‘I can’t eat it!’ Penny Lancaster dealt brutal critique as she serves inedible dish

Celebrity Masterchef: Penny Lancaster serves inedible sauce

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Cooking competition Celebrity MasterChef, hosted by John Torode, 56, and Gregg Wallace, 56, has seen a range of famous faces putting their culinary skills to the test. Penny Lancaster was put to the test during Tuesday night’s BBC instalment along with Melanie Sykes, Megan McKenna, and BGT star Nabil Abdulrashid. However, Penny was dealt with a major blow just moments into the programme.

The hosts’ first challenge for the celebrities was to make crispy calamari with homemade tartare sauce to put their skills to the test.

Before taking her turn, Penny said in the VT: “I’m doing surprisingly well compared to what I imagined how I’d be doing. I don’t want to slip up now.”

As she started to get to work on the squid, Gregg asked: “Where’s your happy place when you’re a little bit stressed, when you’re under pressure, Penny?”

“My goats,” she exclaimed. “In the first lockdown, my happy place was disappearing off with the chickens, so it’d be like, ‘Where’s mum? She’s with the chickens’.

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“And then in the second lockdown, I needed another voice to get me through, so I decided goats,” she explained.

After making her calamari and tartar sauce, she served it to Gregg and John to be critiqued, unfortunately for Penny, she had made a huge mistake.

Before they tasted her food, she said: “That tartare sauce doesn’t look like the tartare sauce I’d normally have.”

Gregg informed her: “You used whole eggs instead of egg yolks,” with John adding: “What I’ve got in here is a raw egg/oil milkshake.”

Rendering Penny’s dish inedible, John brutally told Rod Stewart’s other half: “Unfortunately, I can’t eat that.”

Whilst her tartare sauce was a failure, her calamari came out on top with both hosts agreeing there was lots of seasoning, a crispy coating and nice and soft inside.

“Well, I got half of it okay!” she said, laughing with the hosts.

However, it wasn’t all bad for Penny as the next two rounds saw her successfully present two dishes that both John and Gregg loved, sailing through into the semi-finals.  

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In the second challenge, Penny made pan-fried turbot with buttered spinach and a hollandaise sauce.

Impressing guest chef Mitch Tonks, he praised Penny: “This is a fabulous plate of food, really I am gobsmacked. The fish is cooked perfectly, it’s wonderfully seasoned, the flavour of the hollandaise is good, I haven’t got a fault with it, it’s really good.”

John Torode described her dish as “absolutely perfect”, and Gregg exclaimed: “Where did you come from!?”

Her last dish of the episode saw her create a celebration of her family holiday to Seychelles, with her cooking chicken and coconut curry, green papaya chutney, grated apple, turnip and carrot salad and aromatic coconut rice.

“I found myself going from bowl to bowl to bowl and finding it difficult to stop, you have had what we call in the industry and very good day,” Gregg told Penny.

“You’re on a roll, Penny, aren’t you?” John then joked.

After a successful day, Penny was the first person John and Gregg put through to the semi-final without any hesitation and described her as the “stand out cook”.

When it came to making their decision, John and Gregg decided to send home Nabil.

BBC viewers were delighted to see Penny survived another day by taking to social media to share their thoughts.

One penned: “I’m just loving Penny Lancaster – her cooking is so fun to watch. Hope she wins #teampenny #CelebrityMasterChef.”

Another expressed their commiserations for Nabil and wrote: “Shame Nabil was sent home, felt he had major potential more than the rest #CelebrityMasterChef.”

Celebrity MasterChef returns on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.
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