‘Both Killer At Their Own Playing Field’: What Sets MasterChef’s Grand Finalists Billie & Sarah Apart
Daniel Lamble, who was eliminated at the end of last night's semi-final, has revealed it'll be a close call between McKay and Todd as both bring unique strengths and skills to the kitchen.
"Billie's brain is something that I wish I could extract the files out of and assess myself because she does a lot of [what seems like] wacky pairings of spices or herbs in desserts," Lamble tells Refinery29 Australia.
"It's incredible how she does that, and on paper you'd think that might not work but then she does it and executes it perfectly."
While McKay's experimentation with desserts has set her apart in this competition, Todd's ability to combine Indian flavours with French techniques have also given her a competitive edge. The single mum studied at French culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, before setting up her own restaurant in India and learning traditional dishes from her son's Punjabi grandparents.
"Sarah's got that whole French cuisine background and the Indian influence — she's lived there and learnt from the source, from the people who know it best," says Lamble.
"That is such a pairing that can be so deadly in a competition like this. She's got the fundamental skills from the French training and then the influence from [India] as well.
"Again, it's almost like Billie, where they're both killer at their own playing field," he continues, saying it really can be anyone's game as "it's hard to say which one's better."
The previously eliminated contestants are Julie Goodwin (Season 1), Alvin Quah (Season 2) Sashi Cheliah (Season 10), Michael Weldon (Season 3), Christina Batista (Season 5), John Carasig (Season 7), Aldo Ortado (Season 10), Mindy Woods (Season 4), Minoli De Silva (Season 13), Tommy Pham (Season 13), Daniel Lamble, Ali Stoner, Jenn Lee, Chris Tran, Keyma Vasquez Montero, Dulan Hapuarachchi, Harry Tomlinson, Matt Landmark, Max Krapivsky, Melanie Persson, Montana Hughes and Steph Woon.
The MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites finale will air on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play.