It’s the pressure test, and Tim, Anushka and Tati are up for elimination, after failing to impress yesterday.
The contestants come in to see Matt and Gaz wating for them. Gaz says that George couldn’t make it today, so it’s just them.
Matt starts to tell the contestants about who the guest chef is, and then Kirsten Tibballs walks in.
She shows them the dish they’re cooking today – an apple pie.
She goes through and tells them what’s what. The “apples” are glazed vanilla dome things with chocolate stems, the top is a cinnamon crumble sprayed with chocolate, and there are layers within the whole pie.
After they taste, Matt tells them they’ll have 3 and a half hours to cook, and everything they need is at their benches.
Time starts, and the contestants rush to read the recipe – all 9 pages of it.
Straight away, Anushka is Russian around the kitchen, Tim won’t stop talking about the other pressure test he was in got him eliminated, and Tati looks terrified.
ANUSHKA WATCH: My personal favourite, Anushka, the 49 year old optical distributor, is wearing her elimination glasses. I think she chose this before packing for MasterChef. She decided on whatever glasses, but actively chose these as her elimination ones.
Tati is falling behind, and everyone’s a bit worried about her. Me too.
Ruh roh, Tim has a drama with his base and he’s gotta figure out how to patch a hole in the bottom before getting it all cooked.
Suddenly, everyone realises that Anushka is working on her crumble first, whereas Tim is doing his domes and spheres. It’s only once Kirsten comes around asking about her crumble that they realise she’s missed page 7 and needs to get onto her dome now.
Time ends, and the contestants get ready to be judged.
Tim starts talking about how he’s scared because last time he was in a pressure test he was kicked out. Tati and Anushka just kinda look at the ground and don’t say anything.
First is Tim.
They say it’s not the prettiest but they love the flavours.
Next is Anushka.
Again, they love it. It looks fantastic and the layers are perfect, but the top is just a little bit over.
They all agree it’s a shame she didn’t spray the top. Nonetheless, there are a lot of positives in it, but the crumble top is overcooked and very compressed.
It’s time for the results, and I have a feeling it’s easy to tell who will be leaving.
Gaz said that in terms of flavour, one stood out. It’s Tim, and he’s safe.
Matt tells Anushka that her pie was the best looking, but her crumble was overcooked.
Then, he tells Tati that her caramel was too far gone, and her top was overcooked, so she’s going home.
After a montage of her best dishes, Gaz says they’ll miss her big smile, and it’s time to say goodbye.
She hugs everyone as she heads over, and there’s a few tears before she walks out the doors.
Where are they now? Tati is now working in a restaurant, is testing recipes for an Indonesian cookbook, and working on her own peanut crackers.
As usual, this recap was written as I watched the episode, so there will be spelling and grammar mistakes.
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