Elyce Wooten eliminated from show and 'MasterChef: Legends' fans say 'thought she'd go far'
The top 15 contestants barely had any time to celebrate the feat of getting their hands on the coveted white apron from among thousands of aspiring home cooks vying for the same. They had to immediately get to work to keep their spot in the 'MasterChef' kitchen. When Gordon Ramsay said that the aspiring chefs appearing on 'MasterChef: Legends' need to have nerves of steel, he really meant it.
The 15 home cooks were immediately put to the task of impressing the legendary chef Masaharu Morimoto and the other judges — Aaron Sanchez, Joe Bastianich, and Gordon. What's at stake you ask? Well, the contestant who manages to impress the celebrity chef will win a dinner for two at one of Morimoto's famous restaurants while the contestant who fails to rise to the occasion will be given the boot from 'MasterChef' Season 11. Unfortunately, Elyce Wooten ended up getting eliminated.
The contestants were tasked with the challenge of cooking monkfish, following chef Morimoto's demonstration of filleting the fish. Since none of the contestants ever worked with a monkfish before, it was an even playing ground. While most of them decided to step out of their comfort zone and experiment and play around with various flavors and textures, Elyce decided to play safe and decided to stay in her comfort zone.
The 39-year-old whipped up Baja fish tacos with spicy aioli and chips. When she presented it before the judges, they all had some interesting feedback for her. Gordon pointed out how the plating looked "careless", while Joe refused to call her dish tacos. He said that her dish was all "soggy" and was just fried fish in a shell. Although Morimoto enjoyed the chips Elyce served, he, unfortunately, felt that the star of the dish — the monkfish — was undercooked. The judges decided to eliminate Elyce.
Fans were sad to see her go, as they believed that she would go far in the competition. A fan tweeted, "#MasterChef Elyce reminded me of Dorian and I thought she'd go far.." Another fan wrote, "Aw Elyce I wanted to see more of her #MasterChef." One more said, "I wanted Elyce to go all the way!! #MasterChef."
#MasterChef Elyce reminded me of Dorian and I thought she'd go far.— Nick Grimes (@NickGrimesYT) June 24, 2021
I wanted Elyce to go all the way!! #MasterChef— Audrey Brooks (@Mickey1Fan) June 24, 2021
Another fan wrote, "Elyce sorry to see you go #MasterChef." One annoyed fan said, "Wow! Annye should have gone home! Wtf she used store bought tortillas!!! @MASTERCHEFonFOX #MasterChef this some bullshit!"
The salon owner from Chicago left the judges impressed during the auditions with her red velvet mini cake with mascarpone cream cheese frosting and freeze-dried raspberries. The guest judge, Emeril Lagasse, loved it so much that he was torn between deciding whether to take another bite of the delicious dessert or hug Elyce for presenting him with such perfectly baked dessert.
'MasterChef: Legends' Season 11 airs every Wednesday at 8/7c on FOX.