MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 26 brought back the invention test. Like team relay, it is cited as one of the series’s best and most demanding challenges. But the audience, judges and even contestants love it as they get to create a whole new dish using the given ingredients.
Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo inform the top 15 contestants that they have to make an inventive dish from the five humble vegetables – broccoli, carrot, onion, potato and zucchini. The four contestants who cook the least impressive dish will be sent to MasterChef Australia Season 13’s upcoming Pressure test.
For the Vegetables Invention Test in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 26, the cooks get 75 minutes to finish their dish. The vegetables that get picked up the most for the invention test are potatoes and carrots. Depinder, Tommy and several others pick onion, zucchini, and broccoli.
Depinder, who has always impressed the judges with her various curries, cooks a curry cake with coconut ice cream. She uses onion to make her cake which will taste sweet and curry-like when the judges eat it. Sabina decides to serve stuffed potato skin, but Jock and Andy are not impressed. They inform her that there’s nothing inventive in her cook. She decides to change her plan and starts cooking savoury mille-feuille with potato crisps with Fraiche mousse with soft herbs, grapes and saltbush.
Eric is quite confident at the beginning of his cook of carrot balls. But at the end of the cook, he makes some errors that don’t give him a perfect dish. Pete cooks carrot steak, and it looks lovely. But we wonder how it would really taste. On the other hand, Tom is confident about his dish ‘Carrot side up’ as he cooks tempered white chocolate shell with carrot juice egg yolk that looks like a real egg yolk. One can even break it, and the egg yolk starts flowing like a real one.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 26 was quite strange because some contestants served dishes that were not inventive. Kishwar serves potato samosa! How is that inventive? The judges praise her, and it is a disappointment because even I can make potato samosas at home. Justin serves onion ice cream, which was already made by one of the contestants in this season in episode eight. So there goes another non-inventive dish not getting called out.
When the MasterChef Australia Season 13 judges taste the dish, they find their four best dishes. Tom’s carrot egg yolk is the most inventive one, followed by Depinder’s curry cakes. Pete also wins judges’ hearts with his carrot steak, and Tommy finally gives a stress-free cook after a long time and serves a delicious Zucchini Bánh Cuốn.
Coming to the weakest inventive dishes from the contestants who will face the Pressure test in the next episode of MasterChef Australia. As mentioned above, Eric goes wrong with his carrot balls dish. Despite changing her dish, Sabina’s savoury mille-feuille isn’t good enough as they think it’s just chips and cream. Brent’s honey carrot wasn’t inventive enough, and Scott’s potato dessert confused the judges with its dense taste. These four contestants will have to give their best to avoid getting eliminated.
While I can’t say anything about the contestants who failed to be inventive enough, I’m upset that Kishwar and Justin’s non-inventive dishes were ignored. As a viewer, I felt it wasn’t a fair call.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 26: What’s next?
In the next MasterChef Australia Season 13 episode, Eric, Sabina, Brent and Scott will have a blind Pressure test challenge. It’s a difficult test, and the one who fails to hit the brief will say goodbye to the show.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 26 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.