Gold Coast mum booted off MasterChef over ‘cakey’ croquembouche

GOLD Coast mother and nutritional coach Kira Westwick has been left steaming after being eliminated from TV cooking show MasterChef Australia.

The self-confessed ‘humble home cook’ has lashed out at the bizarre twist used in last night’s croquembouche pressure test.

Kira was up against Colin Sheppard and Jamie Fleming, with the trio only getting a third of the full recipe to work off.


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Kira was handed the crème patisserie instructions, while Jamie received the choux recipe and Colin the caramel and assembly notes.

“It is disappointing that it wasn’t an even playing field,” Kira says. “I was surprised that before a pressure test that (recipe split into three parts) would happen.”

News.com.au reports, Kira was eliminated by the slimmest of margins after judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan thought her profiteroles were cakey and biscuit-like.

The exit came despite the judges announcing that Kira’s crème patisserie was the best of the three and her caramel delicious.

“I knew I could nail something like that (croquembouche) with a recipe,” Kira said. “There is only so much space in my brain. I didn’t bother trying to memorise a recipe for a croquembouche because I always assumed we’d get the recipe.”

“I’m incredibly proud with how I dealt with the situation. Despite having no idea of a recipe for a profiterole I managed to turn out my croquembouche first and it was standing and it tasted beautiful.”

Kira, who decided to enter the competition to promote healthy eating, was proud of her effort in the end.

“I didn’t go home because I did a terrible job. It shows just how amazing the talent is this year.”

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