We're Bored of Watching Laura, a Pasta Pro, Make Pasta in Every Episode of MasterChef
Laura Sharrad seems to make pasta every chance she chance on MasterChef. Almost every time the contestants have been able to choose their own dish, Laura has stunned with some delicious-looking pasta. And she runs a pasta bar in Adelaide, so it makes sense. But we're not watching Back to Win to watch professional chefs play to their strengths.
We want the chaos of Poh Ling Yeow going to the buzzer every episode, or Reynold Poernomo demonstrating that he's more than just a dessert king. As eliminated contestant Ben Milbourne told us, this season's winner needs to be "good at everything".
On Tuesday, Laura wowed the judges, as instructed, with a Ravioli Doppio (ravioli with two separate fillings) with Ricotta and Kangaroo Tail. Last week, she made Green Garganelli (penne, but not) with Braised Greens and Pancetta. For the first Elimination Challenge, she cooked Hand-Rolled Pinci (fat spaghetti) Cacio e Pepe.
In last night's Mystery Box challenge, contestants were challenged to make something using all four of their ingredients — and few boxes were complementary. Laura started with pomegranate, chillies, apples and peas, and we thought heavens, this might be the day she doesn't make pasta. But with the opportunity to swap ingredients, she traded pomegranate for mint, and chillies for potato,
The judges commented as they watched her make another pasta dish from scratch that she was doing something really different with this gnocchi, even though . . . gnocchi is still a type of pasta, right? They marvelled at the finished product, which saw her through to tonight's Immunity Challenge: Gnocchi with Ricotta, Peas, Apple Caramel and Mint.
But people who are not the judges are over watching Laura create pasta, over and over again.