Viva Las Vegas

Did you catch last nights episode of Masterchef? If not, watch it here: Full Episode


During last weeks elimination challenge, Stephen and Shelly were selected to be captains. When we arrived at Drais Nightclub in Vegas, Stephen was told he had the absolute “best dish” and got to select either his star team or his star protein.

Stephen, being the Jedi that he is, used his minds tricks on Shelly and got everything he wanted: star team and star protein. Shelly selected the chicken tenders and Stephen was left with the lobster! He then selected his All-Star team and I was the first pick! OMG! So exciting πŸ™‚

Our team was run with great leadership. We were all given specific tasks and Stephen checked in and tasted as he went along to ensure everything was seasoned and cooked perfectly. It was a long night, so as expected there were some bumps in the road, but at the end our team finished early and we were rewarded with victory!

We learned that the blue team (loosing team) would have to send 4 of its team members into the pressure test and that the captain could not send herself in.

Lets stop right there for a moment. Every single time a team looses, Twitter demands that the captain be sent in to the pressure test and if for some reason they choose to save themselves (Courtney season 5) they feel the wrath of the Twittersphere.

Back to Vegas.

Shelly was essentially saved by GR.

The next day, we arrived at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak restaurant. Shelly saved people on her team that many did not agree she should have saved (from what we saw Christopher and Derrick pretty much saved their team) but it is a game and everyone will play it differently.

So, into the pressure test went Derrick, Claudia, Christopher and Ailsa.

Did I mention this was a two part pressure test? Because you know, we weren’t already feeling the heat.

Claudia and Derrick had some great steaks, were safe and joined the rest of us on the balcony.

Christopher and Ailsa cooked a filet Mignon and in the end, Ailsa was sent home.

Ailsa is an incredible young woman and a word traveler. You can visit her blog here: The Curious Tastebud


Next week, we are back in the MasterChef kitchen and we have a breakfast mystery box!

See you then!



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  1. Assalamu’alaikum Amanda πŸ˜€

    wow, this is spoiler hahaha..
    Here in Indonesia, this episode has not aired, well at least this morning I just watch the crab competition. And so proud to u for being best three πŸ˜€

    And u said that ur team win again in this episode.. wow! congrats!

    so, good luck, hope u go till final and can make more great dish in this show πŸ˜€

  2. Mashallah, you’re such a great cook!
    I always watch masterchef and I hope you will be the next Inshallah! I was looking over your recipes and for your next upcoming recipe can you make something Ramadan related? Probably manaqeesh?That would be nice. πŸ™‚ Ramadan Mubarak!

  3. Assalamu’alaikum Amanda,
    I’ve really enjoyed watching you, so proud that you’re a hijabi and from Seattle! Keep up the good work, I look forward to following your journey.

    With love from Seattle!!

  4. Salaam Amanda! Huge fan here, and I admire your cooking prowess (I sometimes like to pretend that I can bake and will be trying your birthday cake cookies soon) and not to take anything away from that at all, but masha Allah girl your fashion sense is alway always ON. POINT. You looked like an angel in the gold/white dress in the latest episode. Stay slayin, girl. πŸ™‚

    1. Salaam Farheen!
      Thank you so much, you’re so sweet! Please tag me in the picture of the cookies you make πŸ˜€ I appreciate your support! Have a blessed month!
      Wa Salam,

  5. I hope are going to be the WINNER of the Masterchef! I am 12 and from Vancouver, BC. I go to seattle about three times every month! You inspired me to cook and your tabbouleh looks so good! Do you have your recipe posted?
    Best of Luck!

  6. Salam, Amanda!
    I’m your fans from Indonesia and I’m a huge fans of Masterchef US since season 1. I’m surprise to see your presence in the kitchen since you’re the first Moslem contestant and you’re doing greaaaattt!!
    I’ll keep rooting for you, sister!
    Oh and I’m curious is there any winner or the show’s still running? Just asking πŸ™‚

    Tons of luck!

    1. Wa Salam, thank you so much for your support! I appreciate it very much πŸ™‚ We are done filming and know who the winner is.
      Take care!

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