MasterChef S11E59 – Recap

OMG this is it! It’s Grand Final Week!!

Larissa is the only one not wearing black today, and the rest of the gang are all anxious to cook.

After doing well in the challenge on Wednesday, Tessa and Tim have an advantage in tonight’s cook.

Gaz tells them what’s in store for today. The contestants will be dueling to stay in. They’ll be paired up, and the top two will join Larissa. The bottom two will fight to stay in the contest and the winner will be the last one in the semi-final tomorrow.

Matt tells them that they’ll be cooking from one of three pantries. Which ever they cook must be the hero sort of feel.

Tessa goes first as she was second best on Wednesday, and chooses the Asian pantry. Tim choses the farm house one.

Nicole is cooking against Tessa, and Simon against Tim.

They’ll have 60 minutes using only the ingredients in their pantry.

Time starts, and they’re quick to get to their pantries.

It’s time to taste, and Tim’s up first.

Lots of parsnips in this dish.

Gaz cuts it open to see how it’s cooked. Tim is aiming for medium rare.

“Ah. A bit over,” Tim mutters.

George thinks it’s cooked, tastes good, and looks good.
Gaz says it’s a good, sound dish.
Overall, Matt likes it, but the meat isn’t evenly cooked.

Simon’s next.

Fried Cabbage with Jerusalem Artichoke and Leek Cream

George likes it, and says that you forget about meat totally when you eat it.
Matt likes the flavours.
Gaz calls the cooking really clever.

It’s Tessa time.

Blue Swimmer Crab and Chilli Sambai with Coconut Rice

Matt says this is a better crab dish than the one before. Everything goes together and everything looks very pretty.
George thinks it’s great, especially because last time he had “fire coming out of my ears”.

Nicole next.

Crispy Salmon with Noodles and Curry Sauce

Matt commends her for making hte noodles.
Gaz says she’s done a great job, but the salmon is over. Her lack of confidence has affected her cook.
Nicole starts to cry and says she sometimes feels like she has no confidence.
George tells her to stop putting so much pressure on herself, and gives her a pep talk, before telling her to go and take a breath.

She goes back to her bench, and Tessa comes over to comfort her.

Gaz tells Simon and Tessa they’re into the semi-final, leaving Tim and Nicole to fight for the last spot.

Will this be our chance to get rid of Tim once and for all?

They’ll be cooking with the sweet pantry and have 60 minutes. This is the last cook for one of them.

Time starts, and they’re off to get going.

With her parfait not setting and 12 minutes to go, Nicole is starting to freak out and has to figure out what she’ll be plating.

Time ends, and the two contestants are worried about what they’ve done.

First for tasting is Tim.

Earl Grey Poached Pears with Cardamom and Orange Ice-Cream

The pear is perfectly poached.

Overall the judges love it, and love the flavours.

Next is Nicole.

Figs, Feuilletine, Tuile
Passionfruit Sorbet and Chocolate Mousse

George says it’s an incredible effort.
Gaz likes the flavours, but the mousse is a bit “raw”, and the figs a late arrival.

It’s time for the decision, and it won’t be a shock.

The last one into the semi-finals is Tim, which means Nicole is going home.

The MasterClass/Reunion is on now, but I’m really not feelin’ it right now, so I’m going to bed. I’ll recap this bit, because it sounds super fun, within the next few day.


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. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

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