Masterchef Australia – Callum V Phillipa Sibley
“It hits all the buttons for me” say Gary Mehigan about Phillipa Sibley’s dessert. Of course Gary it had salt, fat and sugar.
I didn’t know who was shaking more Phillipa or Callum, although Callum was adding extra salt via his sweat to the salted caramel.
Tonight the dish was Phillipa’s take on a snickers, it was a peanut dacquoise, with caramel parfait, with salted caramel and tempered chocolate, and I think I missed another element or two of the dish. I was drooling.
Callum had 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the dish and Phillipa an hour and a half.
I loved the way she was generous with her time and assistance, but also was very nervous about losing, and the ignominy she would feel.
Callum showed he is one of the front runners as his technique and presentation are fantastic. If he had only been able to get the chocolate tempered correctly he could have been in with a chance to win an immunity badge.
I thought Matt Preston gave it away that the judges did know Callum’s chocolate lid was missing when he said “We don’t know how the dish is to be presented.”
A quick google reveals this dessert is iconic to this particular pastry chef, and Matt being a Melbourne reviewer must have stumbled across it before.
Callum was comprehensively beaten scoring 22/30 to Phillipa’s 28. Gary scored it a perfect ten.