Emma Dean Wins Masterchef
Emma Dean wins Masterchef Season Five. She wins $100,000, an alfa romeo, and a cookbook deal. She is getting straight into it and has already bought a second hand commercial kitchen and aims to open a restaurant.
Lynton was runner up who was given $20,000 by American Express and Samira was given $10,000.
If you want to know what happened in a very lacklustre finale read below.
Updating live blog on the finale for Season Five of Masterchef.
After Rishi being eliminated last week the finale is wide open between Emma, Samira and Lynton.
Who do you want to win?
And it kicks off saying they have gone from home cooks to culinary superstars. I think that might be a tad exaggeration considering they have been told what the first challenge is going to be tonight.
7.35pm: The prize is $100,000, an alfa romeo and a book deal.
7.37pm: Emma says she was lost prior to Masterchef as she had been made redundant. Lynton talked about the accident that occurred to his sister and how he cooked for her 3-4 times a day, and Samira talked about her post-natal depression.
7.45pm: In the Masterchef kitchen had the contestants restaurant dreams in it. Emma was given a farm gate table, Samira a modern middle eastern restaurant, and high end restaurant in the Top End. But Gary who looked like he had taken a truth serum and told them it was a little out of your grasp, however he meant they just had to win and their restaurant dream could come true.
7.48pm: The first round was having to make three plates of their best dish. The judges said they told them what the challenge was earlier because they wanted perfection, however you know they will put up with good. They had 90 minutes to cook. Lynton said he had practiced for two days.
7.50pm: Three rounds the person with the lowest score after two rounds will be eliminated.
7.52pm: Lynton was making beef (sous vide) with a cauliflower puree, onion jam and a complex jus. Haven’t we seen simliar before this series?
7.53pm: Samira was also busting out the sous vide. She was making Confit of Salmon with cerleriac remoulade, walnut salad. She said she had made it ten times over the weekend.
7.54pm: Emm was making the perfect Roast Chicken which was stuffed with truffles. They were big chickens and also she had turned one of her ovens off where she had a big cabbage roasting in it. She said she had to re-think it. It will be interesting to see what she can do.
7.55pm: How do yo turn off an oven accidentally?
7.58pm: Samira clearly did not practice the mayonnaisse as she had to do it twice, she also forgot to oil the pan and her salmon skin stuck.
8.02pm: Samira skin another salmon just for the skin. Is there something morally wrong with that?
8.04pm: Spoiler alert – Emma’s eyes look red in the too camera pieces.
8.05pm: Samira’s meal looks great on the plate. Hers was tasted first. George thought it was spectacular. Matt Preston said it was the pinnacle of what you have done so far. Samira’s was the most original out of the three dishes.
8.08pm: Lynton cooked his steak medium rare. Matt said you have never had dish of the day but today might be your day.
8.10pm: Emma’s roast chicken also got good reviews. Matt thought it was almost a perfect re-invention of roast chicken. What? So no one has ever stuffed a chicken with truffles before?
8.15pm: Samira scored 26/30 for her salmon, Emma scored 26/30, and Lynton scored a perfect score of 30/30.
8.20pm: Second round is they have to cook for 20 guests in their restaurants and they had to cook with chicken and they had 3 hours.
8.30pm: Lynton is making a south east asian chicken and smoked out the kitchen, thankfully no sprinklers. Emma was making a chicken gratin with salt baked potatoes.
8.33pm: Samira was making stuffed chicken wit pine nuts and pomegranates with a pumpking puree. Her first plate was raw.
8.35pm. Three hours of prep and there was not alot on their plates maybe three components tops? Lynton has BBQ chicken with a salad. Emma has the gratin with the potato with some bread to dip.
8.37pm: Gary and Matt liked Emma’s dish. Lynton served his Sambal chicken cold which Matt thought may have been a mistake.
8.40pm: Samira’s chicken was being panfried at the end as some was raw. Lucky for her the judges got a well cooked chicken, but the pumpkin puree was cold. Gary took this as trouble in the kitchen.
8.50pm: Since the contestants did not have all weekend to cook the scores dropped. Samira scored 22 points, Lynton 21 points and Emma scored 23 points. Which saw Samira was eliminated. Emma and Lynton are into the final challenge and Emma is two points behind Lynton on 49 points.
8.56pm: Third round is a pressure test and it was set by Ben Shewry from Attica. They were making the plight of the bees. It was a dessert. There were mandarins, thin meringue, pumpkin, freeze dry honey. They had two hours to make it.
9.05pm: Clearly the peanut gallery have been told to call out and no one yelled out even though Lucy was saying one of the other spectators someone tell her she had added in the lemon juice at the wrong time. Noelene was yelling out read your recipe.
9.10pm Though they did yell out to Emma when she was over whipping her cream. Also Lynton was told by the judges to re-do his pumpkin layer.
9.22pm: This is the dullest finale ever.
9.27pm: Before tasting Lynton’s dish the judges talk about his sister. Ben thought the flavours were pretty good. They liked the pumpkin and Gary said we were worried about that completely forgetting that they told him to change it. They said there was no crunch in the meringue and a grain in the curd.
9.34pm: Emma’s was praised for her crunchy meringue but her granita was more acidic.
9.41pm: Finally the announcemet. Former winners are there, except for Kate Bracks who said she was drowning in her food dream.
9.43pm: And we are waiting….. Lynton scored 7/10 from Gary, 8/10 from George and Matt scored 8/10 and Ben gave a 7/10 for a total of 30/30. He is now on 81 points.
9.44pm: Emma’s score: Gary gave her a 9/10, George gave her a 9/10, Matt gave her 9/10 and Emma was the winner we did not get to see Ben’s score but going off her total 85 points he must have given her a nine as well.
9.46pm: Lynton won $20,000 from American Express and Samira gave her $10,000 to start their culinary career.