MasterChef Aus S12E52 – Recap

The contestants come in and find they mystery box waiting for them.

When they lift the lid, they find something particularly unexpected.

Emelia holds the mystery… ingredient?

It’s a rubik’s cube.

Andy runs through what a rubiks cube looks like, as if the contestants didn’t have one in their hands, telling them what colours are on the cube. The contestants look a bit confused as to why their ingredient is a rubiks cube, but also why Andy is telling them the physical qualities of the thing they’re holding.

But then he cuts to the chase, telling them to be inventive and to pick one of the colours on the cube. The can cook sweet or savoury, it can be a literal take on the cube, so a red dessert, or it can be more abstract and creative, like the ocean for blue. They have 75 minutes, and time starts.

Emelia is first to run to the pantry, and Andy helps her open the door. Someone runs to the garden, and Reynold grabs a pen and paper.


First to taste is Reynold, who chose green.

Moss by Reynold

Mel compliments the visual of the dish before they start to taste.

So, Reynold does run through everything that’s there, but there’s no subtitles and as someone who can’t even cook 2 minute noodles, I can’t even begin to attempt to write it all down for you, I’m sorry.

Jock says that he’s not a huge matcha fan, but this dish is great and he loves all the layers.
Likewise, Andy loves all the flavours, and Mel loves the textures.

Next is Reece with yellow.

Lemon Tart with Saffron and Vanilla Ice Cream

Mel loves the colour and the look, and is excited to finally try his lemon tart.

When they cut it open, it looks amazing, and I really want a slice of this tart.

Jock starts them off, complimenting everything, however the ice cream just wasn’t helping. Andy agrees, saying the tart base and the filling was perfect. Also agreeing, Mel tells Reece to push the ice cream aside, he did a great job.

It’s Laura next with white.

Yoghurt and Bay

Mel compliments her for showing more strings on her bow, it’s deeply impressive.
Jock loves the different textures in the yoghurt, and Andy calls the dish phenominal.

Alright, it’s time for Callum, serving orange.

Persimmon and Kakuda Plum with Frozen Crème Fraiche and Roasted Almonds

His dish is more glossed over, with Jock saying he really likes it, calls it fresh and refreshing, Mel saying it’s an all in brawl for citrus flavours, and enjoyed the crunch of the pears.

Next is Emelia, also glossed over, doing red.

Strawberries and Cream

Andy says each element of the strawberry is tasted along the way. He loves everything, except for the wild strawberries with the bit of green, and Emelia says that was for garnish. Andy ate the stalk. I have a strawberry stalk story, but I’ll save that for another time.
Mel and Jock love it as well.

Finally, it’s Poh, with red.

Nyonya Chicken Curry with Nasi Ulam, Fried Whitebait and Roti

Poh says the red comes from the chili that’s key in Malaysian cooking.

Everyone calls this amazing, and Jock says it’s knocked out of the park. They said a lot more things, however I kinda zoned out. But at the end of the day, they loved the flavours and are impressed with what she did in the time she had.

Aww, then Mel starts to cry a bit, saying she’s very proud to eat food like this, and it rarely ever happens, but she’s crying with joy from food.

Jock grills her and she says she misses her mum and this food is what she cooks. The smell reminds her of the food her mum cooks on the weekend. She loves how Poh puts everything spot on, and it’s what they look for in MasterChef.


Jock says that while everything was amazing, only three can go to tomorrow’s immunity challenge.

Who will it be?

Poh (of course, you can’t have a judge cry and not get top 3), Laura (simple, effortless, well done), and Reynold (a tie between him and Callum, but ultimately Mel enjoyed his more).

So tomorrow, Poh, Laura and Reynold will fight to avoid elimination on Sunday, and to be officially the first in the top five.


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

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