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Joe Bastianich’s MasterChef Blog: It’s Down to Two!

Joe Bastianich and Krissi Biasiello

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updated 09/05/2013 AT 8:15 PM ET

originally published 09/05/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET

Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur, winemaker, author and one of the judges of MasterChef. He is blogging each week about the show’s search for the best home cooks. Follow him on Twitter @Jbastianich or visit

It’s down to two, MasterChef fans!

The first mystery box tag team challenge proved a little too much for Krissi’s abilities as well as her self-restraint. I don’t mind a little eleventh hour drama, but there’s a major lack of frustration tolerance there that sadly is her biggest hindrance. Yelling may be par for the course in our fast paced profession, but abandoning the line doesn’t fly in a real kitchen.

This is the final four of MasterChef – you don’t take a time out! It is truly a shame, because she has grown significantly in the last three months. Love her or hate her, Krissi, the consummate underdog, held her own this season.

Staying afloat amongst competitors whose knowledge and exposure surpassed her own is something she proved time and time again. Her ability to dig her heels in and get it done just when things looked darkest is what I most admired about her throughout this competition, so for me her lack of self-control was disappointing. I doubt anyone is really surprised. We all knew she’d go out with a bang.

Although Jessie’s attitude certainly deserved the edge in the pressure test, what’s on the plate is what’s on the plate – and she skated past Krissi by a nose. Sadly, she wasn’t so fortunate with her choice of Kobe beef. She made such a poor assumption – I wish she had paid better attention to her instincts on that green papaya salad than the ones that told her a steak is a steak.


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