MasterChef S11E41 – Recap

It’s day two of Best of the Best Week. Yesterday, Nicole and Simon went straight to immunity, and Gaz told us there was no elimination challenge this week.

Trio of judges, Gaz, George and Matt

When the contestants arrive today, Gaz tells them that the trio of judges are only looking for the to dish, which will join the two upstairs.

Matt gets straight in and tells them about who the guest chef is.

It’s Australian chef, Jock Zonfrillo, who uses Indigenous ingredients.

Each contestant chooses a hidden ingredient and that’s what they’ve got. They stand in a line in front of the hidden ingredients, and Jock reveals each ingredient to each contestant. He gives them a bit of an idea as to what kind of dish this could be, as well as the type of flavour.

First is Christina who has a pepper.
Next is Ben with white currants.
Anushka is up (Anushka Watch soon), and has lilly pillys.
Up is Tati with aniseed myrtle.
Tessa has native lemon grass.
Next is Derek with long yams.
Larissa has lemon scented tea tree.
Finally, Tim has native basil.

Gaz gives them a run down. They’ll have 75 minutes to make a dish featuring their Indigenous ingredients. Both the pantry and the garden are open. All dishes will be tasted, but only one will go to immunity.

Jock starts the time, and montage begins.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, the 49 year old optical distributor, always matches her glasses to her outfit. How many frames does she have? Who knows. But today she’s wearing her yellow glasses with her yellow shirt.

We’ve seen these bad boys before, but they’re always a winner

Meanwhile on Twitter, some people seem to be upset that despite using Indigenous ingredients, as far as the viewer is aware, there is no Indigenous people talking about it, teaching the contestants about it, etc.

Bar that last tweet, it doesn’t look like anyone has come to the defence of the lack of Indigenous people in this episode. If you have any info, like an article, or want to voice your opinion whether it’s from an Indigenous perspective or otherwise, leave a comment or tweet me.

Have I been talking about the twitter drama to fill the montage void? Maybe a bit.

Oh, also, Sandeep told me he’s working on a website at the moment and should be up mid July, so get pumped for that!

Anyway, time has ended and so has the montage.

I’m not sure how the tasting will go today, but each dish that gets the little logo and what the dish is will be put up.

First to taste is Ben.

White currants was his ingredient
‘and Macadamia Butter’

Jock tells him there’s a lot of texture, which is nice. The scallops are cooked perfectly. But he feels like the currants are a bit lost.
Gaz says he loves that Ben has stretched himself, but also says the flavours are a little bit out of balance.

Next is Anushka.

Her ingredient was Lilly Pilly

“Are we gonna love it?” George asks her.
“I’m not sure, I’m here to find out.”
She’s such a cutie!
George calls it very sweet – too much so. Jock says it’s a bit unbalanced.

Next is Tati.

Her ingredient was the aniseed myrtle

Jock says the balance is a bit off, and her meat is a bit blue.

Up is Tim.

His ingredient was native basi

Matt says it’s super salty.

Not as salty as me after Sandeep and Walleed’s elimination 😉

Christina’s next

Dorrigo pepper is Christina’s ingredient.

Matt and Jock call it delicious.

Next is Tessa.

Tessa had lemongrass.

Jock said he loves it, and loves the lemongrass flavour.
George says she’s cooked it so well.
Calling it clever, Matt says the flavours were very well done.
“Ditto,” Gaz says. “Bloody good job, Tessa.”

My boi Derek is up.

Derek had long yams.
Bottom says, ‘and Red Wine Sauce’

Matt tells him he’s lucky they’re not looking for the worst. He does say that Derek used the yams well, but the rest of the dish was a problem.
George says he missed the mark, but should be proud.

Derek walks away, tears welling in his eyes.
Standing in front of everyone, George drops what he’s got and says to the other judges, “I’ve got to talk to him.”

Finally, Larissa.

Her ingredient was the lemon scented tea tree

Jock really wanted savoury, and even advise she didn’t do a dessert. Here we are.
He calls them really good, nonetheless.
George says he likes it, and likes the idea. It’s not too sweet and has a good acidity. “Well done.”

It’s time for the verdict. Only one of them will be sent to immunity with Nicole and Simon.

Matt debriefs them about how great they were, but one dish stood out.

“There was a lot to love in all your dishes,” Jock says. “But the winner today is you, Tess.”

They tell her what’s good about it.

See ya tomorrow for the immunity challenge.


As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

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