MasterChef Aus S12 E50 – Recap

There’s only a few episodes left, and we’re getting to the pointy end of the stick.

Today is Immunity, and the contestants come in to find closhes with a letter next to it.

The judges stand and stare

Andy tells the that each letter is the first letter of the ingredient. They chose a letter and without tasting it (sight, smell) must identify what the ingredient is. They’ll get seven guesses and everything they guess correctly is their pantry.
Of course, they also get their usual staples.

First up is Callum who picks Q. Jock brings over the plate. it’s Quark.
Next is Laura with M. It’s Moreton Bay Bugs.
Poh does P, getting Persimmon.
Callum goes with S for Sawtooth Coriander
Laura: F – Flax Seed
Poh: B – incorrect guess, was Barbary
Callum – G: Gochujang
Laura: L – Logan Fruit
Poh: C – guessed incorrect, was caraway
Callum: K – Kangaroo
Laura: J – Jerusalem Artichokes
Poh: D – Duck
Callum: R – Rabbit
Laura: H – Halva
Poh: T – Tarragon
Callum: E – Eggplant
Laura: A – Amaranth
Poh: O – Octopus
Callum: N – Nashi Pear
Laura: W – Watercress
Poh: Y – Yuzu

Alright, that means the final pantry is:
Callum: Quark, Sawtooth Coriander, Gochujang, Kangaroo, Rabbit, Eggplant and Nashi Pear.
Laura: Moreton Bay Bug, Flax Seeds, Logan Fruit, Jerusalem Artichokes, Halva, Amaranth and Watercress.
Poh: Persimmon, Duck, Tarragon, Octopus, Yuzu.

They have to use at least one of those ingredients, the garden is not in play, and there’s no big pantry.

Mel reminds them of the stakes and starts their 60 minutes.


Poh is making notes and plans before she starts cooking, which is wild.

I miss most of the cooking because I just don’t understand anything. You may be pleased to know I’m now able to cook eggs, and have perfected runny fried eggs. I’ve even got a signature breaky roll, which my finacee loves for breakfast in bed. MasterChef 2021, here I come! Haha! No, I’d probably give the judges food poisoning in the audition 😛

Time ends as everyone is putting the finishing touches on.

Alright, whose cuisine will reign supreme? Who will be safe from Sunday’s elimination?

First to taste is Poh.

Smoked Duck Breast with Charred Persimmon and Octopus Emulsion

Andy says Poh has knocked it out of the park, it’s beautiful and well done. Jock says there’s a umami hit there. The duck is cooked perfectly and they all agree it’s a delicious dish.

Next up is Callum.

Barbequed Kangaroo with Rabbit Kidney, Gochujung Eggplant and Pickled Nashi

The kangaroo was a bit overcooked and one side wasn’t very cooked. Jock is very pedantic going, “You can see three quarters here,” as he points at a section of the kangaroo with a knife.
Jock wasn’t a big fan of that one kidney, but the rest of. thedish was great.

Finally, Laura.

Brown Butter Bugs with Jerusalem Artichoke, Watercress and Roasted Bug Oil

Look, I’m going to be honest, every time they say bug, or refer to the Moreton Bay Bug as just ‘bug’, I think of, like, crickets, when everyone’s like, ‘One day, we’ll all eat crickets and bugs’. Seeing roasted bug oil makes me a bit like hmmm…

Mel says the dish “vibrated with energy”, and said everything came together.
Andy says the acidity is perfect in the watercress.
Jock talks about how it’s great when she doesn’t cook pasta because things tick a bit more (although he does enjoy a Laura pasta).

Andy says Laura’s dish was well constructed and called it faultless.
Poh had a strange bunch of ingredients but created an extremely well put together dish.
Finally, Callum did a great strategy job, and everything he cooked was great, but the risk didn’t pay off with the kangaroo, and he dish was overthought.

Who’s safe? It’s Laura – her first immunity win. Huzzuh for her.


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Masterchef Aus S12E49 – Recap

It’s a Mystery Box day, and the contestants walk in to find the judges waiting at the front.

Look at em judging the contestants

After reminding us of the stakes, the judges allow the contestants to lift the lids. Underneath is milk, wattle seeds, thyme, hazelnut, parsnip, rib eye beef, caulini – a mix of cauliflower and broccoli, and prickly pair.

I’d drink the milk and sear the beef.

“Normally you’d have to use one of those ingredients in one dish,” Mel starts, “Today, however, you have to use all the ingredients across two dishes – one sweet, one savoury.”

Everyone groans as they realise the amount of effort they’ll have to put in today.

As usual, they have 75 minutes, and everyone will be tasted, however only the top three will go to immunity tomorrow.


I really wanted to watch the cooking, but I just couldn’t be bothered.

First up to taste is Callum. His first dish is Beef Tartare with Smoked Caulini, Parsnip Puree and Lavosh. His second dish is Frozen Prickly Pear Mousse wiith Hazelnut Beef Fat Praline.

Andy calls the first dish really smart and clever, a great combination.Jock said he did a fantastic job.

The dessert was wonderful and had great flavours. All three judges love it.

Next up is Tessa. She forgot her parsnip puree.

What did she end up serving? Her savoury dish is Rib Eye with Caulini and Pepper and Prickly Pear Sauce. Tessa’s sweet dish is Ice Cream Sandwich with Wattleseed and Hazelnut.

