News

Tamara finds MasterChef redemption with spicy dessert

Tamara Graffen has cooked her way back into MasterChef after being eliminated last night.
Tamara Graffen has cooked her way back into MasterChef after being eliminated last night. Channel 10

TURNING up the heat earned Tamara Graffen a second chance on MasterChef.

The Holy Spirit College graduate was eliminated from the reality cooking show last night but just 24 hours later she was back in her white apron after beating the other previously eliminated contestants for one coveted spot back in the competition.

"Getting that apron for the second time was even more special that getting it the first time," she told the Mercury.

"I felt a little behind the eight ball coming back in so quickly because I was still trying to process what had just happened.

"I felt pretty intimidated by the other contestants because they'd gone (home) and got all this amazing (work) experience with these incredible chefs."

In tonight's episode the eliminated cooks were challenged to create both savoury and sweet dishes showcasing the same hero ingredient.

Tamara chose chilies, which she first used to create prawn and chilli pot stickers with sticky chili sauce and chili oil.

But it was her improvised dessert - pineapple nougat with peanut chili brittle and chili caramel - which blew away the MasterChef judges.

"The chilies just spoke to me," she said.

"I love spicy food but it was definitely a risk as I only had a savoury dish in mind. I figured I'd worry about the dessert in the second round."

Matt Preston called the dish joyous, boisterous, delicious and memorable.

"I'd never made a dessert like that before, but when the chips are down and the pressure's on that's when you do your best," she said.

"Surviving those tough moments in the competition gives you more confidence and I want to make sure I don't waste the opportunity."

MasterChef continues tomorrow night at 7.30pm on Channel 10.

Topics:  channel 10 mackay masterchef 2017 tamara graffen television


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Dancers to take centre stage

Katarina Parlato, Shara Van Hees and Emma Howard were second in the Classical/National/Demi-Character Duo/Trio Senior at the Emerald Dance Eisteddfod last year.

The Emerald Dance Eisteddfod starts today and runs until July 1.

Highlights of the Highlands

Travellers Deborah and Colin Fenwick, with Paul and Vicky Petersen, were keen to get on board the CHDC one-day tours of the Central Highlands.

Discover the region's gems on a one-day tour of the Highlands

Staying connected

STAY CONNECTED: The Meeting Tree at Mackenzie Park in Duaringa is a self-sustaining power source designed to keep residents and visitors connected during times of disaster.

DUARINGA residents can now stay connected during times of disaster.

Local Partners

Man raped former wife, threatened to post abuse pictures

She prayed for him to stop. He told her: 'God doesn't help scum like you.'

Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

FAMILY FUN: Deonie Crowther is holding family craft sessions at the Windmill Cafe in Bargara.

Crafty projects a hit with parents and children

Take luxury food, wine tour around Toowoomba

FOODIE CULTURE: Emily Moon (left) and Cheryse Bliesner with the Hummer used for Toowoomba's Luxury Food and Wine Tour.

It is designed to highlight the best produce the region has to offer

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Wonder Woman sequel underway

IT’S MADE $US573 million at the box office so far, so it’s no surprise plans are already underway for a Wonder Woman sequel.

MasterChef: Fish fry feast too much for Ipswich cook

Willowbank native Nicole Stevenson has been eliminated from MasterChef.

NICOLE Stevenson narrowly misses out on MasterChef's Top 10.

Thor on holiday: Chris Hemsworth is here!

If you didn't know who he was - you'd think he was a local

Nintendo set to release the Super NES Classic Edition

Nintendo is releasing a miniature version of their Super NES console

Brad and Sienna spotted ‘holding hands’

Brad Pitt has been spotted at Glastonbury.

ACTORS were seen together at the Glastonbury festival.

Big Brother winner Reggie Bird could end up homeless

BACK in 2003 she won the third season of Big Brother Australia, pocketing $250,000 for her win — but Reggie Bird’s life has been far from easy since then.

The reality star makes a heartbreaking confession

Schapelle Corby's Bali boyfriend 'lonely' now she's free

“I really hope we can see each other again in the future."

Island caretaker has weeks to live, abandons paradise

St Bees managing director Phil Webb, has been struck with illness and it has prompted the sale of the island.

His health has deteriorated in the past couple of months

Prime CBD site sold as laneway culture progresses

The Longs building Ruthven Street has been purchased by a group of investors to be renovated into a series of shops/eateries.  June 2017

How investors and council plan to transform the Toowoomba CBD

Gateway opens to $3b Coast mega estate

VISION: An artist's impression of the Palmview development 'Harmony' and its linear park.

New road provides link from the past to the future

Major German supermarket set to open in southeast Queensland

German supermarket giant Kaufland is understood to have approached southeast Queensland councils about a possible distribution centre, which would kickstart the establishment of new supermarkets.

Supermarket giant Kaufland has its eyes firmly on Queensland.

Confident first half year for commercial property

SIGNS OF CONFIDENCE: A mixed-use site at 139 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, was one of the outstanding results achieved in the year.

Sunshine Coast market showing strong signs for next five years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!