MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 Review: Depinder’s Desi Magic In A Box

Every time late at night when a new MasterChef episode drops on Disney+ Hotstar, I get excited. Barring the ice cream obsession, this season has some good cooks. In MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18, these talented home cooks were given another exciting challenge. Yesterday, for the Masters Week special, Michelin-starred chef Masahiko Yomoda grace the show. He showed the contestants how to create a tasty and aesthetically perfect Bento Box, and that was the challenge.

Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo told the contestants that they have to cook 4-5 different dishes that fit in the Bento box and tune into each other. It should be packed like one big meal that will make tummies happy. The contestants were given 90 minutes for the Bento Box Challenge, and the best 4 will get a chance to be in the immunity challenge.

It took just the first 15 minutes for me to say that MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 is another favourite of mine from the current season. Every contestant’s creative side was coming out, and some were also freaking out if they’ll finish the cook in 90 minutes or not.

In the beginning, Pete had no clue how he will get his dish together. But by the end of the cook, he has one of the most presentable and precise Bento boxes. Tommy wants to make a proper Japanese dish Bento box. However, when he tries to cut his fish for Sashimi, he fails to cut them wafer-thin. So he decides to replace them with lamb, which doesn’t go well with his entire meal.

Pete's Bento Box - MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 Review

Depinder tells Melissa that she is taking inspiration from the tiffin culture in India and cooking a simple paratha, sabzis, pulav and okra chips for the Bento box challenge. The MasterChef Australia judge asks her how she will bring together all the elements and justify the Bento Box. That’s when Depinder decides to add another element – an achar (pickle) that her grandmother often makes at home.

Jess cooks her partner and kids’ favourite dishes and hopes the judges enjoy the simplicity she has put in her box.

The most chill contestant of MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 was Scott. He made a Japanese food Bento box with a smile throughout his cook.

Now it was testing time for judges on MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18. Almost all the contestants impressed the judges with their Bento box, except for Elise and Tommy. But the four contestants who had blown away their minds belonged to Depinder, Jess, Scott and Pete. The judges couldn’t stop raving about Depinder’s dish, and she was at her top game again. Her Bento box included – chole (chickpea) curry, cauliflower paratha, okra fries, pulav, kadhai paneer and pickle.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 Review: Depinder's Bento Box
Depinder’s Desi box (MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 Review)

Andy, Mel and Jock were surprised with the burst of flavours she brought in just one box. Then, the contestant gets emotional and tells them that it is the food she regularly eats in her house. Hearing this, the judges tell her that they would love to visit her house to each more such delicious food. Jock Zonfrillo also asked DP to give him a jar of the pickle she added to her dish. Well, that’s desi magic for you all!

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18: What’s next?

To conclude my MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 review, well, the Bento box proved a box of happiness for Depinder, Jess, Pete and Scott. I was happy because there was no bizarre flavour of ice cream in anyone’s cook. In the next episode, these 4 contestants will have to give their best again to win immunity and save themselves from Sunday’s elimination challenge.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 18 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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The Bento box in MasterChef Australia season 13 episode 18 proved a box of happiness for Depinder, Jess, Pete and Scott.
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