MasterChef Australia Recap

MasterChef Aus S12 E25-29 – Recaps

I’m so sorry, this was significantly more episodes than I had expected omg. Anyway, here’s this week, and then starting this coming Sunday, I’ll be back to business as usual, hopefully. Thank you for sticking with me during this hiatus, I really appreciate it.

HOT TIP: This weeks Hot Tip comes from Johnson Leung, regarding Ben U (Bun), who was arrested earlier this year, and resulted in him being booted from the show. Here is an article about the current situation, including the alleged charge.

EPISODE 25 – Sunday 17th – Elimination

Poh is safe as a result of her efforts on Thursday, leaving everyone else to fend for themselves.

Today, Ben U was announced that he is no longer in the comp “due to a personal matter”, which was him getting arrested, allegedly for assaulting a 16 year old girl, source.

Today is a two round elim. Seven people will be in round two. The twist is that they’ll be competing against the other person at their bench. Most impressive is safe, least impressive into round two. Each pair has a different cuisine.

Callum and Simon have French. Tessa and Jess have Vietnamese. Emelia and Laura have Japanese. Khanh and Sarah T have Italian. Tracy and Harry have Chinese. Reynold and Sarah C have American. Reece and Brendon have Spanish. Open garden and pantry. They have 60 minutes in round one. Best dish from each bench is safe. Time starts, and I skip the cooking.

When time ends, each pair is tasted together.

Round two: Callum, Tessa, Laura, Sarah T, Haydn, Sarah C, Brendon.

For majority of the dishes, it was who would they go back for another go of the foods. Some didn’t exactly fit the brief, and those dishes that weren’t really their cuisine went into round two.

Round two has the contestants heroing a flavour pairing. Pairs: apple and cinnamon, tomato and basil, ginger and lemongrass, walnuts and dates, beetroot and horseradish. They can choose any pairing, have 60 minutes, and both the garden and the pantry are open.

Laura did a pasta dish with the tomato and basil, of course.

The bottom two were Sarah C and Hayden. Hayden didn’t really hero the pair, and Sarah did a beef tartar that just wasn’t very good, however her flavour pairs were really prominent and the hero, so she hit the brief better than Hayden, so Hayden is out.


EPISODE 26 – Monday 18th – Group Challenge

Ok, so yesterday, Hayden and Ben left, albeit for different reasons.

Sarah has been in every single losing team in service challenges, haha!

The contestants come in to find two long tables set up, and the kitchens set up behind the judges.

The contestants get to choose which team they’re on, one team making three savoury dishes, and one doing three sweet dishes.

Team Sweet (Pink):  Reece (captain) Callum, Reynold, Poh, Jess, Emilia, Tracy

Team Savoury (Yellow): Brendan (captain) Tessa, Simon, Khanh, Sarah T, Sarah C and Laura.

They’ll have the help of a chef each, one specialising in sweet, one in savoury. Matt Stone (savoury) and Jo Barrett (sweet) from the Yarra Valley.

Three course meal for 30 diners. First course leaves after two and a half. The deliciousness and how the meal eats will be judged (who knows what that means?) and the least impressive team will be in tomorrows pressure test.

Meal one: Sweet team: apple and fennel sorbet with rhubarb and bay leaf oil. Beautiful, delicious, a great dish to start any course off, not just a sweet one.

Meal one: Savoury team: seasonal vegetable salad. Andy calls it very very tasty. Mel calls it a berocca for the eyeballs, because it’s bright, vibrant and zingy.

Jock calls it exceptional.

Meal two: Sweet team: passionfruit and yuzu chiboust with pineapple and coriander granita. They adore it, it’s to together and compliments very well. Jock says seldom do chiboust come to that degree, so it’s very good. Andy commends their time management and how wonderfully they’re preparing their kitchen.

Meal two: Savoury team: arrowhead squid with fennel and citrus. It smells and looks fantastic, and they’re excited to try it. In the kitchen, Brendan was worried it was too intense and had too much squid, but sent all the squid anyway. Jock says he likes it but he doesn’t love it, the squid was overpowering. Mel agrees, and Andy said it needed some freshness – so many tentacles on the plate.

Meal three: Sweet team: chocolate sponge cake with earl grey ice cream and native marmalade. The sponge cake is dry because Reynold didn’t put in enough butter to counteract the dark chocolate, so they try and make the cake moister with what elements they have. Mel says the cake is dry, but there’s something about the ice cream and marmalade that don’t mesh. It’s not their cup of tea.

Meal three: Savoury team: kangaroo, beetroot and berries. They used the whole beetroot – even the leaf. Andy calls all the beetroot fantastic. Jock calls it moreish. Mel says it’s a celebration of Australia, and it’s wonderful. This dish put them back in the game.

Tasting has ended and it’s time for the results.

The judges thank Matt and Jo, and tell the guys what was good and what was bad, before revealing their decision. Savoury is in the pressure test – sweet won!


EPISODE 27 – Tuesday 19th – Pressure Cook

After the savoury team lost yesterday, they’re in for the pressure test. It’s Brendan, Tessa, Simon, Khanh, Sarah T, Sarah C and Laura fighting to stay. Peter Gunn brings his black box challenge. It’s a black box, but underneath are layers of elements. The box is made of chocolate and shatters open when cracked. Sarah C says it’s quite Star Wars, but honestly I’m getting Star Trek Borg vibes from it.
Anyway, Peter points out what’s what and who’s who, including gingerbread, custard, etc etc, I don’t know, these words mean nothing to me.

They have two hours and forty five minutes to cook. They’ll have four minutes to plate up for the judges just before tasting.

I watched this episode earlier before writing this, but I missed the start, so I’m rewatching. The Sarah’s both struggle with the black box element, as it involves dry ice and swirling the chocolate around a silicone mould and dipping it in the dry ice to freeze and set in the square shape. The dramas mean they both end up getting behind and missing elements.

Tasting time.

All of them are pretty good, there aren’t any flavour issues. But it comes down to the Sarah’s, which one did better with less elements?

Sarah T’s dish was better, which means Sarah C is going home.


EPISODE 28 – Wednesday 20th – Mystery Box

Sarah C went home from the Black Box pressure test, and it’s back to a lovely mystery box where no-one goes home.

The “international queen” of vegan food rocks up, Shannon Martinez, and she looks pretty rock and I love her style. It’s like a gothic version of the 50’s, I’m here for her dress.

It’s a vegan mystery box, which Simon and Reece should thrive at.

Baby cos, radish, asparagus, beetroot, dutch carrots, pencil leeks, capsicums (petite), thyme, pine mushrooms, cilaria, garlic, sweet potato.

The staples have changed today. There’s soy milk, vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast flavour, agar agar, aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas, acts like egg whites), vinegar, flour, vegan salted butter, vegetable shorting.

The 75mins starts, and as per usual, I just skim through and over to when the tasting happens, but today, I just really don’t feel like watching all the tasting, I do apologise, but I’m just not feeling it, idk why.

The top today are: Jess, Poh, Simon and Reece.


EPISODE 29 – Thursday 21st – Immunity Challenge

The winners of the Mystery Vegan Box, Jess, Poh, Simon and Reece are here for immunity.

This is the last episode to be boxed into a week.

Round one is instant noodles, making them fancy, with an open pantry and garden. Top two go into round two for head to head.

They have 15 minutes to make their dish, and time starts.

I skip cooking, of course, and vaguely watch the tasting, but instant noodles just makes me think about the time I ruined a microwave cooking instant noodles while I watched MasterChef, an event I’ll never be able to live down.

Anyway, all the flavours are great, but Simon added too many noodle packets. The top two, heading into round two: Jess and Poh.

Mel tells the two women to bring their personal ultimate comfort food. They’ll have 60 minutes to make something delis, and the best dish will be safe on Sunday. They have the usual open pantry and garden to cook the best dish.

Time starts, and they run.

The cook is crazy, and then finally, they’re done. It’s tasting time.

Again, I’m just not feeling it, so let’s just jump to the winner.

It’s Jess! So she’ll be safe from this Sunday.

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MasterChef Aus S12 Ep20-24 – Recaps

Week three time! I honestly didn’t think I missed three weeks, but here we are I suppose.

EPISODE 20: Sunday 10th – Elimination

It’s elimination day, and there’s the judges keep talking about takeaway.

All the contestants, except Amina for her stunning job on Thursday, are given a whiteboard. They’ll have to guess the country of origin for some dishes. The first four to guess incorrectly will go into round two.

First wrong is Ben who on dish three guessed rice paper roll from Vietnam when it was a Peking Duck pancake from China.

Dish four gets out three people, Tracy (who guessed Thailand), Tessa (who guessed Vietnam) and Chris (also Vietnam) for Laksa when it’s from Malaysia or Singapore.

That means that everyone else was sent up to the gantry.

Round two: the four cook and Deliveroo will take their dish to Mel’s house, where she will eat it 20 minutes after it has been cooked. Jock and Andy will stay at the kitchen and eat straight away with them, while Mel judges alone at home.

Time starts.

Tracy does a fried chicken before realising it won’t travel well and changes dishes.

The contestants also have to pack their meals up for Mel, so they have to think about sustainability, how the food will arrive, and how to keep it warm, etc. All concerns I have when ordering food online tbh.

Time ends and it’s tasting time.

Ben serves Nasi Goeng. For Mel, he used a different type of egg, I think chicken, and like a quail egg for Jock and Andy. He explained that it’ll travel better, he also changed the way it was cooked for Mel so it arrives well for her.

Mel likes it, Jock isn’t sold on the different eggs, but Andy understands that Ben wanted to do a more gourmet dish in the kitchen where he can pull it off, blah blah blah. Jock says it’s one of the best he’s ever had.

Next is Chris. For some reason I didn’t write down what his dis was, but I did note that he gave everyone a beer. Mel wanted more complexity in his dish. Andy said it looks the way it tastes, everything was just ok. Nothing was blowing them away, and it needed extra spices, a bit more flavour.

Tracy was next, everyone liked her dish, again, I failed to specify her dish, but I was probably colouring in at the time. I’ve started a portfolio of my colouring in. Initially as a joke, now I’m more careful with colour choices.

Finally, Tessa. Jock said the dish needed 20 more minutes, but all around everyone said it was pretty good, and the fish was perfect. I guess she made a fish dish.

Results time: Chris is out.


EPISODE 21 – Monday 11th – Group Challenge.

I definitely made notes but I think I left it in my car and I’m in my pjs now so I’m not running across the road to get the notes.

It’s the start of twist week. The contestants are broken into two teams.

Team Brown: Captain: Sarah T. Simon, Ben, Khanh, Tessa, Emelia, Reece and Brendon.

Team Grey: Captain: Poh. Reynold, Tracy, Laura, Callum, Hayden (sits out of challenge as uneven numbers), Sarah C, Jess, Amina.

The contestants will be cooking whatever they want with open pantry and open garden. They have two and a half hours before service starts to get their food ready, then the diners will be coming in.

50 diners per team, entrée, main, dessert.

Cooking begins.

About halfway through, the teams are told the twist – they must swap kitchens right now. Everyone swaps and try the food the other team has prepared and decide if they want to keep, scrap, or alter the prepped foods. Both teams hate what the other team has been doing, but do their best to make do with what they have done.

For some reason all of a sudden they also had to do vegetarian dishes, which I don’t recall hearing at any stage, but here we are I suppose.

Tasting happens, and the first course is a win by the grey, the main is won by the brown, and the desserts were both great, so it was a tough decision, but the main by the grey was inexcusable, so it’s a win by the brown, putting the grey into the pressure test tomorrow.


EPISODE 22 – Tuesday 12th – Pressure Test

Yesterday’s grey team are in the pressure cook.

Again, I don’t have my notes, because I’m a fool, but I’m also behind on episodes, and I thought that I’d be up to date by now but I’m not (see above – I’m a fool), so I just want to power through, and I think I only got up to this episode, so I can just skim this one and get to the next one quickly for you.

So they have to do a Darren Purchese. He brought in a passionfruit pav. But underneath is a second dessert with so many elements and layers.

Midway during the cook, the recipe is taken from them and they just have to go with it. Maybe I’m in a pressure test and my notes being in my car is my twist? lmao

Amina super struggles and while many of the contestants had flaws, hers were too big to overlook.

Jess at one stage was helping Amina by giving her precise amounts of sugar etc, but nothing could help her.

Amina was eliminated and I am heartbroken.


EPISODE 23 – Wednesday 13th – Mystery Box.

Everyone arrives to mystery boxes on their benches.

Jess is handed MVP by Mel for her sportsmanship yesterday during the recipe debacle and helping everyone, specifically Amina.

What’s in the box?

Scampi, wild rice, peanuts, shallots, turnips with tops on, duck (leg, breast, wing), Worcestershire sauce, and a mango – eight ingredients, the under bench staples, and the threat of a twist upcoming.

They must use at least one ingredient in the box. All dishes will be tasted and the top five will be in tomorrow’s immunity challenge.

Their 75 minutes start.

The twist: a second Mystery box is wheeled out, to the shock and horror of the contestants. It’s a cute baby Mystery Box, and I love it. I want one. What would I use it for? Something ominous…

All the contents of the baby box must be included in their dish. The ingredient is fig. Next to the fig is a tinier baby box. Later, they open the baby-er box and find it’s got lemon myrtle, another ingredient they must use.

It’s tasting time, and I honestly just can’t even be bothered today, I’m going to be hontest. It’s been a big day.

Goodness me, I’m full of excuses this episode, aren’t I?

I catch some of the tastings, and they are looking great, and Sarah T, like everyone can’t say Worcestershire. Adorable. Love her.

The decision:

Poh, Reece, Simon, Reynold, Sarah T.


EPISODE 24 – Thursday 14th – Immunity challenge.

Alright, straight up, the twist is that Katy Perry turns up, because while it may be a twist to the contestants, ten needs to keep us here by showing us the twists in the ads, I guess. Someone was like to me, ‘Why would Katy Perry come on the show??’ and I had to remind them that she sings the theme song.

Anyway, the top five from yesterday are here to wow the judges and soon, Katy Perry.

So the contestants have 75 minutes to do a hot dish and cold element (temperature wise).

“Ah, Hot and Cold,” someone says.

“Very Katy Perry,” someone else says.

Time starts, and the contestants get going.

I’m not the biggest Katy Perry fan tbh, so I’m not too like OMG I have to watch it for Katy Perry.

It’s tasting time.

Overall, everyone does a beautiful plate of food, and Katy enjoys them all. Except for Reynold’s dish, it wasn’t the best tbh, but they weren’t offended by it either.

But there can only be one winner, and it’s Poh. Well done, Poh.

There’s a MasterClass, but I’m not here for the cooking, so let’s keep going.

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MasterChef Aus s12E15-19 – Recaps

Oki, it’s week two worth of MasterChef recaps.

HOT TIPS: I don’t really know a lot about threads and how to make them work, so there’s a bit of overlap here. Nonetheless, thank you so much to @JohnsonLeung for the awesome information! All these hot tips relate to each of the episodes for this week.

EPISODE 15: Sunday 3rd – Elimination

On Thursday, Jess won immunity

Dani decides not to use her immunity pin.

It’s another two round elimination. Five least impressive dishes will go into round two, so 14 safe.

It’s a crunch challenge where they can taste whenever they’re ready for maximum crunch. There’s a possibility of being sent upstairs straight away.

Time starts.
Chris brings up fish. They love it, and it’s crunchy. Not overthought.

Poh brings bar snacks.

Tessa, Emelia, Reece, Laura, Amina, Rose, Ben (sent to gantry)

Simon brings a chip butty and sounds like a supercrunch, very crunchy. He’s sent upstairs.

Sarah T brings fried chicken. It’s moist, succulent and zingy.

Dani regrets not using the pin. The batter is super light, no crunch.

Tracy, potato skins, super crunch, flavour is unbelievable.

Callum with crab. Too much garnish, only a hint of crunch, but tasty.

Khanh, coconut prawns. Bit of a crunch but overtaken by prawn texture.

Brendon brings up his dish that’s not crunch, it’s soft and doesn’t meet the breef.

One minute to go, and then time ends.

