MasterChef Aus S11E61 – Recap

This is it! It’s the Grand Final, and tonight, either Simon, Tessa or Larissa will be crowned MasterChef Australia 2019.

Personally, I hope it’s not Simon.

The episodes starts with a montage of their dishes throughout this season and their high points.
Tessa has having the most immunity pins and being tasted the most.
Larissa has being the youngest person left.
Simon was given tweezers by George once.

The contestants walk in, and see the previous contestants waiting at the top to judge them in their final moments.

The trio of judges are waiting at them at the front to scare them into their final challenge.

Pretty standard outfits from the trio, Gaz, Little G, and Matt.

Hot Tip: Thanks to Juzza12 for sending me a link to this article, about how this is the last appearance of Gaz, Little G and Matt together as the trio of chefs. Next year, there will be a completely new set of judges for MasterChef Aus.
This has followed the controversy surrounding George Calombaris, after he was fined for underpaying his staff shy of nine million dollars. Over twenty million people signed a petition to have him removed from MasterChef Australia next year. However, the judges and Network Ten have said it’s come after months of negotiations, and failing to come to a compromise on a wage for the trio.

After getting a major grilling from Gaz, George “Little G” Calombaris brings their fams in.

The contestants are crying, there are some squeals, and Larissa gets hoisted onto her families shoulders.

Each family member is introduced and I honestly like don’t care. Anyway, they’re yeeted up the stairs, and it’s time to get cracking.

Matt tells them that their food and their recipes are the reason they’re in here, so they’ll be cooking nothing but their own food.

This is a service challenge, with a who’s who of the MasterChef family, like Curtis Stone, Maggie Beer, Julie Godwin, the mentors Poh, Billie, and Matt, and they’ve brought controversal chef, Shannon Bennett, to come and help them to serve.

Rules: The contestants have four and a half hours before service starts for prep of three courses. They’ll be cooking for twenty people each. After each course, their scores will be revealed, the highest score possible is 90.

Shannon takes over from the trio, and starts the time. The contestants run to their station and start prepping a menu.

Blah blah blah

Tessa has overcooked her marron and she’ll have to start the tails again.

With an hour until service, Larissa still hasn’t started prepping her entree.

More cooking happens, and then the trio of judges go outside to visit the guest diners.

People who made tonight possible for the contestants, or something

It’s thirty minutes until service, and they’re busy busy.

The family and friends, and abandoned contestants are still standing upstairs to watch as other people eat their loved ones food. It’s kinda weird, but go off.

As everyone is serving their entrees, Larissa is still shaping those bone marrows.

The first entree is Tessa.

Marron, Fennel, Bisque and Caviar

The judges enjoy it, and say the flavours are excellent.

Next is Simon.

He makes the wait staff spray a bit of vinegar stuff over the top, like one spritz, when serving.

Roasted Heirloom Beets with Beet Leaf Puree

The judges like his root to leaf approach, and say it’s pretty.

Matt says he really likes it, and it has a lot of flavour.
But Gaz says it needs something else.
George says it would be an amazing side dish.

Finally, Larissa is serving.

Roasted Bone Marrow with Onion Soubise

They really enjoy this dish and the onion puree.
Gaz likes that it’s different and unique, the little additions like mushroom and mustard seeds make the dish, “… come to life.”
Overall, it’s a delicious dish.

It’s time for the scores, and Tessa’s first.
George – 8. Gaz – 9. Matt – 10. Total: 27.

Next is Simon.
George – 7. Gaz – 7. Matt – 8. Total: 22.

Finally, Larissa.
George – 9. Gaz – 9. Matt – 9. Total: 27.

Tessa cuts open her beef and finds it’s too raw. It’s a fatty meat and needs to go back in – she can’t serve it like this.

It’s time for mains, and Simon’s first.

Lobster with Champagne Sauce

George likes it, tastes great, but Gaz says theres a certain luscious that’s missing. Matt says the carrot needs to just melt.

Next is Larissa.

Marron with Bisque

They call it generous, and she’s two for two.

Finally, Tessa.

Wagyu Beef, Celeriac Pure with Bordelaise Sauce

This is another delicious dish, and they super enjoy it.

It’s time for the scores.

Simon’s first.
George – 7. Gaz – 7. Matt – 7. Total: 21. Overall: 43.

Tessa second.
George – 9. Gaz 9. Matt – 9. Total: 27. Overall: 54.

Finally, Larissa.
George – 10. Gaz – 9. Matt – 9. Total 28. Overall: 55.

Time for desserts.

Larissa’s meringues seem to have fallen a bit, and she’s worried that it will be her demise.

First is Tim.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Cake with Roasted Pumpkin Ice-Cream

They say it’s delicious, but a safe dish.

Next is Tessa.

Lemon Meringue with Rosemary and Ginger

They call it a crowd pleaser, but also it’s another safe dish, especially with Larissa right behind her.

As Larissa goes to serve, she finds her sorbet rock solid, so she has to figure out something to do.

She figures something just in time, and serves it up.

Szechuan Pavlova with Beetroot and Blackberry

The judges love the combination, and say it’s very well done. It’s a clear winner, and I think it’s easy to tell who the MasterChef is this year…


It’s results time. Simon is pretty well out of the equation, so it’s between Larissa and Tessa.

Simon.
George – 7. Gaz – 8. Matt – 7. Total: 22. Overall: 65.

Even though he didn’t win, they give him a total of $20,000 to pursue his dreams.

Tessa.
George – 7. Gaz – 8. Matt – 8. Total: 23. Overall: 77.

Larissa.
George – 10. Gaz – 10. Matt – 10. Total: 30. Overall: 85.

That means, Larissa has won, and is MasterChef Australia for 2019.

