MasterChef Australia Season 14 Episode 12 is a pressure test for the participants who were down to the bottom four in the last episode. We have Jenn, John, Alvin and Max competing against each other to survive in the MasterChef kitchen. The episode is titled ‘Reynold Poernomo Pressure Test’ and has a runtime of 49 minutes. For fans of the show, the name comes as no surprise as Poernomo was one of the finalists for the show once.
Known best for his desserts, Reynold Poernomo’s pressure test is about remaking one of his very special desserts Noi, which has elements from his famous MasterChef kitchen dishes such as The Snitch, Moss, Rabbit Hole and Martin Benn’s Toffee Apple. Reynolds explains his complicated dish to the contestants and, notes that the main pressure points for the dish are the twigs (needs to have the perfect thickness to stand up in the dish) and the leaves (which needs fast work with proper heating).
MasterChef Australia Season 14 Episode 12 Recap Contains Spoilers
After the dish is explained, the rules are laid down by the judges. In MasterChef Australia Season 14 Episode 12, the contestants are given 4 hours to work with recipes provided. The dish that least resembles our pressure test expert will go home. Soon enough the show begins!
Alvin, who is in his second pressure test for the season, starts off his dish by preparing the jasmine whipped ganache that makes the bulk of the dessert as it is the filling of the two cubes at the centre. Meanwhile, it is Jenn’s first-ever pressure test, she too, like Alvin, decides to tackle one thing at a time starting off with the jasmine whipped ganache. However, Jenn’s jasmine juice tastes less like jasmine and, more like white chocolate. So instead of redoing the whole batch, she takes out a small portion to redo the ganache and, infuses it into the rest of it.
John seems to be on the confidence ledge in this episode. We see his ganache already in the refrigerator as he works on the caramel. Jenn also tries to catch up to John’s speed but, the caramelization process is disoriented. So, thirty minutes into the episode we see John leading followed by Alvin & Max at the same pace as Jenn struggles behind.
Max goes on to make his apple sorbet, which also happens to be his favourite element of the dish. John, on the other hand, is already making the cubes. Reynolds, meanwhile, circles Alvin, and gets all the more nervous. For Jenn, things seem to come together better. Reynolds circling moves to John’s counter, who works with his twig for the dish next. Max, Jenn and Alvin are also seen doing their twigs but, all of them struggle. Max is the first one to get it right and, later moves to the leaves.
As the pressure builds up, the contestants get to the final moments of their dishes. Jenn’s cubes are beautiful, Max tries to work on his leaves better, Alvin’s cubes are controversial whereas John is almost done with all his elements as properly as possible. Time’s soon up and, the tasting begins.
John brings in his dish first which not only looks good but, tastes good too! Jenn serves her dish next. The chocolate twigs on Jenn’s dish look big and, when Reynolds turns the dish, they are the first thing to fall off. Flavour-wise, however, Jenn’s dish excels. Max is the next one to present his dish to the judges. Reynolds first-hand appreciates the plating for Max’s dish but, when the judges break in things turn up the jasmine’s taste isn’t strong enough, the caramelization of the apple isn’t good enough, the twirl isn’t textured enough.
Alvin’s dish is the last to come to the tasting table. The dish clearly isn’t similar to Reynolds look-wise. But, once the flavours chimed in, all the judges loved how the dish’s flavour is actually closest to Reynolds’ Noi.
MasterChef Australia Season 14 Episode 12: Who Stays & Who Goes Home?
The results are that two of the four contestants presented excellent dishes. John and Jenn are the ones with the best dish out of the pressure test. Although Alvin’s dish did not do justice in terms of appearance, Jock says, ‘looks can be deceiving’ and ‘flavour triumphs all’ and sends Max home as Alvin continues his journey in MasterChef Australia Season 14.
MasterChef Australia Season 14 Episode 12: Final Thoughts
Overall, MasterChef Australia Season 14 Episode 12 is one tense episode. The dish at hand is probably one of the most difficult dishes presented in the pressure test for this season so far. Watching the contestants work so beautifully under pressure just showed how much the competition means to them. Especially, the comeback by John is commendable. It is surely sad to see Max leave MasterChef Australia Season 14, more so because he has usually presented good dishes and, marked himself capable. However, the rules of the game are to move on and, head for that one golden title.
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