The eight remaining cooks enter the "MasterChef" kitchen and are greeted by judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. The chefs announce the next Mystery Box Challenge: the contestants must use the ingredients inside the wooden crates to make spectacular food. The judges will taste only the top three of the eight dishes, and a winner will be chosen from those presentations.
The players open their boxes to reveal the makings of a surf-and-turf meal: jumbo shrimp, Alaskan king crab, live crawfish, buffalo ribeye, dry-aged porterhouse steak, and short ribs. They now have 45 minutes to make their culinary delights. Joe comments, "We've given them the grounds to be successful before they even began cooking, so they have to take it to the next level to really impress us." The judges want to see the contestants create a modern twist on the classic surf and turf.
When time is up, the judges make their first pick for the top three, choosing Adrien's beer-braised short ribs and crab salad. This marks the third time Adrien is in the top group for a Mystery Box Challenge. Gordon says, "It is a very modern take - you are back with a vengeance!" Joe remarks that it was brave to use short ribs and tells Adrien that he knocked it out of the park.
The second chef in the top three is Suzy, with her prawn bisque and bison. Gordon is surprised to hear that "Miss Smarty Knickers is going simple." He congratulates her, saying, "When you cook and let the ingredients shine, you're unstoppable." Joe adds, "If you keep on cooking like this, your stay with us here may continue to extend."