They give Tessa a total of $30,000, for the same reason as Simon.

And that’s it! That’s MasterChef Australia done and dusted for another year, and my first season recap done! Wild. Further deets below.


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

Wow! This has been the first show I’ve recapped, and I had a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed reading these sixty one recaps. I’m still working on The Super Switch (deets below), but I’d love to do another show soon. If you have any suggestions, let me know via my contact page, by leaving a comment, or through any medium I’m on, such as Twitter or Instagram.

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MasterChef Aus S11E60 – Recap

It’s the first day of Grand Final Week, and the semi-finalists, Tim, Simon, Tessa, and Larissa, are fighting to be in tomorrows grand final.

Hot Tip: The contestants have all moved out of their mansion to live alone for the next couple of days. Thanks to @JohnsonLeung for the tip!


Each contestant has a flashback of their time on MasterChef, before they enter the kitchen.

George “Little G” Calombaris, the chef facing massive fines, and who has a petition for him to be fired from MasterChef for underpaying his staff by just under nine million dollars, tells the contestants that three of them will be in the Grand Final tomorrow.

Matt introduces the guest chef who will be pressure testing them. It’s Peter Gilmore, bringing in a secret dish.

He has cooked this dish hundreds of times to perfect it, and they’ll have two hours.

The white coral dessert is made of 5 components and there are forty steps.

He explains that the coral needs to go in the blast chiller for an hour and a half. They’ll be making four of these. The coral is a white chocolate mousse, that needs to be super light and aerated.

Time starts, and the contestants run, needing to get the first ten steps done and in the blast chiller in 15-20 minutes so it has the hour and a half in the blast chiller.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, 49 year old optical distributor, and top six contestant, is back in the kitchen and lookin’ super cute as usual! So excited to see her. She’s wearing pink/beige/translucent frames, and her hair is down today.

One day I’ll get a flattering photo of Anushka. She’s standing with Huda and Steph

Tessa is behind on her coral, and it’s not in the blast chiller yet, even though everyone else has put theirs in, and it’s past the time it should be in by. Blarch those were worbs.
Anyway, she’s quick to get it in shortly afterwards.

As Tim was whipping something, he realised it’s split, and has to figure out something to do.
Simon almost over-whips and it’s starting to split. He has enough stuff to restart that bit.

Everyone gets their elements together, and time ends.

It’s hugs all round, and Peter comes over to tell them they should be very proud of themselves. What a blessing. Replace George with him, that’s what I say.

Tasting time, and Simon kicks it off.

He brings the elements int the tasting room to construct it.

George is wearing his blue tasting glasses.

Simon has 15 minutes to construct the dish.

The coral is looking good, and he has to put it in liquid nitrogen to get it to harden up, and then shapes it to look like coral, rather than a block of styrofoam.

Everything’s looking really nice for him, but then he notices the coral is getting sticky and needs a couple more seconds in the nitrogen again, which impresses the trio of judges and Peter.

They call it a cracking dish, and it’s pretty well perfect, nothing bad to say.

Next is Tim.

His coral isn’t great, and it’s quite dense looking.

Larissa says this dish has aged her, as she walks into the tasting room.

Her coral is going well, it’s light and airy, and the rest of her ingredients are excellent.

Peter says it’s a little dense, but a good effort.

Little G says the ice-cream is really delicious, and Peter agrees.

Finally, Tessa.

She’s super worried that her coral hasn’t set, because she got it into the blast chiller quite late.

Then Tessa starts to cry. “I don’t even know why I’m crying. I didn’t see this coming,” she says, wiping tears. “It’s your face, Gary, it makes me cry.”

Everyone starts to laugh, before getting a bit serious, and telling her to give them their dessert.

She opens the container and finds it has set, and it looks good. Everything is going well for her, and she has time to make sure it all looks perfect, and gives the coral one more hit of nitrogen before plating.

Peter says that everything was perfect and she nailed it. He says it’s good enough to serve.

Gaz says it’s the closest to his, so perfect.

I think the ranking is Tessa first, Simon second, Larissa third, and Tim last.
Hopefully we get Tim out so Tessa or Larissa can beat Simon in the Grand Final.

It’s time for the decision.

Gaz says they all did amazingly, but only three can make it to tomorrow, and one of them needs to leave.

The first person into the finale is Tessa.
Joining her is Simon.
The last one in is Larissa.
Which means Tim is out (for the second time).


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip or want to suggest a show for recaps, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

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MasterChef S11E59 – Recap

OMG this is it! It’s Grand Final Week!!

Larissa is the only one not wearing black today, and the rest of the gang are all anxious to cook.

After doing well in the challenge on Wednesday, Tessa and Tim have an advantage in tonight’s cook.

Gaz tells them what’s in store for today. The contestants will be dueling to stay in. They’ll be paired up, and the top two will join Larissa. The bottom two will fight to stay in the contest and the winner will be the last one in the semi-final tomorrow.

Matt tells them that they’ll be cooking from one of three pantries. Which ever they cook must be the hero sort of feel.

Tessa goes first as she was second best on Wednesday, and chooses the Asian pantry. Tim choses the farm house one.

Nicole is cooking against Tessa, and Simon against Tim.

They’ll have 60 minutes using only the ingredients in their pantry.

Time starts, and they’re quick to get to their pantries.

It’s time to taste, and Tim’s up first.

Lots of parsnips in this dish.

Gaz cuts it open to see how it’s cooked. Tim is aiming for medium rare.

“Ah. A bit over,” Tim mutters.

George thinks it’s cooked, tastes good, and looks good.
Gaz says it’s a good, sound dish.
Overall, Matt likes it, but the meat isn’t evenly cooked.