Sarah C, delicious.

Reynold, choc ganache. It’s really good. It has ice-cream and honeycomb and he’s sent to the gantry.

Hayden did curry and pappadums. The flavour wasn’t there and the pappadums are too dense. Jock tells him he forgot the salt again.

Verdict time.

Bottom for round two: Hayden, Brendan, Khanh, Callum and Dani.

Round two is Gooey, like a cheese toastie.

They have 75 minutes and an open pantry and garden.

Tasting time:

Hayden first, an egg yolk with parmesan foam.

Callum does a caramel. It’s nailed it.

Dani does eggs and has a cry. It’s runny, not gooey.

I don’t have notes on Brendan.

Everyone’s was really good, but Dani’s just didn’t have an ooze.

The verdict: Dani’s eggs didn’t fit the brief, and she’s out with her immunity pin.


EPISODE 16: Monday 4th – Team Challenge.

It’s suburban week, so the contestants roam Melbourne until they find a Thai restaurant, the Thai Ute, 40 mins from the CBD.

The winning team is safe, and the losing team goes to pressure test tomorrow.

Team Teal/Aqua: Emelia, Laura, Tessa, Amina, Ben, Reece, Rose, Poh, Simon.

Team Orange: Sarah C, Sarah T, Reynold, Brendon, Jess, Tracy, Callum, Chris, Hayden and Khahn.

Someone from seam two sits out, and it’s Sarah C as she’s not confident.

Tessa is captain for the teal team and Khahn for the orange.

They’ll be feeding 100 diners, 50 per team. Each team will do two entrees and three mains. They’ll have two and a half hours to prep and at the two and a half hours mark service will start.

Everything’s going on.

Teal decides to throw the pork in the deep fryer to cook it faster.

Teal does their entrees first. Both are great and the first is a great kick into the meal. The second is perfect and delish.

Orange does their entrees. The beetle leaf works amazingly, great flavours, huge winner. Crab has crunch, etc.


It starts to rain, flooding their kitchen a bit, but they crack on.

Orange for mains. Great balance between main and entrée, great flavours, they love everything.

Teal/Aqua brings theirs out. The clams have a poor sauce and barely any chilli which Jock calls a shame. The pork is tough and the sauce isn’t the best. Andy calls it unfortunate. There’s a clear winner.

Teal/Aqua will be in tomorrow’s pressure test.


EPISODE 17- Tuesday 5th – pressure test.

Tessa, Ben, Amina, Reece, Emelia, Laura, Simon and Rose test in the toughest ever test.

They’re at ‘Enter Via Laundry’ which seats 10 guests a week and over 1600 people on the wait list.

2 round pressure test.

Test one is taste and identify the 20 ingredients. The three with the lowest correct guesses will go intor round two.

Poh (4), Rose, Reece and Ben (6).

Sudden death taste test for Rose, Reece and Ben. First two to incorrectly identify the ingredients are into round 2. It’s a savoury snack. Rose incorrectly guesses almonds. Ben guesses curry leaf.

So, Poh, Rose and Ben are in rounds two.

They enter via laundry and come to the kitchen where they are told they’ll cook pasta not pasta, where the owner and one other chef can cook it. They have 60 minutes to cook and 3 to plate just before tasting. Time starts and they exit via laundry to a set up kitchen.

Ben doesn’t stir his pasta for the 20 minutes like he’s supposed to and it’s yuck, so he starts again, but decides to use the original batch.

First to taste is Poh. She starts plating at the kitchen bench inside. It’s great and would be served.

Next is Rose, she’s nervous. It has quite a bit of chilli and it’s too much. Also too sweet and the pasta too thin.

Finally, Ben. Pretty well done, Andy thought it would send him home but it was really good.

It’s verdict time, and Rose is out. Jock says he’ll slide Gordon Ramsey her number as per a convo back in week one.


EPISODE 18 – Wednesday 6th – Mystery box.

The kitchen is all set up outside on a nature strip. Mel opens the box to reveal it empty, then some people walk over with their home grown ingredients. They’ve got gravenside apples, garlic, blue cheese, shitake mushrooms, yellow zucchini, brown rice miso and basil.

They have 75 minutes, must use at least one ingredient, and have the usual staples. Best three will go to immunity tomorrow.

But, they get one more ingredient, so they run down to their nearest Coles to get their ingredient and then return to cook. Time starts when they return.

Tasting time:

Hayden does an apple cake which they all love and call it delish, tasty and brilliant.

Tracy does snags, nothing but praise for technique and the dish.

Reynold does parsnip with ice-cream, doesn’t work out.

Sarah C and T, Simon, Brendan,

Amina does a Torelini and they love it.

Laura does some great elements.

Emelia doesn’t have a weak element on the plate.

Poh is slightly undercooked but still great.


  1. Amina – dish of the day.
  2. Emelia
  3. Tracy

Special mention, Hayden.


EPISODE 19: Thursday 7th – Immunity Challenge.

Andy meets the women at the corner and walks them through Windsor in Melbourne to a sushi train, Ganbare Kaz.

The contestants are the diners tonight.

Each of the three women must create five individual Asian inspired snack dishes and much do 20 of each dish. The dish doesn’t have to be Japanese.

Each will do a total of 100 plates and have two and a half hours to prepare. Once service starts, a dish must be sent every 15 minutes.

It’ll be a blind tasting with the judges keeping out of the kitchen the whole time.

Amina goes for a Korean feel as it’s her heritage.

The three sing and chat as they cook to keep spirits up. Amazing.

Emelia sends out her kingfish dish before realising she doesn’t have enough fish for 20 dishes. The portion is inconsistent but the heat and flavours are tasty.

Amina sends out her tuna and there are no complaints.

Tracy serves her kingfish sashimi and it’s elegant and beautiful.

Second dish:

Emelia forgot the pickle. It’s super well seasoned though.

Amina does rice balls. It’s a bit greasy but the kimchi helps, Jock says, but mel disagrees.

Tracy falls behind but serves Ma Hor. Jock calls it a party.

Third dish:

Emelia did a non-traditional dumpling – giant – but the judges find it too hard to eat. But it’s not a banger, tasty, but still eh.

Amina sends out a non-halal dish and asks Emelia to try it to see if it needs salt, which was very lovely moment. They enjoy Emina’s dish.

Tracy sends out her dish which Khahn is excited about, but the judges don’t really care for.

Fourth dish:

Emelia calls it the green machine, which is Canberra Raiders erasure, but as a Roosters supporter, I don’t really care. They enjoy the dish.

Amina does a deep fried tofu dish and they really enjoy it.

Tracy does a plate, which Andy enjoys.

Fifth and final:

Emina does beef titaki which is delicious but chunky when traditionally thin.

Amina does scallops. It’s a smart dish.

Tracy also does scallops. It’s famtastic and punchy and fresh.

Results: Amina.

She’s speechless and delayed reaction after a hard cook, but she’s ecstatic and proud. She asks the judges to give the other two immunity as well, but they straight up say no.

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Masterchef AUs S12E12-14 – Recaps

In a shocking turn of events, my notes are actually trash and so are the pictures I have. RIP.

So, in lieu of a proper recap for each episode, each week will get a recap (for the episodes I’m missing) so we can resume faster. Alas, no pictures.


EPISODE 12: Tuesday 28th – pressure test

Andy tells the contestants he wants something where when you lift the lid, you go, “Wow!”

The judges will leave half an hour before the end so they’re surprised. The least impressive dish will go home, which means today is not a day to play it safe. They have two hours to knock socks off.

Time starts, and they rush to get everything ready. Poh decides to go big today.

First is Laura with ravioli. They love the dish, no surprise.

Next is Harry who did a “rock pool” which looked pretty cool, from memory had some dry ice? It was very theatrical. However, as cool as it may look, there was no hero flavour wise.

Amina next with dondurma. The judges dig in and say it’s a fancy version of a rustic dish, which they like.

Next is Sarah T with a sweet and sour pork. The judges love it and it looks impressive. I want to eat it.

Hayden brings in a dessert, a violet crumble.  Shocked, the judges are excited to dig in, however the tastes are not overly impressive.

