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MasterChef Aus S12Ep 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 – Recaps

Alright, we’re here. So Callum was the first into the top 10, and now we’re going to find out who the rest of our top ten is.

Episode 40 – Sunday 7th June – Elimination

Today is elimination. Callum is the only one safe.

Round one is a savoury pie and sauce. It must be fully encased in pastry. They have 90 minutes, an open pantry and access to the garden.

Time starts and everyone runs, and I skip to the tasting.

Time ends. The pies literally look like pies, so I’ll just say what everyone cooked for this round.

First is Poh with a Coq Au Vin Pie with Smoked Cheddar Crust, Pea and Mint Sauce.
They enjoy the quantity and quality of the filling as well as the taste of the sauce.

Next is Khanh who made Coconut and Chicken Pie with Pickled Chili Sauce and Salad.
The filling was lovely but the pastry was not ready.

Brendon’s next with a Mauritian Beef Curry Pie with Coriander Mint Yoghurt Sauce.
They love it! So much! Very delicious.

Next is Simon with Beef and Stout Pie with Tomato Chilli Chutney, as well as a beer each.
While nice and gravy, it’s not very flavoursome.

Sarah’s next with a Pork Belly Pie with Crispy Crackling and Apple Sauce. Oh my god, I would eat that in a heart beat!
The gravy inside really soaked up and isn’t there, the pork is dry. Sarah’s disapointed, as is Mel.

Up is Reece. He made a Wallaby and Pepperberry Pie with Davidson Plum Ketchup.
The pastry doesn’t look great, and he’s disappointed. Jock says that’s the best filling all day, however the pastry is not good, but the sauce is excellent for the pie. Alas, the pastry let him down.

Laura did a pork and fennel pie with tomato chilli relish. Mel says it’s good.
Emelia did a chicken pancetta and leek pie with tomato and apple chutney. Jock says that’s the best chicken pie he’s had.

Tessa brings up gravy, sweet tomato sauce, and slices of tomato, just like how her grandma used to serve with pies. it’s called Josie Pye’s Pie.
Sadly, it’s not great, but the judges loved the story behind it.

Next is Reynold, with a Chicken and Leek Pie with Tomato Chilli Jam.
The pastry is raw and the chicken is overcooked.

It’s decision time.

Into round two is: Sarah, Reynold, Simon, Tessa.

Time for round two. The judges ask for their dish that represents their Australia. They can do whatever as long as they can explain why this is Australia to them.

They have 60 minutes to bring their Australia on a plate, with open pantry and garden. They can have 30 seconds to plate up in the tasting room if they choose.

It’s time to taste, because I skipped all the cooking.

We’re back to photos, huzzah!

First up is Reynold who did his take on a Cherry Ripe, with a bit of an opera house feel. It’s a Chocolate Mousse, Coconut Gelato with Blood Lime and Cherry Compote, and Native Citrus.
The judges think it’s very rich, but other elements cut across the palate. They talk about how the cherry ripe is represented here, which they really like. Overall, big fans.

Next is Sarah. She did Charcoal Chicken, which was marinated in South East Asian flavours. She tells the judges about her history, how her mum used to eat charcoal chicken when she first moved here and continued it with her and her siblings.
They wanted it more charred, but also enjoyed the coriander sauce. The chicken was perfectly cooked, and everything worked so well, except the potatoes which didn’t feel like they had a role on the plate.

Tessa is third and plates up a bit extra before serving. She made Braised Pork Belly with Pickled Cucumber and Ginger, and Indigenous Flavours.
The judges called it Tessa to a t. But it was the wrong piece of protein for that cook. They said the pork was dry and says using a pressure cooker was a bad choice for her, however everything else was really good.

Finally, Simon. He made Naked Broccoli. It looks disgusting.
Before they taste, they all comment on how it looks terrible compared to, like, Reynold. The flavour better be there, is all Andy can say on the matter…
It’s not what the judges were told he’d cook, and what he said about why it’s Australia, veggies being the future, wasn’t here. It’s not even ugly delicious.


