After spectacular semi-final challenge set under the sails of the Sydney Opera House, it was tonight revealed Jack, 12 [QLD], would be the second contestant to compete in the Junior MasterChef Finale tomorrow night against Greta, 11, [WA].
It was mate versus mate, as Jack, Harry, 11 [WA] and Zac, 12 [NSW] battled it out one last time in a bid to make the finale, tackling a challenge that saw them design and create their own five star signature menu.
For the main meal Harry chose rabbit, a notoriously difficult protein which he haonly ever used once before, while Jack attempted a smoking technique for his lamb that he had not previously tried, and Zac created a seafood dish that he presented as a full beach scene.
When it came to dessert, Zac initially struggled, having to make two batches of meringues after his first were too runny, while Jack created a very elaborate deconstructed Black Forest cake and Harry made white chocolate and raspberry friands.
It was a difficult decision for judges, Gary, Matt, Anna and George but they determined it was Jack’s dishes that impressed them the most, landing him the opportunity to go head-to-head with Greta for the title of Junior MasterChef 2011.
Zac remained positive about his experience, saying “I’m not disapointed at all, I have achieved somuch more than I ever thought was possible. Not only has my cooking improved but I have loved learning about the production side of making a television series.”
While Harry said of the judges, “The judges were so helpful, kind and nice. George is funny and loved to play soccer with the kids at lunchtime. They were always there if we needed help and Anna was so lovely to me, especially when we were in the US and she knew that my mum wasn’t there.”
Don’t miss tomorrow night’s two hour finale, 7.30pm on TEN.