Oh man, Tamara is up for elimination again! This time she is cooking against Callan and Sarah. Two of the best cooks in the competition, at this point, everyone is a good cook.

Callan being inventive and out of the box while Sarah gives so much flavor in all her cooking. With Sarah having an immunity pin, Tamara could just be up against Callan.

Lo and behold! Sarah did not use her immunity pin to save herself. Is this going to be a first in Masterchef? For someone to go home without using their hard earned immunity pin? 

Sarah, not using her immunity pin, put her confidence in her modern hot pot. 

Masterchef Sarah Tiong
Image by Daily Telegraph

Tamara cooked a Dumpling with quail egg.

Callan invented a sushi dessert and man did the judges love it

It was genius, tasty and had everyone fishing some more.

They thought it was bonkers, how can a sushi be a dessert? All through the cook they were questioning Callan. 

Their concern is the balance of the dish. Very hard to make a fish taste like a dessert. With it’s subtle fishy taste, slimy texture and just the thought of eating a fish for dessert? It’s mind boggling. 

Innovative or stupid?


After tasting Tamara’s dish after Sarah’s, they all agreed that Tamara’s dish was so much better. They mentioned that this could be the first in Masterchef’s history that someone exited without using their immunity pin.

They all did a great job but the best dish chosen was Tamara. Her best dish so far in the competition and it was delicious. 

Quails perfectly cooked, dumpling was on another level. Tamara almost teared up, while mentioning that the dish was something she shares with her husband a lot. But man, it was close but no tears, she’s one tough cookie.

-It is now between Sarah and Callan.

Sarah went white and is most likely regretting not using her immunity pin and looks really nervous after hearing Tamara took out the best dish.

The judges thought that Sarah’s dish was really bold and tasty. They had never tasted anything like it and it’s a great modernization of the classic Hot Pot.

Callan’s dish was very innovative and makes you curious. Salmon? Dessert? Huh?

They never tasted anything like it, lots of stuff on the plate to make the dish really tasty.

George was bamboozled by the salmon but agreed that it tastes like a dessert.

Gary had a bit of criticism about the roasting of the nori rice and needed to be taken further.

The roasted rice was not as tasty as promised.


That is why, Callan, you are out of the competition.

Masterchef Sarah Tiong has dodged a bullet!

Bye bye Callan Smith, watch out for that name, he is 19, gonna be big one day. Heston Blumenthal big perhaps.

Always with a big smile on his face, he exited Masterchef.

Watch what happened in Channel 10’s Masterchef.

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.