tamara dumpling

She exited the competition yesterday after failing to deliver Deniz Karaca’s beautiful dark and yellow caramel tart.

The Tamara Graffen Controversy

Twitter fans were in an uproar after Gary Menighan had given Tamara plentiful of advice about her caramelize peanut. I too was surprised as to how much Gary advised Tamara. 

I guess she captured Gary’s heart with her gorgeous smile as she did mine.

She is one of the strongest cooks, has a bubbly personality and a pretty face. She is also a Engineering officer, so you know she has the brains. Can’t blame Gary for playing favorites. 

It is still a competition though and it’s not fair to other competitors. 

Battle Royale

Tonight, we watch Tamara fight for her place back in the competition, along with the 11 previously eliminated participants.

The challenge is to hero the same single ingredient in both their savory and dessert dish. 

Other contestants produced good dishes but they didn’t make quite an impact as Tamara’s dishes. Bryan’s dessert was just so strong that made the battle royale become a 1 v 1 between him and Tamara. 

Dumpling Off

She got frazzled at the start when she found out that Bryan Zhu was making the same dish as her, which was, dumplings.

tamara graffen

She shouldn’t, because her savory skills are so much stronger than Bryan’s. 

Bryan on the other hand is really strong at desserts. Tamara has to really bring her A+ game tonight if she really wants to get back in the competition.

After a brief moment of self doubt, she got her composure back  and produced a wonderful, well presented, sticky chili dumplings.

Comparing to Bryan’s dish, Tamara presented her dumplings very well. 

This is Bryan’s dumplings.

bryan zhu's dumplings

This is Tamara’s.

tamara dumpling

The judges loved both dumplings, to me, without being bias, the better presentation has to go with Tamara. There was just no comparison.

Bryan’s KOI Experience

We know that Bryan’s strength is in his desserts and he delivered a great one. It almost reminds me of Reynold Poernomo’s dessert. Maybe Bryan’s work experience in KOI have rubbed off on him.

Tamara did well too with her dessert and it would come down to how well they presented their dishes to the judges.


bryan zhu


tamara masterchef

Personally, I would give the presentation to Bryan, seeing as the judges thought that both Bryan and Tamara’s dessert tasted beautiful, it would’ve came down to their presentation. 

So it’s 1 to 1, Bryan winning the dessert battle and Tamara, the savory. Judges had to pick who had the strongest cook in both rounds. 

After the judges announced Tamara as the winner, she could not contain her excitement and screamed for joy. 

Did the Judges pick the right winner or playing favorites again? I will leave it up to you to decide.