In the battle of broth versus ice cream did the MasterChef judges make the wrong decision?
Last night, broth queen Diana Chan took out the title of Australia’s 2017 MasterChef and I – along with every other uber fan – was shook to my (apple) core.
Matt Preston’s score of nine for Diana’s lacklustre chocolate fruits was a TRAVESTY.
Yes, there was much shouting at my television last night.
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I know exactly how MasterChef works. I know my Mystery Box from my Invention Test. I know there is always a technique that dominates the season (cough, ice cream, cough). I know a swirl of sauce is out but little dots of sauce are in. And I know the judges will always have a favourite, and by hook or by crook, that favourite will go all the way.
Remember when Julie Goodwin stole the plaque from Poh Ling Yeow back in 2009? Even her puddle pie couldn’t stop her from winning. It was literally a puddle of passionfruit flavoured slop. And fans pondered if judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris rigged the competition in favour of the lovable home chef.
And now it’s happened all over again.
Diana can balance the delicate flavours of a broth like no other. She can season an Asian inspired sauce to perfection. She can make a mean curry.
A summary of masterchef 2017:
1. Pour over broth/sauce
2. Ice Cream
Every dish must be served with a little side jug#MasterChefAU
— josh_cot (@Northplott) 24 July 2017
The Victorian accountant may have deserved to win the season, but there is no way she deserved to win last night’s challenge.