Fan, Jenn Lee, came unstuck when her rice would not play ball in tonight’s shock elimination, sending her home from the MasterChef Kitchen.
The eight remaining Fans and Tommy arrived at the MasterChef kitchen and lifted the lid of their cloches to find a stopwatch with 90 minutes on it. This time had to stretch across two possible rounds of cooking with the contestants having to decide how they would allocate that time.
The creators of the best five dishes from Round 1 would be safe, with the worst dish in Round 2 sending their maker home. Finding themselves in Round 2 was Dan, Jenn, Tommy and Harry.
Jenn started the cook with 57 minutes on the clock and raced to the pantry to grab ingredients to revise her mapo tofu from Round 1, this time with perfect rice and washed garnishes.
With his clock at 56 minutes, Daniel also decided to repeat his dish and this time do the fish justice by perfectly nailing it. Tommy regretted not going safer in Round 1, so it was a broth with fried fish and noodles for him and he had 52 minutes to do it.
Last to start cooking was Harry with 43 minutes on the clock, she decided to make curried carrots but cuts her thumb, devastated that she was losing even more precious time.
When it was time to taste, Harry blew the judges away with her curried carrots, smoked yoghurt and crispy curry leaves. Unfortunately, the judges felt Tommy’s fried fish and noodles wasn’t a perfect representation of what he normally creates. Daniel’s grilled fish wings and smoky habanero salsa was pure luxury, with the judges calling it a big step up for him.
Jenn struggled with her rice choices for her mapo tofu, and she was nervous it wasn’t enough. Her fears were realised when the judges found both over and undercooked rice in the same bowl, and a mapo tofu that was nowhere near as good as the one she served in Round 1.
It was an epic day of cooking, but on a day when she became overwhelmed by mastering a classic, Jenn fell short and was the eighth contestant eliminated from the MasterChef kitchen.