Dev and Laura Just Won the Option of Banging the Immunity Gong on the Junior MasterChef Premiere
Two 13-year-old buddying chefs, Dev and Laura, really impressed the judges in the Junior MasterChef premiere with their signature dishes.
In doing so, they won the prize of access to the Immunity Gong, which they can use to keep themselves safe when they’re struggling in an Elimination. If they choose to bang the gong during an elimination, they’re immediately safe and get to finish up your cook and head straight up to the gantry. Not a bad prize!
The season premiere was full of sweet moments, from Ben asking a cameraman to help him open packaging, to Carter’s glass jar full of encouraging notes from his family and friends, to Etka asking Melissa to hold a stick blender for him while he went to get his special glasses for cutting onions — complete with Elvis sideburns.
Given 75 minutes to create anything they liked from an open pantry, Dev drew upon his north Indian cultural heritage to make a Lamb Mughlai Curry, while Laura chose to make a Winter Lime Granita.
Earlier in the cook, Ryan asked how Dev was going, and he thought he was going pretty badly, because he was taking the risky route by incorporating many elements. “Don’t stress, we’ve got no Elimination, so don’t worry!” Ryan motivated his competitor.
Andy Allen encouraged Dev to bring the photographs of his family up to the front of the room, because “they’re gonna need to be here for this”. “I can tell how much it means to you, man, so it’s nice to have ’em here.”
Jock Zonfrillo gushed about Dev’s dish: “Having your family here on the table, I’m on the verge of being emotional. I feel as if I’m eating at your table at home with your parents and your brother.
“Honestly, I can’t begin to explain to you how thankful I am that you’ve cooked this. I’m so appreciative to have the opportunity to stand here and try your food, albeit in a photograph but, with your family and yourself talking about your heritage with such pride.
“My mouth is still watering. I’m having difficulty speaking, it’s watering that much. Thank you so much, it was amazing.”
For tasting, Jock carried Laura’s dessert to the front of the room, as Laura fretted about the balance of flavours. As Andy asked questions about Laura’s knack for experimentation, Jock fidgeted, keen to tuck into the dish! Jock’s always hungry!
“I’m struggling to find the words,” Melissa began. “I’m struggling to be able to match this dish and you because it’s simply extraordinary. If I wasn’t looking at you right now and this was served up to me, this could be any other season of regular MasterChef.
“The way this has been constructed is technically so sophisticated, extremely considerate, you have thought about balance, texture, flavour, seasonality — these are concepts that take years and years and years of training to actually grasp as a professional chef.
“It brings me great joy to experience things like this because they show so much about the maker. If this is the start, goodness knows where you could go next.”
After finding out she won the Immunity Gong advantage, Laura said she was “so excited”: “I definitely didn’t expect this. Everyone’s dishes looked perfect, so I’m just really privileged.”
Dev reflected: “I’m amazed. I was so nervous at the beginning of the cook! I never expected this, and I know that gong is a big advantage. I’m really excited.”
A huge effort from Laura and Dev! What will they serve up next?
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