Could You Cook Alongside Celebrity Chefs?

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We know you're good, but are you a legend? You can saute, flambe, and otherwise broil you're way through any cooking competition, but do you have what it takes to win Masterchef? Could you cook with the likes of Jamie Oliver, Bobby Flay, or (dare we name him) Gordon Ramsay?

Our advice? Only take this quiz if you've really got talent. It takes more than just methodology to be a true celebrity chef, and we're not going to let you off easy. We don't want Ramsay to kick you out of his kitchen, after all! It's competition time, are you ready?

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1. What can you do with an egg to impress Jamie Oliver?

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  1. Grill it
  2. Blanch it
  3. Poach it
  4. Sear it
Poaching food involves cooking it slowly in some kind of liquid until it's fully cooked. To make perfect poached eggs you need to keep the eggs in a consistent shape when boiling them in water. A simple, trick to ensure that the egg whites keep a consistent shape is to soak the eggs in white vinegar for several minutes before breaking them open.
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2. This Masterchef contestant cooked his steak...

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  1. Medium-rare
  2. Medium
A medium-rare steak has a warm, red center that oozes with juicy, beef-forward flavor. You've officially reached medium rare when you hit 130° to 135°F, a temperature at which the proteins within the meat start to denature but can't fully finish. The result is a steak with the perfect amount of tender chewiness.
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3. It's the pasta round! Use these ingredients to make:

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  1. Pesto
  2. Burro
All you need to make a delicious pesto are basil, pine nuts (lightly toasted), parmesan cheese (freshly grated), garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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4. To master the crêpe round, your batter should be...

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  1. The consistency of pudding
  2. The consistency of heavy cream
The consistency of heavy cream! Do it right! French people fold their crêpes! Why? Doing it that way prevents toppings from falling out.
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5. Make burgers! What beef will keep you in the competition?

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  1. Beef with a high fat content
  2. Beef with a no fat
Find beef with a high fat content! Why? That'll make your burger juicy instead of dry.
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6. You've made it to the quarterfinals! Make a sliced duck confit. Cook your duck in:

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  1. Milk
  2. It's own fat
A confit, a French word that means “to preserve”, is any type of food that is slowly cooked in fat or grease over a long period of time.
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7. If you mess THIS up, Gordon Ramsay will be disappointed in your risotto...

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  1. The garnish
  2. The stock
The stock is key to any good risotto. Risotto is an Italian rice dish that is cooked until it reaches a creamy consistency, using either broth or stock. In Italy, it's often served before the main course.
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8. Surprise your judges! What unusual ingredient might you add to these staples to make a chocolate cake?

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  1. Barbeque sauce
  2. Mayonaise
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Mustard
Try it! Mayonnaise -- a mix of vegetable oil, vinegar, and egg -- makes chocolate cakes more tender.
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9. To win this challenge, replicate the pie below! What's on top?

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  1. Whipped cream
  2. Butter
  3. Merengue
  4. Marshmallows
Each type of meringue is made slightly differently. French meringue is beaten, Swiss is made above boiling water, and the Italian version has sugar syrup drizzled into it.
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10. Jamie Oliver only cooks pasta "al dente"!

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  1. Chewy
  2. Firm but tender
"Al dente" is a term that is used to describe food that is still firm-- although tender-- when bitten.
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11. Gordon Ramsay's thinks your soup's too salty. How can you fix it?

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  1. Add seaweed
  2. Add more water
  3. Add pepper
  4. Nothing, toss it
There are several ways to fix food that has been over-salted. You could add more water, or add lemon juice, vinegar, or even sugar.
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12. What's Bobby Flay doing?

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  1. Deglazing
  2. Frenching
  3. Flambeing
  4. Macerating
To flambe something, drench your food in liquor and ignite it. This will add a richer taste to your food.
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13. You're in the finals! Add THIS pearl-like food to your oysters:

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  1. Pickles
  2. Zest
  3. Mini cranberries
  4. Caviar
Caviar, often considered a delicacy, is a food consisting of salt-cured fish roe-- usually salmon, trout, or sturgeon. Beluga caviar can be sold for $10,000/kg.
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14. What's this Masterchef contestant doing to add flavor to his ceviche?

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  1. Zesting
  2. Dredging
  3. Butterflying
  4. Broiling
Zesting! The rinds of citrus fruits have oils that add flavor to food, which is why they can be added to everything from savory dishes to cocktails.
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15. Don't forget to add "lardons". They'll make an award-winning baked potato!

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  1. Swiss cheese
  2. Bacon bits
Lardons are also called bacon bits! If you want to get technical, they're bits of pork belly that have been cured and then cold smoked.
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16. Make bread with legendary baker, Nancy Silverton! You'll need...

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  1. Salt, baking powder, and cornstarch
  2. Sugar, water, flour, and yeast
Sugar, water, flour, and yeast! Bread is one of the oldest foods in the world -- almost every ancient civilization had their own version.
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17. Chef's Table participant, Jordi Roca, is doing THIS to his dessert:

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  1. Paupietting it
  2. Vandyking it
  3. Garnishing it
  4. Rendering it
A garnish is a substance used as a decoration to accompany prepared food dishes or drinks. In some cases, it adds contrasting flavors to the dish.
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18. Your sauce is too thin! What can you put in to fix it?

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  1. A roux mixture
  2. Balsamic vinagrette
A "roux" is a mixture of flour and fat (most commonly butter) which is used to thicken sauces, soups, and stews.
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19. What kind of pan is Gordon Ramsey probably using?

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  1. A sauté pan
  2. A griddle
A sauté pan is designed so that you can fry food while moving it quickly around the pan, and then over it with a lid. They are flat-bottomed and generally straight-sided. They are deeper than normal frying pans.
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20. Just ask Mr. Oliver! The secret to a good stir fry is:

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  1. The oil
  2. The stove-top
To make a good stir fry, make sure you choose the right oil. Grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil are all great options. What's the difference between a stir fry and a sauté? Sautés are cooked at a lower heat and stirred a bit slower.
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21. If Gordon Ramsay asks you to make a bisque out of this lobster, run and get:

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  1. Onions, carrots, celery, and tomatoes
  2. Beef, cream, garlic, and squash
A bisque is a rich, creamy soup made using a strained broth of crustaceans, especially lobster. The broth's vegetable base is usually made of onion, carrot, and celery.
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22. Masterchef 101: to blanch your tomatoes...

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  1. Marinade them in salt
  2. Boil them first
To make sauces or soups with a tomato base, blanch your tomatoes first! What is blanching? Boiling them for a short time, and then soaking them in cold water to make them easier to peel.
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23. Win the dessert round by using coffee to enhance the flavor of...

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  1. Chocolate
  2. Sugar
Don't worry, you won't even taste the coffee! Coffee enhances and adds complexity to the flavor of chocolate.
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24. To make an award-winning dinner, make applesauce to offset:

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  1. Chicken
  2. Roast pork
Roasted pork and applesauce is a marvelous combination! Applesauce is also a good egg substitute. Substitute one egg for 1/4 cup of applesauce, or 2 eggs for 1/2 cup of applesauce in your baked goods.
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25. What ingredient do you need to pickle celery like Gordon Ramsy?

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  1. Honey, tamarind sauce, and lemonade
  2. Vinegar, water, salt & sugar
To pickle anything, combine vinegar, water, salt, and sugar (optional) in a small pan on high heat. Bring to a boil and dissolve the salt and sugar. Pour your mixture over the fruits or vegetables you want to pickle.
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26. As "Picasso of Pastry", Pierre Herme, knows macarons need to be:

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  1. Piped onto parchment paper
  2. Boiled before baked
Pipe them onto parchment paper! Macarons are notorious for being difficult to bake. Any and every step -- from preparing the batter to heating the oven -- can go disastrously wrong.
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27. Even Gordon Ramsy learned how to kebab once. How do you make kebab meat?

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  1. Minced lamb, garlic, cumin, coriander, and oil
  2. Soybeans, broccoli, tomato, and butter
Minced lamb, garlic, cumin, coriander, and oil! Red onions, lambs, and red pepper is a classic kebab combination! But be careful, the average kebab will give you 98% of your recommended daily salt.
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28. Pick a dish that would go well with truffles:

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  1. Risotto
  2. Stir fry
Risotto and truffles make a heavenly combination! Don't overdo it, though! Just a little bit of truffles, shaved on top of the risotto, will give you a burst of flavor.
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29. Gordon Ramsy's very upset that his chef used eggs straight from the fridge. Why?

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  1. It made the mixture flavorless
  2. It curdled the batter
Adding cold eggs could cause the fat in a batter to re-harden, making it lumpy or curdled in appearance.
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30. To make it through Le Cordon Bleu, make THIS mother sauce:

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  1. Sriracha
  2. Madeira
  3. Béchamel
  4. Ranch
Béchamel sauce, also called white sauce, is made from a white roux (butter and flour) and milk. It is one of the mother sauces of French cuisine.
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31. You've made Gordon Ramsay mad again! Your cream is over-whipped if it looks...