Simon’s next.

Fried Cabbage with Jerusalem Artichoke and Leek Cream

George likes it, and says that you forget about meat totally when you eat it.
Matt likes the flavours.
Gaz calls the cooking really clever.

It’s Tessa time.

Blue Swimmer Crab and Chilli Sambai with Coconut Rice

Matt says this is a better crab dish than the one before. Everything goes together and everything looks very pretty.
George thinks it’s great, especially because last time he had “fire coming out of my ears”.

Nicole next.

Crispy Salmon with Noodles and Curry Sauce

Matt commends her for making hte noodles.
Gaz says she’s done a great job, but the salmon is over. Her lack of confidence has affected her cook.
Nicole starts to cry and says she sometimes feels like she has no confidence.
George tells her to stop putting so much pressure on herself, and gives her a pep talk, before telling her to go and take a breath.

She goes back to her bench, and Tessa comes over to comfort her.

Gaz tells Simon and Tessa they’re into the semi-final, leaving Tim and Nicole to fight for the last spot.

Will this be our chance to get rid of Tim once and for all?

They’ll be cooking with the sweet pantry and have 60 minutes. This is the last cook for one of them.

Time starts, and they’re off to get going.

With her parfait not setting and 12 minutes to go, Nicole is starting to freak out and has to figure out what she’ll be plating.

Time ends, and the two contestants are worried about what they’ve done.

First for tasting is Tim.

Earl Grey Poached Pears with Cardamom and Orange Ice-Cream

The pear is perfectly poached.

Overall the judges love it, and love the flavours.

Next is Nicole.

Figs, Feuilletine, Tuile
Passionfruit Sorbet and Chocolate Mousse

George says it’s an incredible effort.
Gaz likes the flavours, but the mousse is a bit “raw”, and the figs a late arrival.

It’s time for the decision, and it won’t be a shock.

The last one into the semi-finals is Tim, which means Nicole is going home.

The MasterClass/Reunion is on now, but I’m really not feelin’ it right now, so I’m going to bed. I’ll recap this bit, because it sounds super fun, within the next few day.


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip or want to suggest a show for recaps, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

To catch up on this episode, or other MasterChef eps you’ve missed, head over to southhemitv.com.
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MasterChef Aus S11E57 – Recap

We’re into day three of Finals Week, and the top five walk into the kitchen.

Simon, Nicole, Simon, Tessa and Larissa, the top five, ones who beat the other 19 with a stick.
Look at Little G, trying to incorporate the other two judges in his fashion

Gaz starts to talk about what’s going on today. The winner of today’s challenge will have an advantage in tomorrow’s episode.

Then, Matt tells them to cook the one dish that will be the most important dish that shows the judges they deserve to be here. He asks Little G for the rules.

“You know what? There are no rules,” he says, before telling them to choose how long they’d like.

The contestants talk together before deciding on 75 minutes.

George tells them the pantry and garden is open, and starts time for them.

The contestants run to the pantry, and Gaz comes in to interrogate them.

As Little G discusses desserts with Larissa, something blue catches my eye…

George “Little G” Calombaris wears glasses, but has a backup on his pocket.

Whymst? It’ll be interesting to see if he wears the blue ones at any stage today. If he does, there’ll be a “George Watch”, the closest I can get to an Anushka Watch now. Gone, but not forgotten.

GEORGE WATCH: George, the littlest of the trio of judges, has been spotted with fifteen minutes to go, wearing both pairs of glasses.

In related news, MATT WATCH: Matt, the tallest of the trio of judges, has brandished a monocle??? Where, why, how?? I have so many questions? Does he have a monocle on his persons at all time? Was this a coincidence? Did he plan this with Little G?
Matt Preston – I demand answers!

Little G wears an excessive amount of glasses, with Matt at the other end of the spectrum with one glass.

The contestants are all going good, generally Gaz is coming around harassing everyone and asking if they’re doing the best thing for their dishes.

With only a few minutes to go, Tessa cracks open her chicken to find this:

Yuck

Her chicken is still raw inside, so she yeets it onto a pan, and hopes for the best.

In Project Runway, sometimes a contestant will go, “I want to show the judges that I can do a lot of things, so I’m gonna make pants,” even though they’ve never made pants before.
Simon has decided to make a dish that has NEVER worked for him before, but after going to MasterClasses, he thinks he now knows that to do to make his savoury porridge.
Simon has made pants. Let’s hope it works for him, because pants rarely do.

Time ends, and the contestants all wish they had an extra ten, fifteen minutes, and wonder why they didn’t go for longer.
But Larissa seems fine.


Look, all I can think is that these blue glasses relate to Little G’s squash injury, but maybe they’re just his new tasting glasses.

It’s certainly a pop of colour

It’s time for the tasting.

Nicole is up.

Chicken Breast with Mushroom Puree and Mushroom Sauce

When Nicole leave, Matt demands for more gravy.

Matt MUCH prefers this version of the dish

Gaz calls it utterly delicious, and Matt says it’s a great plate.

Next is Simon with his pants.

Savoury Porridge with Mushroom Broth and Nettle Puree

Honestly, with the broth, it looks gross.

Gaz says it wasn’t what he was expecting at all. He was expecting a big bowl of warmth, but this is just components.

Looks like the seams in his pants weren’t right.

It’s Tessa time.

Roast Chicken with Kale and Bearnaise

The trio of judges taste, and say it wasn’t great.

For the first time, I’m not envious of their food, they should be envious of my dinner, even if it was just sweet and sour pork.

Tim’s next.

Gaz looks at it and says it looks like a prawn synchronised swimming event.

Corn and Prawn

They really like the look, and crack into eating.

Not shocking, they love it.

I don’t know, the idea of eating prawn heads just really puts me off. Like, you can see their eyes! Prawn eyes just make me really uneasy anyway.

Finally, Larissa, worried about taking too big of a risk.

Parsnip Ice-Cream with Caramelised pear and Chocolate Sauce

While I can’t imagine the taste, I really want to eat it. I’ll just have to settle with the Reeces ice-cream in my freezer, I guess.

Little G calls it a rock and roll dish. Gaz says her clarity of dishes gets better with each episode.

The judges know who their favourites are, and go out to deliver the news. Little G has changed from his blue frames to his regular ones.

Matt starts by telling Tim and Nicole it was tasty, but there was one that just really got them. It’s Larissa!

Yay! He tells her that they loved it.

Gaz tells Larissa that she’ll find out what her advantage is tomorrow, and tells them to get out of the kitchen now.


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip or want to suggest a show for recaps, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

To catch up on this episode, or other MasterChef eps you’ve missed, head over to southhemitv.com.
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MasterChef Aus S11E56 – Recap

It’s the first elimination of Finals Week, and after failing to impress in the invention test yesterday, the losers are gonna cook for the chance to be in the top five.

The losers, Tim, Anushka and Nicole, start their day by looking at photos of their families, and making coffees.
That’s how I feel getting ready for work – looking at photos of my loved ones, listening to dramatic music, and making a coffee before I get in a car and go somewhere where maybe I’ll die a little inside and try to keep it family friendly.
Lmao no, I enjoy my job, but occasionally I lose five years of my life.

When the losers arrive at the kitchen, they find Gaz and Matt waiting for them. George “Little G” Calombaris is away, possibly relating to his squash injury, but who’s to say. All I’ll say is this: I would like to see George rock an eyepatch during a Masterchef ep, but never actually mention or acknowledge it at all. Maybe a slight pirate accent. I’m not fussy.

Matt’s got a bit of a leopard print going on with his cravat and pocket square. To each their own, but you’ll never see me wearing animal print.

They tell them about the guest chef. It’s Ashley Palmer-Watts, chef director behind Dinner By Heston in Melbourne and London.

He reveals the dish. This dessert is possibly the fanciest version of a lamington.

Once recovering from the shock of how many elements and layers there are, the losers prepare to cook.

Ashley starts time, and off they go, grabbing things to get going.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Top six, Anushka, 49 year old optical distributor, always has amazing frames on, and changes every day. Today, she’s wearing her elimination frames.

So proud of her :’)

Throughout the montage, there are a few dramas.

Tim adds cocoa butter instead of cocoa powder into his biscuit, before Larissa yells at him to check the ingredients, and he adds the powder.

Nicole sprays her lamington with the chocolate gun thing, and it blows away a chunk of it, so she has to figure out what to do with that.

Anushka didn’t roll her biscuit thin enough, and now she’s hoping it works for her.

I’m really hoping Tim goes home, because then we just need Simon out, and then I’ll be happy with the remaining contestants and the resulting top three.
I feel like I’ve said this before, but sometimes Tim talks and I’m like, no thanks. I have to remember that the editing has been done in a way that I don’t want to hear from Tim and the favouritism has me rooting against him, but he does seem like a lovely person. And we all know how I feel about Simon (see rant for deets).

At the last second, Anushka hasn’t gotten her raspberry gel, and missed that element.

It’s time for tasting.

First is Nicole.

The judges all love it, and say she’s set the bar HIGH.

Next is Anushka.

She’s nervous about the lack of raspberry gel, and she hopes that the rest of it is great.

The judges taste and agree that the whole raspberry flavour isn’t there.

Finally, Tim.

We’re actually hearing so much from Tim, especially compared to Anushka, who literally just said she missed an element, and Gaz told her it’s not over until it’s over, and then Matt kicked her out.
Whatever, we already know about the blatant favouritism from the judges and the editing room.

The judges say the chocolate isn’t as strong in this one for whatever reason, but they agree it’s a great effort.

It’s time for the results, and the contestants file in.

Gaz thanks Ashley for coming before it’s time for the decision.

Wasting no time, Gaz says that Ashley found one buiscuit hard and had no raspberry gel, so that’s why Anushka is going home.

It’s time for her montage of top dishes, and the judges have nothing but positive things to say about her.

“I’m going to need a chair for this one,” Anushka says, before going for a hug with Matt.

Here’s a final photo of Anushka, as she races to her culinary future.

Run, Anushka, be free!

Where are they now? Anushka is launching her cooking school, focusing on food as a creative outlet and therapy for mental health issues. Amazing. She’s working on her website Anushka’s Kitchen!

Here’s a quick article about how Anushka is the oldest person to get this far in MasterChef Aus.


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip or want to suggest a show for recaps, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

To catch up on this episode, or other MasterChef eps you’ve missed, head over to southhemitv.com.
If you want to watch The Super Switch, southhemitv.com also has you covered, and I’ve got the recaps here. Double episodes every Wednesday night.

Enjoy my recaps? Consider buying me a coffee.

MasterChef Aus S11E55 – Recap

It’s the first day of Finals Week, and the top six are Anushka, Tim, Simon, Nicole, Tessa and Larissa. Tonight is the mystery box and invention test.

The contestants come in to find the trio of judges, Matt, George and Gaz, all wearing blue. They’re quick to congratulate and hug the contestants, and welcome them back from WA.

George tells them that every moment this week will count.

Gaz is like, “I just got shivers down my spine,” before reminding them that one of these six will be the winner and will hold the trophy high.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, top six, 49, optical distributor, glasses frame icon, always seems to have a new pair of glasses every day. In the first week of Finals Week, she’s wearing like a tortoise shell frames.

