Chris Tells Us About the MasterChef Fans Who Keep Stealing His Super Recognisable Hat
The challenge was in two rounds. First, contestants had to name takeaway dishes and their country of origin. The first four incorrect answers would battle it out in round two, cooking up a takeaway-style dish in 70 minutes that would not only sate Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo in the MasterChef kitchen, but Melissa Leong at home, 20 minutes away.
Ben Ungermann was the first to guess the wrong answer in the first round, by calling peking duck pancakes rice paper rolls. He was joined quickly by three more contestants: Chris, Tessa Boersma and Tracy Collins, who tripped up naming where laksa comes from. While Malaysia and Singapore were each acceptable answers, Chris and Tessa wrote Vietnam, and Tracy wrote Thailand.
Ben's Nasi Goreng, featuring a quail egg for Jock and Andy and a fried chicken egg for Melissa so it would cope with the travel time, was deemed perfect. Tessa took a risk by making a South East Indian Fish Curry, and taking out Melissa's portion early, hoping the residual heat would continue to cook the dish on the way over. While the curry itself wasn't as rich for Jock and Andy, they agreed the fish was perfectly cooked.
Tracy meanwhile got choked up as she tried to explain why her fried chicken dish is so important to her. She decided to change to a Thai Green Chicken Curry that would better manage the delivery component early on in the challenge. Paired with a herbaceous salad as well as rice, the complementing flavours grabbed the judges.
While Chris served a dish he often cooks at home, Saag Paneer with flatbread, rice and a beer, it just didn't have the depth of flavour the judges were hoping for. Mel complained that it wasn't complex enough, while Andy called it "nice, but not outstanding". Up against some delicious dishes from the other contestants, it was enough to send the third place contestant from season one out of the competition.
Chris left the show talking about how it both "totally sucks" to leave, but the experience had been "brilliant", giving him an opportunity to meet the other all-star contestants and watch the new judges take the reins.
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