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  1. Like soup
  2. Like butter
Butter is also made out of cream. When the cream is beaten enough, the solids separate from the liquids, leaving you with butter.
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32. If you burn your garlic while sauteeing it, it's game over! Avoid that by cutting it:

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  1. Precisely
  2. Roughly
Cutting your garlic precisely -- and avoiding any kind of rough chopping or pulverizing -- makes it less likely to burn.
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33. Bobby Flay's making fresh pasta! What did he use?

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  1. Flour and eggs
  2. Water and flour
Flour and eggs are all you need to make pasta! Pro tip? Knead your mixture until it is smooth and then let it stand for 30 minutes!
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34. It's a curry challenge! Which is generally spicier, curry powder or paste?

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  1. Curry powder
  2. Curry paste
Curry paste is generally hotter than curry powder. Why? Curry paste is more likely to be made out of red or green chilies, which are hotter.
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35. Gordon Ramsy wants to know what part of a cow is the filet mignon is.

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  1. Tenderloin
  2. Dewlap
Tenderloin! Make sure to heat your pan well, and to that your oil is almost smoking! This will achieve a nice, salty crust.
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36. It's a salad elimination round! What cutting technique should you use with your leaves?

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  1. Dredge
  2. Macerate
  3. Grind
  4. Chiffonade
How do you chiffonade your food? Roll the leaves and cut into thin strips. This will create an artful, even cut.
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37. Don't present your judges with runny pie filling! Make sure you add:

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  1. Grease
  2. Bread crumbs
  3. Veloute
  4. Starch
Use root starches to thicken sauces, and for baking custards, puddings, and pie fillings.
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38. The clock's ticking! Should you frost your cake right of the oven?

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  1. Sure, what's the worst that can happen?
  2. Definitely not
Refrigerate your cake before frosting and leveling it. This will help the cake become a bit firmer and be easier to work with. Warm cakes crumble easily and cause their frosting to melt and run.
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39. Make a quick decision. Which of the below-pictured can you baste?

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  1. The chicken
  2. The fish
Basting means brushing meat in its own juices. Which of the three could you baste? The chicken! It will keep the chicken moist, add flavor, and give the meat a beautiful, golden-brown color.
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40. What's the secret to a cheesecake that will keep you ahead of other contestants?

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  1. Use reduced-fat ingredients
  2. Use full-fat ingredients
Use full-fat ingredients! Also, make sure your ingredients are room temperature, and add the eggs last.
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41. Think on your feet! What other key food do you need to make a dish out of the following ingredients?

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  1. Linguine
  2. Beans
To make shrimp and asparagus linguine, you'll need linguine, butter, garlic, asparagus, shrimp, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese!
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42. Back to the basics. Use these ingredients to make a:

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  1. Pizza
  2. Chicken parmesan
  3. Risotto
  4. Panzenella
What do you need for the most basic pizza? Bread flour, seminola flour, sea salt, yeast, sugar, garlic, basil, olive oil, and tomatoes.
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43. Don't let Gordon Ramsy kick you out! If your veggies taste mushy...

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  1. Put them back into the oven
  2. Toss them in cold water
If your veggies taste mushy, just "shock" them! Toss them into cold water after cooking. This technique will work best on green beans, broccoli, asparagus, and corn.
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44. Identify the vegetables you see in this basket:

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  1. Fennel, pepper, zuchini
  2. Pepper, parsnip, zuchini
Fennel is in the carrot family! It's originally from the Mediterranean and thrives on dry soils near the sea.
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45. Don't disappoint your judges. Make your chicken is moist and tender by adding:

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  1. Citrus
  2. Parsley
Citrus not only enhances the taste of the chicken, but its juices keep the poultry moist and tender while cooking.
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46. Food challenge! Use the same ingredient for a dinner and dessert!

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  1. Beans
  2. Chicken
  3. Ice cream
  4. Pumpkin
Did you know that pumpkins are grown on six of seven continents (all except Antarctica)!
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47. You won't win the chicken wings round without a good:

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  1. Ranch dressing
  2. Barbeque sauce
What do you need to make a good barbeque sauce? Hot sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, and ketchup.
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48. It's the appetizer round. What is your fellow contestant Sarah is making?

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  1. Tahini
  2. Almond butter
  3. Hummus
  4. Peanut butter
Hummus! Some hummus is made with butter, some with olive oil. Greek yogurt can also be added for a creamy consistency.
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49. Did the other contestants take all the knives? Cut through your cheese with:

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  1. Dental floss
  2. A spoon
Dental floss is a great cheese cutter, in a pinch! You can also cut Swiss rolls using dental floss.
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50. Stick out of the crowd! Instead of sauteeing bacon, try doing THIS to it:

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  1. Steaming it
  2. Baking it
Cooking bacon in an oven makes for a much more even cook than in the frying pan!
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