They enjoyed the savoury dish, but wonder what it would have been like with that parsnip puree she had forgotten.
The ice-cream sandwich was again very yummy, and excellent flavour. However she did forget her puree which means she’s disqualified from the immunity challenge.

Emelia is glossed over, however her dishes seem to be good, just need a bit of acidity in her savoury.
Reynold is also glossed over. Likewise, his dishes are great, however the beef was undercooked. Dessert wise, fantastic.
Reece is glossed over as well, with another undercooked beef, and a lovely dessert.

It’s Laura next, serving Burnt Parsnip Caramel and Salted Hazelnut and Wattleseed Ice Cream for dessert, and Rib Eye Steak with Parsnip Ribbons and Pickled Caulini.

Her dishes are amazing, and the judges have nothing but good things to say about each element.

Next is Poh, who is worried about her dessert.

The savoury dish is Charred Beef with Caulini and Prickly Pear Dressing, and for dessert she’s serving Fried Soufflé with Hazelnut Praline and Wattleseed Custard.

The judges love the beef dish, it’s delicious and interesting, and they like all the flavours.
As Jock goes to plate the dessert, Poh requests to look at the inside. Fortunately, it’s fine and not raw.
They also really enjoy the dessert.


The three into tomorrows Immunity Challenge is Poh, Callum and Laura.

How good?

Alright, I’ll see you then!

MasterChef Aus S12E48 – Recap

Alrightyo. So, I had planned on getting all the recaps done before the finale, and that didn’t happen…

But, MasterChef is going to start airing in the UK next Monday, I think, (hi UK readers!) so I’m going to go back to doing one recap at a time, because I’m not in a time crunch, and I’ll go back and add a “previous ep” and “next ep” for each recap, if I can be bothered lmao.

Solemn judges wait at the front for the contestants, aware of the horrors they’re about to face.

The contestants walk in to see the judges standing in front of a table of one inch cubes.

Look at em all!
Here they come!

Mel tells us that round one is a taste test. There’s 60 cubes, ranging from easy to hard. They’ll be tasting one at a time, and blindfolded.

The first four to get it wrong will go into the next round.

Callum calls it Russian Roulette with food.

Jock walks around with a bag full of numbers, and each person picks out their order.

  1. Callum
  2. Brendan
  3. Poh
  4. Laura
  5. Reynold
  6. Tessa
  7. Emelia

The first cube is taken over to Callum. As the game progressed, a cube is brought to each contestant and they smell, touch, and taste the food before guessing.

Now, this is just the order in which we see them (you’re so lucky I’m such a stickler haha) but at 19, Mel calls it number 31, and I feel cheated that we didn’t see more to be honest, but it be like that I suppose. Feel free to skim the list, or skip altogether, I’ll say who’s in round two after the tasting anyway.

  1. Carrot – guessed correctly by Callum
  2. Apple – guessed correctly by Brendan
  3. Banana – guessed correctly by Poh
  4. Beetroot – guessed correctly by Laura
  5. Orange – guessed correctly by Reynold
  6. Celery – guessed incorrectly by Tessa, who guessed Celeriac, making her the first into round two.
  7. Tomato – guessed correctly by Emelia
  8. Pineapple – guessed correctly by Callum
  9. Zucchini – guessed correctly by Brendan (although Jock jokingly said it wasn’t, causing panic)
  10. Pumpkin – guessed correctly by Poh
  11. Cauliflower – guessed correctly by Laura
  12. Lamb – guessed correctly by Reynold
  13. Beef – guessed correctly by Emelia
  14. Rock Melon – guessed correctly by Callum
  15. Cucumber – guessed correctly by Brendan
  16. Bacon – guessed correctly by Poh
  17. Avocado – guessed correctly by Laura
  18. Feta Cheese – guessed correctly by Reynold
  19. Radicchio – guessed correctly by Emelia
  20. Chicken – guessed correctly by Callum
  21. Salmon – guessed correctly by Brendan
  22. Blue Cheese – guessed correctly by Poh
  23. Cheddar Cheese – guessed correctly by Laura
  24. Ham – guessed incorrectly by Reynold, who guessed Turkey, making him second into round two
  25. Broccoli – correctly guessed by Emelia
  26. Lemon – guessed correctly by Callum
  27. Tuna – guessed correctly by Brendan
  28. Salami – guessed correctly by Poh
  29. Pear – guessed correctly by Laura
  30. Strawberry – guessed correctly by Emelia
  31. Radish – guessed correctly by Callum
  32. Lime – guessed incorrectly by Brendan, who guessed Pomelo, making him third into round two.
  33. Liquorice – guessed correctly by Poh
  34. Parmesan Cheese – guessed correctly by Laura (cube 41)
  35. Pawpaw – guessed correctly by Emelia
  36. Brussel Sprout – guessed correctly by Poh
  37. Kiwi Fruit – guessed correctly by Laura
  38. Pork Belly – guessed correctly by Emelia
  39. Grapefruit – guessed correctly by Callum
  40. Durian – guessed correctly by Poh
  41. Cream Cheese – guessed by Emelia
  42. Star Fruit – guessed correctly by Callum
  43. Persimmon – guessed correctly by Poh (cube 52)
  44. Fried Tofu – guessed correctly by Laura
  45. Parsnip – guessed correctly by Emelia
  46. Horseradish – guessed correctly by Callum
  47. Feijoa – guessed correctly by Poh
  48. Honey Dew – guessed correctly by Laura
  49. Kohlrabi – guessed incorrectly by Emelia, who guessed Daikon on cube 58, and is the fourth and final person into round two.

