No One Was Prepared to See Poh Ling Yeow Leave MasterChef Thanks to Potatoes Tonight
While Poh in recent episodes has talked about being determined to win, and has even shown us her more organised side, tonight's Elimination led by guest chef Phil Wood proved too much for Poh — a person who has always struggled with time management.
The first round was a Pressure Test, with the contestants tasked with recreating his Potatoes Duchess With Shiitake, Cauliflower and Salmon Roe in 75 minutes. But Poh struggled with her butter sauce splitting, with no time left over to create a new one.
In round two, Poh was joined by Callum Hann and Reece Hignell and challenged to create a dish featuring cauliflower, mushrooms and/or potatoes in 75 minutes. Poh was torn between wanting to redeem herself with a refined culurgiones dish with a butter emulsion and making a Chinese mushroom dish she worried wouldn't challenge her enough. She went with the first option, but needed to switch to a burnt butter sauce in the last few minutes of the cook when she didn't give herself enough time to make her emulsion.
Up against Reece and Callum, who made a potato stack and mushroom broth with homemade noodles respectively, Poh's cook was the least confident. She was too fixated on proving herself to take the safe option and guarantee her place in the competition.
Callum talked about why he was so emotional to see his friend of 10 years leave MasterChef, and summed up Poh's place in Australia's culinary imagination. "I think when people around this country would think of the word 'MasterChef', you're probably the image that gets conjured up in their mind for all the wonderful things that we love about you.
"I think what Australia gets to see is Poh's incredible cooking skill but what they might not necessarily see is what she's like as a person behind the scenes as well which is a pretty incredible one."
Poh's given us some of the iconic moments of the season — from making Melissa cry over her curry in last week's Mystery Box challenge, to making a chiffon cake in 90 minutes and leaving herself no time for a potential round two cook.
Everyone agrees, without Poh, MasterChef isn't the same.