“MasterChef Australia” 2016 contestant Theresa Visintin is back in the competition after the judges were impressed with her ambitious dessert.
The cooking show gave a second chance to 12 contestants who were previously eliminated. The former “Home and Away” star beat out the other 11 contestants with her winter snowball dessert inspired by husband Daniel, daughter Brianna, and sons Luca and Ethan, The Telegraph noted.
First, the contestants were given an hour to prepare a dish from the range of ingredients picked by judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan, and Shannon Bennett. The list has a rack of lamb, rosemary, Greek yogurt, gelatin, raspberries, and dark chocolate. The judges have also added botrytis wine, beetroot quinoa, fennel, green cardamom pods, and lemon into the list, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
Anastasia Zolotarev used her power apron to give Theresa an advantage to select an extra ingredient. She picked desiccated coconut. Theresa made a yogurt marshmallow snowball, which she rolled in coconut and rosemary. The treat also included raspberry-filled chocolate balls and meringue snowdrops.
The judges praised Theresa for her combination of raspberry and rosemary. “Food should make you happy. When you eat it, it should evoke a memory; it should have texture, (and) flavor. If you were eating that with your partner then you would share it and fall in love,” Calombaris said.
Theresa became emotional after she received her apron back. “I really didn’t expect to be blessed with this second chance. Even my family was gearing up for me to come home,” she said.
“There were tears. They were proud of me but I was crying because I hadn’t seen them for so many months and now I’m not going to see them again for however long. I don’t want to take all this time away from my family and waste it. They said ‘focus and fight and stay until the end if you can,” she added.
Theresa has not seen her family in nearly three months since she joined “MasterChef Australia.”