It’s a Mystery Box day, and the contestants walk in to find the judges waiting at the front.
After reminding us of the stakes, the judges allow the contestants to lift the lids. Underneath is milk, wattle seeds, thyme, hazelnut, parsnip, rib eye beef, caulini – a mix of cauliflower and broccoli, and prickly pair.
“Normally you’d have to use one of those ingredients in one dish,” Mel starts, “Today, however, you have to use all the ingredients across two dishes – one sweet, one savoury.”
Everyone groans as they realise the amount of effort they’ll have to put in today.
As usual, they have 75 minutes, and everyone will be tasted, however only the top three will go to immunity tomorrow.
I really wanted to watch the cooking, but I just couldn’t be bothered.
First up to taste is Callum. His first dish is Beef Tartare with Smoked Caulini, Parsnip Puree and Lavosh. His second dish is Frozen Prickly Pear Mousse wiith Hazelnut Beef Fat Praline.
Andy calls the first dish really smart and clever, a great combination.Jock said he did a fantastic job.
The dessert was wonderful and had great flavours. All three judges love it.
Next up is Tessa. She forgot her parsnip puree.
What did she end up serving? Her savoury dish is Rib Eye with Caulini and Pepper and Prickly Pear Sauce. Tessa’s sweet dish is Ice Cream Sandwich with Wattleseed and Hazelnut.
They enjoyed the savoury dish, but wonder what it would have been like with that parsnip puree she had forgotten.
The ice-cream sandwich was again very yummy, and excellent flavour. However she did forget her puree which means she’s disqualified from the immunity challenge.
Emelia is glossed over, however her dishes seem to be good, just need a bit of acidity in her savoury.
Reynold is also glossed over. Likewise, his dishes are great, however the beef was undercooked. Dessert wise, fantastic.
Reece is glossed over as well, with another undercooked beef, and a lovely dessert.
It’s Laura next, serving Burnt Parsnip Caramel and Salted Hazelnut and Wattleseed Ice Cream for dessert, and Rib Eye Steak with Parsnip Ribbons and Pickled Caulini.
Her dishes are amazing, and the judges have nothing but good things to say about each element.
Next is Poh, who is worried about her dessert.
The savoury dish is Charred Beef with Caulini and Prickly Pear Dressing, and for dessert she’s serving Fried Soufflé with Hazelnut Praline and Wattleseed Custard.
The judges love the beef dish, it’s delicious and interesting, and they like all the flavours.
As Jock goes to plate the dessert, Poh requests to look at the inside. Fortunately, it’s fine and not raw.
They also really enjoy the dessert.
The three into tomorrows Immunity Challenge is Poh, Callum and Laura.
Alright, I’ll see you then!