MasterChef contestant Simon Toohey was booted after serving up soggy broccoli. Picture: Channel 10.
MasterChef contestant Simon Toohey was booted after serving up soggy broccoli. Picture: Channel 10.

How disaster dish should have looked

MasterChef contestant Simon Toohey, who was booted from the competition last night after serving up a plate of overcooked broccoli, has revealed how the dish was supposed to look - and it's way, way better.

So good, he's claimed, it would have given him a spot in the top 10 finalists.

Toohey found himself in the bottom four fighting to stay in the kitchen against fellow contestants Sarah Tiong, Reynold Poernomo and Tessa Boersma.

The challenge facing them was to whip up an Aussie classic.

Tiong went for her version of charcoal chicken and Poernomo a dessert based on the Cherry Ripe chocolate bar. Toohey plumped for something called "naked broccoli".

The look from MasterChef host Jock Zonfrillo you never want to get. Picture: Channel 10.
The look from MasterChef host Jock Zonfrillo you never want to get. Picture: Channel 10.

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'SLOP ON A PLATE'

Judge Jock Zonfrillo was far from impressed when, after an hour in the kitchen, he was offered Toohey's minimal serving.

He commented that the plate, which consisted of a piece of broccoli stalk and some broccoli cream, compared unfavourably to Poernomo whose creation included a coconut ice cream, coconut dacquoise, cherry and blood lime compote, meringue shards and a sprinkling of yoghurt snow all of which came together to vaguely resemble the Sydney Opera House.

However, they could have forgiven Toohey if the broccoli stalk actually tasted top notch. But saggy and wilting, and recalling the worst element of the worst Sunday lunch you've ever had, it just didn't.

Toohey conceded he had left the vegetable in the sous vide water bath for far too long leading the stalk to lose all its verdant vibrancy and appear mushy and grey.

It was the vegetable of every child's food nightmares.

It didn't go down well with viewers either. One called it "slop on a plate," another settled for plain old "disgusting".

Others wondered when and how broccoli stalks had become an Australian classic.

 

 

 

The bizarre broccoli balls-up denied Toohey a spot in the final 10 of MasterChef: Back to Win.

Taking to Instagram after the show, he addressed the dinnertime debacle.

He posted a picture of a far more enticing and fresh-looking broccoli stalk with a dollop of cream by the side.

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How the dish should have looked. Picture: Simon Toohey/Instagram.
How the dish should have looked. Picture: Simon Toohey/Instagram.

It looked far removed from what he served the judges.

"The … picture is of the dish that I conceptualised a few weeks beforehand.

"It was delicious and I'm sure would have put me into that top 10. However today wasn't my day and I just couldn't make it work," he wrote.

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Thank you for all your support. Well that was a time... 2 seasons in a row. And 2 of the best years. I can’t believe it is finally over. It has been an experience I will never forget and in turn probably never be able to un-watch 😂 A huge big love and hug to my parents. I know for a fact they have been as anxious as I have been during filming and while watching. Massive thank you to my brother Ollie and Heather for all their support and very sound food advice... 😬. And of course the one you all know my amazing partner I love you. Thank you for supporting me through not just 1 but 2 of these crazy adventures. Not once did you stop being by my side and gave me the love you think I deserve (way more than I thought that’s for sure). I love you. . . Thank you @fooderati , @zonfrillo and @andyallencooks for all their amazing work. You have made this show a great success. There is no doubt that MasterChef will last for another 10 years with you 3 at the Reins. And I can’t wait to watch the next season. . . Finally thank you @masterchefau team. You know who you are. Love you dearly. You made this the most amazing experience. I can not thank you enough. . . The second picture is of the dish that I conceptualised I few weeks before hand. It was delicious and I’m sure would have put me into that top 10. However today wasn’t my day and I just couldn’t make it work. . Finally keep watching this space as the @sustainableearthnetwork will be growing like crazy and working towards the way we eat. . . And finally finally. Much love to all the viewers for@your support. I appreciate it so much! You know who you are! Xx

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He said his two seasons on MasterChef had been "two of the best years".

Toohey also gave a shout out the show's new judges which alongside Zonfrillo are former winner Andy Allen and food writer Melissa Leong.

"You have made this show a great success. There is no doubt that MasterChef will last for another 10 years with you three at the reins."

Originally published as How disaster dish should have looked

MasterChef contestant Simon Toohey ballsed up his broc.
MasterChef contestant Simon Toohey ballsed up his broc.


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