A very surprised Kirk Pengilly took out the first win in Celebrity MasterChef last night.
The INXS rocker defeated Indira Naidoo and Josh Thomas, to proceed to the semi-finals. All three seemed very proficient in the kitchen, but the pressure and the timing conspired against them.
“Wow, I can’t believe it. I just don’t think I’m worthy,” Pengilly said.
“Josh seems to be better around the kitchen, and Indira has a lot more experience, so I’m kind of shocked.”
Pengilly cooked up a blackened tuna as his signature dish challenge, which allowed him to choose a bombe alaska dessert made by ARIA chef Matt Moran as the Pressure Test for all 3. The show noted Moran and Pengilly are also friends, but it gave him no advantage with sucha delicate challenge.
The trimmed down format remained well-produced by FremantleMedia with the 3 judges all handling the hosting / judging with ease, but it faced strong competition from Hey Hey the Reunion.
Next week writer and commentator Peter FitzSimons, Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges, and former Hi-5 member Kathleen De Leon face off.