• Elizabeth and Courtney prepare to do battle in the MasterChef Season 5 finale.

  • Courtney's appetizer will feature a crispy pig-ear salad with fennel and a quail egg.

  • Elizabeth has chosen to create grilled octopus with fennel, chorizo, and chick peas.

  • After the appetizer, the cooks are neck-and-neck.

  • The cooks present their final course. Courtney has created cherry meringues with salted chocolate and spiced almonds while Elizabeth created grapefruit semolina cake with poached plums and pistachios.

  • After tasting all of the dishes, the judges have a very tough decision to make.

  • Courtney's risks paid off! She is the MasterChef Season 5 winner!

  • In addition to publishing her own cookbook, Courtney will be taking home a trophy and $250,000!

  • Leslie, working with Ahran and Christian, seasons his filets.

  • Tonight's special dinner guests are professional chefs all 50 states!

  • Courtney and Leslie prepare to face-off in the last pressure test of Season 5.

  • Leslie, who has survived 6 pressure tests, gets started on the first of his three cakes.

  • Courtney feels confident that she will move on to the finale as she has been baking cakes for years.

  • Courtney and Elizabeth will be fighting head-to-head in the finale!

  • After having the best dish in the last challenge, Courtney gets to choose her teammate for the next challenge.

  • Each team must choose a box of ingredients from one of their home states.

  • Leslie and Cutter get to work on their potato, carrot, and turnip puree while the steaks sear.

  • Elizabeth and Courtney decide to use the trout as their appetizer, while their entree will utilize the venison.

  • In his sixth pressure test, Leslie isn't going down without a fight.

  • After plating the tuna, Cutter places the teriyaki glaze on his chicken dish.

  • After a very close pressure test, Cutter must hand in his apron and leave the kitchen.

  • After winning the Mystery Box Challenge, Elizabeth learns what her advantage will be.

  • The contestants learn what interesting cuts of meat Elizabeth has chosen for them to work with.

  • Cutter decides to cook his ox heart like a filet.

  • Christian has definitely never worked with brains, but he knows that he has to step up his game since only 5 contestants are left.

  • Courtney is determined to make the fanciest bull testicle dish anyone has ever seen.

  • Leslie plates his red wine braised tongue.

  • After cracking under pressure and presenting a less-than-stellar plate, Christian must leave the kitchen.

  • The contestants arrive at the legendary rock n' roll hotel, The Sunset Marquis.

  • The top 6 home cooks get a lesson from Chef Michael Schlow before their first Restaurant Takeover Challenge.

  • The Blue Team, led by Jaimee, quickly comes up with a game plan.

  • Leslie, leading the Red Team, watches everything his team does.

  • Chef Ramsay urges Jaimee to find her voice as a team leader in the kitchen.

  • Chef Ramsay tries to diffuse the situation when things between Cutter and Leslie heat up.

  • Both teams managed to dig in and get through tonight's service, but they won't find out who has won until they return to the MasterChef kitchen.

  • After losing the team challenge, the members of the Blue Team will face a pressure test.

  • The home cooks will have to skillfully craft a Croquembouche - a French dessert made of cream puffs stacked into a cone shape and wrapped in threads of caramel.

  • Courtney feels the pressure and worries that she may be going home after this challenge.

  • Christian, who isn't much of a dessert fan, delicately constructs his tower.

  • In a surprising turn of events, Jaimee must hand in her apron, but not before being offered a job by Gordon.

  • The contestants each receive a reminder of why they are in the MasterChef kitchen.

  • With a fresh boost of confidence, the contestants find out what is hiding in the Mystery Box.

  • After receiving a letter from his father, Cutter is inspired to use squab as his main protein.

  • Christian checks on his stuffed pork chop, which has, so far, impressed the judges.

  • After being split into pairs, chosen by Courtney, the cooks taste the dim sum dishes they will need to recreate.

  • Leslie, paired with Jaimee, isn't too worried about what his partner thinks.

  • Christian tries to help his partner, WIllie, as best he can from the sidelines.

  • After presenting a disastrous dish void of his usual love, Willie is eliminated.

  • The remaining 8 cooks learn that they'll get to choose their own teams for the next challenge.

  • The team each selects a box that holds a cut of chicken. They will not know what it is until they return to their stations.

  • Daniel and Jaimee try to figure out how to prepare the chicken wings they received.

  • Leslie and Elizabeth are in complete agreement in how they should prepare their chicken oysters.

  • Willie is worried about Cutter's plans for their chicken breast.

  • Tonight's pressure test is actually 3-in-1. They will be given dishes featuring eggs: a poached egg, egg yolk pasta, and a soufflĂ©.

  • After all three pressure tests, the judges must choose between Jaimee and Daniel. After a very close call, it is Daniel who must leave the kitchen.

  • The top 10 home cooks are tasked with serving concessions to fans at a children's football game.

  • Jaimee, captain of the Red Team, fears that she is too soft spoken to be heard in a team challenge.

  • The Blue Team, lead by Courtney, quickly agrees to serve guacamole burgers and fish tacos with a cilantro and lime sauce.

  • With fans filling in the stadium, Christian is worried that his turkey burger patties are too wet.


  • The Red Team celebrates a victory in the pouring rain!


  • Heading into the pressure test, Courtney is allowed to save herself and the judges save Christian.


  • The contestants get just 60 minutes to prepare three prawn dishes.


  • Knowing that only one cook will survive the pressure test, Victoria tries to stay confident.

  • The other contestants feel that, for the first time, Ahran is showing her age with her inability to handle the live prawns.


  • The eleven remaining cooks will compete to make it into the Top 10!

  • The cooks received one box of standard refrigerator staples, and one box of their gourmet counterparts. They'll have to pick just one box to cook with.

  • Daniel is hoping that most of the cooks won't choose the cheap box, allowing his dish to stand out.

  • Courtney feels that if the best ingredients are available, why would you use anything else?

  • After winning the Mystery Box Challenge, Leslie learns what his advantage will be.

  • Cutter investigates the caramelle pasta which he will have to recreate.

  • Christian works on the filling of his pasta.

  • With her dough all rolled out, Elizabeth prepares to create her pasta.

  • After creating a sauce and pasta that did not go well together, Francis must say goodbye to the MasterChef kitchen.

  • Tonight's challenge theme is love! Seventeen couples will fill the MasterChef kitchen and two teams of 6 will prepare a romantic dinner.


  • Ahran, who has actually never been on a date, immediately decides to go with lobster as the Red Team's main protein.

  • The Blue Team, led by Elizabeth, will be preparing a medium rare filet with beet and potato puree.


  • With all the tables in the restaurant full, the teams begin plating the main course.

  • While diners enjoy the main course, the teams prepare dessert.

  • After losing the challenge, the Red Team will face-off in a dessert themed pressure test.

  • The cooks gather ingredients to help them create nine hand-crafted chocolate truffles.

  • Cutter worries that his hands were made for cooking meat, not crafting truffles.

  • Ahran, who just lost her confidence, works on her milk chocolate mocha truffles.


  • After preparing a box of very bitter chocolates, Christine must hand in her apron and leave the MasterChef kitchen.


Elizabeth and Courtney prepare to do battle in the MasterChef Season 5 finale.