On Monday, the heat in the MasterChef kitchen was set to sweltering as contestants Billie McKay and Georgia Barnes battled it out for the 2015 MasterChef Australia title. In what was arguably the greatest comeback by a contestant ever seen on the series, McKay managed to take out the title after losing the first two cook off rounds but performing exceptionally well in the third and final round, the hardest pressure test a MasterChef series has set to date.
The challenge, Botrytis Cinerea, was a 55 step, 17 element, 5 hour long recipe set by the king of molecular gastronomy, Heston Blumenthal. McKay impressed her idol by not only successfully serving up the dish, but also the professional manner in which she conducted herself.
On top of winning $250,000, a monthly magazine column and a car, the cherry on the MasterChef cake presented itself in the form of a job offer from Blumenthal. McKay will travel to the UK to work at the celebrity chef’s three Michelin starred restaurant, The Fat Duck.
If this finale of MasterChef has taught us anything, it’s that perfect poise will catapult you to greatness.