Becca Day-Preston is a freelance writer, sometime blogger and full-time feminist. She is currently writing a dissertation on virginity in teen movie adaptations of classic texts. Currently working in TV, Becca has been featured on XOJane UK, and is a contributor to The Awesome Women of Twitter.
Last week’s confusing knock-out round launched us headlong into the semi-finals, which was a bit of a shock to the system after five long weeks of heats. Suddenly, there were only four hopeful amateurs in the MasterChef kitchen, leaving nowhere for iffy cooking to hide.
Last week saw Larkin, Tess and Shivi survive their quarter final on the merits of their food’s deliciousness. Larkin impressed with a curry and chips, which has to be a MasterChef first, and Dave (who was sent home) served up a chocolate mousse that rather too closely resembled a dog turd.
Last Friday’s quarter final saw experimental Toby fail to impress with his ‘spherical’ crème brulee, and Jill was sent home by virtue of a lacklustre duck, while Farhana and Sophie did well to impress past winners Dhruv, Shelina and Tim, and progressed on to the semi-finals.
Last week saw three chefs survive the heats to compete in Friday’s quarter final, with Oliver and Rukmini beating back Claire’s mediocre tuile biscuits to ensure that they went through to the semi-final. And this week, 10 more hopefuls arrived to join them in the later stages of MasterChef’s labyrinthine competition.
A man kicks a door down, scoops up the woman he loves and holds her tight. The woman, previously distressed, visibly relaxes and kisses him. Fade to black. While it has some of the hallmarks of a romcom, you’d be a fool to call the finale of HBO’s Girls a happy ending.