TORONTO (May 13, 2019) – In tonight’s episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, eliminated home cooks Alyssa LeBlanc from Tusket, N.S., Jenny Miller from Havre Boucher, N.S., Tony La Ferrara from Whitby, Ont., and Rozin Abbas from Toronto, Ont. had the chance to prove they deserved to be back in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen in a series of challenges that put their knife skills to the test. In the end, MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung revealed that Rozin impressed them the most and was given another chance at the MASTERCHEF CANADA title.
Last week’s eliminated home cooks – Alyssa and Jenny – were joined in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen by Rozin and Tony for the chance to earn back their apron and return to the competition. The judges revealed that a knife fight-themed redemption challenge would put the home cooks to the test throughout three rounds of competition, using classic culinary cutting techniques. The first task was to use a chef’s knife to replicate a rice noodle salad with julienned vegetables in just 14 minutes. While most focused on the intricate vegetable chopping first, Alyssa left hers to the end and ran out of time. Her messy plating and absent ingredients saw her leave the kitchen.
Next, the home cooks were given eight minutes to recreate a classic French sole meunière using a fileting knife. Having never fileted a fish before, Jenny struggled and was also sent home.
With Rozin and Tony remaining, they went head-to-head to replicate a perfectly frenched rack of lamb in 22 minutes using a boning knife. Tony cut himself multiple times during the cook, and had difficulty getting the frenched bones clean. Rozin worried that his lamb may have been undercooked, but ultimately the judges chose his rack as superior, and he was given his apron back and a second opportunity to compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title.
In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “Into the Fire” (Monday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app), the home cooks face-off in a trying Restaurant Takeover Team Challenge at judge Michael Bonacini’s Leña Restaurante, an Oliver & Bonacini restaurant. After watching demos by Chef Michael himself, the teams must prepare two appetizers and two main dishes for some of his most valued customers. Their performance in the Team Challenge could throw off the balance of the breakfast-themed Pressure Test, and at least one home cook will be sent home without the bacon.
The remaining Top 6 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:
- Andre Bhagwandat, Hospital Housekeeper from Scarborough, Ont.
- Chanelle Saks, Entrepreneur from Calgary, Alta.
- Cryssi Larocque, Former Airline Agent from Thunder Bay, Ont.
- Jennifer Crawford, Senior Policy Analyst from Kingston, N.S.
- Josh Miller, Youth Care Home Manager from Regina, S.K.
- Rozin Abbas, Digital Marketer from Toronto, Ont.
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