Craig's musical MasterChef exit

MasterChef Australia series 3 contestant Craig Young.
MasterChef Australia series 3 contestant Craig Young.

 IF THERE was one dish to go out on, Brisbane cellist Craig Young is glad it was his ‘William Tell’ apple fritters.

The professional musician, who plays with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, was the twelfth contestant eliminated from MasterChef’s Top 24.

Last night’s pressure test saw Young and fellow Brisbane local Alana Lowes go head to head in a dessert challenge, in which Young finally had the chance to show off one of his music-inspired creations.

“I decided to start what I planned on doing all along, my musical menus," he said.

“William Tell is an opera by Gioachino Rossini and one of the plot points is he shoots an apple off the head of a young kid. I used a skewer of rosemary through the apple. I was very happy with it. I always thought ‘if I go out I hope I go out cooking something really good’.”

Young is back with the QSO, and will perform with the orchestra tomorrow at QPAC’s Concert Hall.

He is already combining his two loves of music and food, designing a dessert dish for QPAC and developing his musical menu idea.

Young is also doing a bit of catering in his spare time.

“I’m doing a thing with DIY Dinner Parties where I come into your house, prepare a dinner party with the host and once your guests arrive you can go off and not be stressed about getting the food on the plate,” he said.

Young reckons Billy Law and Kate Bracks both have good chances of winning the third series, and young gun Hayden Quinn has one weakness holding him back.

“From knowing how they all cook, the strongest is definitely Billy,” he said.

“But I would say Kate is a very, very strong cook, an all round cook.

“A lot of people are saying Hayden but he’s not really a dessert person. If he gets a (Adriano) Zumbo creation then he’s stuffed.”

Tonight, the final 12 contestants are joined once again by George Calombaris’s mum Mary for a mousaka MasterClass.

Christine Mansfield is also in the kitchen to show the contestants how to create her satay spice paste, while Gary Mehigan serves up lamb in three different ways.

Then, two lucky contestants head to Patisse with Vincent Gadan for a private MasterClass.

MasterChef Australia air Sundays through Fridays at 7.30pm on Ten.

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