Thurs night MasterChef chat … Diana, Eloise, Sam and Callan must cook off against each other after picking from four pantries. Loser goes home. Tears galore in the ads but we didn’t see Sam cry, so reckon it’s him.
First pantry is herbs and spices but no-one jumps.
After 15 mins the second pantry is revealed to be fruit and veg. Eloise jumps and is making a basil ice cream sandwich with a beetroot caramel.
Sam umma and aarghs but finally follows and is also doing a basil ice cream with strawberries and a lemon granita.
Both Eloise and Sam are describing in detail how they make their ice cream anglaise (aka custard) so one of them must stuff up.
I am surprised Callan is waiting rather than jumping at dessert ingredients. The next pantry will probably be meat and the last seafood, although I’d love it if it was something whacky, like just a bowl of olives.
After ages he does jump, deciding on a coriander ice cream with a “fragrant syrup”and brik pastry. If Diana also decides to do a green ice cream I will die. I like that she’s holding her nerve and waiting. If she takes pantry three she will have 45 minutes to cook.
The third pantry is dairy, sweets, popcorn and nuts. Urgh, that sucks. Wait it out, Diana.
We are getting a lot of voiceover from Eloise about how rattled she is and she starts to cry. So she’s probably fine.
Diana is still waiting for the final pantry, and it’s … seafood AKA Diana heaven. She has 30 minutes to cook.
She grabs a gorgeous red emperor. Just don’t leave any bones in and wait for one of the herb ice cream people to bomb. It could be Sam – he’s not happy with his ice cream.
Why are they all doing ice cream when time is so tight?
Diana is making sambal for her fish and seems to be thriving under the pressure. Just don’t overcook your fish, Diana.
How many times do we have to hear Callan say he is deep frying curry leaves? Enough padding out! Time to hit fast forward …
Sam decides to turn his dud ice cream into a granita. Last night I picked him as the probably loser due to the fact he was the only one not shown crying in the promo.
George, just back off and give Diana and her fish some space. Go prep your court deposition instead.
Callan finally tastes his ingredients together and starts worrying they don’t marry. Oopsie. Take some elements off then!
THE JUDGES TASTE
This is the first time we’ve seen calm Diana get emotional. It’s a dish her mum cooks at home in Malaysia. The fish is cooked perfectly. The judges love the dish – yay. Given Diana did so well in yesterday’s challenge I’m so glad she made it.
Callan’s coriander ice cream with curry leaves has Gary pulling faces and George sniffing bits. It looks pretty but the ingredients don’t go together. He was too ambitious. The judges aren’t happy at the thought Callan could go.
Aw, isn’t Sam lovely? He says some
nice things about his competitors and speaks with passion. His dish is melty but the meringue is sticky. Matt says at least the flavours go together but Gary and George are not on board.
This is the second time Eloise has served an ice cream sanger (previously she did smoked chocolate). Gary is smiling. It’s a good ice cream.
THE LOSER IS …
It’s one of the boys: Sam, because Callan had better technique.
Everyone is crying, except Sam, who admirably keeps it together. I hope he gets a great pastrychef apprenticeship somewhere.
The update says he is doing work experience at Three Blue Ducks with MC previous winner Andy.
The crying ends when the contestants learn they are flying to Japan. And, yes, Tamara and Sarah get to fly business class because they won the shouty challenge.