Ben Macdonald Eliminated from MasterChef

mccBen, Brent, Emelia, Jamie, Laura and Tracy faced off to secure a place in the Top 5.

Kicking off a two-round challenge, the contestants were greeted by mystery boxes, each containing different ingredients and a letter from a loved one at home. Emelia’s mum had prepared a box featuring snapper, while Laura’s dad chose duck. Tracy’s husband selected chicken, while Brent’s girlfriend gave him an all sweets box. Jamie’s fiancée created a box featuring quail, while Ben’s girlfriend chose duck, red wine, beetroot, thyme, polenta, cinnamon and goji berries.

Ben pan-fried the duck and served it with fried polenta, fennel, beetroot and a red wine sauce. He struggled with presentation and the judges criticised the dish’s fatty consistency and flavour. Brent won the challenge. Ben, Laura and Jamie, as the bottom three, went into round two.

Guest chefs Darren Purchese, Christy Tania and Nick Palumbo entered the kitchen to introduce the pressure test dish. The three dessert chefs conceived a devilishly difficult interpretation of banana split, designed to push the contestants to their limits. They had just two hours to cook.

Ben leaving the MasterChef Australia kitchen makes way for our Top 5: Laura Cassai (SA), Tracy Collins (SA), Brent Owens (VIC), Jamie Fleming (NSW) and Emelia Jackson (VIC).

For more information please see attached release and images.


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