We are BACK, people. MasterChef Australia has returned for 2021 and holy shit, it is off to a cracking start.
There were highs, there were more highs, there was one low, and there were tears throughout. What more could you want from Australia’s most wholesome-yet-tense reality TV show?!
Even the intro had us all at the edge of our seats. Hearing that background music, seeing the camera pan wildly around the studio, feeling everyone’s energy through the screen it was – all just so compelling.
I’m obsessed with lawyer turned cook. It’s been 15 seconds wtf #MasterChefAU— khanh (@khanhong) April 19, 2021
Melissa’s earrings are already at level epic: there’s nowhere to go from here #MasterChefAU— Michelle ???????? (@MichelleMackey1) April 19, 2021
Ok. That was just the intro and I have cried twice already. #masterchefau— seth darby ???????????? (@sethdarby) April 19, 2021
Twenty minutes into #MasterchefAu and tearing up already wtf is wrong with me— Benjamin Law 羅旭能 (@mrbenjaminlaw) April 19, 2021
Our trusty MasterChef judges, Andy, Mel and Jock, were all back to their usual tricks, and for that, we’re grateful.
Jock's Aussie-infused accent is like eating an afternoon peanut butter sandwich you cut in half on the same cutting board you sliced up your chili on for lunch. Every now and then it's like 'POW!" #masterchefau— Osher Günsberg (@oshergunsberg) April 19, 2021
Then came the first truly emotional moment of the episode: Tommy plating up congee.
It’s a relatively simple dish and Mel even called him audacious for that reason, and yet, he absolutely fucking nailed it.
Watching him call his mum was beyond heartwarming. More of that please, MasterChef producers.
Crying over congee Jesus Christ give congee the Gold Logie #MasterchefAu
— Benjamin Law 羅旭能 (@mrbenjaminlaw) April 19, 2021
Showing Tommy speaking Vietnamese on Australian prime time, #MasterChefAU is really coming for all my emotions this season.— Mariela Summerhays (@mashsummerhays) April 19, 2021
Then we had Ben, the out-of-work flight attendant who plated up something slightly unusual.
It wasn’t bad, but the judges told him to stick to what he knows for first impressions like this. Then he had the hide to speak back, and in doing so, interrupt Queen Mel. Yikes!!
“I would invite you to listen to us” is the most polite STFU I’ve ever heard. #MasterChefAU— Lisa Thompson (@agentforkaos) April 19, 2021
Yaaassss Melissa cut him off #MasterChefAU— Dean Nye (@Dean_Nye) April 19, 2021
“I disagree. This dish actually says a lot about me because I am beige and thoroughly underwhelming.” #MasterChefAU— Elyce Phillips (@ElycePhillips) April 19, 2021
My sexuality is Melissa Leong interrupting a man. #masterchefau— Maeve Marsden (@maevemarsden) April 19, 2021
Anyway, back to the tears of joy.
Kishwar brought Bengali food to the table (literally!!) and holy fuck did it look delicious. Luckily for the judges, it tasted just as good as it looked.
#MasterChefAU A lot of desi people can see their mothers in Kishwar…after putting family first all her life she's doing something for herself for once and wonders whether it's selfish to do so….— Neel P (Not Sarah????) (@neels_pandit) April 19, 2021
No it is not, follow your dreams Kishwar we love you????????❤️❤️
Never in my wildest thoughts would I have thought I see or hear Bangladeshi food or hear any reference at all watching any mainstream show in Australia. Least of all MasterChef. As I sit here with tears flowing down my face and pride swelling in my chest.#MasterChefAU #Australia— upama saha (@upama) April 19, 2021
When you couldn’t love Kishwar and her food any more, then see she has a Sesame St phone cover— Michelle ???????? (@MichelleMackey1) April 19, 2021
Now on a personal note, as someone who spent all of last night writing about the MAFS reunion, I can relate the below tweet on a spiritual level.
And with that, we’re done! Catch y’all on Tuesday night!