Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unusual Proteins Rule on 'Masterchef'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unusual Proteins Rule on 'Masterchef'

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Even for those who did well, "MasterChef" had an offal week.

Yep! Tripe, kidneys, pig's ears, chicken feet, bull testicles - the Fox show (8 p.m. Wednesdays) spared no part of the animal in this week's episode. How to make these unusual proteins palatable?

That was the cheftestants' problem. Fortunately for Slippery Rock native Nathan Barnhouse, years of living in Africa provided experience that he used to turn a sow's ear (or, as the case might be, a pig tail) into a barbecue sandwich. Throw in some potato salad and fried green tomatoes, and the guy cooked his way into the next round.

In a surprise double elimination, D'Andre Balaoing and Diana Bilow were sent home. Chef Gordon Ramsay compared Mr. Balaoing's lamb's tongue to a "dog's chew toy," and Ms. …

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