Earlier on this season, we gave the post-production team over at “MasterChef” a little bit of grief for editing up the drama more than the actual cooking. Well, get ready — we’re not about to give them a bunch of credit for what they pulled off in this episode.
At the start of the hour, it felt as though the situation was going to be scripted — after escaping elimination narrowly the past two weeks, Josh would be sent home. We felt this way when he and Frank were paired off together in the first challenge (cooking for three culinary titans) based on their history together, and we felt this way when the pressure test was announced involving cooking three different types of souffles. Up until Graham Elliot actually announced that Josh was staying and Frank was going home, we thought for sure we had the end result in our head.
Now that Josh managed to beat someone who we have long thought would be the winner of this whole season, we have to ask now — could he be the fan favorite to win? He’s been the chef that cooks the most like everyday Americans, and his story is something that is also easy to relate to. Everyone likes an underdog — and even though Christine clearly has the most inspiring story out of everyone, it’s hard to really consider her an underdog anymore. Becky is probably still the favorite to win, but we really don’t see this happening — mostly because we haven’t really gotten a sense of who she is outside of a talented cook who obsesses over every detail in the kitchen. (Translation: The show needs a winner that viewers can get behind.)
Do you think that it is possible that Josh could end up winning this competition now, and who are you rooting for? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and head over to this link to check out an interview with the recently eliminated contestant Monti Carlo.