It’s the first episode of Season Nine of MasterChef Australia, and there are all sorts of flavours competing for a spot in the Top 24.
We’ve seen beetroot paired with ice cream. A crane operator-cum-salmon extraordinaire. Bacon and eggs dressed up as a bowl of mayonnaise. And a killer analogy to a “burning pirate ship”.
But the highlight of the night?
There is only one possibility: The Golden Ball.
Listen: We meet former Masterchef champion Poh, and learn all sorts of things. Post continues below.
Michelle, a 19-year-old student from Melbourne, entered the room extremely slowly.
At first, we thought it was nerves. Then we thought she might have injured herself in the 60-minute ‘make what you’re good at’ challenge.
But we quickly realised it was because she was transporting a gem, an actual gem.
I can’t wait to find out what Pokémon is inside that #MasterChefAU
— Jackson Langford (@jacksonlangford) May 1, 2017
Atop her plate, which was atop a tray, atop a trolley on wheels, there lay a perfectly round, exquisitely golden, chocolate egg.
Judge George Calombaris said the last time he’d seen something so beautiful was in a two Michelin star restaurant.