Sandeep Pandit received a perfect score for the lemon pepper chicken he whipped up on MasterChef last night. Even the perpetually strange and weirdly camp, Matt Preston mustered enough emotion to throw out a 10.
It was a truly gripping night of free-to-air television and I’ve got to admit, I think a mean tikka masala is on the cards tonight.
But whilst the mystery chef challenge awarded Sandeep with a magical and mysterious immunity pin, it also centred him smack bang in the middle of a fiery battle over how much curry is too much. Is this even a question?
Have the ‘too much curry’ protestors even tasted a laccha paratha and tomato curry? Don’t talk to me if you haven’t.
Making Traditional Indian food with Traditional Italian Ingredients…. Food is an incredible universal language…. What a privilege to do it for the legendary Rick Stein and admired by @crispycrackling George and @MattsCravat https://t.co/jMpWzowJay
— Sandeep Pandit (@sandeep_cooks) May 20, 2019
The Indian IT manager turned wannabe chef has made it to Episode 23 of MasterChef’s now 11th season (oh god, why) and he’s racked up a following of both supporters and anti-curry protestors.
Any chance Sandeep steps outside the Indian cuisine comfort zone #masterchef
— Lloydy Ⓜ️ Ⓜ️ Ⓜ️ (@lloydy_will) May 28, 2019
Apparently he’s not worthy of a MasterChef title because he’s absolutely acing the competition with all his wonderfully gourmet curry creations and gosh, I’m sure there’s pettier things to whinge about you shmucks.
I should not say this coz I’ll b in trouble but am I watching Masterchef India. Since day 1 – sandeep has only cooked curry. I wanna know if he can cook anything else? He stuffed up the Nasi Goreng.
— Reen (@Miss_Rinish) May 28, 2019
OK fine … Sandeep is making too many Indian foods .. there are hundreds of countries in the world, this is not Masterchef India or Masterchef just-cook-wherever-you-are-from. You need to show diversity in your cooking. Splitting hairs over ‘curry’ shows you’ve missed the point
— Dave Sampson (@DaveSampson75) May 28, 2019
MasterChef fiends are raging.
So what’s my answer to ‘how much curry is too much’? You can never have too much beautifully blended spices and buttery meats combined in what really is, a saucy love story. Add roti and you’ve got me absolutely sold and honestly, if you can find it in you to whinge about a beautiful spice boy clearly proud of his culture and bloody crafty at cookin’ it – you can return to your spice-less existence.
Sources: MasterChef Australia, @Miss_Rinish, @lloydy_will, @sandeep_cooks, @DaveSimpson75.