. Blue Team captain James chooses Lynn, Jessie, Jonny, Bri and Luca to be on his team. Red Team captain Natasha chooses Eddie, Jordan, Bethy, Savannah and Krissi to be on her team. Additionally, the judges tell the captains they must choose one person on their team who will not participate in the team challenge. James excuses Bri from the challenge. Natasha opts to excuse Krissi. The Red Team are deemed the winners, leaving the Blue Team to face the pressure test.
  • Immune: Bri Kozior and Krissi Biasiello
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Bethy Rossos, Eddie Jackson, Jordan Roots, Natasha Crnjac and Savannah Sturges
  • Pressure Test: For this week's pressure test, the contestants are tasked with making a box of twelve perfect macarons. However, the team was told that only two of them would compete in the test, and that the judges would determine who would be safe.
  • Immune: James Nelson, Jessie Lysiak and Luca Manfe
  • Bottom two: Jonny Blanchard and Lynn Chyi
  • The judges eliminate Jonny.
  • Eliminated: Jonny Blanchard

Episode 13[edit]

  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
  • Mystery Box Challenge: For this week's challenge, Eva Longoria surprised the contestants with a Mexican-themed mystery box where she handpicked all the ingredients. The top three dishes were Bri's, Eddie's, and Savannah's. The judges and Eva decided that Bri's dish was the best.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Bri Kozior
  • Elimination Challenge: Bri received safety from the Elimination Challenge and was shown two baskets of ingredients. The first basket contained sweet ingredients, and the contestants who received this basket would be given the full 60 minutes to prepare their dish. The second basket contained a variety of savory ingredients, and the contestants who received this basket would only be given 30 minutes to produce a dish. Bri was told that she would have to pick one person who would cook with one basket and the other 9 competitors would cook with the other. She decided give Natasha the savory basket and gave all the other contestants the sweet basket. The judges decided that Jessie's dish was the best and she was made a captain of the next team challenge.
  • Winner: Jessie Lysiak
  • Bottom three: James Nelson, Krissi Biasiello and Lynn Chyi
  • The judges eliminate Lynn.
  • Eliminated: Lynn Chyi

Episode 14[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
  • Team Challenge: The contestants were brought to Huntington Beach, California to serve 101 surfers a meal of fish tacos. The contestants were split into two teams and Jessie was given the ability to choose her entire team as well as the other team. She chose to have James, Eddie, Bethy, and Natasha for her Blue Team, then chose Savannah to be the team captain for the Red Team consisting of her, Jordan, Krissi, Luca, and Bri. The Blue Team won the challenge 51 to 25. The Blue Team also won tickets to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Bethy Rossos, Eddie Jackson, James Nelson, Jessie Lysiak and Natasha Crnjac
  • Pressure Test Prior to the test, the Red Team members were told that they could exempt one member. The team agreed to exempt Jordan. In this test, the competitors had 40 minutes to cook chicken breast in three different ways. Krissi was the first to safety. Luca was then also sent to safety, leaving Bri and Savannah as the bottom two.
  • Immune: Jordan Roots
  • Bottom two: Bri Kozior and Savannah Sturges
  • Savannah was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Savannah Sturges

Episode 15[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  • Mystery Box: For this week there are two boxes. A small box at the contestant's stations as well as a large box spanning the length of the front table. Under their personal boxes was a meat grinder/sausage maker and under the large box was a wide variety of proteins. The top three dishes were Natasha's, Eddie's, and Krissi's. The judges declared Eddie the winner.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Eddie Jackson
  • Elimination Challenge: Eddie received immunity and was thus safe from elimination. He was given the opportunity to choose between three ingredients which are usually used in judges' restaurants. Eddie chose mushrooms before being informed that half of the home cooks would be cooking with fresh wild mushrooms and the other half would be cooking with canned mushrooms. Eddie assigned the canned mushrooms to Natasha, Jessie, Krissi and Luca, and left the fresh mushrooms for James, Jordan, Bethy and Bri. Bri and Natasha had the best dishes and became team captains for the next challenge.
  • Winners: Bri Kozior and Natasha Crnjac
  • Bottom three: Bethy Rossos, James Nelson and Jordan Roots
  • The judges declared James's dish as the best of the worst, leaving Jordan and Bethy as the bottom two. Bethy was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Bethy Rossos

