Top 38 Basic Skills Challenge: The 38 contestants must demonstrate their knife work by creating perfectly even slices of green apple. They must continue slicing until stopped by one of the judges, when they find out if they are going through or going home. Twenty-four contestants remained after this round.
Top 24 Invention Test: The remaining contestants must prepare a meal using chicken. Kyle, Aaron, Rhonda, Joey, Albert and Seby failed. The other 18 made the grade.
Mystery Box Challenge 1: The contestants had to prepare a dish using only the Mystery Box ingredients. Ben's dish earned him last place in the challenge. Suzy, Christian, and Jennie had the best dishes. Christian won the challenge. His prize was to choose the style of food that everyone would cook for the elimination challenge.
Challenge winner/Immune: Christian Collins
Elimination Challenge 1: The theme for this challenge was the cuisine of Europe. Christian chose French cuisine and also received safety from elimination and the others had one hour to make their French dish. Derrick and Max had the best dishes and would become team captains in the next challenge. Giuseppe, Suzy, Alejandra, Jennie, and Christine are judged to have done enough to move on.
Winners: Derrick Prince and Max Kramer
Bottom three: Angel Moore-Soukkay, Erryn Cobb and Mark Raffaeli
Angel became the first to be sent home. The judges then told Erryn and Mark that there would be a double elimination before sending Mark home.
Team Challenge 1: The contestants were split into two teams: the Red Team consisting of Derrick, Ben, Adrien, Erryn, Jennie, Suzy, Christine, and Alvin; and the Blue Team consisting of Max, Jennifer, Giuseppe, Esther, Tony, Alejandra, Christian and Tracy . The teams had to create a five-course meal for 350 office workers in the building. The service had to consist of soup, a salad, pizza, a special entrée and dessert. At the end of service, each diner would vote for their favorite dish. The Red Team wins and send the Blue Team to the first Pressure Test of the season.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto, Alvin Schultz, Ben Starr, Christine Corley, Derrick Prince, Erryn Cobb, Jennie Kelley and Suzy Singh
Pressure Test 1: The Blue Team members had to an hour to cook ravioli from scratch. Alejandra, Max, Tracy, Giuseppe and Christian were the first five to be sent to safety for producing good enough raviolis.
Bottom three: Esther Kang, Jennifer Behm and Tony Scruggs
Esther was deemed safe, leaving Jennifer and Tony as the bottom two. Tony was the third contestant to be sent home this season.
Mystery Box Challenge 2: The contestants had to prepare a dish using only the Mystery Box ingredients. Alejandra, Adrien and Tracy landed in the top three. Adrien won and got the opportunity to choose the theme for himself, and then everyone else in the elimination challenge.
Challenge Winner: Adrien Nieto
Elimination Challenge 2: The theme for the challenge was dessert. He chose nuts for himself and coffee for everyone else to use. The contestants had 90 minutes to prepare a dessert. Tracy and Esther were declared the top two and became team captains for the next challenge. Adrien, Christine, Alejandra, Suzy, and Jennifer's desserts are deemed good enough to move on.
Winners: Esther Kang and Tracy Kontos
Bottom three: Alvin Schultz, Jennie Kelley and Max Kramer
Jennie's dish was declared the best of the worst and was deemed safe. Alvin was eliminated.
Team Challenge 2: The contestants were split into two teams: the Blue Team consisting of Tracy, Suzy, Giuseppe, Christian, Jennifer, Erryn, and Alejandra, and the Red Team consisting of Esther, Max, Ben, Christine, Jennie, Derrick, and Adrien. They were given 90 minutes to prepare sausage sandwiches for 101 bikers who would vote on which one was the best. The Blue Team received 51 votes first for the win, sending the Red Team to the Pressure Test.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Alejandra Schrader, Christian Collins, Erryn Cobb, Giuseppe Morisco, Jennifer Behm, Suzy Singh and Tracy Kontos
Pressure Test 2: Chef Ramsay announced that only two chefs would compete in the pressure test. He asked Esther to choose the two chefs most responsible for the loss to which she said Max and Christine.