Poh brings in her pie with some veggies on the side. Evn though she was adventurous with time again, it worked well. Jock calls it magic and Andy calls the addition of blue cheese, ‘Genius’.

It’s decision time. Poh, Amina, Laura and Sarah (dish of the day) are wow dishes.

But Harry and Hayden just weren’t there today. While they were both very visually impressive, the flavours were just eh, but Harry’s flavours were the most eh and least impressive, so he’s gone.


EPISODE 13 : Wednesday 29th – Mystery Box.

Each mystery box is different and they must use each ingredient, however they can swap with each other. Poh decides not to swap anything. Some are more desperate to get rid of certain items than others.

The contestants have 75 minutes and every dish will be tasted. The top four will be going into immunity tomorrow. Andy starts the time and everyone goes.

Dani is having a drama and a half and Mel has to reassure her to keep cooking.

Time ends.

Callum did a Japanese carrot and ginger, chicken and soy dish. Andy calls it ‘epic’ and they say there’s no weak link in the dish.

Reynold had purple cabbage, goats cheese, lobster tail and miso. Jock loves everything but the goats cheese.

Sarah C presents an alright dish.

Laura does gnocchi, with apples, mint, potatoes and peas. “You’ve gnocc-ed it out of the park,” Mel jokes, and I WILL be using that, I promise you.

Poh. Cherry, speck, tuna, venison. They like it and call it nice, different, unusual… and good.

Hayden brings out dumplings.

Rose does a mac and cheese with almond and macadamia.

Emelia did a Macedonian dish.

Dani did prawns in, what I can only assume based on my bad handwriting, pok. She had pork belly, orange, prawn and tarragon. Andy says the dish tastes confised because she too was confused, but it’s a good dish.

Sarah T did mango, chilli, lemon, coconut cream and they love it and tell her to put it on her menu.

Reece, Simon, Brendan, Chris and everyone else get tasted.

Jess – parsnip, parsley, chocolate and fennel, which they love.

It’s time for the decision.

Tomorrow, Callum, Jess, Laura and Sarah T will fight to be free on Sunday.


EPISODE 14 – Thursday 30th – Immunity Challenge.

Today is an auction, with a special guest – Curtis Stone, because we need a reminder of who sponsors MasterChef (I was thinking IGA for a bit, but no, it’s Aldi – uh, Coles)

Everyone starts with 120 minutes and the first to bid on an item gets it. So the clock starts at 60 and ticks down in five minute increments. So if you raise your paddle straight away, you lose 60 minutes and get the item. It’s a waiting game, it’s a gamble. There’s four items in each category, and three items to be bid on (each person can only get one item from each category), the last item is given for free to the remaining person.

There are no staples, so they have to be smart. They must use one thing from each of their categories, and all dishes will be tasted.

Cat 1: Protein: eggs (Jess, 10mins), coral trout (Sarah, 35mins), chicken (Callum, 15mins), tofu (Laura, free).

Cat 2: Misc: vinegars (Laura, 40mins), citrus’ (Sarah, 15mins) , rices (Jess, free) and corns (Callum, 10mins).

Cat 3: Fruit and Veg: stone fruit (Jess, 5mins), nightshades (Callum, 5mins), leafy greens (Laura, 35mins), root veggies (Sarah, free).

Cat 4: Herbs and Spices: Asian herbs (Sarah, 10mins), Middle Eastern (Jess, 5mins), European like sage and parsley etc (Callum, 15mins), another type of spice that I can’t remember (Laura, free).

Time remaining: Laura 45mins, Callum 75mins, Sarah 60mins, Jess 100mins.

The cook is a mess of panic.

Tasting time.

First is Jess with a savoury dish. The judges enjoy it.

Next is Sarah with her trout. It’s burnt and bitter and they’re concerned. It’s not the best. Everything else is alright, but that bitter taste lingers.

Callum. Pretty good, tastes yum, but the chicken is overcooked. Curtis and ock like the dish though.

Laura brings in her tofu. It looks elegant, but Curtis worries about the Tofu. However, everyone enjoys it and they call it clever cooking. The tofu concerns were unjustified.


Jess and Laura stood out the most. But Jess gets the immunity.

Next post will be the next week.

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MasterChef Aus S12E11 – Recap

It’s Monday, and that means it’s a team challenge, right of the back of Sunday’s elimination, which sent Ben M home.

The contestants rock up to The Timber Yards in Port Melbourne, and I got a really good bit of info about this from Johnson Leung on Twitter. Thanks for the tip!

The contestants walk in, unaware of the frenzy that is awaiting them.

Inside the warehouse, three benches are set up. The judges are waiting for the contestants at the front, and there are three big sections of people watching and cheering.

Andy riles the crowd up.

“Are you ready to meet our contestants? Because here they come!” Andy yells to the crowd, who cheer and clap, as the contestants start to make their way in.

Reece, Simon and Khanh cover their faces in surprise, hiding their grins, as they’re met with cheers

As all the contestants get to the front, Poh starts getting emotional and begins to cry a bit, thinking about how much of an impact MasterChef has had on Australia. Everyone’s quick to cuddle her.


Once it’s all calm, the contestants are told this is a team challenge, and Mel goes around with a black bag for the contestants to pick out their aprons.

Team Grey: Tessa, Bun (Ben U), Callum, Brendan, Dani, Jess, and Tracy.

Team Pink: Emelia, Reynold, Reece, Simon, Chris, Carah (Sarah C), and Rose.

Team Teal: Sarah T, Khanh, Hayden, Amina, Laura, Poh, and Harry.

Jock yells at the teams.

Jock tells them what the go is. Each round will have a theme, and theme one is ‘From the Sea’. But they’re not all cooking in round one, only one. They need to decide in a team who the best seafood cook is. The champion will face off with the other two champions, and the winner saves their team from the pressure cook tomorrow.

It’s time to chose round one champions.

Grey: Tessa.
Teal: Harry.
Pink: Reynold.

For round one, they have 60 minutes to make the best fish or seafood dish. Andy riles up the live audience again, and time starts.


The champions head over to the little pantry and getting their ingredients.

Everyone else is standing at the end of their benches, watching their champion and riling up their section of the audience.
Mel, Andy, and Jock have little microphones on so they can effectively yell at the audience.

I actually woke up early this morning to write this recap, so I’m even less caring about the cooking than regular haha but they’re all doing good, and I’ll let you know if anything changes.

The judges taste the foods as the champions are cooking, and when they get to Reynold, they voice concern for the bold flavours and them overpowering the scampi.

Time ends and it’s eating time, and I’m just about ready to get my breakfast.


Tasting time!

First is Tessa for the Grey Team.

Calamari and Scallops with Pickled Cauliflower

Mel loves the dish, and Andy likes the clean dish.
Jock tells the audience he’s going to try and describe that he’s eating and all I really take away is, “It’s like a sea shanty in my mouth,” and I’m getting real Iron Chef vibes.

It’s Harry’s turn for the Teal team.

Kingfish with Herb and Cheese Cream Mousse

So inside the kingfish is the herb and cheese cream, and he made chips for the side.

The judges say great execution, but the fish just doesn’t quite go, it needs to be a fattier fish. They say it’s a great idea, but it’s just not there yet.

It’s Reynold’s turn.

BBQ Scampi with Cauliflower, Smoked Tare Gel and Pickled Apple

The judges love the way it looks, and call it beautiful.

Mel starts with, “Wow.”
She loves it and calls it a beautiful dish.
Andy and Jock say it’s technically an excellent dish, however other elements take away from the scampi.

It’s time for the winner of round one.

Tessa, a stand out dish, which means the entire Grey team is safe from tomorrow’s pressure test.

Pink and Teal team are into round two, and also have to choose a champion.

The theme is ‘Quick Cooking’ and the champion only has 30 minutes to cook. However, the champion can’t have already cooked.

Mel lays out the stakes. The winner is safe from tomorrow. The losing team goes to round three.

The champions for this round is Poh for Teal team and Simon for Pink team – first season vs last season.

Poh said she volunteered and loves a time challenge.

The thirty minutes start and Simon and Poh run to the pantry.


Jock, ever the gentleman, grabs a blender from Poh as she carries a basket full of ingredients and bowls and stuff and carries it over for her.