The final two cubes where Bitter Melon and Hekima.

Poh, Laura and Callum head upstairs with Reece.

In round two is Tessa, Reynold, Brendan and Emelia.

Behind the judges are five tables that represent basic taste. In order: bitter, salty, sweet, sour, umami.

They need to cook a balanced dish from each of the pantries. The key focus is balance.

Andy reminds them of what’s on the line – a position in the top seven.

They have 60 minutes, with the regular staples and the foods on the tables – no big pantry and no garden.

Time starts.


Ok, look, I was really trying to watch the cooking, but I just didn’t care, so I watched TikToks instead (I’m @FelicityFeiner, but it’s mostly just LGBTQIA stuff).

First to taste is Tessa.

Scarlet Prawn Crudo with Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette and Beef Fat Belacan Oil

They really like it, and find that there is a balance with all the different types of tastes.

Mel calls it sunshine on a plate.

Next is Reynold.

Pan-Seared Duck with Beetroot Reduction, Date Puree and Barbecued Kale

Jock says although it’s not the most interesting dish, it is very well balanced. Andy agrees.

Mel says visually it is dramatic.

Third is Brendan.

Lobster Noodles in Seafood Broth

The judges say it wasn’t balanced enough, and was too umami, which would be fine any other day, however as the challenge is to balance, it’s just not there.

Mel and Jock talk about how having a umami bomb is great, and chefs search for how to get that, and Brendan has it absolutely, but it’s a hinderance in this particular challenge.

Brendan could be in trouble,

Finally, Emelia.

Chocolate and Vegemite Parfait with Yogurt and Rhubarb

She’s a bit worried about having done such a risky dish for the judges, but it’s in their hands now.

The judges first talk about the skill, howe the Vegemite brings just enough salt. Mel calls the texture a luxury to consume, and Andy compliments the balance.


“There’s no doubt,” Andy says, “that the pressure has gone up a few levels.”

First, the best of the day – Tessa. Confident cooking, perfectly combining all the balanced elements.

However one dish missed the brief, although a lot of umami is normally wonderful, Brendan just missed it today.

Which means Brendan is eliminated. Mel enthuses about his dumplings and says it’s the best that this kitchen has ever seen.

The judges give him an elbow bump each, and the contestants clap as they also give him elbow bumps on his way out.

So, Plate of Origin (P.O.O.) is set to debut soon, with Matt and Gary at the helm, along with Manu from My Kitchen Rules.

Now that MasterChef has ended for the year, I’ve thought about doing POO recaps, or if I’m just not feeling the first episode, then a review, but I want to know if this is something you’d be interested in.

While I’ve got you here, I’d really appreciate a quick click from you for the poll below. Thank you!

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MasterChef Aus S12E45, 46, 47 – Recaps

Ok, this. is when it started being three episodes a week – Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. So I’ll do the blocks by weeks, so three episodes for this block.

Episode 45 – Sunday 14th June – Elimination

Safe from tonight is Reece who won Thursday’s immunity challenge.

The contestants arrive to the garden to see it set up with what appears to be street food stalls.

Four safe in round one, four into round two, where one will go home.
Round one is all about street food. There’s Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Lebanese, and they’ll be cooking in pairs.

Andy comes around with a bag for them to pick a token with a cuisine on it.

Orange/Indian: Laura, Emelia.
Brown/Lebanese: Poh, Callum
Red/Chinese: Khanh, Reynold
Yellow/Mexican: Brendon, Tessa

Joining the contestants today is chef Charlie Carrington from Atalas.

Two street food dishes using only the pantry available outside and of course the garden. They have 75 minutes, with the best four safe.


Tasting time. Photos as usual.

First is Mexican, Tessa and Brendon, serving Blue-Eye Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Fried Black Beans, and Agave and Lime Glazed Quail with Charred Corn, Pineapple Hot Sauce and Jalapeno Salsa.
The judges really enjoyed it, and everything was delicious.

Next to taste is Indian, Emelia and Laura, who went to India together after their season. They’re serving Pani Puri with Scallop and Cucumber Ceviche, and Tandoori Prawns with Naan, Curry Sauce and Yoghurt.
The judges enjoyed the dish, but there were too many flavours and they overpowered the prawns. The Pani Puri texture was like a stale biscuit.

It’s Team China time, with Reynold and Khanh. They’re serving Fried Rice with Lap Cheong, Shrimp, and Chicken Scratchings, and Pork and Chinese Cabbage Dumpling with Plack Vinegar and Soy Dressing.
The rice needed something a bit fresher, it was nice but not great. The rice was quite greasy. The dumplings however were great.

Finally, Lebanon with Callum and Poh, serving Grilled Prawns with Fried Heads and Pistachio and Herb Hommus, and Lamb Shoulder with Baba Ganoush, Pomegranate Salad and Flatbread.
The prawn was cooked perfectly. It hit the mark in terms of simplicity. The lamb was a bad choice for 75 minutes, and it was dry.

Decision time.

Into round two is China and India, so Khanh, Reynold, Emelia and Reynold.
They change into black aprons, and head inside.

Inside is a big map of the world wit pins in certain places.

Round two is about cuisine from around the world, but making a modern fine dining spin on the cuisine.

They have sixty minutes to cook sweet or savoury. Time starts and they get going.

I skip the cooking because I’ve got to get ready for work in about ten minutes.