Immune: Adrien Nieto, Ben Starr, Derrick Prince, Esther Kang and Jennie Kelley
Bottom two: Christine Corley and Max Kramer
In the Pressure Test, Max and Christine were given three filets of steak to cook rare, medium, and well done. Christine was deemed safe Max's was eliminated.
Mystery Box Challenge 3: The Mystery Box contained items used to create a vegetarian entrée. Jennifer, Adrien and Alejandra landed in the top three, and Jennifer won the challenge.
Challenge Winner: Jennifer Behm
Elimination Challenge 3: Jennifer was given three dishes cooked by last year's MasterChef winner Whitney Miller to choose from for everybody to cook. She chose a catfish dish. The contestants had to recreate the dish with no recipe while Jennifer was given a basket of all ingredients needed to cook the dish. Christian and Ben were declared the best and became captains in the next team challenge.
Winners: Ben Starr and Christian Collins
Bottom three: Adrien Nieto, Alejandra Schrader and Jennie Kelley
Jennie's dish fell short of the mark leading to her elimination.
Team Challenge 3: The contestants arrived at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at the London West Hollywood hotel, where they were split up into teams by captains Christian and Ben. Ben's Blue Team consisted of Jennifer, Tracy, Esther, Suzy, and Christine, while Christian's Red Team consisted of Derrick, Adrien, Alejandra, Giuseppe, and Erryn. The teams were responsible for catering a Hollywood party and prepared hors d'oeuvres for all the guests. The winners would be decided per course by guests' votes. The Red Team took the starter with 64% of the votes, the Blue Team had a comeback on the entrée with a clean sweep of 100% of the votes, and the Red Team took the dessert course and the challenge with 53% of the vote, with the Blue Team up for the Pressure Test.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto, Alejandra Schrader, Christian Collins, Derrick Prince, Erryn Cobb and Giuseppe Morisco
Pressure Test 3: Everyone on the Blue Team was given two hours to make a cake with a minimum of 6 layers. Ben's and Jennifer's were deemed the best, and Tracy's chiffon cake was also deemed delicious.
Bottom three: Christine Corley, Esther Kang and Suzy Singh
Christine was the first to be sent to safety. Suzy's was judged to be better than Esther's, and Esther was sent home.
Mystery Box Challenge 4: The contestants had a lobster in their Mystery Box. Derrick, Alejandra and Jennifer were the top three. Jennifer won.
Challenge Winner: Jennifer Behm
Elimination Challenge 4: In this challenge with an aphrodisiac theme, Jennifer got to pick from core ingredients for everyone to cook with. She picked truffle and was given the option to watch everyone cook but she decided to stay and cook with everyone else. Tracy and Giuseppe were the top two and named captains for the next team challenge.
Winners: Giuseppe Morisco and Tracy Kontos
Bottom three: Adrien Nieto, Erryn Cobb and Jennifer Behm
Team Challenge 4: Tracy led the Blue team, with Adrien, Jennifer, Christian, and Christine as her brigade, and Giuseppe led the Red team, with Alejandra, Ben, Suzy, and Derrick as his brigade. The team captains were able to spend a few minutes alone with the judges' mothers to find out what they liked, as they were the judges for this contest. The Blue Team won the challenge.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto, Christian Collins, Christine Corley, Jennifer Behm and Tracy Kontos
Pressure Test 4: The Red Team were given 30 minutes to create the perfect Eggs Benedict. Ben and Suzy were the only two to cook competent dishes.
Bottom three: Alejandra Schrader, Derrick Prince and Giuseppe Morisco
Mystery Box Challenge 5: The contestants found some hand-dived scallops in their Mystery Boxes. The top three consisted of Christian, Adrien and Ben. Adrien's dish won.
