MasterChef viewers notice winner ‘spoiler’
All week MasterChef fans have been desperate to know who was behind the "greatest dish ever" teased in promos.
But minutes into tonight's immunity challenge, one small detail gave it all away.
The tiny speckled bowl shrouded in mystery in the commercials was the exact bowl Reynold began to build his dessert in, appearing on camera well before he plated up his masterpiece to the judges.
Given the judges' reaction to his dessert on presentation, he was the clear winner ahead of the episode's end, but viewers couldn't help but point out the "spoiler" in the lead-up.
Dessert king Reynold has yet again emerged a clear MasterChef frontrunner after tonight's astounding immunity cook - producing an intricate dish that seemed more like something a guest judge would set as a pressure test than something from a contender for the title.
Tasked with creating a plate inspired by some of the most loved fairy tales of our childhoods, Reynold's Alice in Wonderland dessert, dubbed "Down the Rabbit Hole", was as magical as they come.
The owner of Sydney's Koi Dessert Bar - who tugged on the heartstrings of viewers during last night's emotional Mystery Box challenge - created a delightful, sugary garden corner made from white chocolate and caramel diplomat cream, pistachio sponge, matcha crumble, dark chocolate, caramel sauce and lime yoghurt.
But the feature that knocked it out of the park was the "rabbit hole" he'd managed to create by pouring hot caramel sauce over the dish on presentation:
Reynold, who had been "effortlessly gliding around the kitchen" during his cook, as put by contestant Callum Hann, pulled off what the judges described as a "technically perfect" dish that "not only hit the brief, but hit it out of the kingdom."
"If there was ever a plate of food that has come through this kitchen that says 'I am back to win', it's this," Mel said on tasting the chocolatey treat.
Having run rings around his competitors, he was awarded the immunity pin with hardly any deliberation by the judges, and looking chuffed to do so.
Meanwhile, Poh gave another of her famous, frantic race against the clock cooks, failing to impress due to the slightly undercooked rice served with her Ugly Duckling-inspired broth, and Brendan - who chose Beauty and the Beast - missed the mark with his Mauritian Hakien spring rolls.
Elsewhere, Khanh's Beauty and the Beast cake was impressive, but no match for Reynold's masterpiece, and Jess' Goldilocks mango dessert - cooked with lightning speed as she zoomed around the kitchen - proved she had perhaps bitten off more than she could chew.
MasterChef: Back to Win continues Sunday night from 7.30 on Channel 10.
Originally published as MasterChef viewers notice winner 'spoiler'
It has to be the amazing Reynold, for the win, as I just saw the bowl he is serving in, and that was on the commercial last night and today. #MasterChefAU— PAY IT FORWARD 🦘🇦🇺🐾👣🐨 (@Terri_73) May 28, 2020
Unless multiple people use the same serveware, we're going to find out who made the famous "best dish ever" as soon as they start plating. Too many ad spoilers this year! #MasterChefAU— Lucia (@lfsleigh) May 28, 2020
THE BOWL THE BOWL! It IS Reynold's dish! #masterchefau— Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1) May 28, 2020
Pretty sure I just saw Reynold with the “Best Dish Ever” bowl #MasterChefAU— Kellie (@im_mjk81) May 28, 2020