In tonight’s episode, Tracy’s Power Apron means that she goes straight into Immunity. This is huge enough but it gets even bigger. She can pick the other two contestants to join her. It’s the three South Australians, Tracy, Laura and Soul Patch going at it.
The core ingredient for the first round is beer and they need to make a bar snack incorporating it. Laura does what any other 19 year old in the situation would do, she gets hold of as much alcohol as she can. Her dish is chicken skewers and polenta chips.
Tracy’s beer candied bacon and popcorn chicken sliders sound amazing. SP’s also making sliders and capsicum coated in squid ink. Problem is that he’s braising eye fillet and that’s the wrong cut for braising. He only comes to this realisation with 10 minutes left. He ends up frying battered eye fillet instead.
Tracy’s sliders look a mess but eat like a dream. They all empty their plates. SP’s sliders look really bare and his squid ink capsicum looks like a black, charry disaster. He’s not going to move forward. Laura’s chicken skewers are great but it’s Tracy’s fantastic sliders that win.
In the twist tonight, she gets to choose which chef she’ll duel. It’s between Jason Jones of B’stilla and James Bile from Biota. She’s cooking against two-hatted chef, James. The core ingredient choice is between heads or tails and Tracy chooses heads.
Their 75 minutes kick off and Tracy’s cooking beef cheek gnocchi and a lamb neck sauce. James is cooking a pork neck, displaying some amazing knife skills and technique in the process.
Everyone’s thinking Tracy made a big mistake trying to cook beef cheeks in such a limited time. There’s no way she could get a beautiful braise going in 75 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, she notices her pressure cooker valve has been releasing pressure the entire time, which isn’t meant to happen. But when the lid comes off, they’re perfectly cooked.
As they’re plating up, James’ dish looks like a masterpiece, while Tracy’s is more “rustic”.
There are loads of “yums” thrown about when the judges taste Tracy’s dish. They love the attention to detail with all the carrots and gnocchi identical sizes. The flavours and beautifully cooked beef could mean an upset.
When James’ pork neck arrives and it looks amazing. Matt his pork is dry but George disagrees. It looks like it could be a close call but I’m picking Tracy still.
Gary, George and Matt give Tracy’s gnocchi 9s, so 27/30. The tension is thick as James also gets 9s from Gary and George with Matt the deciding scorer. Predictably, Matt gives him an 8. So Tracy wins Immunity!