MasterChef star Callum Hann has been removed from the series – as the last three contestants are revealed
MasterChef league-leader Callum Hann was eliminated on Tuesday-evening.
The 30-year-old presented coconut poached snapper with crunchy ginger and shaved fennel along with a toasted chili oil and coriander dressing.
However, it was not enough to impress the judges about co-star Laura Sharrad’s technical take on a strawberry and cream dessert.
Eliminated: MasterChef star Callum Hann, 30, (pictured) was eliminated from the series on Tuesday night – as the last three contestants are revealed
Judges praised the dish, but Chef Jock Zonfrillo was the first to admit that the fish struggled to meet the standard.
“The texture of the fish is really unpleasant, which is a shame because all the flavors going on there, he did really well.”
Judge Melissa agreed, “You can’t get around the fact that the fish is mushy.”
Not up to standard: judges praised the dish, but Chef Jock Zonfrillo was the first to admit that the fish struggled to meet the standard. Picture: Callum
It was an emotional night for the beloved South Australian chef, who struggled during the cook to get his emotions under control.
After finishing the snapper, he struggled to fight back tears: “I think it’s starting to hit me,” he said.
“This is very real, there is a 50-50 chance that I will go home or go to the semifinals, which means I will send Laura home.
“This is definitely the most difficult cook for me of all we’ve done in the competition.”
Laura presented a modern take on strawberries and cream with her and said she thought it was the perfect dish to serve.
The layered dish consisted of sweetened ricotta, strawberry sorbet, macerated strawberries, fresh strawberries, brown sugar crumble and a bit of granita.
The judges recognized the simplicity of the dish, but praised its techniques.
Jock said, “It starts with that sorbet, which has a good old strawberry flavor.
“And then the whipped ricotta really starts to come into play and cover your palate.”
Melissa agreed, after taking a bite she said, “My mouth is still tingling with clarity and freshness. You have [all] these different textures. ‘
Laura, Callum and Reynold each participated in the first round of cooking, with Reynold winning with his bonitovis, securing his semi-final spot early.
When Callum left, Melissa said: ‘The name’ Callum Hann ‘is synonymous with this match. And so many people in this country – and the world – love your food and what you represent. ‘
She continued, “Ten years ago you may have participated in this competition as a boy, but this time you returned as a father.
“And every time you walk through those doors, humility and integrity have always been followed. We are so proud of you. ”
The semi-finalists are Laura, Emilia Jackson and Reynold Poernomo.
MasterChef: Back to Win continues on Channel Ten, Sunday, 7:30 PM
Semifinal: MasterChef: Back to Win takes place on Channel Ten, Sunday, 7:30 PM. On the photo: Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo