Tessa Knew the "Odds Were Probably Stacked Against" Her on Last Night's MasterChef
Tessa Boersma was eliminated from MasterChef in a two-round first classic then creative cook on Sunday, just shy of the top six.
In round one, the contestants had varying amounts of time to recreate a classic dish perfectly, like Tessa Boersma making fish and chips with tartare sauce, Callum Hann a chocolate souffle and Poh Ling Yeow and Reece Hignell creme caramel in just an hour.
Reynold Poernomo, making Bombe Alaska in 90 minutes, along with Emelia Jackson, was panicked about his lack of classical training, and how his style of creative cooking didn't suit the challenge. Talking to the judges, he realised that his dish didn't include a vital component — a sponge. Meanwhile, Poh's caramel took too long to cook and cool, leaving Poh anxiously waiting by the blast chiller.
Almost everyone spent their time at the end of the cook just staring into their ovens, willing their desserts to be absolutely flawless. While Callum, Reece and Emelia nailed their desserts, Poh's creme caramel didn't set in time. Reynold's sponge was too thick and a little dry, but tasty. Tessa's fish was slightly overcooked, but her batter was perfect, with Andy complaining that the tartare was missing capers.
The least impressive dishes sent their makers into round two, where Reynold, Poh and Tessa had 75 minutes to make an innovative, inventive and delicious dish. Poh decided to make dumplings in a lettuce cup with a prawn crumble, and a bonus tapioca dumpling, drawing on her Malaysian heritage. Reynold wanted to make his dessert look like a meteor in space, using clever elements like raspberry sorbet, almond sponge and rum ganache. Tessa, who made Indian-style flathead tandoori tacos, reflected on how difficult it was to go up against people as accomplished as Poh and Reynold, and talked about the "soulful" quality of Indian cuisine.
Tessa and Reynold were the bottom two, Poh being told by Jock Zonfrillo she'd made something unlike anything the judges had eaten before. Tessa's Mexican-Indian fish dish was flavourful but unbalanced, while Reynold's was visually beautiful but held back by soggy sponge and an uneven texture to his mousse.
"I'm bummed but I'm really happy," Tessa said when she was told she would be leaving the competition. Andy said that he couldn't wait to see what Tessa would do next, Tessa tearing up and using her last moments on the show to compliment Reynold and the new judges.
Read on for our interview with Tessa: