The Internet Has Joined Together to Protect MasterChef's Sarah Tiong At All Costs
To a non-chef, last night's MasterChef Pressure Test seemed near-impossible. The task was to recreate Peter Gunn's Black Box dessert, which included 11 different sweet elements inside a tempered chocolate shell in just two hours and 45 minutes.
Contestants like the now-eliminated Sarah Clare and Sarah Tiong struggled to even create their chocolate box in the first place, and quickly fell behind. Sarah Tiong grew increasingly distressed, talking about the blow to her confidence of returning again and again to temper her chocolate. She spoke about having only participated in one Pressure Test in season nine, which saw her knocked out of the competition, and how she feared history was repeating itself.
As Sarah Tiong became increasingly flustered, listening to calls of support from the gantry, she resolved to finish what she'd already started before she ran out of time, instead of completing every element. She left out the chocolate "soil", a dark chocolate crumb, and the chocolate coating for the mandarin puree, and tried to balance flavours by serving the judges extra portions of the elements she did have.
Too upset to accept a hug from a concerned Laura Sharrad after the cook was over, Sarah paced the kitchen — and viewers at home paced along with her, fretting about the fate of one of their enthusiastic favourites.