First to taste is Reynold, serving Confit Blue-Eye with Celeriac Puree, Peas, Chive Oil and Wine Sauce.
Visually very appealing. It’s technically perfect French. The fish was on the edge of not being perfect, but it was excellent. Reynold is clearly safe.

Next is Khanh with Gà Kho Gung.
Jock finds a bone. Uh oh. Not everything worked as it should have. It’s not looking good for Khanh.

It’s Laura next, serving Coq Au Vin.
It’s more rustic than fine dining, however the elements were excellent.

Finally, Emelia with her Paris-Brest Petit Fours.
It’s crispy, it’s great, it’s fancy, they call it textbook perfect.

Decision time.

Safe today is Reynold and Emelia, leaving it between Khanh and Laura.

Unfortunately, as Khanh is my favourite, he’s out. He ends by saying everything gets better and things will work out, aw he’s so wonderful.

Ok, next episode.

MasterChef Aus S12Ep 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 – Recaps

Alright, we’re here. So Callum was the first into the top 10, and now we’re going to find out who the rest of our top ten is.

Episode 40 – Sunday 7th June – Elimination

Today is elimination. Callum is the only one safe.

Round one is a savoury pie and sauce. It must be fully encased in pastry. They have 90 minutes, an open pantry and access to the garden.

Time starts and everyone runs, and I skip to the tasting.

Time ends. The pies literally look like pies, so I’ll just say what everyone cooked for this round.

First is Poh with a Coq Au Vin Pie with Smoked Cheddar Crust, Pea and Mint Sauce.
They enjoy the quantity and quality of the filling as well as the taste of the sauce.

Next is Khanh who made Coconut and Chicken Pie with Pickled Chili Sauce and Salad.
The filling was lovely but the pastry was not ready.

Brendon’s next with a Mauritian Beef Curry Pie with Coriander Mint Yoghurt Sauce.
They love it! So much! Very delicious.

Next is Simon with Beef and Stout Pie with Tomato Chilli Chutney, as well as a beer each.
While nice and gravy, it’s not very flavoursome.

Sarah’s next with a Pork Belly Pie with Crispy Crackling and Apple Sauce. Oh my god, I would eat that in a heart beat!
The gravy inside really soaked up and isn’t there, the pork is dry. Sarah’s disapointed, as is Mel.

Up is Reece. He made a Wallaby and Pepperberry Pie with Davidson Plum Ketchup.
The pastry doesn’t look great, and he’s disappointed. Jock says that’s the best filling all day, however the pastry is not good, but the sauce is excellent for the pie. Alas, the pastry let him down.

Laura did a pork and fennel pie with tomato chilli relish. Mel says it’s good.
Emelia did a chicken pancetta and leek pie with tomato and apple chutney. Jock says that’s the best chicken pie he’s had.

Tessa brings up gravy, sweet tomato sauce, and slices of tomato, just like how her grandma used to serve with pies. it’s called Josie Pye’s Pie.
Sadly, it’s not great, but the judges loved the story behind it.

Next is Reynold, with a Chicken and Leek Pie with Tomato Chilli Jam.
The pastry is raw and the chicken is overcooked.

It’s decision time.

Into round two is: Sarah, Reynold, Simon, Tessa.

Time for round two. The judges ask for their dish that represents their Australia. They can do whatever as long as they can explain why this is Australia to them.

They have 60 minutes to bring their Australia on a plate, with open pantry and garden. They can have 30 seconds to plate up in the tasting room if they choose.

It’s time to taste, because I skipped all the cooking.

We’re back to photos, huzzah!

First up is Reynold who did his take on a Cherry Ripe, with a bit of an opera house feel. It’s a Chocolate Mousse, Coconut Gelato with Blood Lime and Cherry Compote, and Native Citrus.
The judges think it’s very rich, but other elements cut across the palate. They talk about how the cherry ripe is represented here, which they really like. Overall, big fans.

Next is Sarah. She did Charcoal Chicken, which was marinated in South East Asian flavours. She tells the judges about her history, how her mum used to eat charcoal chicken when she first moved here and continued it with her and her siblings.
They wanted it more charred, but also enjoyed the coriander sauce. The chicken was perfectly cooked, and everything worked so well, except the potatoes which didn’t feel like they had a role on the plate.

Tessa is third and plates up a bit extra before serving. She made Braised Pork Belly with Pickled Cucumber and Ginger, and Indigenous Flavours.
The judges called it Tessa to a t. But it was the wrong piece of protein for that cook. They said the pork was dry and says using a pressure cooker was a bad choice for her, however everything else was really good.

Finally, Simon. He made Naked Broccoli. It looks disgusting.
Before they taste, they all comment on how it looks terrible compared to, like, Reynold. The flavour better be there, is all Andy can say on the matter…
It’s not what the judges were told he’d cook, and what he said about why it’s Australia, veggies being the future, wasn’t here. It’s not even ugly delicious.


It’s time for the results.

After a bit of feedback, they judges tell Reynold and Tessa they’re safe.

It’s down to Sarah and Simon. They tell Sarah she’s safe, which means Simon is out, which I’m relieved about because I didn’t like him last season, I don’t like him now.

Alright, next ep!

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MasterChef Aus S12EPS 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 & 39 – Recap

Goodness gracious, I’m back!

So, good news (or bad news, depending on how you see it haha), my work hours have been significantly cut (damn COVID), so I’ve got like 4 days off, and 22 episodes to watch (easy peasy, I’m a champion binge watcher).

