MasterChef Legends semi-final chef showdown is a triple challenge

MASTERCHEF: Chef/host Gordon Ramsay in the “Semi Finale Pt. 2 - 3 Chef Showdown” airing Wednesday, Sept. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2021 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX.
MASTERCHEF: Chef/host Gordon Ramsay in the “Semi Finale Pt. 2 - 3 Chef Showdown” airing Wednesday, Sept. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2021 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX. /

With four chefs vying for the title, the MasterChef Legends semi-final round ramps up the pressure. If these home cooks want the fast-paced life of a professional chef, they better keep up with the pace. Which chef comes up just short of the finale?

According to FOX, the MasterChef Legends semi-final episode, “3 Chef Showdown,” features the following:

"The remaining four semi-finalists are challenged to a “3 Chef Showdown” — a brand-new culinary triathlon that sees the home cooks making three dishes back-to-back — alongside three different Legendary chefs. This is a window into the fast-paced world of a professional chef, with each round’s prize being a guaranteed spot in the finale. The cooks must keep up with Nyesha Arrington, Michelin Star chef Suzette Gresham, and finally, the biggest culinary legend of them all, Chef Ramsay, in the all-new “Legends: Semi Final – 3 Chef Showdown/ Semi Final Pt 2 – 3 Chef Showdown” two-hour episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, Sept. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MCH-1115/1116)"

This challenge is more than just a test of cooking skills, it is a test of nerves. Whether it is potatoes or seared scallops, the reality is that a professional chef needs to be efficient in their prep work and execution. Great food starts with proper mise en place.

Looking at the four remaining chefs, this challenge might be hard for Alejandro. While he has great creativity, his approach isn’t always efficient. From too many ingredients on the plate to last minute plating, his food might be amazing, but it isn’t the quickest path to the final result.

But, Alejandro has made some of the best dishes all season long. Even though he might not have the smartest approach, his food impresses when it all comes together.

Suu started off strong but faltered some. Her flavor profiles impressed the judges, but she seemed to have lost her way. Still, Suu has always been organized and proficient. Those skills could help her in this challenge.

For Suu to make the finale, she needs to think quickly and adapt. While her creativity might not be quite as impressive as the other semi-finalists, she might have the best ability to learn and adapt.

Autumn has been a force in MasterChef Legends. Never afraid to push her comfort level, she has excelled throughout the competition. In addition, her food knowledge has helped her greatly. From Japanese food to seafood, she seems able to do it all.

But, Autumn faltered as the leader in the team challenge. When she needed to be decisive, she was not. If she wants to be a stronger chef, she needs to use her voice. It might not be a kitchen brigade, but it isn’t cooking by committee.

Lastly, Kelsey probably has the best chance of making the finale. Although she faltered in the last challenge, she has excelled throughout most of the season. She has the calm demeanor that is needed in a professional kitchen.

More importantly, she can cook good food. In most situations, her flavors are on point, and she can execute smart dishes. It might be her competition to lose.

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Which three home cooks make the MasterChef Legends finale? Be sure to watch the double episode of MasterChef Legends Semi-final on FOX, Wednesday, September 8 starting at 8 p.m. ET.

What challenge do you think has been the hardest this season? Which chef legends would you want as your mentor?