Legends: Jonathan Waxman – California Mystery Box
Mystery Box Challenge: The top 10 contestants are joined by Jonathan Waxman for their second mystery box challenge of the season. They are given one hour to create a dish using all five California inspired ingredients picked out by Waxman. The three best dishes belong to Suu, Abe, and Autumn, and Suu wins the challenge, also winning dinner for four at Chef Waxman’s New York City restaurant, Barbuto. The bottom three dishes belong to Alejandro, Tay, and Joseph. Joseph was initially called out for having the worst dish, but Tay was disqualified from the competition instead for missing one of the five required ingredients in his dish.
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MasterChef US Show Summary
MasterChef is an American competitive cooking reality TV show based on the British series of the same name, open to amateur and home chefs. Produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, it debuted on July 27, 2010 on the Fox network, following the professional cooking competition series Hell’s Kitchen.
For the first five seasons, the series starred celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay (the co-creator of the series and Hell’s Kitchen), Graham Elliot and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. From seasons six through eight, pastry chef Christina Tosi temporarily replaced Bastianich. On season seven, Elliot departed as a judge, and in place of a third judge, there were a series of guest judges, one of which was Aarón Sanchez. Since season eight, Sanchez joined as a regular judge. In season nine, Bastianich returned as a regular judge, replacing Tosi. On September 19, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a tenth season, which premiered on May 29, 2019 with Ramsay, Sanchez, and Bastianich returning as judges.
As of October 2020, an eleventh season of 18 episodes is in production, with Ramsay, Sanchez, and Bastianich returning as judges. The season, subtitled Legends, will premiere on June 2, 2021.