Jock grabs the blender as Poh juggles all her items

Honestly, not much happens. Simon powers through, but Poh has a bit of a harder time. Her potatoes just weren’t cooking, and while this is normally a dish she can knock up in about 20 minutes, it just wasn’t feeling her much today.

Nonetheless, although she endeavoured to get up five of her Sardinian potato dumplings, she served up two.


It’s tasting time, and Simon’s first.

Burnt Cucumber with Preserved Lemon Caramel and Smoked Cream

Mel says this dish sings, and everything is perfectly balanced.
Andy is shook that this took him 30 minutes to do.
Jock calls it a, “sexy, vegetarian dish.”

It’s Poh time.

“Ladies first,” Jock says.
“What if she has a whole one?” Andy asks with a laugh.
After the boys try it, “Well in that case, I will have a whole one,” Mel says, and goes for the last of it.

She loved it, calling it silky perfection.
Jock says it’s perfectly seasoned and the butter has just the right amount of lemon juice.
“I feel like there’s going to be a ‘but’,” Andy says.
“There is no ‘but’!” Jock yells, and high fives Poh.

It’s time for the judges to decide.
Mel says that if she had to inch, she’s feeling Poh just a bit more.
But Andy is going Simon. It’s all up to Jock.


“Who would have thought those two dishes would be such a close decision. Seriously! In fact, a split decision,” Jock says to the contestants, before saying that Simon had won, but that Poh did amazing and it was a tough decision, and thanking her.

That means that Pink team are safe tomorrow, and Teal team are in round three.

“No more champions,” Andy says, saying they’re cooking against each other. “We’re only looking for the best dish. Cook this, and you’re safe. Everyone else, you’re going into tomorrow’s pressure test.”

Sarah T, Poh, Amina, Harry, Hayden, Khanh, and Laura have 60 minutes to use berries in whatever dish they desire, sweet or savoury.

The contestants run to the pantry and get ready.


Nothing particularly interesting happens again, except Jock and Andy question if Khanh’s dish is too sour or not, so he does his best to fix it with ten minutes to go.
He bangs his spoon against the pot, holds it up, and says, “There it is.”
I love Khanh, what a blessing.

I skip most of the cooking because I have other things to do this morning before work, like getting ready, and having breakfast, etc.

It’s tasting time, and Mel reminds us the stakes.

First is Amina.

BBQ Quail with Blackberry Balsamic Glaze and Bulgur Salad

I hope they turn off the mics for the judges as they eat, otherwise it would just be a chewing catastrophe.

Mel eats some, walks over to Amina, hugs her, and says, “You. I want you in my family.”
When she returns to the others, she says, “I could eat this for the rest of my life and be happy.”
The boys also enjoy the flavours.

Next is Sarah T.

Seared Venison with Berry Sauce and Macadamia Cream

She’s a bit worried about how the venison is cooked, aiming for medium rare.
It ended up being more medium well.

“If only you had nailed the venison,” Jock says, telling her that everything else is perfect, but the meat just needed a bit of redness. “It’s a shame, because it’s such a great dish.”

God, what I would give to be a judge on MasterChef for a week…

Next is Poh.

Marshmallow Pavlova with Balsamic Caramel

“Can we call it Poh’s Pav?” Andy asks.

“What a plate of berries,” Jock says, calling it her kind of dessert.

It’s Harry time.

Moreton Bay Bug with Gooseberry Curry

Andy loves it, but the only negative is the bug, it’s got a weird burnt sort of taste.

Next is Hayden.

Confit Coral Trout with Burnt Tomato Riberry Sauce

Laura next.

Crostoli with Lemon Custard and Macerated Strawberries

My girlfriend is Italian, and we caught this tasting last night, she was so excited to see crostoli.

The judges enjoy it, everyone’s happy to eat it.

Finally, it’s Khanh.

Rasam with Coral Trout.

He says it’s like a south Indian soup.

Mel says it looks so sexy, and Andy agrees, albeit not in those words.
Straight up, Jock says the flavours were perfectly balanced, and it screamed berries, which is what they asked for.
Mel said that even though the trout was so perfect, the berries was still the hero, which was excellent.
Andy said each berry did their job and it was perfect, he would pay serious money for that dish.

It’s decision time.


The judges thank the crowd for being wonderful, and then kick them out for the results.

Two dishes were exceptional: Khanh and Amina, however only one can be safe tomorrow.

Jock goes over what was amazing in each of their dishes, but says ultimately, it was a berry round and one dish celebrated it the most.

Whose cuisine reigns supreme?

So Amina, Poh, Laura, Harry, Hayden and Sarah T are all in the pressure test tomorrow, and Khanh is safe. I’m nervous because all of them are amazing, and I love Poh, Sarah and Amina the most.

Andy gives them a run down of what will happen tomorrow – no guest chef bringing a dish, they’ll be bringing their dish. So tonight they have to write a recipe for a dish that blows the judges minds and tomorrow they’re cooking their own pressure test.

I’m wondering what the twist will be if they have to give it to someone else, or what.
Anyway, I’ll see you tomorrow (well, tonight, if all goes to plan), with the recap!

Stay safe!

Oh, also before we go, MasterChef Aus Kids is now casting for the first time in almost ten years. (Thanks Johnson Leung for another tip!)


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MasterChef Aus S12E10 – Recap

Thursday night was the immunity challenge and Sarah T won, which means that tonight in the elimination, Sarah is safe. Dani still has her pin so she can play it if she chooses. Who will go home? Let’s find out together.


The contestants come into the kitchen to find the judges not there, and a large screen set up in their place. Behind the screen are benches.

“What’s with the TV?” a lot, pretty much everyone, calls out when they enter and see it.

Everyone walk’s towards the screen with the MasterChef logo displayed.

Once they’ve all gathered, Andy appears on the screen.

Andy walks the streets.

Each judge comes on one by one to walk the contestants through their ‘Day on a Plate’.

Andy starts with a coffee and a croissant. (“Are we making croissants?” someone asks.)
Next, he goes out for a taco.
Finally, he BBQ’s himself a steak with like, I don’t know, broccolini with ancovies and oil.

Mel starts her day with a coffee, seeing some puppies on the way, and getting a cake.
She and her girlfriend (I actually hate when straight women do that, but that’s not a conversation for here) have a salad.
Then, Mel goes to see her husband and cat and have pasta.

Jock also starts off with a coffee and a brekkie roll.
He’s got a commercial pasta machine and makes shells with his son. Jock smothers the shells in cheese and I love it.

I think that’s his entire day.

Andy comes out saying, “Ooh, some confused faces down there!” before calling them down to the other end with the benches.

Like the pied piper

Waiting for them, in their usual sort of get up, very fancy, very nice, is Jock and Mel.


They’re standing in front of three pantries.

“Before we get into what just happened,” Andy starts, before asking if Dani will play the pin or not.

Dani decides to cook, leaving just Sarah T to head upstairs on her own.

The ingredients used to make all the food they ate in the video are in the pantries.

First is Jock.

Mostly bread, seasoning, pasta ingredients, milk and HP sauce, it’s a simple Jock pantry.

Then Andy.

Vibrant, vegetables, ready for a taco in Andy’s pantry.

And finally, Mel.

I couldn’t get a good shot, but Mel talks about how she’s got the ingredients for sweet dishes thanks to her cake breakfast, but healthy things too, from lunch and dinner.

The contestants are given the rules: they’ll have 75 minutes to cook whatever they want – sweet or savoury.
They have the combined three pantries to use. They do not have staples under their benches, they do not have any other ingredients to use bar what is up there at the moment from the judges, which means no usual pantry or the garden.

This is the only cook for today, so the least impressive dish is going home.

Sarah goes upstairs and time starts.


It’s mayhem, and everyone is crammed into the ingredients, trying to get anything they can get their hands on.

It looks like Carah (Sarah C) grabbed something just to snack on, which is big mood to be honest haha.

Reynold will be doing a simple dessert.

I zone out for most of the cooking, nothing is overly interesting to me.

Finally, time ticks down and it’s almost time! The food is looking amazing, and I’m excited to see the final products.


