MasterChef judges are left shocked after medical student makes error during challenge

‘What are you doing?’ MasterChef judges are left shocked after medical student makes major error during tense challenge

Tensions were high during Sunday night’s episode of MasterChef Australia.

The show’s judges Melissa Leong, Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen were left shocked after Eric Mao made a major error during an elimination challenge.

While attempting to create a carbonara, the medical student, 21, couldn’t emulsify and create the sauce because his pan was too hot.

‘What are you doing?’ MasterChef judges were left shocked after medical student made major error during tense challenge on Sunday night. Pictured: Jock Zonfrillo 

‘I’ve just had mini disaster in the kitchen and now I’m losing a lot of confidence,’ Eric said to the camera after setting fire to a tray.

‘Everything is disorganised, everything is frantic. It’s not going well at all.’

‘I’ve got to get my pasta cooked and get onto actually making the carbonara itself. Whatever happens, I cannot waste time in making another big mistake.’

Mistake: While attempting to create a carbonara, Eric Mao (pictured) couldn't emulsify and create the sauce because his pan was too hot

Mistake: While attempting to create a carbonara, Eric Mao (pictured) couldn’t emulsify and create the sauce because his pan was too hot

Eric then explained: ‘The art of making a beautiful carbonara lies in the emulsification step. Mixing the sauce and the pasta water.’

He then held his cooked pasta using a pair of tongs and threw it into a pan. 

‘What are you doing, Eric?’ a stunned Melissa said.

Oh no! Eric held the cooked pasta using a pair of tongs and threw it into a pan. 'What are you doing Eric?' a stunned Melissa  Leong (pictured) said

Oh no! Eric held the cooked pasta using a pair of tongs and threw it into a pan. ‘What are you doing Eric?’ a stunned Melissa  Leong (pictured) said

‘The pan is far too hot,’ Eric said.

‘I cannot emulsify and create a beautiful and luscious sauce in a pan that is that hot but I don’t have much of a choice,’ he admitted.

Despite Eric’s setback, Wynona was sent packing during the elimination episode.

Not impressed! The judges all gasped in shock as Eric completed the cooking challenge

Not impressed! The judges all gasped in shock as Eric completed the cooking challenge

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MasterChef’s ‘dessert king’ Reynold Poernomo ‘doesn’t eat his own creations’

MasterChef’s ‘dessert king’ Reynold Poernomo makes shock confession admitting he ‘doesn’t eat his own creations’ and isn’t a big fan of sweets

Reynold Poernomo is known as the ‘dessert king’ and owns two KOI eateries geared towards sweet treats – with a third soon opening. 

But the MasterChef Australia star, 27, admits that he doesn’t eat his own creations – and isn’t a big fan of sweets in general. 

He told The Courier Mail on Sunday: ‘I don’t eat my own creations; I taste them but usually I just prefer gelato, always salted caramel. I’m not a big sweet tooth.’

His own taste: Reynold Poernomo (pictured) is known as the ‘dessert king’ and owns two KOI eateries geared towards sweet treats – with a third soon opening. But the MasterChef Australia star, 27, admits that he doesn’t eat his own creations 

Reynold owns to KOI Dessert Bars in Sydney, and is about to open a third location in Melbourne.

He is also updating his Sydney restaurant in Chippendale with an all new menu. 

‘I’m trying to look at more colour but I also want to challenge myself more by creating more experiential and interactive dishes that give more of a story’ he said.   

Wow! 'I don't eat my own creations; I taste them but usually I just prefer gelato, always salted caramel. I'm not a big sweet tooth' he said. Pictured: A lavish cake available at Reynold's KOI Dessert Bar

Wow! ‘I don’t eat my own creations; I taste them but usually I just prefer gelato, always salted caramel. I’m not a big sweet tooth’ he said. Pictured: A lavish cake available at Reynold’s KOI Dessert Bar 

More soon: Reynold owns to KOI Dessert Bars in Sydney, and is about to open a third location in Melbourne

More soon: Reynold owns to KOI Dessert Bars in Sydney, and is about to open a third location in Melbourne

Reynold placed fourth in season seven of MasterChef Australia and came in third on MasterChef Australia: Back To Win. 

Last year, while appearing on Back To Win, the chef admitted that his KOI Dessert Bar was struggling.

