In Episode 10, our final 4 face the MasterChef ultimate challenge as they will be cooking for all of Ireland’s Michelin Star chefs and the President of Emirates Airline Tim Clarke. Nick & Dylan have decided to give them the ultimate Masterclass to prepare them before they leave the MasterChef kitchen next week, to go on a culinary road trip. Dylan has designed four dishes; each dish is designed specifically to work on their weakest area.
Coming to dinner are:
Derry Clarke who has been the chef & patron of the famous L’Ecrivan restaurant for over 22 years. He has retained his Michelin star since 2003.
Kevin Thornton from Thornton’s On The Green currently holds one star.
Ross Lewis from Chapter One restaurant got awarded his star in 2007.
Oliver Dunne from Bon Appetite is Ireland’s youngest ever Michelin star chef.
Martijn Kajuiter is the Michelin star executive chef at The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford.
Guillame Lebrun is at the helm in the kitchen in Patrick Guilbauds in the Merrion Hotel. It is the only Irish restaurant to hold two stars.
Also at the table are Kieran Glennon who is Head Chef in Patrick Guilbauds and Tim Clark who is the President of Emirates Airlline.
The day before the task Dylan steps all the four finalists through their dishes. Each course has an array of technical challenges for each of the contestants.
Tamarin’s dish is to challenge her attention to detail which both judges feel is lacking at times.
Terry’s dish is a timing nightmare and it also requires really precise tasting during the preparation to get all the flavours to work together.
Brian’s dish is an attempt to bring the old Brian back. The judges loved Brian’s exploration of textures and this dish was selected for him to help him reignite that side of his cooking.
Nicha is ever the perfectionist and is rarely happy with her finished dish – this complicated frozen plate is really going to push her to her limits and if Dylan isn’t happy it won’t be leaving the pass.
The stakes are high and cooking for the best palates in the country, the contestants simply must excel. The contestant who fails to deliver on the day will lose their apron and a chance to be in the Final 3 of MasterChef Ireland.