After a week of learning how to survive in the MasterChef kitchen, one contestant ultimately failed that lesson and went home in last night’s elimination.
Andy explained that contestants needed to meet the brief. The challenge was to create a dish inspired by the food expressions “cool as a cucumber”, “bring home the bacon”, and “the proof is in the pudding”.
For some reason, everyone decided to cook with cucumber, making ‘water’ the star flavour in every dish.
Why are they stuffing around with cucumber when they could be cooking bacon? #MasterChefAU
— Michelle 🐿💨 (@MichelleMackey1) May 9, 2021
And of the contestants featuring cucumber, 97% of them used it to make a cucumber granita. So the judges tasted a series of palate cleansers, with few actual dishes in between.
Conor made a cucumber granita which he paired with a Kalamata olive ice cream which should have been shocking, but since Therese made onion ice cream, nothing can shock us anymore. We’re just surprised there was no tomato, feta and oregano dressing.
There were no surprises in what Brent the boilermaker chose to cook. “I just love bacon so I knew I was going to do something with bacon,” he said. He plated up a dish of Mexican-inspired pork belly with ancient grains cooked in bacon fat, and we’re so glad he’s back in the MasterChef kitchen.
Eric used bacon to make carbonara, a risky move considering it’s one of Jock’s favourite dishes. “There’s not much that can go wrong tonight,” he said moments before setting the kitchen on fire. And sadly, it was all downhill from there. Eric overheated his frying pan, which caused the egg in his carbonara to cook.
Meanwhile, everyone was barracking for Pete, not because his cucumber and choko dumplings sounded particularly appetising, but because he attempted something completely original. The judges were blown away by his creation, with Jock calling it one of the best dishes he had eaten this season. “Very, very smart cooking, but also very, very delicious – this is how you win MasterChef.”
However, it was Wynona who proved herself the biggest dill in last night’s cucumber granita wars. She put up a tasty dish, but unfortunately, she hadn’t met the brief. The judges declared her poached salmon with noodles not cool, so she went home.
Erina Starkey is restaurant and news editor for delicious.com.au and will be recapping all the action from the MasterChef kitchen.
Originally published as Disaster strikes in MasterChef kitchen