A Reminder that Callum Isn't Just a Lovely Man, He's a MasterChef: Back to Win Contender
Last night's MasterChef served as a reminder that we shouldn't underestimate Callum in Back to Win.
Callum was the runner-up in the second season of MasterChef when he was just 20 years old. He went on to win MasterChef: All Stars in 2012, raising $20,000 for the Cancer Council and beating people like Poh Ling Yeow, season three winner Kate Bracks, and the inaugural MasterChef Julie Goodwin.
Last night, coming from behind to snatch victory from Khanh Ong and Poh in round three, Callum demonstrated those cooking chops. Talking to POPSUGAR Australia yesterday, Callum gushed that he knew he had a chance to win in the dessert round: "It's amazing what you can achieve when you really push yourself for time, so I cooked an ambitious dessert for a half-an-hour challenge and fortunately it paid off."
People have also been impressed with Callum's always cheerful and articulate disposition. He's always smiling, and always reasonably calm under pressure. "Dinner on the table in 20 minutes? No problems," he told Jock Zonfrillo last night as he tried to dash off to make his fresh pasta with crab in record time for round two.
Even when he was sitting four points behind Khanh and Poh going into the final round, he was optimistic, saying he had "nothing to lose" at this stage. "I'll give it all I've got and hopefully I can do enough to sneak over the top."
And he did do enough. Melissa Leong described his final round gin and lime mousse as like a more sophisticated Splice, concluding, "The more we see him cook in this competition the better and better and better he gets and I am deeply impressed."
"It goes to show Callum's depth of knowledge when it comes to flavour, when it comes to combinations" Jock added. "It was just stunning."
Here, we celebrate Callum's warm and joyful energy: