MasterChef Wed – photo inspo

The contestants lift the lids of their mystery box to find a photo sent by their loved ones. The contestants have 60 minutes to create a dish inspired by the memory in their family photo.

If there isn’t a photo of a nonna grilling homegrown veg over a hibachi, I say we riot.



  1. You beat me to the first Nonna gag, Juz

    Some of the food will make a nonna gag, I’m sure.

  2. Poh it up to her nonsense again. Making 2 dishes again. Then didn’t turn on the pressure cooker.

    • I haven’t started watching and now just reading this makes me so angry. Although I haven’t had tea, so could be hangry

  3. So it’s basically cook what you want, as long as you can relate the photo to your dish in some minute way. Simon will do cabbage, Laura will do pasta, Poh will cook 18 different cakes….

    I mostly like the rest of them and don’t care what they cook.

    No doubt there will be tears galore. In fairness, if this was filmed at the beginning of lockdown when we were all stressed, some may have genuine concerns about family members or friends. At least they’ll wash up after wiping their snotty noses on their hands.

    • They do. All of Reynold business have to close. Even his mum since she supplies to cafes.

      Laura, Khanh and Callum own restaurants and cooking school too. All have to close.

      Same with Poh

  4. Many tears tonight but all understandable. Poor Reynold – cooking on national TV as his livelihood and that if his extended family – potentially crumbles a state away.
    All of them must have been so stressed, wondering if they would have businesses or jobs to go back to. And being away from their families and living in a serviced apartment would be hard, too. I believe Callum’s wife and baby made it over to Victoria before the border shut.
    So many sad stories tonight. I had forgotten Callum’s dad had died when he was 16. And that Khanh’s family were Vietnamese refugees.
    What a time to have a no hug policy.

  5. The judges insist all the dishes were knockouts. And instead of a top four they pick five: Jess’s crack me dessert, Poh’s noodles, Brenno’s noodles, Reynold’s coconut and Khanh’s congee.

  6. Well, Reynold’s and Khanh’s stories made me tear up. And their dishes made me salivate. Damn, Reynold is talented. Jock asked him to repeat the components and Reynold just listed this and this and this like it was no big deal.

  7. This show is a reminder that we could be kinder.
    Don’t we love Melissa?
    Could we get rid of the white dude judges and replace them with people who can actually cook? And/or especially communicate?
    Adam Liam, Diana Chan, Julie Goodwin (2 women judges – how novel). Sashi Cheliah. OMG, all winners, all minority groups. It’s not like they didn’t have choices.
    I know Jock can cook but he has the personality of fly paper. An irritant. I hope they haven’t signed him for three years.
    And I know we don’t like backstories but, if you are going to do backstories, this is the way. No passing mentions of nonnas but the real thing. A small tick to producers. I like to give credit when I can.

    • I agree Bobi. I thought I would hate this because of the dead nonna angle, but this was really nicely done and I feel for the contestants at this time of maximum stress in the covid cycle.
      Melissa does this stuff so well. I have warmed to her completely after not really being on board. Callum and his dad. Yikes. Khanh’s refugee story. You can see about Reynold’s work ethic. A surprisingly good episode.

  8. Based on what I read here, I decided to watch this episode. I’d normally skip something like this, but kudos to the production team as this was really well done.

    It was quite touching to hear about Callum, Reynold and Khahn in particular. Coupled with the covid situation, it brought back memories for me of the stories my own grandparents told of when they quite literally fled with nothing as the Nazis stormed into their village. When you look at people who suddenly lose everything overnight, it shows you that nothing is permanent. You can work hard all your life to build something up, to create the illusion of security and then in a heartbeat it’s taken from you. Everything gone.

    Great episode. And I’m in awe of what these talented people managed to dream up and then cook in only 60 minutes!

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