'Masterchef' Top 19 Finalists Revealed As A Frontrunner Emerges (VIDEO)

Fox's "Masterchef" whittled the contestants down to the top 19 finalists this week, and judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot didn't pull any punches during the eliminations -- some chefs got cut before they even finished cooking.

Still, despite the herd being thinned, an early frontrunner emerged: Johnny B., a 28-year-old carpenter, made a splash with an unusual seafood dish -- lobster crackerjack -- featuring lobster, caramel, popcorn and coconut.

As Gordon put it, “That doesn’t read well on the menu [but] I’m forced to say it actually worked ... Absolutely delicious in a very weird, exciting way.”

"Masterchef" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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