Celebrity MasterChef spoilers follow.
Celebrity MasterChefits latest series continued with its second heat tonight (August 16), with several stars trying to impress Gregg Wallace and John Torode in the kitchen.
This week saw dancer and reality star MoJo, choir director Gareth Malone, boxing champion Chris Eubank, EastEnders alumni Cliff Parisi and All Saints’ Mel Blatt compete to advance to the next round.
Unfortunately for MoJo, she fell at the first hurdle. But what happened in the episode that led to her exit?
First of all, the celebrities had to show off their skills using a pre-selected ingredient as a centerpiece. Chris, Cliff, Gareth and MoJo were all praised for their dishes, while Mel’s was singled out as particularly good, and Chris even asked if they could save some of Mel’s for him.
After one of the strongest starts in a while, the group was tasked with tasting some poutine, writing down the ingredients they noticed. Quite a few of the celebrities mistook the curd for halloumi, while Gareth thought the cayenne pepper was paprika (which is pretty close).
Celebrities were then given a bunch of ingredients — some that actually went into the poutine, some that didn’t — and asked to make their own. Cliff and MoJo both went for the wrong meat, using the tough game instead of beef. Like Cliff, Chris also mistakenly added currant jelly to his sauce, and way too much at that. “Too much is a great place to start,” he argued, and you wouldn’t argue with Chris Eubank, would you?
Mel once again came out on top, without using the wrong ingredient. Gareth was close behind with his attempt. Cliff missed completely but was told his dish “wasn’t a total disaster”, MoJo cooked good chips but needed more sauce, while Chris was compared to a Chinese spare rib more than anything but it was a very tasty spare. rib.
Finally, the group had to create a dish suitable for a dinner party. Cliff went for a squid ink pasta, Gareth made sea bass with duchess potatoes and hollandaise sauce, Mel made a cottage pie with truffle, MoJo also made a pasta dish with prawns and garlic bread on the side, while Chris chose to use white rice and corned beef – an ingredient that John and Gregg noted has never been used on Master chef for.
Mel and Gareth were both praised, while Cliff and MoJo were both criticized by the judges, with the latter’s uncooked prawns really standing out as a problem. John was mixed on Chris’ gambling, but Gregg was impressed. At the end of it, MoJo’s problems with the timings meant she was the first to leave.
The next two episodes will see two more celebrities from this group go home, with two of them joining Love the island‘s Faye Winter and McFly’s Danny Jones from the first heat of the semi-finals.
Celebrity MasterChef continues on Thursday on BBC One.