The contestants head over to their benches and get to open their boxes. There’s one ingredient, different for each contestant, and a letter in an envelope with their name on it.

Tim immediately recognises the handwriting as his wife’s.

Each letter is from someone at home, and everyone is in tears.

Anushka has a letter from her daughter, and her ingredient is walnuts.
Tessa has tomatoes from her mum.
Nicole gets her letter from her partner, and her ingredient is goats cheese.
Simon’s letter is from his partner, and she’s given coffee.
Larissa gets lemons from her parents.
Tim’s is from his wife, and his ingredient is basil.

Matt lets them know that they’re using their ingredient for the cook. They’ll have the pantry and garden, and have sixty minutes. Everyone is tasted but they’re just looking for the top one.

Time starts, and the contestants all run to the pantry.

Everyone takes some inspiration from home to get an idea together.

At the end of time, Gaz tells them he hopes it was like a warm hug.

First to taste is Tessa.

Celebration of Tomatoes

The love all the different tomato flavours.

Next is Tim.

Basil Pork Roll with Pumpkin and Fennel. “For Abby,” Tim says.

The judges call it a flavour bomb, and love it.

Nicole’s up.

Goat’s Cheese Parfait with Macerated Grapes and Walnuts

Gaz calls it a dish full of lots of different elements, however the goat’s cheese isn’t the best, and dull.

Agreeing, George calls the goat’s cheese dulled down.

Up is Anushka.

Paklava Fingers with Cinnamon Honey ice-cream and Honey Sauce

They say it’s nice, but too homestyle for top six.

Next dish is Larissa. She’s a bit worried because she’s gone for an unusual combination, inspired by her dad eating olives and lemon together with bread, or something.

Lemon Parfait, Black Olive Madeleine and Poppy Seed Cream

The absolutely love it, and love how it’s clever and inspirational. George says it’s the best dish she’s put up in the whole competition.

Last, Simon.

Parsnips with Smoked Onion, Beetroots and Coffee Stock.

He pours the coffee stock over the dish.

George says it’s nice and that Simon’s really developed into an incredible cook. He calls it spot on, and would serve it in his restaurant tomorrow.

Gaz says it could be harsh and bitter, but comes into a lovely flavour.

It’s time for the decision. Matt says one dish really blew them away.

Larissa’s done it! She heads upstairs as they do the invention test.

The judges tell them about the next challenge. Each contestant has an ingredient chosen for them by the judges.

Anushka gets quail.
Nicole gets Moreton Bay Bugs.
Tim gets bone marrow.
Tessa gets John Dory fish.
Simon gets cauliflower.

The contestants are each really happy with what they’ve been given. George says the top two will join Larissa, and the bottom three will go to elimination tomorrow.

They’ll have an open pantry, garden in play, and an hour to cook.

When time starts, they first run to get their main ingredient, before heading to the pantry.

Gaz meets them in the pantry and asks them what their plans are.


While they’re cooking, let’s talk about this week and the near future.

Hot Tip: @JohnsonLeung on Twitter has let me know what’s going on for next week. Thanks for the tip!

This brings up another thing: what recaps to do next? If you have any suggestions, let me know. At this stage, I’m planning on doing The Proposal and/or The Bachelor, depending on timing and if it clashes.

The Super Switch has a total of 15 episodes, and starting either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how I’m feeling (I haven’t been getting a nap at about 4 lately lmao), I’ll be posting a recap every day until the season is complete, which will mean posting before the episode has aired in Australia.

Blah blah blah.

TL;DR, all the recaps I’m working on are wrapping up within the next two weeks, so I’ll be looking for some new Australian shows to recap, and I’m open to suggestions.

Tweet me, comment below, send me a message through my ‘contact’ page, and let me know what Aussie shows you’re excited to watch and/or read about.


During the cook, Nicole has drama after drama with her pasta, and she can’t believe it’s going this badly for her.

Anushka is rushing and nervous about getting everything going.

Gaz starts counting down from ten seconds, and everyone hurries to get the last stuff plated.

First is Simon.

Cauliflower Cheese

They judges really like it, and say there’s a few minor deets that are the difference between lifting the trophy and not.

Next is Nicole.

Moreton Bay Bug Ravioli with Bisque

The judges say the ravioli isn’t great. It’s not a disaster, but it’s not a great Nicole dish.
Matt does like the bisque but says the pasta is tough. He suggests that she should have done the bisque, bug and scallops.

Next is Anushka

Japanese Inspired Quail

She forgot to add the pickled mushrooms.

George says there’s a lot of flavour going on, and it’s not a usual dish from Anushka.
Matt really likes it and says she’s got the skills, now it’s a matter of finesse.

Tim time.

T-Bone’s Marrow – with brussels sprouts, a cracker, bone marrow, marrow crumb, etc.

The judges also really like this, and say the crumbs are great. Gaz says he wants a couple of bones each, but says the cracker isn’t good, and it’s too hard.
Matt tells him he cooks brilliantly. But if it’s not good, it goes in the bin.

Finally, Tessa. She jokes that it’s John Dory with lots of butter, and Gaz says he’d order it.

John Dory with Almonds, Capers, Grapes and Caviar

After devouring the dish, the judges say it’s great, and they warn her that she’s heading for a great career in cooking.
George says he wouldn’t change anything – it’s spot on. In fact, it’s her best dish ever in this competition.

It’s time for the decision. Gaz tells everyone that there’s two great dishes – Simon and Tessa. They’re safe and in the top 5 with Larissa.

That means Tim, Anushka and Nicole are facing the pressure test tomorrow, and one of them will be going home.


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

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MasterChef Aus S11E54 – Recap

After a bad service from the green team yesterday, Larissa, Christina and Simon are up for elimination. The winner goes into finals week, and the loser is left to go home as a top 7.

