Saturday 20 October 2018

Nadia Forde eliminated from Celebrity MasterChef in 'fruits of the sea' disaster

Samantha Mumba isn't looking forward to the challenge
Mundy has second thoughts
Simon Delaney isn't letting the pressure get to him
Niamh Kavanagh gets stuck in
Oisin thinks hard about his next dish
Kitchen confidential: Nadia Forde, Samantha Mumba and Holly Carpenter. Photo: Kip Carroll

Indepenent.ie Newsdesk & Sean O'Grady

IT'S a man's world on Celebrity MasterChef, as Nadia Forde has become the third female in a row to be sent packing

The Clontarf woman (27) left hot on the heels of athlete Sonia O'Sullivan and model Holly Carpenter, who were the first two contestants to get the chop.

Nadia Forde has become the latest contestant to be eliminated from the show
Nadia Forde has become the latest contestant to be eliminated from the show

The heat of the kitchen became too much for Nadia in last night's episode, when the celebrities were given 10 minutes to pick ingredients for a dish and 90 minutes to cook it.

Challenged to create something that celebrates the fruits of the Irish sea, Nadia bit off more than she could chew when judge Daniel Clifford suggested she use her oysters to make a tempura.

Oisin thinks hard about his next dish
Oisin thinks hard about his next dish

Not familiar with the dish, Nadia threw her oysters into the deep fryer without removing them from the shell.

"When he told me to tempura the oysters and put them into the deep fryer, I automatically thought of deep-frying the shell. Then I realised he meant to take them out," she said.

Mundy has second thoughts
Mundy has second thoughts

The aspiring singer went for a Japanese theme with her oysters and sushi. While Daniel loved the idea, he told her the dish should have been tasted before it went on the plate.

The TV star found herself in the bottom two with GAA star Oisin McConville, with judge Robin Gill saying: "I think there are two people on tenterhooks and I don't know if they deserve to be in the competition."

Niamh's roast monkfish with a chorizo crust and received high praise from Robin who told her "it’s worthy of restaurant status".

Mundy made seared tuna on crisp tortilla, Daniel told him it is a beautiful plate of food and even went as far as to tell Mundy: "I don’t know what you are doing but I am learning from you."

Niamh Kavanagh gets stuck in
Niamh Kavanagh gets stuck in

Evelyn’s dish of pan fried hake with samphire was also well received but Daniel was worried that she's still a little nervous. But she was chuffed, and relieved, to make it though to the next show.

Simon was up next with his pan fried cod with mussels and baby potatoes but came under a little bit of criticism for not using stock for his oysters.

Oisin served pan fried hake with samphire, while the fish was cooked to perfection, he was marked down for being a little too liberal with the seasoning.

Colm’s dish of monkfish masala with dahl, received mixed reviews. Robin felt that the spices in the dahl were "spot on" but unfortunately the fish was quite salty. But Daniel felt differently and said "it’s the best recreation of an amazing dish you should be very proud of yourself".

Simon Delaney isn't letting the pressure get to him
Simon Delaney isn't letting the pressure get to him

Samantha last but not least serves up spicy shrimp with black rice. Daniel doesn’t like spice, which her dish was packed with, but the judges still had praise for her telling her that her dish was quite "moreish".

Despite being given the boot, Nadia was not sad to leave the competition and did not blame the judges for sending her home.

Samantha Mumba isn't looking forward to the challenge
Samantha Mumba isn't looking forward to the challenge

"I'm pretty happy, to be honest. I feel like Robin and Daniel have made the right decision," she said.

"I've actually learnt so much over the past couple of weeks. I've been tested more than I ever thought I would be.

"I think this process has taken me out of my comfort zone to make me more comfortable in the kitchen."

With seven celebrities left, next week's episode will see the contestants try their hand at making desserts.

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