Episode 16[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Team Challenge: Dropped off in the middle of nowhere, the competitors had to prepare a restaurant quality dish with essential ingredients and no kitchen tools, and also had spent the night in the hills. Bri chose James, Eddie and Luca for Red Team, and Natasha picked Jordan, Jessie and Krissi on Blue Team. Gordon stated that Bri and Natasha were forced to switch teams. Bri was able to choose the main ingredient between rabbits and pigeons. She chose the rabbits for her team, leaving Natasha's team with the pigeons. The Red Team was victorious, sending the Blue Team to the Pressure Test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Eddie Jackson, James Nelson, Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac
  • Pressure Test The winning team had the option of exempting one of the members of the losing team from elimination. The Red Team decided to send Krissi to safety. Jessie, Jordan, and Bri are required to create a platter of six perfect chocolate éclairs.
  • Immune: Krissi Biasiello
  • Bottom two: Bri Kozior and Jessie Lysiak
  • The judges decided to send Jessie to safety and then eliminated Bri.
  • Eliminated: Bri Kozior

Episode 17[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • Mystery Box: The contestants found another huge mystery box where the judges are usually standing. Inside the box was the competitors' loved ones. The theme of this episode's mystery box was a dish that is inspired by their respective loved ones. Natasha's, Jessie's, and Luca's were chosen to be the top three dishes, with Luca's being singled out to be the best.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Luca Manfe
  • Team Challenge: Luca was safe from elimination and had to pair up the remaining six competitors for the elimination challenge. The format of the challenge was a tag team, with each member of the pairing taking a 15-minute turn to work on a sushi. Luca paired Jessie and Eddie, Jordan and James, and Natasha and Krissi. Natasha and Krissi's platter was declared the winner.
  • Team Challenge Winners: Krissi Biasiello and Natasha Crnjac
  • Bottom two: Eddie Jackson and Jessie Lysiak
  • Eddie was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Eddie Jackson

Episode 18[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
  • Elimination Challenge #1: The judges invited back three previously eliminated competitors to compete for a spot back in the competition. Gordon brought back Bri, Joe invited back Lynn, and Graham picked Bime. The three were charged with cooking as many perfectly cooked sunny-side up eggs as they could in fifteen minutes, with the two cooks with the most perfect eggs facing off in the next challenge. Lynn plated only 8 perfect eggs. Bri, with 13 perfect eggs, passed on to the next challenge, and was then joined by Bime, who cooked 16 perfect ones thus eliminating Lynn.
  • Elimination Challenge #2: The remaining contestants and Joe Bastianich would blind taste test dishes to determine which home cook would rejoin them. Bri and Bime were presented with two Alaskan king salmon. The judges told the two cooks to serve up to seven portions of pan-seared salmon with sides within 60 minutes. Though the votes came in at a close tie, Bri won 4 of the 7 votes, securing her spot back in the MasterChef kitchen.
  • Reinstated: Bri Kozior

Episode 19[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
  • Mystery Box: This week, the contestants opened their mystery boxes to find a single T-bone steak. The time limit was 45 minutes. The judges chose to taste Jordan's, Luca's, and Krissi's. The judges decided that Krissi would be the winner of this week's mystery box.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: Krissi Biasiello
  • Elimination Challenge: The theme of the elimination challenge was poultry. Krissi was safe from elimination and was able to assign one bird to each of the remaining competitors. Krissi gave Natasha the pheasant, Luca the turkey and Jordan the quail, then assigned the duck to James, the chicken to Jessie, and the pigeon to Bri. The contestants were given 60 minutes to produce a dish using their bird. Natasha's and Bri's were the top two dishes of the night, giving them the roles of team captains in the next team challenge.
  • Winners: Bri Kozior and Natasha Crnjac
  • Bottom two: Jessie Lysiak and Jordan Roots
  • Jordan's dish led to his elimination.
  • Eliminated: Jordan Roots

Episode 20[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
  • Team Challenge: Gordon informed the group that their next challenge would involve a dinner service in WP24, a Los Angeles Asian restaurant owned by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. The contestants were split into two teams: Red Team captain Natasha led Jessie and Luca, while Blue Team captain Bri led James and Krissi. The teams served a limited menu which consisted of two appetizers and two dinner entrées. The next morning, the Red Team was announced as the winner, giving them immunity from the pressure test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Jessie Lysiak, Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac
  • Pressure Test: This pressure test required Bri, Krissi and James to recreate a plate of fried calamari with marinara sauce in 60 minutes. James' calamari was the first to be sent to safety.
  • Bottom two: Bri Kozior and Krissi Biasiello
  • The judges decided to save Krissi, sending Bri home again.
  • Eliminated: Bri Kozior