It’s time for the results.

After a bit of feedback, they judges tell Reynold and Tessa they’re safe.

It’s down to Sarah and Simon. They tell Sarah she’s safe, which means Simon is out, which I’m relieved about because I didn’t like him last season, I don’t like him now.

Alright, next ep!

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MasterChef Aus S12EPS 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 & 39 – Recap

Goodness gracious, I’m back!

So, good news (or bad news, depending on how you see it haha), my work hours have been significantly cut (damn COVID), so I’ve got like 4 days off, and 22 episodes to watch (easy peasy, I’m a champion binge watcher).

Here’s the plan: I’ll post recaps in chunks of five, a new page for each recap. Bear with, though, as I’ve never done multiple pages like that before, so it might be a bit weird. I’ll aim to get photos with it, but one episode usually takes me like an hour and a half to get everything together, so it will likely be more like when I did that last big binge than usual episode recaps, but we’ll see what happens.

With finals week right around the corner, I’m aiming to be up to date so we can have all the episodes done and ready when MasterChef officially ends.

Without further ado, let’s get started.


EPisode 34 – Thursday 28th May – Immunity

In for immunity today is Khanh, Jess, Reynold, Poh, and Brendon.

Andy, Mel and Jock wait for the top five at the front

“Today’s challenge is all about telling a story, and the story you need to tell is under here,” Mel tells them, pointing to the hidden items.

The stories are: Goldilocks, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, the Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.

I’ve always been a Snow White fan, so much so that when I cut my hair, I inadvertently got a Snow White hair cut.

So they choose a story and use it as inspiration, with unlimited possibilities, a real creative dish.

They have the pantry and garden access, with 75 minutes. The winner will have immunity for Sunday.

Time starts, and as I have so many episodes to watch and I don’t care about the cooking aspect of this show, I skip further ahead.

Time ends, and tasting begins. What I’ll do is put all the photos together and then run through what the judges say, and all that jazz.

First is Khanh with the Kladdkaka with Rose Ice Cream and Strawberries, inspired by Beauty and the Beast. He brought it out on a glass stand with a bell jar closh to put on top (image two).
Although a new dessert to the judges, they all really enjoyed it, full of flavour, surprised by a cake from Khanh. Mel calls it a bit romantic and dramatic. Andy would have preferred a sliver than a wedge. They all love the flavours.

Next is Reynold with a chocolate bowl. He pours hot caramel into it to make a rabbit hole effect (image four) to his dish, Down the Rabbit Hole, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
They’re in awe of the dish, shocked at how quickly it was conceived of, and Mel calls it a bombshell, a real back to win dish. They all love it.

Poh did a Tofu Bloom with Dried Scallop Broth and Fried Rice. She wanted to use humble ingredients to make a great dish, inspired by the Ugly Duckling.
Andy describes the dish as a warm hug from grandma. They all love the broth. However, the rice is slightly undercooked.

Brendon’s up, also doing a Beauty and the Beast inspired dish called Hakien.
Andy feels like this is more of a dish Brendon wanted to cook and just shoed it into this brief. The presentation could have been better, the dipping sauce doesn’t really stand out. It’s a good dish, but just not for today and this brief.

Finally, Jess, inspired by Goldilocks, with her dish called The One Who Got Away. Each sphere has something different inside (image eight) – the first sphere has nothing inside, the second one has a yogurt and the third is a mango thing.
Mel feels like there’s a bit too many elements and crammed too much in a dish. Andy feels like she’s bit off more than she can chew.


It’s time for the decision.

Andy gives them all compliments, before the get into who the best was.
Mel calls it a one-horse race, hitting the brief out of the kingdom.
The winner is Reynold, his first immunity ever. He never got immunity in his season, apparently.

Reynold and Emelia have immunity for Sunday.

Alright, next page for the elimination.

I think I jinxed myself by writing that I have no hours. I suddenly got phone call after phone call from my bosses giving me work so, I guess this weekend is the best shot I’ve got to get everything done. Let’s crack on!