It’s the last day of Western Australia Week, and the contestants are in Voyager Estate, still in the Margaret River region. Whenever I hear Voyager, all I can think about is Star Trek, so I’ve got some kind of holonovel image going on haha

Larissa is told this is her last chance to use the immunity pin, and she decides to use it. Gaz says she’d be silly if she didn’t.

Larissa joins the finalists, and leaves Simon and Christina to battle it out.

Matt tells them it’s a test to test everything they’ve done so far, so this is a pressure test. Christina says she’s never been in a pressure test, and she’s a bit worried.

In walks the guest judges, Santiago “Santi” Fernandez.

He tells them the inspiration behind Voyager Estate food, and rates the dish to create as a 9/10.

He reveals his dish.

“But what if you had to make two of Santi’s dishes at the same time?” Matt asks, receiving gasps in reply.

Honestly, I don’t even know what to call the dish, because it’s just a lot of elements together.

Simon and Christina taste the dishes and then get the rules.

They’ll have three and a half hours to work on the two dishes. The winner is into Finals Week, the loser goes home.

Time starts and Christina tells us how she’s a bit scared about doing a pressure test, as she’s never been in one before.

Christina works on her mousse, and says, “I’ve made it before, so I don’t need to read the recipe.”

I’m a bit worried about her, and then it doesn’t go very smoothly at all.

We keep hearing a lot from Simon, and I honestly just don’t care about him at all? Like I just want him to finally go.

ANUSHKA WATCH: 49 year old optical dispenser and a confirmed top six contestant, Anushka, matched her glasses to her outfits. Today she’s wearing black glasses, with a beige top with black stripes, and black pants. Her hair is up, like usual.

What a blessing

Simon ruins his tuiles and throws it out. Massimo Bottura wouldn’t be happy with the waste.

With only 15 minutes left, Simon realises his tuiles hasn’t set yet, and he can’t restart it. He abandons that as well.

They’re in the stage of cooking and plating at the same time.

Time ends, and the contestants are relieved to stop.

Christina is proud, while Simon is very disappointed. He didn’t get a tuiles up, unlike Christina.

It’s time to taste, and Simon’s up first.

VERY intimidating room

First is his savoury dish.

Simon’s quail dish

They say the scallops and quail are cooked well, even though he was under so much pressure.

Next is Christina.

Christina’s dish

The judges say it’s a great dish, and Santi says it’s cooked excellently. But the jus is very salty, and they have an issue with it.

Simon’s dessert is up next.

Simon’s dessert.

Santi is quick to point out the missing tuiles. Matt says it’s a pity because it completes the dish.
However, the elements are all flavourful and really good.
Matt reiterated how important the tuiles is and how it’s an absolute shame it’s not there.

Finally, Christina’s dessert.

Ooh, she’s piping the bit of stuff on the side, and because she made it so thick, it’s coming out quite gross. She ends up having to spoon it on.

Matt is very happy about the tuiles, however has issues with the yucky thing. It’s got a weird flavour and it’s an issue. They all agree it’s a major issue for them, and say it’s not palatable. The ice-cream was delicious, however.

It’s time for the results.

Unfortunately, having an issue with both of the dishes meant Christina is going home.

I understand why, however Simon is clearly a favourite, and when Matt really talks about how important it is to have the tuiles and then eliminate the contestant who served every element, it’s easy to see why twitter is upset about it. The judges even said that Simon has been up for elimination the most.

Honestly, big mood, and I agree 100%

Where are they now? Christina his completing her nutrition degree and working on a website and ebook for wholesome eating for families.

It’s time for the MasterClass, so I’m out of here.


Ok, quickly, here’s something that made me really annoyed. There were a couple of tweets focusing on Christina’s features. I don’t even know how to say this without sounding like the worst, but her front teeth are a bit longer than the rest, so people have likened her to a rabbit.

Whether or not you liked her on the show, I just think it’s so wrong to focus and criticise someone for their features like this, when it’s something she doesn’t have control over, and could easily be something she could feel self conscious about.

Anyway, I just think we all need to be more respectful of other people, and especially these home cooks. They’re just normal people who want to cook, and this is a way for them to pursue this and see if they can crack it. We don’t hate Tim and Simon – we hate the way they’re edited.

Here are two tweets that target Christina’s features:


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

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MasterChef Aus S11E53 – Recap

So, here’s the situation, I missed the first fifteen or so minutes because my dad made butter chicken and it was really good. Of course, I couldn’t walk away from that.
I also can’t do any photos tonight, so let’s hope I learnt something in my creative writing degree and can describe the dishes.

Anyway, here’s what I know: Today is a team challenge, and the contestants are in the Margaret River area. The teams are serving thirty guests each with three courses – entree, main, dessert. The guests are dining outside in the forest, surrounded by fairy lights, and sitting by a roaring fire. The contestants are using some Indigenous and local ingredients.
Time wise, I think they have about 3 hours, like other team challenges, before service starts.

The teams are:
Green: Larissa, Simon and Christina. Larissa has said that if they get into the pressure cook, she will be using her pin.
Yellow: Tessa, Tim, Anushka.

Both teams decide to use scallops for entree, and George is like, “Are you sure you want to risk it with that?” and the contestants just say yes and keep going, even though he’s really like “Really?

As the time ticks down, the diners start to arrive, and Matt yells at them about it. Green are falling behind, but yellow seem to be on top of it.

It’s time to taste the entrees, and first up is the yellow team.

They’ve served two scallops on a bed of cauliflower puree, decorated with water chestnuts, and a green sauce circled around the dish.

