MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31 Review: Second Chance

Not everyone gets a second chance in life. But in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31, eliminated contestants got another chance to return to the competition. Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo revealed that this season’s return of the eliminated cooks would not be limited to just one day. Instead, the entire week is dedicated to them, and two contestants will get a re-entry.

The eliminated contestants are Tom, Eric, Jess, Conor, Therese, Wynona, Maja, Katrina Yoyo, Trent and Minoli. In MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31: Second Chance Cook-Off, these contestants have to choose one cook from the current thirteen contestants who will shop an ingredient from Coles for them. Whatever ingredient the current Masterchef contestants picks for them, the eliminated cooks have to make it shine in their dish.

Minoli picks up Depinder; Jess picks Linda; Tom, Eric, There and Conor choose Dan to pick an ingredient for them. Further, YoYo chooses Aaron, Maja picks Justin, Trent and Wynona chose Sabina and Katrina takes Kishwar’s name. These MasterChef Australia Season 13 contestants go to Coles to shop an ingredient for the eliminated cooks.

Kishwar brings Mint for Katrina, Aaron shops chicken for YoYo, Linda shops Quail for Jess, and Depinder brings bird’s eye chillies for Minoli. For Maja, Justin brings saddle-tail snapper, Sabina brought raspberries for Trent and navel oranges for Wynona. Finally, Dan shops pork belly, ginger, passionfruit, and lemons for Eric, Therese, Tom, and Conor.

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Eric is confused about why Dan brought the pork belly for him. Dan informs MasterChef Australia judges that Eric had made delicious pork belly dumplings, and he has not done that in the kitchen yet. That’s when Eric remembers that he is good with dumplings and is finally happy with Dan’s ingredient. For MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31’s Second Chance Cook-Off, the contestants get 75 minutes to cook. The top four dishes will go into the Pressure Test tomorrow, and the winner will return to the competition.

Minoli decides to bring Sri Lanka’s traditional flavours in a non-Sri Lankan looking dish. Jock is not sure about her dish and idea. But she decides to stick to plans as she is optimistic about her dish. Eric is excited to serve some mouth-watering dumpling dish. Katrina decides to go tropical with the mint and cooks a dish that will taste like pina colada. Finally, Conor decides to ditch making an ice cream (thank god) and cooks an octopus with lemon that he hopes will bring him back in the competition.

It’s no doubt that these four contestants serve the top four dishes of the challenge. Minoli’s Crispy Skin Salmon with Oyster Mushrooms, Beetroot sauce, Chilli, Coriander and Curry Leaf oil sings of Sri Lanka flavours. Jock apologises to her for not understanding the idea of the dish. Eric’s San Xian Hun Tun ‘Three Treasure Wontons’ win the judges hearts, and they can’t get enough of it.

With her Pineapple, Coconut and Mint dish, Katrina takes the judges from the MasterChef Australia kitchen to a tropical holiday. Everything about her dish is perfect, but the judges tell her that she could’ve plated her dish better. Conor’s Octopus with Lemon Labneh, Zhough and Pickled Radish also receives lots of praises from the judges. On the other hand, Trent serves an extremely sweet dessert, and YoYo’s chicken dish is also very dry.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31 Review: Katrina's Mint dish
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31: Katrina’s dish

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31: What’s next?

In the Pressure test, Minoli, Conor, Eric and Katrina will have to recreate Anthony Hart’s Chocolate Oasis. The contestant that makes the best dish will be the first one to return to the competition.

MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 31 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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As old contestants come back for another chance, it's a fight that brings a lot of tasty dishes to the forefront.
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