IN SOME respects, Billy Law’s second MasterChef elimination was easier than the first.
After his first elimination earlier this month, the food blogger had to keep tight lipped as dozens of journalists tried to get information about Mat Beyer’s expected exit from the reality cooking series.
“Everyone tried to suss me out,” said Law.
“Most people kind of already expected it, but at the same time I’ve got to play the game.”
When Beyer was forced to leave the competition for violating the rules by having a smart phone, the 34-year-old jumped at the chance to return to the competition.
“Who wouldn’t?” he asked.
Law’s second life in the MasterChef kitchen was short-lived but action packed.
He returned just in time for a week-long trip to New York City, where he evaded elimination in a soul food challenge.
After failing to impress the judges with his Dalai Lama-inspired dish, Law found himself in a pressure test against Kate Bracks and Ellie Paxton-Hall, who used her immunity pin.
Renowned pastry chef Katrina Kanetani’s Autumn dessert, comprised of blackcurrant jelly, plum mousse, slow-baked rhubarb, cinnamon and rose cannoli, white chocolate and peppermint powder and edible flowers, proved too complicated for Law.
He said as well as having to remake the jelly, he found the advice from the gallery distracting.
“People always yell out on the balcony,” he said.
“Sometimes you take that for granted rather than do the challenge yourself. That was my downfall.”
Home for more than one day this time, Law has been working on his long-running food blog and setting up work experience with pastry chefs including Adriano Zumbo.
“I don’t want to tie it (work experience) to just one chef,” he said.
“I want to work with them for two or three weeks each.”
And his dessert bar is still a long-term goal.
“A lot of people have been asking me ‘When are you going to open the dessert bar?’”,” he said.
“It’s not going to happen tomorrow. It’s a long-term plan, but I am planning to host dessert dinner events.”
Law sticks by his tips of Bracks and Brisbane journalist Alana Lowes as grand final contenders.
“I still think they’re the dark horses of the competition,” he said.
“I think both of them have been in the least pressure tests.”
Tonight, Celebrity MasterChef winner Eamon Sullivan shows his competitive side in an Immunity Challenge against Dalai Lama challenge winner Dani Venn.
MasterChef Australia airs Sundays to Fridays at 7.30pm on Ten.
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