The judges think it delivered flavour wise, however felt that the water chestnuts should have been a bit more prominant.

Next is green.

Simialry, they’ve served three scallops on an artichoke puree and decorated with bits of crispy saltbush.

The judges say it needs more salt – even the saltbush didn’t cut it. Nonetheless, they really enjoy the dish.

It’s mains and yellow starts.

The main is chockas with lamb, pumpkin, mushroom, warrigal greens and jujubes, however the judges say it doesn’t all work as one dish, and they did too much.

The green main is lamb and pumpkin with chilli. It’s a much smaller plate, but it’s decorated nicely, and looks good.

The judges really enjoy the flavours and say the lamb is the hero and is cooked and seasoned well. The guest judge wants more black barley, though.

It’s time for desserts.

As the green team start with dessert, Gaz comes in to say 12 people haven’t been served their mains. The trio are freaking out, and find 12 plates stored in the oven. They’re so disappointed and are behind again.

Straight away, they’re trying to rectify and pull something together for the 12 diners.

Yellow start serving their desserts.

It’s a Forest Floor, and it looks amazing. There’s a large chocolate tuilles type thing that looks a bit like a log, a chocolate dirt and crumb with sandalwood nuts, and a raspberry sorbet – bright red to brighten up the dish.

George feels like it’s inspired by the surroundings, and loves it.

Yellow team have sent their last dish, and they hug.

It’s time for green teams dessert, but they’re still doing the last mains. Larissa runs out to apologise to the diners for the delay.

Once the last of their mains are out, they realise Larissa had over stuffed the ice-cream churners, and says it’ll take another 20ish minutes, so they rush to make a plan.
They chuck what they can into the blast chiller.

Finally, they start service.

It’s a watleseed milk cookie with smoked ice-cream and lilly pilly sauce.

Gaz hates everything about it, and says the smoke isn’t good. All around, they agree it’s not nice. Then he says he thought it would be a tough decision, but it’s not.

It’s decision time, and Gaz doesn’t sugar coat it. Green team didn’t send out half their mains, and the dessert wasn’t good as a result of the time issues. Therefore, they’re in the elimination. Tomorrow, Larissa, Christina and Simon will be battling to get into Finals Week.

They thank the guest chef, Dan, and wish green team luck for tomorrow.


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

To catch up on this episode, or other MasterChef eps you’ve missed, head over to southhemitv.com.
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MasterChef Aus S11E52 – Recap

It’s the special challenge today, so Anushka, Christina, Tessa and Nicole are cooking-off for a spot in Finals Week.

I really hope it’s Anushka, but really, any of these women could go through.

The contestants are all in Swan Valley at the Sandalford Winery, like 15 minutes from the Perth CBD.

Such a lovely place, such a lovely face.

The trio of judges are waiting with the other contestants for the winners to come over.

Blah blah blah, the judges remind them of the stakes, and then Matt points at some cars for a bit of product placement.

It’s a Holden Equinox, by the way, the made sure to zoom in on the ‘Equinox’.

Inside, there’s an envelope with an address of a specialist food shop. They choose a car at random and go to the address. At the shop, they’re choosing an ingredient to hero in their dish.

They’ll have 60 minutes for round one, with an open pantry, and round two will be against each other. The winner of round one gets an advantage in round two, and the winner of round two doesn’t cook for the rest of the week.
So that pretty much confirms to me that there’s only one more week left, maybe a couple of days in the week after, who’s to say.

When they get back, time starts, and the contestants run to get the things they want from the pantry. Christina chose almonds from the nut shop, Anushka chose blue cheese, Tessa chose 70% dark chocolate, and Nicole chose honey.

Gaz points out that Nicole runs a bit funny, and he’d never noticed it before. Everyone laughs a bit at the way Nicole runs.

“Like a t-rex,” Tim says, as she runs, hands flopping around a bit.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, 49 year old optical optometrist, seems to always have a different pair of glasses on. I also realised today that I missed the opportunity to call this segment ‘Eyes on Anushka’, and I’m pretty disappointed in myself. Anyway, she’s wearing black frames with a bit of silver on it.

As Nicole is cooking, the bees are attracted to her honey and come over to investigate, so she’s inundated with bees. Eventually, they leave her alone to cook.

Time ends, and the women all hug each other, and it’s time to taste.

They’re ready to eat

First to taste is Anushka.

Blue Cheese Mousse with Honey and Thyme Tuile and Figs

Anushka tells them that it wasn’t to plan, but she’s really happy with how it’s ended up. Her hero ingredient was blue cheese.

The judges all love it, and say it’s a great combination of flavours. Matt tells her the bar is set high.

Next is Tessa hero-ing dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Tart with Feijoa Sorbet and Fresh Fejoa

The judges say it looks good, and when they eat it, they all say, ‘Wow’ and ‘Mm’. George tells her she’s really pushed it, and really good cooking.
They also tell her it’s a great combination.

Next is Christina with an almond based dish.

Almond Steamed Pudding with Almond Maple Custard and Almond Ice-Cream

Again, they really enjoy it, and like that it’s different ways of almonds, they do say that it needs refinement and that it’s all sort of the one flavour.

Finally, Nicole with her honey.

Honey, Thyme and Lemon Parfait with Macadamia Honey Tuile and Honeycomb

They call it beautiful and George calls it cracking. Matt calls it smashing, and straight away, Matt says he thought the top two would be Tessa and Anushka, but it’s Tessa and Nicole.

But who gets the advantage? It’s Tessa.

Her advantage is to chose the hero ingredient for both her and Nicole.

Tessa decides to be strategic and think about what to choose. She comes back and says she chose the spangled emperor fish.

The spangled emperor fish.

