'MasterChef: Back to Win': Keturah King fails to impress judges, fans say she 'learned nothing'
Keturah King sought to re-enter the competition when 'MasterChef: Back to Win' returned with the last set of auditions. Gordon slammed the cook who had to cope with anxiety throughout her own season after she served her food.
'MasterChef' resumed with round three of auditions on Wednesday, June 8. So far, it's been an interesting season, as 'MasterChef: Back to Win' brings back contestants from prior seasons (including 'MasterChef Junior' contestants) to offer them another shot at the 'MasterChef' crown. Keturah fought hard for her place in the competition, only to fall short. Fans took to social media to express their disappointment as she misses out on her chance to win a white apron.
Keturah, who finished 14th in Season 10, suffered from anxiety. She didn't trust herself before, but she's determined to win this time. The cooks that stood in her way were Alejandro from Season 11, Jaimee from Season 5, and Samantha from Season 9.
Samantha created egg yolk raviolo with brown butter sage sauce, a 'MasterChef' kitchen favorite. Joe would gladly serve the dish at his restaurant anywhere in the world because it was cooked to perfection. Gordon describes it as a "very solid" meal. Jaimee's Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout is served with brown butter lemon garlic sauce, salt & vinegar chips, and tomato relish. Aaron loves the color combination, but believes it's too simplistic. Gordon, on the other hand, approves. Joe questions whether it's a touch too "every day" for this competition. Alejandro's coffee-rub elk tenderloin is accompanied by bourbon demi-glace, sweet potato purée, wilted spinach, and white asparagus. Gordon likes the sight of it and considers it "delicious," but he thinks it's under seasoned. Aaron believes the asparagus requires some tender loving care. Joe likes all the components and disagrees with Aaron and Gordon. He believes that's just fine the way it is.
Keturah concludes the round with her seafood pasta with uni, caviar, tomato salad, and pickled blackberries. Gordon is visually perplexed since there is so much going on. Gordon spits it out in his napkin after tasting it. He describes it as "confusing" and expresses disappointment. Gordon is visually perplexed since there is so much going on. He is also concerned with the hoovered-down plating approach, since there was a puddle of sauce on the dish. Gordon is puzzled, unsure if he will require a chair or a sick bag.
Joe makes a look that no chef would want to see after somebody takes a mouthful of their dish. Joe appreciates Keturah's desire to prepare an "ambitious" dish for her audition, but it is not cohesive in any manner. Aaron likes the spice in the meal and finds it pleasant, but the noodles are overdone, and the thought of blackberries working with caviar is a bit much for him. Gordon is baffled by the dish; he is as confused as his palate and feels let down by it. As a result, Keturah misses out on the apron, while Samantha and Alejandro advance in the competition.
Not only the judges, but the fans who were rooting for her to make a return were also let down by her performance. One fan took to Twitter and wrote: "I see Keturah has learned nothing #MasterChef". Another fan was disappointed as they see her overcook her noodles. They wrote: "Keturah, sis, don’t overcook the noodles #MasterChef #MasterChefbacktowin". Yet another viewer had a similar concern regarding the noodles. They posted on Twitter: "Watching Keturah masscre those noodles like...#MasterChef@MASTERCHEFonFOX".
While other fans were simply amused at Gordon's reaction to Keturah's dish. They tweeted: "Gordon's reaction to Keturah's dish... #MasterChef @MASTERCHEFonFOX". However, a Twitter user did appreciate her effort to overcome her anxiety and showed their support for her quest to get a white apron: "@Keturah_King_ cheers to you for kicking your anxiety to the curb. As a fellow anxiety-sufferer, I'm rooting for you to excel and get a white apron! @MASTERCHEFonFOX #MasterChef".
With the auditions already over, you can now watch the next episode of 'MasterChef: Back to Win' on Fox on Wednesdays at 8 pm to watch the white-apron holders compete for the title.
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