Here’s the plan: I’ll post recaps in chunks of five, a new page for each recap. Bear with, though, as I’ve never done multiple pages like that before, so it might be a bit weird. I’ll aim to get photos with it, but one episode usually takes me like an hour and a half to get everything together, so it will likely be more like when I did that last big binge than usual episode recaps, but we’ll see what happens.

With finals week right around the corner, I’m aiming to be up to date so we can have all the episodes done and ready when MasterChef officially ends.

Without further ado, let’s get started.


EPisode 34 – Thursday 28th May – Immunity

In for immunity today is Khanh, Jess, Reynold, Poh, and Brendon.

Andy, Mel and Jock wait for the top five at the front

“Today’s challenge is all about telling a story, and the story you need to tell is under here,” Mel tells them, pointing to the hidden items.

The stories are: Goldilocks, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, the Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.

I’ve always been a Snow White fan, so much so that when I cut my hair, I inadvertently got a Snow White hair cut.

So they choose a story and use it as inspiration, with unlimited possibilities, a real creative dish.

They have the pantry and garden access, with 75 minutes. The winner will have immunity for Sunday.

Time starts, and as I have so many episodes to watch and I don’t care about the cooking aspect of this show, I skip further ahead.

Time ends, and tasting begins. What I’ll do is put all the photos together and then run through what the judges say, and all that jazz.

First is Khanh with the Kladdkaka with Rose Ice Cream and Strawberries, inspired by Beauty and the Beast. He brought it out on a glass stand with a bell jar closh to put on top (image two).
Although a new dessert to the judges, they all really enjoyed it, full of flavour, surprised by a cake from Khanh. Mel calls it a bit romantic and dramatic. Andy would have preferred a sliver than a wedge. They all love the flavours.

Next is Reynold with a chocolate bowl. He pours hot caramel into it to make a rabbit hole effect (image four) to his dish, Down the Rabbit Hole, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
They’re in awe of the dish, shocked at how quickly it was conceived of, and Mel calls it a bombshell, a real back to win dish. They all love it.

Poh did a Tofu Bloom with Dried Scallop Broth and Fried Rice. She wanted to use humble ingredients to make a great dish, inspired by the Ugly Duckling.
Andy describes the dish as a warm hug from grandma. They all love the broth. However, the rice is slightly undercooked.

Brendon’s up, also doing a Beauty and the Beast inspired dish called Hakien.
Andy feels like this is more of a dish Brendon wanted to cook and just shoed it into this brief. The presentation could have been better, the dipping sauce doesn’t really stand out. It’s a good dish, but just not for today and this brief.

Finally, Jess, inspired by Goldilocks, with her dish called The One Who Got Away. Each sphere has something different inside (image eight) – the first sphere has nothing inside, the second one has a yogurt and the third is a mango thing.
Mel feels like there’s a bit too many elements and crammed too much in a dish. Andy feels like she’s bit off more than she can chew.


It’s time for the decision.

Andy gives them all compliments, before the get into who the best was.
Mel calls it a one-horse race, hitting the brief out of the kingdom.
The winner is Reynold, his first immunity ever. He never got immunity in his season, apparently.

Reynold and Emelia have immunity for Sunday.

Alright, next page for the elimination.

I think I jinxed myself by writing that I have no hours. I suddenly got phone call after phone call from my bosses giving me work so, I guess this weekend is the best shot I’ve got to get everything done. Let’s crack on!

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MasterChef Aus S12E33 – Recap

Hello, hello! It’s MasterChef time!

So, Tuesday, there was no elim – we got an additional immunity for Sunday, and for wowing everyone, Emelia will be safe! Huzzuh!

It’s Mystery Box day, with the top fighting for immunity again tomorrow. Let’s get into it.

Oh, before we start, I’ve got a Hot Tip, once again from my beautiful girl. I swear, she knows more about MasterChef than I do sometimes, and she doesn’t even watch the episodes (does she read the recaps? Who’s to say?).
Anyway, Reynold recently apologised for homophobic rants online, where he said homosexuality is a mental illness and said all the gays should be put on an island. Here’s a link to the full article. Opens in new tab.

Do these revelations change the way you think about Reynold? Let me know your thoughts.

I’m also kinda watching Glee on the side, because I”m gay, but I won’t let it distract me, except for the cooking time, I don’t care for the cooking.

All the contestants walk in to find the benches set with a mystery box and the judges waiting for them at the front. Emelia walks up to stare at them from the roof, because she can’t get immunity again. The judges say she won’t have to cook for the rest of the week.

Jock tells them not to mess around, and to open the lid.

Inside is a picture of them as a kid – a photo sent in from a loved one. It’s super cute, people are getting a bit teary. Mel asks them to explain. It’s sweet. Khanh starts crying as he talks about his photo and his past. He was a little kid, and it was their first day coming to Aus from a refugee camp, where he was born. Aww I love him even more now.

And then on Glee, stuff happened and it was more interesting than hearing about the meaning behind pictures, but I looked back to see a lot of tears, and Mel crying from the photos.

Andy tells them to take inspiration from their photo and make a great dish. The garden and pantry are open today. The best four will go into immunity tomorrow. Their time, sixty minutes, start.


Honest;y, I completely missed the entire cook, so let’s jump straight to the tasting, which is truely the most important thing..

First to taste is Callum.

Callum talks about how his father passed while he was a kid and he started cooking for the fam, which is where his love of food came from.

The judges love it, they think it’s delicious and sellable.

