‘MasterChef’ season 7, episode 16 review: Did David almost quit the competition?

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On the surface, we felt going into Monday night’s new episode of “MasterChef” was going to be a touching affair, mostly because we had the every-season tradition of the family visit coming down the runway.

Unfortunately, we think this episode will probably be the episode remembered more for David having to be talked off the ledge of leaving the competition by Gordon Ramsay. He was upset because Shaun, who won the family visit competition, used ingredients that would deliberately screw over David. Was it a good strategic move? Sure, but it is true that we don’t tend to see people this cutthroat in the game when it comes to targeting a single person. We get why he is mad, but almost leaving isn’t the right move when it comes to trying to win anyone over. The moment that he went up with that plate, we figured that he was going to be in danger of going home.

However, the show introduced a little bit of a curveball into the mix when Dan went up there with a dish the judges labeled uninspired. With that, we had a debate: Would the judges send home someone with the more disappointing dish, or someone with the more disappointing reaction? In the end, it’s about food and we lost Dan here. We actually really loved watching him this season despite him being almost the complete opposite of us personality-wise, and we hope he does show some of those frat guys out there that there is more to life than beer kegs.

We will say this: Kudos to David for giving us something unexpected and compelling to watch. Also, it was nice to see Richard Blais, one of our favorite “Top Chef” winners, on board as a guest judge. We’re sure that the elimination was polarizing, but kudos to the judges for going based on food, since that is ultimately what this competition is about. Grade: B.

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