Judge grills three finalists
Gary Mehigan serves up these tasty insights for the grand final, writes
CHANNEL 10 cooking series Masterchef Australia has unveiled the three contestants who compete in the Sunday grand final.
They are Victorians Samira El Khafir, a stay-at-home mum, 28; town planner Emma Dean, 32; and Northern Territory stockman Lynton Tapp, 25.
Judge Gary Mehigan says all three contestants are good enough to win the series and sums up their strengths and weaknesses as they go into the final night of competition: Samira El Khafir: ‘‘The thing I love about Samira is that we see the Middle East at the heart of all her food. She came to us with a rustic home style and set in her ways – it was impossible to push her other directions. The real turning point came when she began experimenting with more sophisticated foods that retained her Middle Eastern soul. She put up a sea urchin dish that was beautifully presented. It’s a long way from the platters of wholesome but messy mezze she used to whip up.’’ Emma Dean: Her strength is that she’s a foodie through and through. She has a garden of geraniums, nasturtiums and salad greens; she shops at the farmers markets. She grew up on a hobby farm. She knows all about good country food and good country cooking. I consider her the person most likely to open a cafe that I’ll visit regularly. Her weakness lies in her ability to cope under pressure. She bursts into tears.
She tries to stop, but she can’t.‘‘ Lynton Tapp: ‘‘Lynton is the contestant I thought most likely to leave early. He seemed an unlikely candidate in a field of cosmopolitan contestants, people who eat eat Thai, Lebanese and Greek within the space of a couple of days. Lynton, I thought, would be all about meat and veg. Like so many men, he hangs his hat on being a technician. His strengths are in his ability to focus and knuckle down . . . But when he gets emotional, he falls apart.
MasterChef Australia: Sunday, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.
Emma Dean, Lynton Tapp and Samira El Khafir are raring to go.