MasterChef recap

Almost overcome with emotion from the outset ... Mindy on MasterChef

Almost overcome with emotion from the outset ... Mindy on MasterChef

Is someone in the MasterChef house pregnant?

What other explanation is there for the choice of "hero ingredients" and some of the brain infarctions featured in the raw food immunity challenge?

As mentor Matt Moran waffles on about knife skills and plating up, the boys look on like sad, slightly p..sed off puppies. 

The similarities between Mindy's 'beat the (actual) chef' sequel and bun in the oven behaviour provides good viewing but may cause a rash and furry tongue courtesy of a fruit from across the Tasman.

George tempts Mindy with a fake Rolex and the coveted Immunity pin.

George tempts Mindy with a fake Rolex and the coveted Immunity pin.

After dominating the Mexican challenge like a tourist learning she's been drinking 2-for-1 margaritas when the bar tab arrives at the end of the night, Mindy pulls on the white coat to take another a crack at immunity.

As she struts into the kitchen, Preston applauds her for her perfectly stuffed chillies from Sunday while George opens his coat to flash the pin.

The immunity pin.

Amina gets to work on her 'sweet as' Kiwi creation.

Amina gets to work on her 'sweet as' Kiwi creation.

"How much do ya want it?" he leers, emphasising the last word of every sentence.

"Last week you missed out on this. Are you going to be the first one this year to get this?"

She said the obligatory buzz words "yes", "confident", "dream come true" and discovers her "opponent" this week is a sushi chef.

Sean and the Sake boys only have 30 minutes to "cook".

Sean and the Sake boys only have 30 minutes to "cook".

As the peanut gallery gasp/mutter "OMG"/faint, in walks Shaun Presland from Saké.

If we ignore the fact he's wearing a Crocs'n'socks combination and looks like a 2012 version of Daniel Larusso in the original Karate Kid garb – come to think of it Mindy does look a little Elizabeth Shue in some instances – his credentials are pretty neat.

While Mindy whimpers "star struck tears", Preston tells us he was the first Caucasian to earn the title of sushi chef in Japan, was head hunted for Robert De Niro's joint Nobu and now runs the kitchen at Japanese hotspot Saké.

A MasterChef prize nosh: julienne carrots.

A MasterChef prize nosh: julienne carrots.

Speaking of hot, that is exactly what this week’s challenge is not.

Mindy must choose two chefs to join her in the kitchen to produce a raw entree, main and dessert.

While she leaves dessert queen and elimination regular queen Julia on the bench, Amina gets the call up once again and so does Audra.

"Woohoo! I get to cook!" she cries.

Ahh, not technically.

It's all about raw food or roar food in Gary's case as he yells some facts about enzymes, acids and bold, ballsy flavours.

While Mindy and Shaun deal with the fact they have no heat and one communal power cord, the judges moan about having to eat six raw dishes and send both of them to the pantry where Shaun chooses the ingredient which will be incorporated into all dishes.

This is where he also has a hard time digesting the fact he and his two offsiders only get 30 minutes to whip something up.

Mindy suggests a coconut or a mango but Mr Sushi decides on the versatile Kiwi Fruit.

"Kiwi's are supposed to be cut in half and popped into your mouth," Audra crinkles her nose.

"I've never cooked with Kiwi."

Audra! Don’t you listen? You’re not cooking.

"We could make fruit salad," she suggests.

It's an idea that Mindy rolls with and instead replaces the word "salad" with "carpaccio".

While she gets to work cutting up a mango and kiwi, Amina wrestles with the food processor full of Thai inspired herbs and the fuzz covered fruit and Audra throws curry paste, Kaffir lime and kiwi into a bowl which will act as an accompaniment to her salmon sashimi.

As mentor Matt Moran waffles on about knife skills and plating up, the boys look on like sad, slightly p..sed off puppies.

"It is highway robbery that we only get 30 minutes," Shaun sulks.

Even though the girls have been given half an hour to warm up – the oxygen must be thin upstairs in as the sledging from the peanut gallery is flatter than month old soft drink.

"Shaun, if you guys lose it's gonna suck hey?" Sean screams.

Right on cue Audra drops the glass food processor to drown out the crickets.

Team Saké get to work by chopping and shaving with more precision than a Beverley Hills cosmetic surgeon, skinning vegetables for scallop carpaccio, stuffing lobster, salmon and the ubiquitous kiwi into a shell and lining a martini glass with coconut, pistachios and kiwi lime cream mousse.

Chef Moran calls the five minute warning when Audra discovers there are bones in her salmon fillet and Mindy is told to present her fruit slices with less nuts.

One minute remaining and the Saké trio have plated up, washed their dishes and are ready to go home when they offer to help out Mindy, who has taken 60 minutes to slap some fruit slices on a plate.

He offers to form her cream quenelle which she accepts and then blames him for ruining the dessert when it goes pear shaped.

The judges take their places at the table as Preston tells a story about a 23-course kiwi fruit degustation he once had to get through.

First up, Amina's kiwi cured Thai beef salad beats out the scallop carpaccio's "uncomfortable acids" in the entree round.

Eyebrows are raised as mains are served and they catch a glimpse of Audra's salmon sashimi garnished with carrot.

"My mother used to torture me with julienne carrots," Preston says as Gary and George attempt to ignore his comment by making swans with their serviettes.

They eat their critical words (and all of the salmon) even though the ceviche of lobster, salmon, tuna and the green stuff is stiff competition.

Dessert is the disappointment of the evening.

George wants cheese and Preston has a hankering for strawberries, instead they get a fruit plate and some cream.

Gary didn't care for the fact Mindy's mango was nicely ripened, "God did a good job," he grumbles as he reaches for the Saké kiwi crumble.

Audra's salmon is hailed as the dish of the day – which the judges announce twice as she's forgotten she made it.

Mindy is deemed the challenge winner and scores the immunity pin with two winning dishes – two dishes she didn't create.

Shaun takes his bandana off and back to Saké HQ cursing the day he ever set eyes on his "furry little friend".