Episode 21[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
  • Mystery Box: Gordon, Graham and Joe announced that their sons would choose 15 items for the mystery box. They assembled the box with a lot of sweets, fruit and baking items, leading to all of the competitors to creating desserts. Luca's, Jessie's, and James' were the best creations. James won the Mystery Box challenge.
  • Challenge Winner/Immune: James Nelson
  • Elimination Test: The judges awarded immunity to James, and then showed him the best dishes they had ever eaten in their life; James chose Gordon's pho dish. The remaining competitors had to taste the dish then grab the correct ingredients from the pantry and recreate it in 75 minutes. Luca's dish was deemed the best dish of the night and won the elimination challenge. Jessie was also deemed to have perform well enough to be sent to safety. Krissi was the next cook to be sent to safety. The judges then did not eliminate anyone.
  • Winner: Luca Manfe
  • Eliminated: None

Episode 22[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
  • Off-site challenge: The competitors faced each other for two spots in the final four and to save themselves from the Pressure Test. In this challenge, they had to cook for 50 guests with each home cook responsible for serving ten guests each of a special charity lunch hosted in Paula Deen's ranch an entreé composed of a protein and two sides. Luca was able to assign five protein items: he chose pork chops for himself, he gave alligator to Jessie, catfish to Natasha, shrimp to Krissi, and chicken to James. Paula Deen declared Luca and Jessie as the winners of the challenge.
  • Challenge Winners/Immune: Jessie Lysiak and Luca Manfe
  • Pressure Test: In this Pressure Test, Luca and Jessie had the advantage of giving to each cook an item to replicate. They assigned Gordon's seared scallop salad to Natasha, Joe's filet rossini to Krissi, and Graham's Greek yogurt panna cotta to James. They had 45 minutes to find out the ingredients and replicate them. James' dish was deemed the worst and he was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: James Nelson

Episode 23[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
  • Team Mystery Box challenge: The four remaining competitors were divided into two teams and had two huge boxes with 50 ingredients to make a classic three-course menu with appetizer, entreé and dessert. Luca had the advantage of choosing his partner and the box. He opted for Natasha forming the Blue team, while Jessie and Krissi formed the Red team. The judges declared Luca and Natasha to be the winners and secured their spots in the semifinals, while sending Jessie and Krissi to the season's final pressure test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac
  • Pressure Test: Chocolate was the theme of this pressure test. Jessie and Krissi had 75 minutes to create three desserts featuring chocolate. In the end, Joe picked Jessie to join Natasha and Luca in the final three, resulting in Krissi being sent home.
  • Eliminated: Krissi Biasiello

Episode 24[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
  • Mystery Box challenge: For the season's final Mystery Box challenge, the three competitors were each given a box with all the ingredients necessary to recreate and improve the dishes they served in their initial auditions. Jessie's dish was deemed as the best.
  • Challenge Winner: Jessie Lysiak
  • Elimination Test: All three contestants were called into the pantry, and three "best of the best" ingredients were shown to them. Jessie chose the Kobe beef, Natasha selected the king crab, this left Luca with the Grana Padano.
  • Winner: Natasha Crnjac
  • Bottom two: Jessie Lysiak and Luca Manfe
  • The judges eliminated Jessie.
  • Eliminated: Jessie Lysiak

Episode 25[edit]

  • Original airdate: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
  • Season Final: The finalists Luca and Natasha were charged with creating a perfect, cohesive three-course dinner, with one hour of cooking time for each of them.
  • Appetizer: Natasha prepared pan-seared scallops, seaweed salad, couscous, and a cauliflower puree, while Luca decided on pan-seared duck liver with caramelized peaches, Asian pear chutney, and a toasted French brioche.
  • Entree: Natasha cooked a five-spice monkfish with rendered caul fat, infused jasmine rice, and coconut curry sauce. Luca opted for tamarind and balsamic-braised beef short ribs with a Sunchoke and truffle puree and sauteed chanterelle mushrooms.
  • Dessert: Both chose to serve panna cotta. Natasha served up a coconut yogurt panna cotta with passion fruit coulis, accompanied by edible flowers. Luca presented the judges a basil panna cotta with sweet tomato jam, mascarpone, honey cream, and granulated basil.
  • Final Two: Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac
  • Winner Revealed: The judges declared Luca Manfe the winner of season 4. In winning, he became the first male and Italian-origin winner in the revival of the American MasterChef franchise, as well as the first previous-season returnee to win the title.
  • MasterChef Winner: Luca Manfe

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