Mystery Box, then Invention Test. You know the drill … Remember the days when they saved Peter Gilmore for the finale? Now we still have a million contestants in the comp and he’s here already.
— #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) 25 June 2017
AND vote in the new poll for your final two.
AND in other MC news, Karmen Lu from MasterChef 2016 has opened her own dessert bar in Perth. She just missed out on being in the final 10 last year.
This is her audition dish from last year:
And this is what a well-known commentator said about her at the time:
Just some dot points tonight …
– Matt Preston is resplendent in a plum suit with a black, mauve and baby pink cravat. Peter Gilmore is somewhat Prestonlike in a black suit with blue stripes.
– Bit disappointed they are not recreating one of his dishes … he’s set the mystery box.
– It includes abalone and custard apples – just stuff you’d buy in your weekly shop, basically.
– Peter Gilmore gives Tamara (groan – sorry, Tamara, I am sure you are great in real life but the show’s editors are ridiculously obsessed with you getting so much airtime. They have already given you way more airtime than Elena and Intense Matt combined got last year, and they were final two. Facebook is going berko about it being TamaraChef.)… tips on how to open and clean up the abalone. Interesting but I hope they all get the same assistance.
-Diana gets some airtime – yay. Her dish sounds good.
– (The ad break includes the new Bachie promo and I note he’s still “Matty J”. I hope once the show begins they cut it back to “Matty” – he’s the star, after all, unless we get another Keira.)
– Peter Gilmore is soooo much more interesting to watch than Heston. I like watching him chat to the contestants. And he seems happy – and awake!
– No Karlie yet and she’s usually good with Asian flavours, which suit the abalone.
– Callan is making the edit for his abalone with custard apple purée and Arum also gets air time. No edit for Ben, Sam, Nicole and barely any Eloise or Eliza. Only three dishes will be tasted.
– Tamara is one of them for her abalone stirfry. Peter says the abalone is good.
– Arum is next and it’s prettily plated with nasturtium leaves. Poor Arum looks so nervous but the Peter says it’s a great effort. Not exactly gushing.
– Diana’s braised abalone is next and even Gary has to praise her broth. (Did anyone NOT use the abalone? Guess we’ll
– Tamara wins and gets the advantage (aka kiss of death). There are three cloches containing three of Peter’s desserts from MC challenges: Snow Egg, choc cake and cherry lamington. But it’s okay – they don’t have to recreate the dishes. Just use one technique demonstrated in the desserts. She picks the lamington so she can make coconut shavings using liquid nitrogen.
– Callan must be devastated it’s not a straight Snow Egg challenge. I bet he’s done it at home.
– Eliza is now getting airtime. She’s using the flavours of strawberry, cucumber and lime.
– Arum is still smoking – this time for a chocolate log with coriander seeds.
– Sarah decides to stand out from the crowd with a savoury dish using scallops – good on her.
– Diana is making coconut sorbet with cherries and choc mousse. And then she utters the words that will land her in the bottom three (in relation to the crucial coconut shards: “I don’t think it will take very long to cook.” Oh, Diana … you were doing so well a few minutes ago.
– Eloise is also embracing the choc-cherry-coconut theme. “And where’s the inventive bit?” asks Gary while George looks on sourly. Because Peter is the only person in the world allowed to use Cherry Ripe flavours. She switches to nectarine ice cream instead.
– Tamara is making something with curry flavours.
– Callan also gets the death stares for his Cherry Ripe flavours. But he’s going to do a bicarb soda volcano for theatre. I’m wondering how this will work, as that won’t be edible – will it be under the dish?
– Nicole is making white choc mousse with fennel 100 ways and blackberry, because they are not traditionally paired with coconut. Perhaps for a reason, Nicole.
– Eliza is getting a top three edit.
– Back to Sarah and still no Ben, Karlie or Sam. At least that means they are safe.
– The judges tell Diana she’s made a terrible mistake not doing her coconut mixture first. She uses liquid nitrogen to speed the cooking process. I hope it works but am guessing it changes the texture.
– Arum’s logs haven’t set and they look rubbish, poor bugger. He chucks coconut on them to try to hide the flaws. Oh dear.
– Diana’s sorbet hasn’t worked. She just has to plate mousse and berries and she knows she’s screwed.
THE JUDGES TASTE
– Eliza’s coconut shavings look to have worked and her strawberry dessert looks like a little salad. She gets a “wow”
– Arum’s dessert gets a flinch from Gary and they say the flavours don’t work.
– Tamara is safe.
– Sam’s pineapple sorbet is praised.
– Oh, Karlie also made savoury but didn’t make the edit. They like her sambal prawns.
– Ben made candied pork with smoked vanilla ice cream and crackling Sounds super creative, but no airtime.
– Sarah’s raw scallops are a hit. Preston: “Inspired.”
– Nicole’s white choc mousse and fennel dish. They say the flavours overwhelm the coconut.
– Callan’s Cherry Ripe volcano is a fizzer – it doesn’t bubble over and the sauce is out of whack. Peter gives him some encouraging words.
– Diana’s shavings have worked but it lacks creativity.
– Eloise’s nectarine dish results in Peter telling her to be proud of herself. (More Peter Gilmore on MasterChef, please – he’s so encouraging.)
Eliza (who gets the token dish of the day nod), Eloise and Sarah.
Callan, Arum and Nicole. Geez, Diana dodged a bullet – phew.
TOMORROW: They recreate Paul Carmichael’s bhaja fish fry
NEXT WEEK: It’s Japan Week