MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 Review: Apple-Solutely Tricky!

Eight Contestants had to face the elimination challenge in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25. The contestants are the Turquoise team’s Pete, Sabina, Justin, Amir and the green team’s Jess, Tommy, Scott and Dan. They lost the team service brigade challenge against some top restaurant chefs from Melbourne. One of them had to bid goodbye to the cooking competition show.

MasterChef Australia judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo tell the contestants that this would not be the usual elimination cook. The contestants had to first save themselves from one of the toughest team challenges on the show – Team relay cook. Then, the losing team had to individually cook to save themselves, and the one who doesn’t hit the mark will get eliminated.

The team relay challenge in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 differed from every relay challenge we have seen so far. The contestants will have to feature one ingredient and use one piece of equipment compulsory. If they cook a savoury dish for the team relay challenge, they will have to cook a sweet dish using the same ingredient if they lose. The MasterChef contestants have to feature apples as the hero in their dishes.

The first cook to start the challenge from both the teams was their captains – Jess and Sabina. While Sabina was sorted and organised her dishes and ingredients so that the cook who comes later will find it easy to bring the dish together, Jess struggled for quite some time with her apple-parsnip puree.

After every 20 minutes, the contestants kept switching and had only 30 seconds to hand over to the next cook to describe the dish and cooking process. From Sabina’s team, Justin was perplexed but somehow managed to bring it all together. After him, Amir was the next one who knew that Pete is good with meat dishes. So he kept the pork on the stove with the timer so that Pete knows when to take it out. Pete finds the dish a bit messy but eventually plates up Pork and Apple dish – Pork loin with a finnel spice rub, apple and fennel slaw with apple chutney.

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Jess’ team struggled a lot during the elimination cook in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25. After Jess, even Dan had no clue how to perfect the puree and make it taste more like apples and not parsnip. He also kept apple chips in the oven. When Tommy comes next, Dan told him the necessary instructions. But Tommy went blank and got nervous throughout his 20 mins. He failed to make the puree right, and the apple chips also ended up burning. Scott came last, and he somehow managed to create a dish called Roast Duck with Parsnip and Apple Purée, Duck Fat Parsnip Chips, Pickled Apple and Apple Gastrique.

When the MasterChef Australia Season 13 judges tasted both the teams’ dishes, they find the Turquoise team’s dish featuring apple better than the green team. Hence, Sabina, Amir, Justin and Scott are saved from the second elimination round. Jess, Tommy, Scott and Dan have to cook apple dishes again individually, but a sweet dish. Tommy is distressed as sweet dishes are not his strengths. But he decided to give his best even if it turns out his last cook on the show.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 Review: Apple savoury dishes by both the teams
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 Review: Apple savoury dishes by turquoise and green team

Dan’s apple dessert stood out at the top as he served Granny Smith apple sorbet, Pink Lady caramelised apple parfait, walnut and cinnamon crumb. The dish looked uncomplicated yet elegant, and the judges find no fault in it. Tommy, who was sure that he would get eliminated from the show, made the second-best dessert of the day. He served the Táo’er dessert, a deep-fried filo pastry with whisky chantilly, spiced apple compote and apple caramel sauce. The judges felt it was a Christmas-sy dessert and were happy for Tommy.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 Review: Tommy and Dan's dessert dishes
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 Review: Tommy’s apple dessert (left) and Dan’s dessert (right)

Jess decided to cook an apple cake which has lots of memories attached as she used to enjoy it during her childhood days. To make sure that the apple shines on the plate, she added ice cream and apples in various shapes and forms to her dish. Scott is known for his exquisite desserts skills. He served Apple Charlotte, a cake that was inspired by a childhood memory. Judges found flaws in both the dishes, but they felt Jess’ dish was least impressive among the four. Hence, Jess got eliminated from MasterChef Australia Season 13 competition.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25: What’s next?

The current week will bring new challenges to the contestants. The week will start with the invention test making a comeback, and it is not going to be easy for our MasterChef cooks.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 25 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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