It’s tasting time! I suspect that most will not have the caption at the bottom, so I’ll endeavour to do as I did for the Mystery Box challenge – show all the meals, but the ones without a caption just in, like, a slide show of all the dishes.

First is Poh with her vanilla slice.

Orange Vanilla Mille-Feuille

“Unbelievable,” Jock says.
“It’s the way it shatters that matters,” Mel says, before complimenting how great Poh is, and how nail bitting her cooking can be.

Next is Brendan.

BiangBiang Noodles with Cumin Beef

Mel struggles for a minute with how long the noodles are, but calls it a smack in the face with flavour, she loves it.
Jock calls it bang on, and the flavour is pinging in his mouth.
Andy is getting a bit heated up, and his top lip is a bit oof.

Next is Dani.

Beef Taco with Tomatillo Pica de Gallo and Jalapeno Sauce

Aiming to do an elevated street food to a fine dining taco, Dani is worried about going home with her immunity pin.

Andy says her tortilla is too thick and not cooked through, which you can taste. Apart from that, he does love the flavour. He wants to love the taco, but that tortilla is just not there.
“It’s almost there,” Mel says.

It’s Jess with a Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream and a Chocolate Tule and Cherries.

Andy calls it great, and it’s time for the next dish.

Each image coresponds with the order of the names here: Simon, Chris, Sarah C, Khanh, Laura, Tessa, Harry, Callum,

Big Ben U, or Bun, brings his Ice-Cream for Breakfast.

“It does look like something you’d have in the morning,” Jock says, to absolute laughter from every contestant and judge.
“Is that why you’re called Big Ben?”

It was only when I went back to go over it that I understood the joke… I guess I’m too gay haha


Andy tells them all to pull it in, and they taste the dish.

Jock makes another dick joke, but says he enjoys it, and that’s the dish.

It’s time for Reynold, and wow!

Whipped Chocolate Ganache with Ice Cream, Crumble, Jam and Meringue

Everyone is surprised with how much he got done in 75 minutes.

Instead of saying anything, Jock, Mel and Andy go over and hug him, it’s just that good. It sure does look hug worthy.

Jock talks about everything he loves, which is every element.
“I feel privileged to eat it,” Mel says.
“It’s probably right up there with dish of the competition,” Andy tells him.

Now, it’s time for Rose.

Peaches and Cream

Rose was worried her panna cotta wouldn’t set in time, so she’s not sure if it has or not.
Thankfully, it’s set perfectly.

They don’t like the dish at all, and they’re disappointed in the result. Andy says he wants her to just pack flavour, and this isn’t one of her best.

It’s Hayden’s turn, and he provides a beer to each of the judges.

Chilaquiles Verdes with Avocado Crema and Peach Hot Sauce.

The judges say the sauces should have been hotter, and it’s a shame the chips were from a packet and not hand made.

Next is Bem (Ben M).

BBQ Salmon Fillet with Walnut Cream and Sauce Vierge

It is a bit overcooked, but as they eat, Jock says the tail is actually really over and says it looks like tinned salmon.

The judges said the walnut cream had a good texture but was too acidic.
Jock said it was at the bottom end of the food they’d had today.

Amina time.

Adana Beef Kebab with Avocado Toum, Tomato Salad and Flatbread

Amin isn’t very happy with what she’s done.

“I know you know that kebab isn’t quite right,” Andy starts. “It’s quite soft and mushy inside. But, oh my god there is some flavour on that food!”
“The kebab is a bit floury, but I almost don’t care,” Mel says, ecstatic with the flavours.
Jock agrees with the flavour, and absolutely enjoys it, even though the kebab isn’t quite right.

And that concludes tasting.


The top three are Reynold, Tessa, and Bredan, having smashed it right out of the park.

But the bottom two are… Rose and Bem (Ben M).

Jock says they both had problems but at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Unfortunately, Ben’s acidity was so bad that no-one could finish, which means he’s going home.

“It’s tough to say, but it wasn’t your day today,” friend Andy says, before telling him everyone will miss him but to leave.

Andy and Ben hug and share admiration for each other, and I’ve just realised that Mel isn’t wearing a dress, it’s a jumpsuit? Amazing.

There’s no ‘Where are they now?’ this season, which is a bit sad, but it be what it be.

And we’ll be back tomorrow for a team challenge.


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MasterChef Aus S12E09 – Recap

After yesterday’s Mystery Box, the winners, Reynold, Bun, Laura, Sarah T, and Khanh, are fighting for the only immunity spot on Sunday.

Also tonight is a MasterClass, and I don’t care for that at all, so once this episode is over, I’m out.


Here they come!
They all look fab! I really like Mel’s skirt, and how good is that green on Jock?

This immunity challenge will go over two rounds.
Round one is a taste test. Each contestant will have to chose a judge and stand in front of them. Each dish contains exactly 24 ingredients. They’ll have to guess as many as they can. They have to chose one of the dishes. However, they won’t know what he dish is until they chose a judge.

Standing in front of Mel is Sarah T and Khanh. Their dish is a pie.

Mel’s pie dish

Both Khanh and Sarah are like, “Wait, what?? A pie?”

In front of Jock is Laura (no surprise). His dish is a pasta.

Jock’s pasta

Laura is super excited and says she has this in the bag.

Finally, in front of Andy is Bun and Reynold, and they have a curry.

Andy’s curry

They’re both a bit nervous, and Bun is especially concerned for himself.

Jock tells them the rest of the rules:
They’ll taste their dish and have five minutes to write down a maximum of 24 ingredients – no more.
They’ll all cook in round 2 – however well they do is how much time they’ll get. First is 75, then 60, 50, 40, then 30.

The best dish of round 2 misses elimination this Sunday.

The contestants are sent to their benches where a notepad and their dish is waiting for them.


Khanh and Sarah find that the pie is a curry pie, so they’re excited to give it a guess.

Laura realises this is probably the hardest of the dishes, and scrambles to get the last 12.

Bun and Reynold both suspect the curry protein is chicken, but suddenly Reynold realises it’s a fish.


They show the contestants the ingredients in their dishes before telling them how much they got right.

Jock’s dish ingredients.
Mel’s ingredients.
Andy’s ingredients.

Khanh got 16 with 75 minutes.
Sarah got 15 with 60 minutes
Laura got 14 with 50 mins.
Reynold got 14 with 50 as well.
Bun got 8 with 40.

They can cook anything they like, but only with the ingredients in the dish they tasted.

Nothing really interesting happens in the cook, and honestly I’m kinda done with this episode, I’ve got a bit of a headache going on, and I have cleaning to do, so let’s get straight to the tasting.


First up is Bun who had 40 minutes and Andy’s pantry.

Steamed Blue-Eye Sambal Uleke and Blistered Tomatoes

The judges love the flavours and say he should cook from his heritage more often.

Next is Laura with 50 minutes and Jock’s pantry.

Green Garganelli with Braised Greens and Pancetta

This is another dish they love, and enjoy how the simpleness is part of the technique.

It’s Reynold’s turn, who also had 50 minutes and had Andy’s pantry.

Confit Blue-Eye with Charred Onions and Red Curry

They also enjoyed his dish and enjoy when he doesn’t just do desserts.

Next is Khanh who had Mel’s pantry and the big 75 minutes.

Beef Coconut Curry

While it was very elegant, they felt it didn’t hit the flavour as they would have liked.

Finally, Sarah T.

Lemongrass Coriander Beef with Coconut Sambal and Tomatoes

They absolutely love the dish and call it a winner, before deciding to tell everyone the verdict.


One dish stood out from the rest, and they’re quick to say that Sarah did amazing, so she’s safe from elimination on Sunday.

But there were two honourable mentions. Laura, any other day and it would have won, and Ben, who should start all his cooks at 40 minutes.

And that concludes the episode, except the MasterClass, but that’s not for me haha, so I’m going to finish cleaning my room and putting my clothes away.


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MasterChef Aus S12E08 – Recap

Alas, Courtney left last episode, so tonight is the Mystery Box challenge.

The contestants enter the kitchen to see mystery boxes waiting for them, and they’re keen as a bean to get into it.

Rows of benches have a box for each contestant, and they all file in.

However, the judges are nowhere to be seen?

Where the judges usually stand, there’s no-one and nothing.

