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Shock MasterChef exit over fiddly dessert

A season 10 MasterChef favourite has hung up her apron after a shock elimination that had viewers convinced another star chef was going home.Faced with replicating a bizarre-looking “black box” dessert set by chef Peter Gunn of Melbourne restaurant IDES, both Sarah Tiong and Sarah Clare struggled to plate up a mirror image of the…

A season 10 MasterChef favourite has hung up her apron after a shock elimination that had viewers convinced another star chef was going home.

Faced with replicating a bizarre-looking “black box” dessert set by chef Peter Gunn of Melbourne restaurant IDES, both Sarah Tiong and Sarah Clare struggled to plate up a mirror image of the intricate and highly technical treat.

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After a frenzied cook-off that involved the tricky task of dunking chocolate moulds into liquid nitrogen to create the perfect cube, they each served up plates with missing elements, leaving the judges unimpressed.

But while viewers were sure Sarah Tiong – who was crestfallen and teary at the end of her cook – would be sent home, it was Sarah Clare whose dish failed to impress.

The dessert, which was made up of mandarin and citrus flavours, yoghurt pearls, chocolate pieces and gingerbread crisps encased within a perfectly symmetrical ash-infused white chocolate box, led to a nightmarish cook for the two Sarahs.

At one point, Poh commented from the gantry that she “couldn’t watch” Sarah Tiong’s stressful cook, with Emelia agreeing that it was “a trainwreck”.

Elsewhere, Sarah Clare was panicked over the texture of her chocolate and unable to pull herself together.

Meanwhile, Laura, Tessa and Brendan nailed the intricate dish, with Tessa particularly unfazed as she handed her plate to the judges with an overt air of confidence.

And pasta queen Laura, on finishing her black box, was as upbeat as ever as she bounded around the kitchen asking her fellow contestants if they managed to complete every element.

Her enthusiasm was far from matched by the two Sarahs.

Sarah Clare – who had commented that the “Darth Vader”-esque dessert had an ominous vibe, held back tears as she thanked the judges for her time in the competition.

“It’s been amazing, you guys rock,” the 33-year-old said, looking back at her fellow contestants.

“I learnt something new every day … I’m going to be taking a fair bit back to the restaurant,” she said, adding to guest chef Peter Gunn: “No offence, not the black box.”

Sarah runs her own restaurant, ILHA in Cygnet, Tasmania, which features a modern Australian menu with South American influences.

MasterChef: All Stars continues Thursday night from 7.30pm on Channel 10.

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