The remaining ten "MasterChef" contestants are split into two teams, and Chef Gordon Ramsay informs them that they are going to prepare a stunning three-course meal for "the toughest critics 'MasterChef' has ever seen." Tracy and Giuseppe had the best dishes in the last elimination test, so they are named the team captains. Tracy selects Adrien, Christian, Jennie, and Christine for her Blue Team. Giuseppe chooses Alejandra, Ben, Suzy, and Derrick to wear the red jackets.
Graham Elliot then introduces the teams to the tough critics who will be serving as guest judges - Gordon, Graham and Joe's moms, Helen, Kate, and Lydia. "They have never failed to kick our ass," Graham says. "But they've been very quick to praise our triumphs."
Gordon says that the contestants must create a meal that appeals to all three mothers. The team captains get a few minutes with the moms to determine their likes and dislikes. The women have varied tastes, and the cooks find it difficult to select items that will please them all.
They then return to the kitchen to prepare a three-course lunch menu, including an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. The moms will choose which team's dishes they prefer, and the team that wins their approval in at least two out of the three courses will win the challenge.