Next is Brendon.

Dan Dan Noodles.

Brendon says his grandma taught him to make noodles from scratch, and he plates up for the judges.

“It’s a plate of food that’s really not you,” Andy says, describing Brendon as a gentle person, but the dish as an angry, fiery one.

They adore it.

It’s Poh time.

Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles

Poh talks about her dad and how this dish was inspired by him.

The judges get their dishes and are all taking a bit to deal with their hot mouths.

Mel says the dish looks so gentle and subtle but it’s waves of spice etc which is great, and “triumphant”. “I feel great privilege in eating it.”

Next is Jess, who has cooked a Hazelnut Chocolate Crack with Dark Chocolate Tia Maria Mousse – a play on Ferrero Rocher.

Andy gets super excited when cracking his. “It’s like an egg!”

The judges have one each and crack them open, to reveal many layers inside. Andy gets Jess to go through each layer, before tasting.

Jock says it doesn’t taste anything like a Ferrero Rocher, but it’s one of the best desserts he’s eaten all year. He goes on to talk about all the positive things with the dish – everything – and how it’s amazing she did it in 60 minutes.

They absolutely enthuse on her skills.

Next is Khanh

Chao Ga with Dau Chao Quay

Andy says this dish is packed in with so many emotional flavour, and he feels like it’s a hug from Khanh.

They absolutely love it, and it’s lovely.

A few people come up and share their dishes and inspiration (Laura, Simon, Sarah, Tessa, ) and then we’re back to getting photos.

It’s Reece.

Nan’s Sponge Cake with Passionfruit Butter, Vanilla Orange Cream

Jock gets particularly emotional, as he connects to this dish a lot.

Andy again swears he doesn’t actually like cake, but he likes this.

Final dish, it’s Reynold with a dish called Bali Sunrise, the name of his parents restaurant.

The judges love that it looks like a coconut, and are surprised to see the green when they crack it open.
Jock asks Reynold to run through the elements. I cannot tell you what the green is, I’m sorry.

They’re shocked, like Jess’, that he got that made in 60 minutes. Jock says the dessert techniques are commendable.

It’s time for the results.


Jock says they couldn’t pick just four, which is unprecedented, just like these unprecedented times. They decided to pick a top five.

Those going into immunity are: Jess, Poh, Brendon, Kahn, and Reynold.

And that’s the episode! How good.

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MasterChef Aus S12E32 – Recap

Tonight is the “pressure test”, but the winner of today will get immunity, so no-one will be going home. Phew!

Mel is back, and the social distancing is continuing.

Jock asks the four competing, Khanh, Simon, Emelia and Brendon, what getting immunity this week would mean to them.

“I just want a week off from the crippling anxiety,” Emelia says.
Me too, boo, me too.

It’s time for the dish. In walks Kirstin Tibballs with a special looking plate. She lifts the lid to show the dish.

“Today, you’ll be cooking my…” she lifts the lid, “Mojito.”

They each get a dessert on their benches. It’s cut open showing all the layers. They get to eat their watermelon mojito, not having to worry about sharing, which is really the dream. I’m terrible at sharing, which always comes back to bite me, when I’ve eaten a whole bag of popcorn and my girl hasn’t had any.

Kirsten gives them the low down, giving them hints on the chocolate.

They’ll have three hours to cook and three minutes before serving to get it ready. All the things they need are at their benches.
Andy reminds them that the best dish gets immunity, so really if they can’t do it and it turns into a vodka mess, that’s fine because they won’t be out.


Time starts, and everyone washes their hands first before getting into reading the recipe.

This is the worst bit about watching the episode as it airs – I can’t just skip the cooking. But it means my pide can get here before the judges taste, which is always handy.

Brendon is having a drama of a time, and it looks like Khanh is having a bit of a drama as well, but it’s ok because they won’t get evicted tonight. Eliminated. I think I’ve got Big Brother on my mind… Or I’m thinking about what would happen to me if I attempted to cook this dessert…

Part of the cooking is filling a balloon with goods, but Emelia is having dramas tying the balloon. Honestly though, for the most part, she’s doing amazing, she’ll knock this out of the park.

Everyone’s going really well, and then when Khanh goes to do what Emelia did with the balloon in the chocolate stuff, it just crumbles, along with his hopes of getting immunity.

Simon goes to pull his balloon from the chocolate dome and it just cracks the whole thing in half and I audible gasp.

Finally, time runs out and everyone steps away from their benches.


First to present to the judges is Brendon, who fills the watermelon shell and gets everything ready, before presenting to the judges.

They’re all sitting at the long table, Jock and Andy at two seperate ends, and Mel and Kirsten sitting in the middle of the table, everyone apart.

They all love everything, I don’t recall any actual critiques, other than the stripes on the watermelon being different to how Kirsten does hers.

“He’s done exceptionally well,” Jock says.

Next is Khanh. (We get an ad break, so I wait for my boi’s watermelon, like I wait for my pide to be confirmed – riddled with fear and hunger)

They crack it open and find that the watermelon is quite thick at the bottom, but otherwise, it’s pretty good, which I’m glad to hear.
Jock calls the tempering perfect, but says the visuals just isn’t quite there.

It’s Simon’s turn, and he’s upset that he used a less than great sphere.
As Kirsten tries to cut it open, they comment that it’s quite a thick sphere.

And then we cut to ad break again?! And the restaurant I ordered from closed?! This is outragous.

“Well, he got all the elements at least, right?” Mel asks, and Kirsten confirms.
Thick as it may have been, the elements were all really good, which is nice to hear, I guess. I don’t care for Simon because of something he said to Anushka and Tati last season. What can I say? I hold a grudge lmao.

Finally, it’s Emelia, and Kirsten says it looks wonderful.

“I can’t fault any of it, she should be congratulated, “Kirsten says.

Well, I don’t think we need to hear any more.

No-one else agrees, and they all compliment her dish.


It’s time for the results. No surprises here.

Jock says he’s not going to go through the critique, instead just celebrate the best dish, which also gives the maker immunity.

“Congratulations, Emelia,” Jock says, and everyone applauds her.

Mel tells everyone to bugger off, and that’s the episode!

Tomorrow night is the Mystery Box, and it looks like it’ll be about their family.

See you then!


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MasterChef Aus S12E31 – Recap

This episode was filmed at the beginning of the COVID situation when we first had to do the social distancing, and as unprecedented as this whole situation is, even more so for this cooking competition, especially for the service/team challenge. It’ll be interesting to see what changes have been made, and I’ll be sure to note them for you.

Today’s hot tip comes from Mel herself.

She was unwell at the time of filming, and instead of coming in, she went to the doctors, found out what was wrong, and came back when she was safe to. The link to instagram in her tweet above details exactly what happened, but that’s the gist of it.

The contestants come in to find Andy and Jock standing at the front, with three benches behind them.

“Keep a safe distance apart from each other,” Jock says, as they enter.

Here are the new rules:
Everyone stands apart.
Must keep a safe distance at all times.

This week, only one person is going home. “And that’s not all,” Andy says, before announcing that two people will get immunity this week.

The winners of today’s challenge will battle tomorrow for the extra immunity. So I suppose Tuesday is immunity, Wednesday is Mystery Box, and Thursday is Immunity again, before an elimination on Sunday.

Today is a team relay. They’ll cook in three teams of four. Each team cooks two plates of food – main and dessert. Cooking time is 80 minutes, and each person will cook for 20 minutes, with 45 seconds between each cook for a handover.

Simon, Sarah and Reynold will be the first to cook, therefore on different teams.
Next, Poh, Tessa and Emelia, then Jess, Kahn and Laura, and finally Callum, Reece and Brendon.

Everyone bar the first row won’t know what team they’re on.

Team red: Reynold,
Team Navy: Sarah,
Team Green: Simon,

Under each bench is an electrical appliance, and they must use it in some way shape or form through the cook.

Time starts, and the three figure out what their dishes will be and set up the whole cook.


It’s handover, and Poh (Navy), Emelia (Green) and Tessa (Red) come out and the hand over time begins.

Reynold, Simon and Sarah are forced into the garden to watch the cooking contestants on a tv.

Poh is getting lost and in her flustered state, she nicks herself, blood pouring. Yuck. Sarah’s watching outside, getting a bit anxious. Same, Sarah, same.

I don’t really understand anything that’s going on, except that Poh hasn’t done a lot, and burnt her parsnips. Sarah is freaking the fuck out in the garden as she watches the drama unfold.

It’s another handover, and Laura (Red), Khanh (Green) and Jess (Navy) go to meet Emelia, Poh and Tessa.

The teams at the moment are:
Red: Reynold, Tessa, Laura.
Green: Simon, Emelia, Khanh.
Navy: Sarah, Poh, Jess.

As each person cooks, every member of the team freaks out from outside, watching as they naïvely make mistakes, or freak out with what’s going on.

It’s time for the final hand over. Callum (Navy), Reece (Red) and Brendon (Green) come in and get the last of the information before joining the rest of their team members in the garden.

The green team are all freaking out for how long the octopus has been on the little grill thing. Brendon takes it off, realises how shit it is, and the green team are all scared that it’s super overcooked and not viable for plating.

What a mess.

Reece decides to use the grill thing to cook some fish, but there’s a fire. He turns, looks at it, and says, “Ooh, girl!” and I just love him so much haha

So, gloves were never actually established as a rule, but some of them seem to be wearing gloves, some of them are using their bare hands, I think?

Brendon runs to the pantry and grabs some prawns to replace the octopus that Khanh ruined cooked.
Andy cackles a little as he sees Brendon prep and cook the prawns.

It’s almost the end of time, and the final three are rushing to get everything done perfectly.

Time ends, and all the contestants run into the kitchen to stand vaguely near each other and scream.


It’s tasting time, and first up is Team Navy (Sarah, Poh, Jess, Callum).

Jock plates them up separately, part of the new rules. So they brought over the two plates, and then two additional plates were brought over for them to seperate.

Andy starts with the lamb. He says all the elements were pretty simple, and could have been better. He says the coconut foam brings it from a pub dish to something a lot better, and Andy says that’s on Jess, she should take the credit.
Jock calls the lamb a pub dish, and agrees with Andy on the dessert, however he has complains on the cauliflower aspects of the lamb.

Next is Team Red (Reynold, Tessa, Laura, Reece).

Jock plates them up, as the contestants nervously look on. They’re worried the fish will be overcooked. Unfortunately, the panna cotta hasn’t set on the inside, so they’re pretty sure they’re out of the running now. It’s all soup-y as Andy eats up.

Andy has not a lot of good things to say, bar the fish was nicely cooked. Jock said he liked the flavours of the trout dish overall. He called it disjointed.

A shame, but it looks like Red Team is out of the running of immunity.

