Let's Talk About How Young the Top 4 Contestants on MasterChef Are
And then there were four. On Monday night, hairdresser Tracy Collins was eliminated from MasterChef after the top five were challenged to cook whatever they wanted — anything. After having restrictions for the rest of their cooks, the amateurs were overwhelmed with the open pantry and lack of rules for their dishes, which they had 90 minutes to prepare; they collaborated on that time frame, too.
Laura Cassai's quail with Jerusalem artichoke was deemed the dish of the day as it showcased her Italian heritage but also her growth on the show through her plating. Jamie Fleming impressed the judges with his Autumn salad with duck, while Emelia Jackson's recreation of a baklava (she turned it into a parfait with chocolate sorbet) had George Calombaris saying it was better than his mother's.
That left Brent Owens and Tracy. Brent was finally given the opportunity to create his 'Light at the End of the Tunnel' dish, something he wanted to cook and dedicate to his father during Heston Week, and the judges were touched by the emotional connection he had with the food. But his scallops and squid ink-covered prawns dish was still at 'prototype' stage and needed work. Tracy created a lobster dish with two sauces but struggled during the cook, with a very messy workbench and last-minute plating disaster. As a result, Tracy was sent home from the competition.
So what we're left with is a very young top four — they're all 25 and under! Jamie is the oldest at 25, followed by 24-year-olds Emelia and Brent, and then the baby of the group, Laura, who at 19 has demonstrated cooking talent better than people more than double her age. Not that age is a factor when it comes to winning MasterChef; in 2012, Andy Allen was 24 when he took out the series, and in 2010 Callum Hann was only 20 when he placed runner-up to Adam Liaw. As MasterChef speeds towards its grand final on Monday night, let's recap the top four and their food dreams.
Source: Network Ten