Semi-Finals: Service Challenge
Sarah, Billie, and Daniel were given 5 and a half hours to prepare and serve a three-course menu to twenty diners, as well as the three judges. Shannon Bennett returned to the kitchen to run the pass, as well as to provide mentorship and support to the three semi-finalists throughout service. Billie served all three of her courses on time, but the flavours in her mussel and soup entrée were out of balance, and the duck in her apricot chicken-inspired main course was overcooked. However, her Lamington-inspired dessert was deemed faultless. Sarah’s curry scampi entrée and lamb saag main course were very well received, but her main and dessert were served late. Additionally, while her poached pear and chai dessert was praised for its flavours, it contained undercooked pears. Daniel’s cured kingfish entrée arrived on time and was acclaimed, but his main course and dessert both arrived late and were also marked with flaws. The coral trout in his main contained rubbery skin, and his curry sauce was unbalanced. Additionally, his pineapple tarte tatin dessert missed the mark on execution, and was served without the planned coconut sorbet element since he had mistakenly stored it in the blast chiller instead of the freezer. Billie had excelled in terms of punctuality, and Sarah had cooked the strongest dishes overall, but Daniel had missed the mark on both those metrics. Having produced two flawed courses that were served late, Daniel was eliminated in third place, leaving Sarah and Billie to advance to the Grand Finale.
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MasterChef Australia Show Summary
MasterChef Australia has a different format from that of the original British MasterChef and MasterChef Goes Large formats. Initial rounds consist of a large number of hopeful contestants from across Australia individually “auditioning” by presenting a food dish before the three judges in order to gain one of 50 semi-final places. Entrants must be over 18 years old and their main source of income cannot come from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment.
The semi-finalists then compete in several challenges that test their food knowledge and preparation skills. In Season 1, the top 50 competed until 20 were left, with the final 20 progressing to the main stage of the show. From Season 2 onwards, 24 contestants progress. The contestants will then be whittled down through a number of individual and team-based cooking challenges and weekly elimination rounds until a winning MasterChef is crowned. The winner plays for a prize that includes chef training from leading professional chefs, the chance to have their own cookbook published, and A$250,000 in cash.