Finally, it’s Team Green (Simon, Emelia, Khanh, Brendon).

Simon says the dessert was exactly what he was imagining when he started cooking, but the main was not.

Jock says the salad with the prawns was delicious. Unfortuntely, the prawns were overcooked, but the flavours were, “Banging”. He loved the dessert.
Andy also enjoys the salad and the acidity. The pastry in the dessert was excellent.

There are no high-fives as the contestants return to benches.


It’s time for the results.

Andy straight up tells the Red Team that they’re out of the running, because their dishes just weren’t there.
Jock runs through any issues with Navy and Green.

But there can only be one winner. I think it’s the Galette that solidifies Green as the winner of the challenge.

So, that’s the episode! Tomorrow, Simon, Emelia, Khanh and Brendon will be fighting for elimination.


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MasterChef Aus S12E30 – Recap

Well well well! It’s been a while since we’ve been here together like this. I’ve missed it.

I’ve got a hot tip, this came from my partner, who’s birthday it was last week (happy birthday, babe!). So, the current (confirmed) gays are Khanh, Reece and Brendon, Khanh’s wearing shirts saying, ‘You are loved’, all the time, and I thought it was just cute, but I actually have some info on it (I might be behind, maybe you already know, but hey). Here is all the information on it, as well as how you can buy it. Basically, he’s wearing a shirt for an LGBTQIA+ youth charity called Minus18. Ten dollars from each shirt (cost is $35AUD) goes to the charity. Very sweet, I want one or two.


The contestants come into the kitchen to find Jock, Mel and Andy waiting for them in front of a table with a big cloth over it, hiding a surprise.

The judges are ready for action.

After harassing the contestants for a bit, and reminding them that tonight we will have the top 12, they finally reveal what’s underneath: 28 different types of fish.

“Today,” Andy says, “it’s all about fish!”

And here to help the judges with this fishy elimination is none other than Josh Niland, who happened to go to school with Andy.
He’s a fish butcher, he uses every part of the fish.

Welcome to the MasterChef kitchen, Josh!

“Today’s challenge takes place over two rounds,” Jock says, before introducing round one.

Name! That! Fish!

Which sounds awfully familiar – a title just like my game show (which I use as the generic tv show in all my fiction writing pieces), Pat That Cat.

The contestants get in a line, and one by one, they come up and guess a fish. The judges aren’t yelling out ‘name that fish’ like it’s a tv show, which is kinda irking me? I don’t know, I just feel like this could have been a bit more funner, but who am I to critique MasterChef? (I’ve done it twice and I’ll do it again!)

First incorrect is Khanh who guessed yellow fin tuna on a big boi fish.
Second incorrect is Emelia who guesses king fish.
Third is Reece, and fourth Laura who both guessed san whiting on a small boi fish.
Fifth and final is Tracy who guessed cod, but was hapuka(?).

Everyone else goes up to join Jess, leaving out five alone with the judges.

Josh brings out a king fish and butchers it – literally! He opens it up, separates into sections.

From the shank to the head

Jock comes around with a bag with numbers in it.

Khanh gets first pick, followed by Emelia, Tracy, Reece, and finally Laura.

Now everyone has their pieces, it’s time to start cooking.

They’ll have 60 minutes, must use their fish. They’ll have an open pantry and garden, and the least impressive will go home today.

Time starts, and that’s my cue to get out of here.


There were a few dramas through the cook, but time ends and there’s nothing they can do about it now.

It’s tasting time, and first up is Laura.

Kingfish Tail Chop with Smoked Pipi Sauce, Wakame and Succulents

There were a few concerns with the fact she had cut up Josh’s section of fish.

The judges love it and Josh calls it, “Outstanding”.

Next is Reece.

Crispy Skin Kingfish Belly with Vegetables and Chicken Stock

“Can’t cook cake everyday,” Mel says, which rubs me the wrong way, because Laura has literally cooked pasta every cook, and when she doesn’t, it’s a shock, but no-one says anything to her about that…
I’m probably misinterpreting her meaning, but with this editing, it’s hard to discern what she does truely mean.

Anyway, the judges are excited to eat.
They say the fish is a bit too over, but it’s a meal you want to dive into.

Next is Emelia.

Kingfish Cioppino

Emelia isn’t really sure how it’s cooked, so I’m interested to see how this goes…

She leaves and it’s cut open. it looks very over.
It is very overcooked and the sauce is salty.
It’s not a great dish, and Jock says she’s close to the bottom.

It’s Tracy next.

Kingfish Cutlet with Chorizo and Sweet Corn

Josh comments that the fish is coming away from the bone. In terms of how over it is, an 11/10. Jock cringes.
They eat on up and give each other looks as they do.
The corn was nice and nicely seasoned, but that fish was so well done, “it could pat it’s own back,” Jock says.
There’s no relief from the sauce.

Time for my boy, Khanh.

Mum’s Canh Chua Cá

This is the dish that sent him home in his season.

The judges love it, it’s certainly a redemption dish. They have no faults to critique.


It’s time for the results.

Josh says they did a great job and it was the first time he handed over his product for someone to cook.
Andy says two of them did a great job. The two safe are Laura and Khanh, both having done well.

Unfortunately, there were some shockers. But one couldn’t be overlooked – Tracy.

Tracy’s fish was too over, and that means she’s out of here. After a few hugs, she gives a final wave and walks out of the kitchen for the last time.

This leaves us with our top 12!


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

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