Tas­ma­nian favourite in­vited into Ben’s kitchen af­ter raw deal on MasterChef

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

SEAFOOD king Rick Stein has sunk the chances of MasterChef chal­lenger Amy Luttrell, but it won’t be the last you see of the Tassie favourite on Chan­nel 10.

The for­mer hair­dresser has al­ready made the most of her re­al­ity TV pro­file by team­ing up with another grad­u­ate of the cook­ing show, Ben Mil­bourne, and recorded ap­pear­ances on his Cre­ative Media se­ries, Ben’s Menu.

Luttrell was elim­i­nated af­ter un­der­cook­ing her squid in a dish of co­conut and lemon­grass curry, in what emerged as a bat­tle to im­press the UK foodie hero and seafood spe­cial­ist.

In a dra­matic episode, Ash­leigh Bare­ham used her im­mu­nity pin to save her­self from the pres­sure cook, af­ter re­veal­ing she was wor­ried about her sick mother and un­able to fo­cus.

With each con­tes­tant charged with cook­ing a dif­fer­ent species of fish and matched to a dif­fer­ent world cui­sine, Luttrell was tasked with us­ing squid in a Malaysian- style meal.

Ti­tle fron­trun­ner Bil­lie McKay ex­celled in the tast­ing, wow­ing Stein with her dish of pan- seared red em­peror with chorizo, sherry, or­ange and saf­fron broth, which he de­scribed as “an ab­so­lute knock out”.

Matthew Hopcraft’s serv­ing of John Dory co­conut curry with caramelised egg­plant, rice and flat­bread also drew com­pli­ments; as did Ge­or­gia Barnes’ snow crab bisque with fen­nel, tar­ragon and tomato.

Join­ing Luttrell in the bot­tom two was Jessie Spiby, who strug­gled with her poached Mur­ray cod, served with peas, ba­con and brus­sels sprouts and a thyme and rose­mary sauce.

Spiby’s fish was also un­der­cooked, but Luttrell’s curry sauce was deemed too thick and she was sent home.

Luttrell told News Corp Aus­tralia she was “over­taken” by the out­stand­ing cooks still left in the se­ries, who con­tin­ued to raise the bar.

“I was so fo­cused on not overcooking my seafood, I ended up un­der­cook­ing it,” she said.

BACK ON AIR: Amy Luttrell.

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