‘Like, we do have KOI. People think it’s successful. And it is. It’s great. I guess there were moments where we took the success for granted,’ he said, breaking down.   

Star: Reynold placed fourth in season seven of MasterChef Australia and came in third on MasterChef Australia : Back To Win. Pictured alongside judge Jock Zonfrillo

Star: Reynold placed fourth in season seven of MasterChef Australia and came in third on MasterChef Australia : Back To Win. Pictured alongside judge Jock Zonfrillo

‘There’s a lot of things that we’re trying to keep our head up high, trying to maintain our image. The products are so great. But why is it that we’re still struggling?’    

However with the news that KOI is expanding into Melbourne, it appears business is picking up. 

Reynold appeared on Sunday’s episode of MasterChef Australia as a guest judge alongside Callum Hann and Poh Ling Yeow. 

Star team: Reynold appeared on Sunday's episode of MasterChef Australia as a guest judge alongside Callum Hann and Poh Ling Yeow. All pictured

 Star team: Reynold appeared on Sunday’s episode of MasterChef Australia as a guest judge alongside Callum Hann and Poh Ling Yeow. All pictured 

 

 

 

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Television critic lists five ways to save MasterChef Australia after ratings nosedived

Top television critic devises plan to save MasterChef Australia starting with a kitchen set makeover – after shock ratings nosedive

MasterChef Australia saw a ratings decline in its first week, pulling in a paltry 527,000 metro viewers, according to Mediaweek

While things are looking up – with the show scoring a slight uptick with 570,000 metro viewers tuning in on Thursday night, it hasn’t been the ratings juggernaut it was last year with the MasterChef: Back To Win all stars special. 

The reality show broke the ‘magic million’ mark in its first week last year – including nearly 1.1 million for its second episode, but has struggled in 2021.

Slide: MasterChef Australia saw a ratings decline in its first week, pulling in a paltry 527,000 metro viewers, according to Mediaweek. The reality show which broke the ‘magic million’ mark in its first week last year. Pictured judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and ock Zonfrillo

And now television critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of surefire ways the show can come back from the brink.  

First, Knox suggests cutting the series down to a six week season – previous seasons have run for 14 or 15 weeks. 

He insisted it’s high time the kitchen set had a makeover, too, and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges. 

Save it: Television critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of ways the show can come back from the brink

Save it: Television critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of ways the show can come back from the brink

Next, the critic says the 90 minute episodes are simply too long, with 70 minutes being ample time for each installment. 

He also believes the show should cut the top 24 down to a top 20, with lots of double eliminations to keep the pace fast. 

Knox insists MasterClass, Junior and Celebrity editions need to go, but travel episodes and outdoor challenges need to return. 

New set: He suggested it's high time the kitchen set had a makeover, and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges

New set: He suggested it’s high time the kitchen set had a makeover, and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges

Shorter please: Next, the critic says the 90 minute episodes are simply too long, with 70 minutes ample time for each installment

Shorter please: Next, the critic says the 90 minute episodes are simply too long, with 70 minutes ample time for each installment

It comes after former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight said the network’s top brass should be worried amid plunging ratings for its flagship cooking show.

Mr McKnight, who is the editor of television industry bible TV Blackbox, said the show had been ‘out-niced’ by the Nine Network’s family-friendly Lego Masters.

‘I really have sympathy for those in control at 10, because the show is up against stiff competition in Lego Masters and Big Brother,’ he said. 

Fast pace: He also believes the show should cut the top 24 down to a top 20, with lots of double eliminations to keep the pace fast

Fast pace: He also believes the show should cut the top 24 down to a top 20, with lots of double eliminations to keep the pace fast

Let us out: Knox insists travel episodes and outdoor challenges need to return

Let us out: Knox insists travel episodes and outdoor challenges need to return

‘Lego Masters has essentially “out-niced” MasterChef and still feels fresh.’ 

Mr McKnight said that after 13 seasons the normal edition of the show ‘doesn’t cut it anymore’.  

He believes that last year’s impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favourites, such as Poh Ling Yeow. 

Star power: It comes after former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight said he believes that last year's impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favourites, such as Poh Ling Yeow (pictured)

Star power: It comes after former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight said he believes that last year’s impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favourites, such as Poh Ling Yeow (pictured) 

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