Williams makes a pig of himself
Did Kris Williams deserve to leave Masterchef?
Food & Wine
There was something fishy about this week's Masterchef challenge, and it wasn't just the random segue into pigs trotters.
The latest contestant to go, the Matakana builder Kris Williams, said cooking with pork was the last thing he expected after a quick test to "name that fish".
But while he crashed and burned in a task he admits he "should have probably aced", Williams said he had no regrets about going out when he did.
In last night's episode competitors were first split into teams to individually name as many different fish species as they could. Once again, Aaron Brunet came out on top, but possibly only because resident fish expert Williams, screwed up the order in which he began naming them.
Brunet was awarded the upper hand and got to designate what the other chefs would be cooking with in the major challenge - nose-to-tail cooking with pork.
Weirdly, no one actually had to cook with snouts.
But David Jamieson did have to restrain himself from staring daggers at Brunet after discovering he had been assigned the pigs trotters. He needn't have worried.
It turned out the judges loved the way he turned the gelatinous goodness into a rich ragout, and gave him big props for working with undoubtedly the worst cut.
Williams however, was not so lucky.
His dish of spicy pork balls with cucumber and chilli oil, and a pork steak with beans, kumara and a puree was described by the judges as "under-flavoured, under-seasoned and underwhelming". A dirty plate had their backs up before they even tasted it.
Williams said he had now all but blocked that moment out.
"I can barely even remember what I put in front of the judges that day, but I do know it wasn't good enough. I'd run out of time, I was running on about nine hours of sleep over three days and it wasn't perfect what I'd placed in front of them."
He said getting stuck beside the "Vanessa meltdown" didn't help either.
"She was crying because she'd run out of time, and she didn't get her water on to boil early enough.
"And because we were fighting to use the same stove-top I did feel like it was partly my responsibility to make sure she had a fair go."
But back on the construction site at Matakana, he said he wasn't too disappointed in going out when he did.
"I would have loved to have won it, but I made it a long way with some great cooks. To be honest, unless you are in the top two, the competition doesn't change your life that much."
He said he still enjoyed cooking for himself, and was hoping to fill a niche on YouTube with instructional videos on how to scale, fillet and cook with fish correctly.
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