8:35pm Monday, August 27 on Prime
In the second day of auditions, the competition intensifies as the search for the next MasterChef continues. As judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich take their places, the home cooks prepare the dishes that could change their lives forever. First up to face the judging panel is a 24-year-old food server from Los Angeles named Felix. Like all the contestants, she has five minutes to finish her dish in front of the judges. If two of the experts think she has what it takes, she’ll move on to the next round of the competition. Felix prepares a crispy risotto with a steak tartar on top.
The self-proclaimed wild card amuses the judges with her off-colour remarks, but her dish underwhelms Chef Ramsay. Next up is Luca, an Italian-raised restaurant manager from Astoria, New York. As he whips up his Venetian calf’s liver with Parmesan polenta, he and Joe have a quick chat in Italian. When Joe and Graham split the vote, it’s up to Gordon to make the final call as to whether or not Luca will advance to the next round.