MasterChef Australia Season 8 Episode 11 Recap | Viewer Chosen Mystery box

MasterChef Australia’ Season 8 episode 11 was the Mystery Box Challenge. In a MasterChef Australia first. they had the viewers select the ingredients.
Contestants have 75 minutes to create a dish using at least one ingredient chosen by the viewers.

MasterChef Australia Season 8 episode 11I can see from the previews they are trying to get the viewer more involved this season.  Not sure that is a great idea given this was like an ideal mystery box with great ingredients! Not to hard to make a delicious dish out that stuff. Everyone oohed and awed. I am sure they were all thinking the same, thanks viewers and fans!
They focus more on some other people this episode. I am glad to see. 
Top Five:
Karmen: They loved her lemon parfait with goat cheese cake. Her little clip showed us she is super shy, loves to cook and does desserts best. She is very quiet but has a great smile!
Con- his dish had an eggy foam they did not like. He seems like he keeps blowing components every time.
Heather:  Maple and Coconut Crispy fried Calamari with a pickled cauliflower and a lemon mrytle vinaigrette, yum! Sounds like my kind of dish. They loved it.
Her clip today told us she has always wanted to be a chef but her dream was delayed and derailed when she was in a bad car accident when she was 16 and had to learn to walk again.
Matt: He is doing quite well. Matt Preston called him “Captain Consistency”. That is how you win MasterChef. Good cooking consistently.
He was worried he did not have anything creamy with his dish and they pointed that straight out. They loved his dish too, and said it would be a hard choice between him and Heather. 
Anastasia: Touched maple syrup squid with roasted cauliflower. Hmm, maple syrup and seafood? That does not sound appealing to me, but it looked good.
They tell her she knows how to plate up. It looks yummy. They love it! She is so happy.
And the winner is…

Anastasia Zolotarev

Torched Maple Syrup Calamari, Roasted Cauliflower and Pickled Okra

Torched Maple Syrup Calamari, Roasted Cauliflower and Pickled Okra

Anastasia Zolotarev now gets the advantage for the Invention Challenge.
Click here for part two of MasterChef Australia Season 8 episode 11 recap- Invention Test

Torched Maple Syrup Calamari, Roasted Cauliflower and Pickled Okra Recipe



  1. Heat oven to 200C.
  2. Place calamari into a wide shallow bowl. Add maple syrup and 1 tbsp oil and mix well. Set aside in fridge.
  3. Cut cauliflower into small florets and spread out onto a paper lined baking tray. Melt butter along with lemon myrtle leaves in a small frypan then pour over cauliflower. Season and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring half way through cooking, until golden. Remove from oven and place lemon myrtle leaves onto kitchen paper to cool. When cool crush leaves and set aside as garnish.
  4. Combine white vinegar, sugar, 3 tbspn water, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and mix with a fork to dissolve sugar. Slice okra thinly on the diagonal and remove seeds. Place into pickling liquid and mix gently.
  5. To cook calamari, heat a frypan over high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Remove calamari from maple syrup and season. Cook calamari for 1 minute, baste with maple syrup then turn and cook other side. Baste with maple syrup. Remove from pan and place onto a baking tray. Use a blowtorch to scorch calamari, moving blowtorch continuously, until browned.
  6. To serve, slice calamari and divide between plates. Top with roasted cauliflower and drained pickled okra.

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