They’re soon to arrive, and all looking pretty fab.

Andy in a peachy pink, Mel in a black and white jumpsuit I think, and Jock in classic Jock look.

After some banter, the contestants open their box, and we find out that Mel has chosen all the ingredients.

Me’s Mystery Box!

The ingredients she chose are (and please bare with me, I don’t know what most of these are) cherries, Manuka honey, black vinegar, Chinese five spice, chicken feet, spring onion, coriander, taro, King George whiting, and galangal.

Sarah T is keen as a bean to be cooking with this box.

But, there are stakes for this challenge, even though it’s not going home.

Andy tells us that all the dishes will be tasted, and if they’re one of the best five dishes, they’ll go to tomorrows immunity challenge, where one person will be safe from Sunday’s elimination.

Our faves will have 75 minutes to cook with one or more of Mel’s ingredients, and have their usual staples.

Time starts, and they’re off.


  1. The judges discuss how tough these ingredients are, and both Jock and Andy say these are not usual ingredients for them.

Mel says she wants to use these ingredients to get the contestants to have a better appreciation for them, and to show off their creativity.

I’m just chillin’, waiting for a bit of drama, or something.

Interesting things that happen:

  • Reynold decides to do something savoury
  • Bun (Ben U) decides to do a dessert, as soon as he saw the chicken feet… uh, ok, doing chicken feet ice-cream.
  • Um, a cherry pitter is a thing?! I need this for the next Cherry Festival! OMG! This could change my life!
  • I ordered some gelato, so I’m excited to eat it while I watch MasterChef. Any snack recommendations for MasterChef/quarantine?
  • Bredan and Khanh realise they’re both doing broths, and the judges declare a broth off, which I personally don’t believe in, but ok.
  • “Chicken feet is the way to every girl’s heart, right?” Chris asks with a smile. Actually, it’s proper portioning of meats.
  • Simon is having issues with getting his chicken foot jelly to set.

Time ends, and everyone is ecstatic to have their foods tasted.


As per last year, when they eat all the dishes, I’ll aim to get a photo for every one with a caption.

First up is Sarah, probably the favourite.

Whiting-Stuffed Taro Deep-Fried

Jock and Mel say this should be a dish at a restaurant, and Andy says you just want to eat more. He calls the dish epic, and she’s sent away.

Next is Reynold.

Whiting with Smoked Butter Emulsion

Mel calls it a dish to dress up for. All round, they love it.

For a little treat, here are the contestants who weren’t main features and their dishes. I’ll aim to get them in correct order. Here are the dishes by Amina, Emelia, Harry, Laura, Hayden, Rose and Callum.

It’s time for the broth off!

Khanh and Brendan stand in front of the judges with their broth
Khanh’s Egg Noodles with Chicken Feet Broth
Brendan’s Whiting and Coriander Wontons

They love both the dishes. Jock says that he couldn’t pick between the two, “They’re both absolute bangers.”

Next is Simon.

He has his Steamed Taro and in the second image you can see the added Chicken Feet Mousse.

The judges do no like it, and say the cooking was much better than the result, however today is the day to mess around with the ingredients.

Poh and Bem (Ben M) are brought to the front as they both did the chicken feet.

Crispy Chicken Feet with Five-Spice Dressing
Fried Chicken Feet with Vinegar Sauce

They enjoy both the dishes and love the tastes.

Next is Bun.

Honey Galangal Ice Cream with Chicken Fat Caramel

They absolutely love it! It’s clever, tasty, and the chicken fat brings a richness. Jock drinks the caramel.


It’s time for the decision, and the judges provides some feedback for each one.

  1. Reynold.
  2. Bun.
  3. Laura (she did the fish swimming in the green oil stuff).
  4. Sarah T.
  5. Khanh.

Tomorrow is the immunity challenge, and I’m pumped!


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MasterChef Aus S12E07 – Recap

Yesterday, the yellow team failed to portion their meat well again (thanks, Chris), so they’re in elimination today.

Laura, Reece, Khanh, Tessa, Chris, Courtney, Ben U (Bun), and Brandon are facing off.

The judges wait for the group to enter, with Jock ready to go in his chef whites. It’s a Jock challenge, which is all well and good, except that Laura used to work at his restaurant, and while he said there won’t be any favouritism…

The losers enter the kitchen.

Jocks like, let’s not poodlefake, it’s a pressure test, someone’s going home, and it’s my pressure test.

But for the first time ever, this is a two round pressure test.
Everyone does the pressure test of 90 minutes, then three go to round two, and one goes home from there.

First’s things first – Jock pulls out his dish for round one, three Orana Snacks.

Jock brings the eight over to talk about it all and get them to eat it. I’m going to be honest, I have no idea what this dish actually is? I don’t know what anything is, except the last thing is a crumpet with honey and butter, and the first is like scarlet prawns or something?

Time starts, and they’re off to their benches to read their recipes and get going.


Reece tells us that this is the first pressure test he’s ever done! He never did one in his season, which is wild, but good on him.

As per usual, I’ll wait for something to actually happen.

Reece put the eggs in something warm and it cooked, so he had to start it again. What he had to start again, I cannot say.

Bun burns the bottom of his crumpets and they’re yuck. He’s ruined two batches of crumpet but decides to go with the first batch as the burnt flavour will go all the way through.

There’s one minute left, so let’s get to the tasting I suppose.


First to taste is Chris.

Chris’ three snacks.

The yogurt thing, Jock calls textbook.
They crack the prawns and Jock lets out a demonic, “Yeeeeaaaah!” They’re perfectly cooked.
“Yes, your holes did depart you,” Jock says of the hole-less crumpet.
All three judges liked it, which kind of annoys me because he’s the reason they messed up the portions for two challenges, but go off I guess. I’m sure he’s a super lovely guy.

Next is Courtney.

The poop chutes are still in her prawn, which is not good. Personally, as a prawn aficionado, specifically on Christmas, I don’t care for the poo inside the prawn. Yuck, disgusting, I’m not eating it, that’s for the cats.

Jock goes to roast again, the yogurt thing is not seasoned well, but the crumpets was good.
Mel says she got everything, it’s just minor little things that aren’t good from the best.
I love Courtney, so this is a shame, and she knows this could send her to round two.

Up next is Tessa.

“Holes,” Jock says, holding up a crumpet and staring straight at Tessa. He turns to look at Mel and Andy. “We have holes.”

This episode is both the worst and the weirdest. What is going on?

Anyway, the judges really like the foods.

Next is Khanh, who only has two crumpets because of burning one in the last miute.

They taste Brendon’s next, but don’t show the overview, which I’m a bit bitter about. They said the prawns were gorgeous, and Andy said to keep this mind-frame going as he’s cooked really good food.

Laura next, and I’m really worried favouritism will play a factor in some way, shape or form.

He calls everything just about perfect, and Andy says it’s pretty well the same as Jock’s dish, which doesn’t surprise me at all because she literally worked at his restaurant. She just gives a nod and a smile like she’s not surprised, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s made this before to be honest. She really shouldn’t be in a Jock challenge, they should have done something else instead. But I digress…

It’s Bun’s (Ben U) turn now

The prawn is undercooked and the crumpets have no holes.

And Reece.

Pretty much every element is a banger, except they pretty much all pull out a poop chute. Ugh.

“Not great,” Jock says. “When you miss a step, it doesn’t matter how good your cooking is, you missed a step.”

He’s sent back to his bench.

And that’s the last of them. Weird they didn’t do Brendon’s but did everyone else’s, but I don’t work for, or have any affiliation to ten, so who am I to tell them what to do.

It’s decision time. Jock sends three people to step forward for round two.

Reece, Courtney, and Bun are fighting to stay in the challenge.

It’s crunch time.

The dish for round two is a pickled salad or something, and damper with lamb butter, which is pretty much hollandaise sauce made out of lambs fat and as hollandaise is my favourite sauce and lamb is in my top two meats, tied with pork, that sounds amazing.

It’s time again for them to try the foods. The damper is being cooked as they talk about the foods. If you’re interested in the salad and the cones, etc, then check out the episode, but otherwise, don’t bother.