They’ll have 60 minutes and open pantry to hero the fish. Time starts, and the duo run to the pantry and chose their ingredients.

When time starts, they’re quick to run and get their ingredients. The judges are very judgemental as they cook.

Time ends, and the judges tell them it’s time for tasting.

First is Nicole.

Spangled Emperor with Braised Leek, Puree and Lemon Butter Sauce

Gaz says it’s perfectly cooked, and George calls it beautiful food.

“Just one word – delicious,” Matt says, before talking about everything good with it.

Next is Tessa.

Pan-Seared Emperor with Broth, Pickled Daikon, Charred Broccolini and Enoki

George says the fish is cooked well, and they all agree. But Gaz says the broth isn’t very good, and they all agree as well, it’s not tasty.
Gaz says she’s stubborn and tried to help her with the broth, but she didn’t listen because she wanted to follow her own ideas.

It’s time for the verdict.

The winner is Nicole, and she’s the first contestant through to Finals Week, so she doesn’t have to cook for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow is a team challenge in the Margaret River region.

Also tomorrow is double episodes of The Super Switch, so total of three recaps tomorrow night. Deets below.


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

To catch up on this episode, or other MasterChef eps you’ve missed, head over to southhemitv.com.
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MasterChef Aus S11E51 – Recap

It’s day two of Western Australia Week, but today there’s no pressure cook. Instead, Tim, Larissa, Simon, Nicole and Christina are in Chef Whites.

The contestants walk into Wildflower Restaurant in Perth

Waiting for them in standard outfits, are the trio of judges, Matt, George, and Gaz, as well as Matt Sartori, the head chef of Wildflower.

Matt Sartori and the trio of judges

Matt Sartori tells them about Wildflower, how they like to use native ingredients.

They’ll be making five course degustation. Each contestant will be responsible for one of the courses. The first is the appetisers, the second is a bit more substantial, third is main, fourth is a transition one so it can be sweet, can be savoury, or cheese, whatever, before fifth course, dessert.

The contestants choose which course they’d like to do, and stand in order of their course.
First course: Nicole.
Second: Simon.
Third: Christina.
Fourth: Tim.
Fifth: Larissa.

It’s a staggered course that has 30 minutes between each course. Matt Sartori has chosen an ingredient for each course. They won’t know what the ingredient is until their time start. They’ll have two and a half hours to cook.

Each will cook for 20 diners, as well as the trio of judges – so total of 23. Best two dishes join Anushka and Tessa in the cook-off for a guaranteed spot in Finals Week.

Nicole heads into the kitchen with Matt Sartori first to get to her ingredient – beetroot.

Nicole’s ingredient is beetroot.

Her time starts, and Nicole gets cooking.

It’s Simon’s turn, and he comes in as Nicole is cooking. He gets to his ingredient – Marron.

Look at the Marron beady eyes…

He gets cutting and chopping up the little Marrons. Gross.

Christina gets up and comes into the kitchen to get her ingredient. It’s duck.

Duck looks so gross just sitting on a plate like that.

From the get go, she’s having a hard time thinking of a dish.

It’s time for Tim to get cooking, and Matt Sartori runs him through what each contestant before him is doing. He’s got finger lime.

Tim gets cracking and grabbing several cheeses to plate with it.

Finally, it’s time for Larissa to get cooking. Matt Sartori takes her in and shows her the ingredient – plum.

It’s at least two plums in that bowl.

She knows what she’s doing, and she’s off.

Simon and Nicole have the biggest time concerns.

It’s five minutes before service, and everyone’s worried for Nicole.

Diners pile in

Service starts, and Nicole gets ready to plate, and she serves first.

Beetroot Salad

The judges love it and say it’s a great combination of flavours.

It’s time for Simon to start serving. He scooped the Marron meat out of the shell because of time, and decided to put it back in the shells once cooked, however it isn’t fitting in the shell, so he has to chuck the shells and put the meat out as is. Looks kinda gross, to be honest.

Grilled Marron with Coral Emulsion and Wax Flower

The judges all agree that it’s gross and full of flaws.

“There’s nothing to go, ‘Wow’ about, nothing you go, ‘Bang’ about,” Matt says.

Christina is next for service.

Duck with Pumpkin and Cauliflower Puree

The judges say it’s really tasty, and looks beautiful. Matt calls it a dish that makes you happy. They love everything.

Tim is up next.

French Toast with Cheese and Finger Limes

They love the flavour combinations, very Tim, and very lovely.

It’s time for Larissa to serve, however, she doesn’t have a dish to serve up. Her meringue isn’t working properly.

Plum and Ginger Bombe Alaska

The judges straight up say it’s missing something. Straight away, they’re quick to critique. The plum isn’t a hero, and she doesn’t mesh her original idea with this dish.

They know Christina is in, but it’s either Tim or Nicole joining her. Gaz says to flip a coin.


It’s time for the decision. Who will join Anushka and Tessa in the cook-off challenge?

First up is Christina for her duck dish. She’s thrilled to be the best of the five.

The last spot. George declares Nicole the winner, and she too is stoked.

ANUSHKA WATCH: Anushka, the 49 year old optical disributor, who sat out from today’s challenge because she’s a blessing, is wearing cream frames, something I’m not 100% sure we’ve seen before.

Matt tells everyone what’s happening tomorrow, and then that’s that!


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

I posted a MasterChef rant about Sandeep, and you can read it here. I also did a bigger rant about the rest of the season, and you can read that here.

If you have a Hot Tip, tweet me, leave a comment, or head over to my contact page, and let me know what’s good.

To catch up on this episode, or other MasterChef eps you’ve missed, head over to southhemitv.com. If you want to watch The Super Switch, southhemitv.com also has you covered, and I’ve got the recaps here.

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