Tonight on FOX Gordon Ramsay’s Masterchef returns with an all-new episode on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, called Season 11 Episode 5 “Legends: Sherry Yard – Dessert Challenge,” and we’ve got your weekly Masterchef recap below. In tonight’s Masterchef episode according to the FOX synopsis, “One of the world’s most influential pastry chefs, Sherry Yard, frequents the kitchen; the dessert challenge puts the home cook’s baking skills in the spotlight for the first time.”
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Tonight’s Masterchef episode kicks off with Gordon Ramsay welcoming Sherry Yard to the kitchen of MasterChef Legends, she’s a legend in the dessert and pastry world herself. We start with a bittersweet elimination challenge; the home cooks will have to prepare a restaurant-quality dessert. Joe Bastianich says that as a legend, you cook what you know as an expert and cook what you don’t know with an open mind; that flexibility is the difference between good and iconic. Aaron Sanchez adds that the Sherry Yard is one of the most influential pastry shops in the world.
Sherry says her grandmother was her biggest inspiration, she always blindfolded her taste. Mary Jayne is so overwhelmed by the sight of Sherry that she is in tears; Gordon tells her to go upstairs to get a hug.
The home cooks can make any dessert they want. Sherry says she’s looking for delicious desserts. Gordon says the winner will win $5,000 worth of Breville kitchen appliances. They have ninety minutes to prepare a stunning restaurant-quality dessert.
Tay is so excited, he is going to put sugar and spices and all the goodies in his desert. Lexy is nervous, deserts are not her thing. Gordon is worried about Alejandro, he’s making apple pie but started with ice cream and they’ve been on the road for half an hour. Tay uses canned fruit, his inverted pineapple cake becomes a risk. Matt uses black garlic in a cake, Joe is concerned and Aaron tells him to be careful that the flavor in his flourless cake can overpower.
Annai makes an avocado cheesecake, Gordon is surprised that she uses the avocado as a fruit. Gordon tells her he really hopes she’ll come back after last week’s tacos. Autumn is concerned about her cake, she is trying very hard. The home cooks are in their last thirty minutes. Lexy overcooks her pies and has to start all over again, regrets her choice and doesn’t want to go home. She hopes the jury will see her effort and like her latest dessert.
Anne says she’s not a baker, but she’s there to learn. She makes a rosemary cake with olive oil. Fifteen more minutes. Michael is nervous, he really isn’t a baker. Everyone is very focused. Aaron tells the other judges that Matt put 12 cloves of black garlic in his dish and is going to supplement it with sugar. The home cooks are in their last five minutes, Gordon says to start serving and taste everything.
The judges go around to see what the home cooks have prepared. There were several good dishes, the first home cook dessert that the judges would like to dig deeper into is Lexy making a molten lava cake with macerated berries and white chocolate drizzle. Gordon cuts it and says it’s nice, he tastes it and says it’s delicious, she bounced back. Lexy is commended by all judges. Tay is next, he made Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with Cherry Compote and Lemon Zest Whipped Cream. Gordon says it’s delicious and he can’t believe he’s eating canned fruit.
Aaron says it’s a soulful desert. Then they want to taste Anne’s dish, she made Olive Oil Rosemary Cake with Blueberry Compote and Whipped Cream Crème Fraiche. Joe likes the visual, he says she is a force to be reckoned with. Gordon says it’s a great dessert. Lexy, Tay and Anne are in the top three. But there’s a fourth dessert tonight, it’s Michael and he made Cannoli Cake with Chocolate Espresso Ganache and Toasted Pine Nuts. Sherry loves the fudgy frosting on the outside and the cake is spongy and delicate. Gordon says he toasted the pine nuts some more, but the batter was there. Aaron says it reminds him of Little Italy, Joe agrees.
The winner is Tay and all four are safe from elimination.
Three dishes did not meet their requirements, the first being Abe who made a Pomegranate Pie with Pistachio Brittle and Italian Meringue. Sherry says it looks elegant but undercooked. Gordon cuts into it and it’s not set. Joe says the dish reflects immaturity and Aaron says it was flawed. Annai is next, she made Avocado “no-bake” Cheesecake with Dragon Fruit Cream and Mango Sauce. Gordon says he is shocked that the bottom of the cheesecake mold is underneath. Sherry says it’s more of a dip than a cake. Gordon says she rushed it, if she had baked it it would have been much better.
Sherry says the big mold was a recipe for disaster. Joe says that baking nothing in a baking challenge is a recipe for disaster. The last home cook they want to see is Matt, he made a Black Garlic Chocolate Cake with spiced ganache, whipped cream and ginger-raspberry coulis. Gordon says he’s worried about the garlic and it’s not working. Joe says it’s bitter. Sherry says the flavors don’t sing to her. Aaron says the density of the chocolate could crush the flavor of the chocolate a bit.
The person leaving MasterChef is Annai.
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