Okie dokie, it’s cooking time, and once again, I zone out, as Bun, who will be arrested and drop out of MasterChef this season, talks about how it would suck to be the second person to leave after getting second place in his season.

Courtney starts getting super stressed and the judges come over to try and calm her down. I hope this isn’t foreshadowing of her impending doom…

There’s only ten minutes to go and everyone starts running.

Time starts to tick, everyone’s in a mess, and the cooking ends. Thank goodness, I’m bored and ready for bed.


First to taste is Reece.

Image one is Reece preparing the food, image two is his damper cooking, and image three is the food he presents

Overall, the judges love it, and it’s perfect, however the balance for the salad is not good. It was a great effort nonetheless.

Next up is Bun. As he’s trying to plate, the foam doesn’t work at all and nothing is coming out of the whipped cream thing, I don’t know, I’m not a chef.

Picture one is him working, picture two is the mess of a sitch he’s in, and picture three is his dish.

The judges commend him on getting everything up. The damper is good and airy and the ones are consistent. The butter was not perfect, but he took a red hot go.

Finally, Courtney. She rolls the cones and gets everything ready while her damper is cooking.

Her final dish.

There was criticism of how Jock counted for her, it seemed quite fast. It looks as though it is an accurate count down, however it does seem quite fast. Perhaps it’s just editing, who’s to say (MasterChef is but…)?

Here’s a video in real time as it aired of Jock counting while Courtney finished plating.

Jock counts down from ten in a 9 second clip. Also, I’m sorry for the quality of the audio.

They enjoy the elements she has, and the butter is closest to Jock’s, however they cannot overlook the lack of elements she presented.


It’s time for the results, and I feel like they super got her hopes up high, as Jock talks about everything wonderful she did and that two of her elements were the best of the lot, “however one dish was incomplete,” he said, before telling her to get out of the kitchen.


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MasterChef Aus S12E06 – Recap

The contestants roam St Kilda, ready to find out what they’re up to today.

Just casually walking about, looking excited, unaware of the probable impending doom.
Look at them run. So unnecessary.

They turn up to see the judges looking super cute.

How cute is that hat though?
Everyone worries as they see two tents set up, and two more in the background filled with food.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a team challenge.

This is their first challenge outside of the MasterChef kitchen this season.

“Just when you’re getting used to being there, we drag your sorry arses out here,” Jock says to laughter.

Simon and Khanh both are from Melbourne, with Khanh living like 5 minutes away.

“You went from zero to 100 and you didn’t take your foot of the gas all week. But today, 100 ain’t gonna cut it,” Andy tells them.

Today, they’re cooking the ultimate BBQ for 1,200 people.

There will be three teams, and Mel counts them out into their teams and tells them to choose a captain. Two teams have eight, one has seven.

Team Yellow: Captain Laura, Reece, Khanh, Tessa, Chris, Courtney, Ben U (Bun), and Brandon.

Team Purple: Captain Tracy, Rose, Carah (Sarah C), Poh, Emelia, Ben M (Bem), Callum and Jess.

Team Orange: Captain Simon, Hayden, Dani, Sarah T, Amina, Reynold, and Harry.

The last time Simon was a captain, his team lost, so he’s worried that he’ll ruin this for everyone.

Jock tells them the rules: 2 1/2 hours to prepare and 2 1/2 to serve. Each team must make two savoury dishes and one dessert. All three dishes must have a BBQ’d element. As orange has one less person, they’ll get first pick of the proteins.

The motivation to do well other than not embarrassing themselves to the public? The losing team will be going to the pressure test tomorrow and from there one will be going home.

“Don’t wanna do that,” Reynold mutters.

Some Twitter users are confused by this motivation, and I suspect that perhaps the elimination on Sunday always takes place even if someone goes home in the pressure test. I guess we’ll see.

The first plate of food must be as amazing as the last.

Time starts, and they run to their tents.


As everyone runs to their tents, someone keeps yelling, “Let’s go!” and all I can think about is, “Let’s go, lesbians!”. I should sent that to my PT and get him to yell that while I’m training and to get me to run on the treadmill.

Each team plans their foods, checking out what foods are available and to decide their dishes.

Khanh takes food to a BBQ and Laura yells from her test, “That’s not our BBQ!” LMAO.

Carah calls Jess the “queen of the donut.” That’s what I call myself when I pick up a six pack of hot cinnamon donuts.

Harry starts talking about himself, and honestly I feel like this is the first time I’ve ever seen him.

I know they’re talking about the flavours they’ll use and what their dishes, but I don’t really care, and I’ll wait for someone to cry, or the super dramatic music. I mean, I’ll show you what the foods look like at tasting anyway, we don’t need to get anal over what’s being prepared right now.

Chris is working on cutting up chickens and Laura says, “We need to be careful about portions,” and I’m having flashbacks to last week when Chris did a poor job portioning.
Funnily enough, he’s having the same flashbacks and is preparing to not let the team down.

Dani starts trying to figure out how to do like a sticky caramelised banana and working on where to cook it, and the judges come over to help. It’s a bit of a mess for her.

“Like, how hard can it be? It’s just a banana!” Dani cries, waving her arms around, in her private confessional.

Meanwhile, the yellow team are deciding to get 10 portions from each chicken.

“She juicy!” someone yells, and several people yell back in unison, “She juicy!” God bless.

They’re here, with 30 minutes until service.

The teams write up their menus on their chalkboards while getting the food ready spaghetti.

Dani on the orange team is having drama with grilling the banana and is still a major mess. She’s trying to get it going without much success at the moment. RIP.

Andy comes around and tells Simon to start getting everything ready to go and clear the benches etc.

Then, Andy screams about how they’ve got ten minutes before service and the diners cheer in the background.

Jock screams that they’ve got five minutes left, and Andy yells for Simon to write his chalkboard up.

“Can someone help me with spelling?” he asks the diners. “Ok, ‘lamb’? Haha, no, I know that one.”
I’m not a fan of Simon, but that was pretty alright.

It’s time for the diners to start, and they all rush over to a tent.

“You go, Queen Bee,” Reece says to Laura.
“I’ve never been called Queen Bee before,” she replies.
“You’ve never been around so many gay people before,” he says.
Laura, Reece and Khanh all laugh, and I’m living (links are to articles referencing and about their sexualities, open in new tab).
So, I know that Reece, Khanh, and Courtney are all LGBTQIA+, but if there are any more, let me know, because I love me the gays lmao.

Meanwhile in the orange tent, Jock yells at Simon that they’re too slow. Simon says that it’s hard with one less person at the moment.

The diners are all popping a squat, eating al fresco on the grass.

First to taste is the Purple Team with corn (image one), smoked porterhouse (image two) and donuts (image three).

The judges say the corn needed more seasoning, the porterhouse was cooked perfectly, and the donuts were delicious.

Next to taste is Orange Team with their three dishes (image one). Their entree is prawns with Salsa Verde (image two), main of Lamb with a Baba Ginnoush (image three) and for dessert, Caramelised Banana with Dolce Cream (image four).

Despite concerns, both from the service and the bananas, all were delicious, and hard to beat.

Finally, the Yellow Team. Their three dishes (image one) are Charcoal Chicken and Grain Salad (image two), Firepit Beef with Chimichurri (image three), and Doughnuts with Rum Cream and Charred Pineapple, a play on Pina Colada (image four).

The chicken is good, but the judges comment that the portion of chicken seems small on some people, like a bit of thigh and that’s all, which is a shame because it’s so lovely.
They don’t really like the beef, not enough flavour.
However, the doughnuts are cooked perfectly and very tasty, the flavour better than the purple team.

Overall, they liked the dishes from each team, and it’s a great effort – not one dish they would consider a bad dish.


It’s time for the results, but first, Andy makes everyone high five each other, which isn’t very social distancing haha

He tells them they all did a great job, and one team did the best menu, which the public loved. Whose cuisine reigns supreme?
Congrats to the orange team for being spectacular.

But now it’s time for the worst – the ones who will be facing elimination in tomorrow’s episode.
Jock roasts them more than the purple team roasted their corn, but ultimately yellow was the worst today.

Andy tells them to go home and take a breath.

Everyone’s applauded and they’re removed from St Kilda.


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