Down to 17 on MasterChef and David Williams is still alive. The fourth episode of MasterChef pitted the chefs against each other during a special wedding reception and feast for Nick Nappi, a former MasterChef contestant and winner from Season 6. This was a ton of pressure and a huge challenge for the remaining 18 home chefs. The intense pressure -- cooking on a time limit for a large group of drunken wedding guests -- would separate the potential real chefs from the amateurs.
The bride and groom selected two proteins: scallops and rack of lamb… to be served to 150 guests. Two captains for two teams and they both had to prepare scallops and a lamb dish.
Last week's winners – Terry and Nathan – were selected team captains for this week. Chef Ramsasy let the contestant pick the team they wanted to be on. Mostly everyone picked Terry, the stronger of the two captains. Because they want over the allotment of eight team members, Terry had to pick which players stayed and which ones got booted to the other team. David Williams made the cut…his skills were good enough that Terry wanted him on his Red Team.
With David Williams on Terry's Red Team, he seemed to be on the better of the two from the get go. Not only did the Red Team have a much better captain but they also had a stronger game plan/menu than their opponents.
The Blue Team was captain by Nathan, who was one of the youngest contestants on the show and was a total inexperienced millennial who liked to shout a lot when the pressure sunk in.
- Red Team: Pan-Seared Scallops with Asparagus and Lemon Buerre Blanc
- Blue Team: Pan-Seared Scallops with Romanesco and Blood Orange Vinaigrette
The Red Team got along with everyone so there was no internal drama. Their only obstacle was Mother Nature. The outdoor reception also meant the chefs had to cook outdoors. They had to deal with gusty winds putting out their burners and knocking over dishes, which impacted their preparation.
Chef Ramsay had to step in and stop a potential disaster for the Blue Team when they fired up the scallops too early. The Blue Team seemed doomed due to their inept leader. Alas, they blew the timing on the scallop aps. Chef Ramsay was furious that the Blue Team did not get all their scallops appetizers out in time to the guests. Ramsay also had to chastise someone on the line who put together a terrible blood-orange vinaigrette.
- Red Team: Rosemary-Crusted Lamb with Garlic Polenta and Tomato Gastrique
- Blue Team: Pan-Seared Lamb with Pea and Mushroom Orzo and Pistachio Gremolata
For the main course, both teams had an hour to cook 150 plates of lamb. The Red Team failed to execute a consistent dish, while the Blue Team finally got their act together.
However, Ramsay stopped over to the Blue Team to say that he smelled something on fire. Turned out a batch of orzo was burning. Despite the minor slip, they started to pull together as a team and looked like they might pull off this round.
Meanwhile, the Red Team's lamb was not cooked enough and Ramsay warned them that they could not serve raw lamb. "All that's missing in the fucking wool!" he blasted.
The bride and groom did not like the Blue Team's scallops, but they liked the lamb. The bride and groom liked the Red Team's scallops, but they did not like their lamb. Looked like the teams had split the proteins and it would be up to the judges to decide which team would win and which chef would get booted from the losing team.
The wedding challenge was won by the Red Team. That meant David Williams and everyone on the Red Team was safe and would not get eliminated. Williams advanced to the next episode.
Meanwhile, someone from the Blue Team was going home for losing the wedding challenge. Chef Ramsay informed Barbara that she was eliminated for botching the blood-orange vinaigrette.
Down to 17 contestants and David Williams is still alive in MasterChef.