Challenge Winner: Adrien Nieto
Elimination Challenge 5: Adrien got to choose between nine different cuts of pork, ranging from easy to hard. He chose double cut pork chops for himself, pork belly for Suzy, cheeks for Christian, ground pork for Jennifer, bacon for Tracy, baby back ribs for Christine, boneless center cut pork loin for Alejandra, pork butt for Ben, and St. Louis style ribs for Derrick. The contestants only got one hour to cook their pork dish. Christian and Christine were named team captains for the next challenge for having the best dishes. Derrick, Ben, Adrien, and Tracy were judged to have done enough to move on.
Winners: Christian Collins and Christine Corley
Bottom three: Alejandra Schrader, Jennifer Behm and Suzy Singh
Team Challenge 5: The teams must cater for a children's party. The Red team consists of Christine, Ben, Suzy, and Tracy. The Blue team consists of Christian, Adrien, Jennifer, and Derrick. Their menus had to contain a slider and a side dish. The Red Team received the most votes.
Team Challenger Winners/Immune: Ben Starr, Christine Corley, Suzy Singh and Tracy Kontos
Pressure Test 5: Christian, Jennifer, Derrick and Adrien faced a soufflé challenge, in which they were given 90 minutes to cook their best cheese soufflé. The judges thought every contestant's soufflé was delicious, therefore no one was eliminated.
Mystery Box Challenge 6: In a Mystery Box, contestants were to cook a dish with core ingredients of beef and seafood. Adrien, Jennifer and Suzy landed in the top three and it was Jennifer's dish that won.
Challenge Winner: Jennifer Behm
Elimination Challenge 6: Jennifer got to pick from the three judges' childhood favorite dishes. She picked Gordon's tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich, and the contestants had 45 minutes to turn it into a gourmet dish. Suzy and Tracy had the best dishes and earned the title of team captains for the next challenge.
Winners: Suzy Singh and Tracy Kontos
Bottom three: Ben Starr, Christine Corley and Derrick Prince
Christine is eliminated. The judges then announce a surprise double elimination, and Derrick was eliminated.
Team Challenge 6: The top six were taken to Patina restaurant in Los Angeles, where they had to run a dinner service. Tracy selected Adrien and Jennifer as her Blue Team, and Christian and Ben cooked with Suzy in the Red Team. The Red Team was declared the winner.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Ben Starr, Christian Collins and Suzy Singh
Pressure Test Elimination 6: Tracy, Jennifer and Adrien faced off in a Pressure Test with a salmon theme. They were to correctly fillet a whole salmon and cut it into at least ten portions. They then had to cook one portion and serve it to the judges. Jennifer performed best overall.
Mystery Box Challenge 7: The contestants were given three kinds of ground meat as a core ingredient for a dish of their choosing with other ingredients from the box, which they had to cook within 60 minutes. The top three consisted of Jennifer, Adrien and Ben, with Ben's emerging triumphant.
Challenge Winner: Ben Starr
Elimination Challenge 7: Ben got to pick one of Gordon Ramsay's signature dishes for everyone to cook. He also got to ask Gordon three questions about the recipe, with no recipe given to the other contestants. Suzy's dish was deemed the overall best.
Team Challenge 7: The top four were divided in two teams and cooked a dish for the judges, who were joined by 3 judges from international versions of MasterChef. Suzy was allowed to pick which of the other three chefs she wanted to work with, and chose Christian for her Red Team. Jennifer and Adrien's dish earned the Blue Team the win for this challenge.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto and Jennifer Behm
Pressure Test 7: Suzy and Christian went head-to-head and were given 90 minutes to recreate a lemon meringue pie. Suzy's pie fell short of the mark.
Mystery Box Challenge 8: The final three chefs were asked to cook a dish using chicken in one hour. Adrien won the challenge.
Challenge Winner: Adrien Nieto
Elimination Challenge 8: Adrien, Jennifer and Christian were shown ingredients that were three of Joe's favorites. Adrien got to choose his ingredient and chose the octopus. Christian then got the chance to choose both his and Jennifer's ingredient for their entrees. Christian chose veal leaving Jennifer with mushrooms. Adrien was the winner.
Winner: Adrien Nieto
Bottom two: Christian Collins and Jennifer Behm
Jennifer was declared the second finalist, while Christian was sent home.