A spot in the top six was up for grabs, and on a day when the standard of cooking was higher than ever, Tommy didn’t make the cut and plated up his final dish in the MasterChef kitchen.
The contestants entered the kitchen to face off in an all-in elimination, with those who made it through joining Linda in finals week.
Melissa announced that the challenge would take place over two rounds. In round one they would need to hero a chosen ingredient in a fast-food dish with the three least impressive dishes heading into round two.
At the top of the pack after the first round and through to finals week was Kishwar, Sabina and Justin. Pete, Elise and Tommy failed to impress the judges and were sent into round two, where they would have to use their chosen ingredient in a fancy, fine dining creation.
Pete was happy with his potato, buttermilk and olive and the judges agreed, it was salty, sweet, bitter and sour, and Jock said he’d done an amazing job.
For her first time in a round two elimination cook, Elise plated up spelt pappardelle with sardines and Jock said the sardines were perfectly cooked and every mouthful was delicious.
Tommy was stoked that he was able to create a fancy version of Bún Bò Huế. Mel said it was modern Vietnamese cuisine that would do anyone proud, but the way Tommy chose to serve his hero ingredient of steak very rare let him down, and he was sent home from the MasterChef Australia.