People Are Calling Out Last Night’s ‘MasterChef’ Elimination As Unfair
Tessa Boersma was eliminated on MasterChef last night but not everyone agrees with the judges’ decision.
Tessa was sent packing over Reynold Poernomo on Sunday’s episode and the decision has caused controversy online, with Reynold being accused by some viewers of receiving favouritism in the two-round elimination.
In the first round, contestants were tasked with recreating classic dishes and when Reynold started making a bombe alaska without a sponge layer, Jock alerted him that a sponge was one of the traditional components, so he added it at the last minute. In contrast, Tessa didn’t include capers in her tartare sauce which was one of the reasons she was sent into the second round — but this was something she was not pre-warned about like Reynold.
confused #MasterChefAU You will remind Reynold that he needs to include an entire Sponge cake, but not remind Tessa that you think capers shoulkd be included ???
— Lisa (@lybliss) June 28, 2020
— Tas Mavridis* (@TasMavridis) June 28, 2020
Then in the second round the bottom three contestants — Tessa, Reynold, and Poh Ling Yeow — had to make an inventive dish, and Reynold plated up a deeply flawed element. Reynold’s spacelike dessert included a rum ganache that failed to form correctly because Reynold added the alcohol too early and the ganache wouldn’t whisk.
The judges praised his raspberry sorbet but said the ganache was not a ganache. Such a massive mistake would usually send someone home in previous episodes, but Tessa was sent packing.
Some viewers reckon Reynold should have been eliminated on MasterChef:
If this is fair, it should be Reynold. Not Tessa. And yes I mean it. And no, I won't take it back. Bring it Reynold stans! #MasterchefAU
— The Washing Up (@thewashingup) June 28, 2020
— Patrick O'Malveney (@pat_omalveney) June 28, 2020
OH FUCK OFF. Sending someone home for too much flavour is a joke. The favouritism is astounding. #MasterChefAU
— Jessica Linke (@stinky_linke) June 28, 2020
#MasterChefAU I am pretty sure production played a part in today's elimination…. Tessa would have stayed had Reynold not been such a popular contestant. I'm fuming!!
Too much flavour in an Indian Mexican dish LOSES over pre-made sorbet??????? pic.twitter.com/nS6TyI6KGN
— Neel P (Not Sarah🥕) (@neels_pandit) June 28, 2020
That being said, Tessa’s Indian tacos weren’t particularly inventive — which was the whole point of the challenge.
Others are saying that Tessa’s elimination was deserved:
Tessa’s dish was an Indian dish – ended up as a Mexican – the dish is not that people have ever seen in concept – so the decision is spot on – at the pointy end decisions depend on meeting the brief / I’m sorry Tessa’s elimination was justified #MasterchefAU
— RD (@RD5504) June 28, 2020
I swear to god if y’all are telling me GOD REYNOLD is in any way comparable to Tessa— you’re just delusional. Reynold is by far the most creative, inspiring chef I’ve seen. He’s on a level above and doesn’t deserve to be eliminated ever. #MasterChefAU
— D (@babyyodaismygod) June 28, 2020
— Kirsten Banks (@AstroKirsten) June 28, 2020
As we near finals week, it’s likely we’re going to disagree on the judges’ assessments as more of our faves go home. Being a fan of this show is so stressful!